Kent is often described as the "Garden of England", it also happens to be the "playground of stagdom" with some epic activities to help punish the groom, including High Ropes Course, Bubble Football, Paintball, Rage Buggies, Foot Golf, Go Karts and more...
Best Bars in Maidstone
Beluga - One of Maidstone’s premier nightspots and the perfect place for the groom and party to throw a few shapes and sink a few drinks.
The Source Bar - Good sounds, good drinks good times! A superb venue to get any party moving.
Banks Bar - Without doubt one of our favourite Maidstone watering holes. Awesome sounds and a hearty cocktail menu (pinky fingers at the ready chaps!).
May - Fringe Festival. The town is overrun by great beats and bands playing in every venue, bar and street corner available.
July - Ramblin’ Man Fair. Rock and blues take centre stage with a world class line-up.
September - The Social Festival. A superb dance music festival hosted by red hot Saved Records.
Where to Head...
Maidstone is a hub for the surrounding area in terms of drawing big weekend crowds. The clubs, bars and restaurants are not only buzzing and full of action but thanks to Maidstone’s compact town centre and clever road network, everything is in easy striking distance so there’s no need to shell out on expensive taxis as a little shuffle on Shanky’s pony will get you from A to B&B.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stretch out or drag some of the lads to in order to air their hangovers then Mote Park is a great area to sit and chill for a while as you catch up on the events of the night before.
Leeds Castle is also well worth a visit and widely regarded as one of the finest castles in the world. Plus a quick stroll could give you all a breather from the Stag Dares and Drinking Games.
80/90s kids TV show Number 73 was filmed in Maidstone. (remember the sandwich quiz?)
The town’s coat of arms features an Iguanodon. Naturally.
The A229 is considered Britain’s most haunted road. Vanishing hitchhikers and lemming-like pedestrians are among the weird sightings that are regularly reported to Kent Police.
Nearby Leeds Castle is one of the most complete castles in the UK.
A Taste of Maidstone
If it is true that a stag army marches on its stomach then get the troops to Chimichanga. This superb tex/mex restaurant spot on for hungry lads making a pit stop ahead of a big night out.
Keeping things local, you can sample a pint or two from the garden of England courtesy of brewing geniuses at Kent Brewery. We particularly point a pint glass at Zingiber which is worth a trip to Maidstone for alone!
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Maidstone
You can put the Google maps away. Maidstone is conveniently compact meaning you can get from A to B&B without having to shell out on expensive cabs. All StagWeb’s hotels are slap bang in the town centre close to the bars, clubs and restaurants.
Mackenzie Crook (actor)
Carol McGiffin (loose woman)
Tony Hart (TV presenter/artist)
Jon Harley (ex footballer)
Andy Townsend (ex footballer/ITV pundit)
Maidstone's coat of arms features an Iguanodon.
If you’re looking for a stag weekend in Kent, look no further! Maidstone blasts any other Kentish town out of the water in the stag do stakes, standing head and shoulders above the competition for best and busiest town in the county, and holding tight to its title for the premier partying destination to be found anywhere in the Garden of England.
On the surface, Maidstone’s appeal seems to be mostly dragging in the day tripper crowd, but stags don’t have to scratch far to find a bubbling underbelly that’s perfect for a lads night out. Admittedly, Maidstone’s club scene isn’t comparable to that of any of the south eastern cities, but it doesn’t need to be - the best nightlife in England is only an hours train journey away, with direct lines running from Maidstone right in to the heart of London. Maidstone itself isn’t exactly lacking either. The stats speak for themselves: it’s the second biggest town in the biggest county in England; one of the 20 biggest towns in the country; and one of the top 50 shopping centres in England.
What can you do on a stag weekend in Maidstone?
You’ve hit the jackpot with Maidstone. As Kent’s main centre of business and trade, you’ve got all the sophisticated city-worthy activities to keep the lads happy, like wine tasting, go karting, or getting your license to kill with a 007 day. However, Kent isn’t called the Garden of England for nothing... if you all want to get out in the countryside try a few exhilarating outdoor options, Maidstone has got a colossal selection. There’s water sports like hovercrafting or fishing, motorsports like off road karts or quadbike trekking, and sport-sports like 5 a side or cricket.
Maidstone isn’t slacking by night, either. A contemporary town filled with bars and restaurants, Mainstone also does a more than decent line in pumping, buzzing nightclubs as one of the largest night time leisure hubs in Kent, with a selection of cocktail bars, wine lounges, live music venues and pounding clubs to fill your Maidstone stag weekend. It’s cheaper than neighbouring London by about a million miles, and the large population of young commuters tempted by the low prices and lively atmosphere keep the clubs and entertainment of high quality.
One of the craters on Mars has been named Maidstone by NASA.
When to have a Maidstone stag do
Maidstone is a solid choice for a stag weekend all year round. In the spring and summer months, there are plenty of seasonal water sports and outdoor activities to let you and the lads make the most of the good weather, and when winter rolls around there’s more than enough going on in the town centre to keep you busy too. Like most big towns, there are plenty of fairs and festivals going on throughout the year, but unusually the majority of Maidstone’s take place in the autumn months, letting you save the summer for things like cricket and fishing. September kicks off with the Maidstone Mela, a celebration of world dance, music, and most importantly, food. That’s followed up by the Hops n Harvest Festival, which with 60 different sorts of beer on offer is just our sort of thing, then the Apple and Cider Fayre in October - another excuse to drink lots of locally brewed alcohol. In spring, there’s the Maidstone Fringe Festival, with comedy, drama and music.
Right in the centre of Kent, Maidstone couldn’t be easier for you or the rest of the lads to get to. The only large city it has direct rail links to is London, but since London receives trains from all over the country you should be fine, no matter where you’re based. If you’re driving in from the east, the M20 runs right by Maidstone. From pretty much anywhere else, head to London, go east a bit, then follow the M20.
So why StagWeb?
Forget writing speeches or frogmarching the groom to the church, it’s the stag do that’s the hardest job of a best man. Get it right and you’re a legend, get it wrong and you’re the idiot who couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery... literally. Luckily, StagWeb can step in and help you put together the fantastic send off for the groom-to-be that he deserves. From fully prepared packages that come with absolutely everything included to just activities, nightlife or accommodation suggestions, we’re able to help however you’d like. And, we should add, we’re very good at it. We’ve sent out over 300,000 stag parties over the past 12 years, and 96% of those say they’d come back and book with us again. If you don’t believe us when we say we’re the best, just look at the reviews we get - they certainly think we’re doing something right. Give us a call to find out more, or have a click through our options and fill out an enquiry form to get started.
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