A Guide To Your Bath Stag Weekend
Imagine the Wurzels took over the Olympics and force fed the competitors and strict diet of scrumpy cider and pies… Welcome the to Somerset Challenge. The most fun a stag party can have with their wellies on! A hilarious, physical challenge all the guys can really get stuck into.
Best Bars in Bath
Bath Brewhouse - A great pub with fantastic food and a favourite with locals, the perfect starting point for a big night out in Bath.
The Cork - With a fantastic menu, terrace and quirky vaulted ceilings The Cork is one of the top drinking spots in Bath. Speak to our team and we’ll line you up with your own reserved party pod with tunes, table service and more...
April - Comedy Festival. "You’re ‘avin a bubble!" Bath does in March when some of the UK’s best stand-ups put in an appearance.
May - Fringe Festival. Weird and wonderful acts and performers from around the word descend on the streets of Bath with some outstandingly crazy live street performances and great live music.
October - Bath Cider Festival. Enjoy the best of Somerset scrumpy.
Bath was described by the Romans as "...a city of decadence and debauchery."
Which makes it just about perfect for a stag do!
Where to Head...
For great nights out Bath really couldn’t be easier to navigate. The city centre is nicely compact so everything is in easy walking distance. Particularly handy after a massive day of hard fought activities and also if you’ve reached that point of the evening where the ground doesn’t appear to want to stay still.
If you’re rugby fans Bath RFC are located right in the city centre on the banks of the Avon River.
While girls might flock to Bath for a touch of Jane Austen and Mr Darcy Bath was also the birth place of another literary character of note, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
England’s first King, Edgar, was crowned in Bath.
Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage and Van Morrison have all lived in Bath.
A Taste of Bath
Eats - Grillstock. "A meaty experience with loud music and low lighting." Mixing fantastic flavours and great tunes Grillstock take all the ingredients to a great night out, good food, cold drinks and great tunes and gets cooking!
Drinks - Bath Ales. Until you’ve sampled Bath Ales you really have tasted the best of the west. With a pint for every palette you really should get local. They also make a very fine cider and seeing as you’re in Somerset it would be rude not to…
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Bath
Bath city centre is nicely compact which means you won’t need to shell out or hang around for taxis. If you need to clear any tender heads after a decent night out then you can hop on a Bath Bike which you can find dotted around the city.
From London, South East and the Home Counties it’s a hop along the M4 (jct 18) from most areas and a 20 minute drive off the motorway.
Coming from the North West you can drop down the M6 (jct 8), M5 (jct 15) to take you way out West and a Easterly route along the M4 (jct 18).
Those in the North East will need to enjoy (?) the M1 (jct 6a) until the M25 (jct 15), to the M4 branching off to bath at jct 18.
From Wales it’s a simple hop across the Severn Bridge on the M4 (jct 18) and then a swift exit onto the A46.
Bath is easily accessible by rail with the mainline London connection leaving from Paddington. Check trains.
For the fancy few who need to get to Bath by air the nearest airport is Bristol.
40 Reasons Why Bath Rocks!
Bath Rugby - No matter how many times the Welsh beat our boys, we'll still back them to the bitter end and Bath Rugby have their fair share of England stars in their ranks including Sam Burgess, Rob Webber, David Wilson, Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson and George Ford. The fans are fiercely loyal, making for an epic match day experience down at The Rec - gwarn' lads!
Roman Baths - 'I keep it 300, like the Romans', It's official lads, the mighty lord Yeezy has compared himself to the Romans, making a trip to the Baths a must on your big weekend. Yeah, it's a bit of a museum, but there's big banter to be had in these ancient ruins as you find out how to chill like the boys from 310AD. Visit the Roman Baths.
Mission Burrito - The south west's premiere burrito brand have a tidy little shop just off the high street that makes for the perfect hunger-conquering grub on a day of stag mayhem - it's also a proven hangover cure, probably because the hotter salsas make you sweat the booze out your system! Visit Mission Burrito.
Somerset Challenge - Bath is deep in the heart of the South West, which makes it the perfect place to try your hand at the mind-bending and hilarious Somerset Challenge. If you're a Cider Drinker and a big fan of The Wurzels then we've got a brand new activity and 'we'll give you the key!'
Cider - Speaking of the good stuff, Bath is possibly one of the biggest cider capitals in the country. There's loads of amazing independent brews that you can't find anywhere else in Bath, including Dorset Draft, Cornish Orchard's Gold and the mighty Beesting by Lilley's - we treat all of these ciders with extreme caution, they're so delicious, it's dangerously easy to have a few too many.
Celebs - Bath is full of them, Johnny Depp famously owns a house here, and only a few years ago, no-one other than Nicolas Cage had the honor of turning on the city's Christmas lights, we certainly hope somebody got him a 'bunny' as a festive present...
Scott Sinclair - Often overlooked by Roy Hodgson for international duty, Villains winger Scott Sinclair is a born and bred Bathonian. He's played for Chelsea, Manchester City, Swansea City and these days he can be found plying his trade up in Birmingham with the likes of Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew.
Andrew Lincoln - Fans of the hit US show The Walking Dead will be surprised to hear that undisputed badass Rick Grimes was actually brought up in Bath, although we can't say we've seen any zombie hordes wandering the streets...that is unless you count the droves of hungover students.
Zombie Survival - That being said, one of the UK's best Zombie Survival training centers is located in Bath, so should you fear that the end is nigh, you can get ahead of the flesh-eating masses and learn some epic combat skills so that when the dead do rise, you'll be well prepared to violently tuck them back into bed.
The Saracen's Head - This pub is worth a visit even if it's just to keep the missus quiet about the fact that you've come to Bath and ignored all the history in favor of beery good times. What are we on about? Charles Dickens visited this boozer all the way back in 1835, although that's not to say you'll get a free pint if you go up to the barman with your empty glass in hand to ask 'please sir, I want some more?!'
Jane Austen's aunt - The girls might bang on about Bath being the home of Jane Austen, but what they don't know is that her cheeky aunt was arrested for shoplifting for eight months. Talk about Grand Theft Pride & Prejudice!
Off Road Buggies - Bath is hidden deep in the countryside, which means that there's plenty of country to slide on in some of the most brutal off-roaders around. Seriously, these bad boys treat rough terrain with the same contempt that a hardened white van man treats inner-city cyclists - and they make for a helluva lot of fun.
Eric Cantona - That's right, even the 'The King' loves Bath. In 2015, the Manchester United legend backed Bath City FC's bid to become a publicly owned club with a YouTube video giving the club's hopes for success a massive lift. What a lad.
Russell Howard - This West Country comedian is a Bath born lad through and through. His offbeat observations on the news and every day life have been showcased on Mock the Week and his own BBC Three show, Russell Howard's Good News - he also happens to be bloody hilarious.
Bath Ales - Bath's ciders are good, but the city's premiere range of ales is possibly even tastier. Bath Ales' pubs are ten a penny in this town and it's a good thing too - where else can you sip on a filling pint of Dark Side, or perhaps a refreshing Gem is more up your street? You won't know until you try...
Pieminister - If you've never tucked into a Pieminister pie, you're missing out. These bad boys are seriously delicious, whether you're looking for filling grub before you hit the town or the perfect hangover eats. This epic Bristol brand sells their wares at The Raven, a centrally located pub that's perfect for early evening pints. Sorted.
Richie Rich - Stags in their 20s will probably remember the smash hit kid's movie Richie Rich. Jonathan Hyde, the man who played Richie's quirky butler Cadbury is yet another famous actor who began his illustrious career in Bath - you're welcome Hollywood.
Jason Gardener - There aren't many UK cities that can boast an Olympic champion, but that's what Bath's got in Jason Gardener. In 2004's Athens games, Jason stunned the world by taking the 4 x 100m gold for Great Britain while his hometown went positively bananas in celebration.
Bubble Football - Bath's Bubble Football pitch is one of the best to play on...that is if you can get to the ball without being bowled over by the opposition. Bubble Footy is truly mental, it's crazier than Luis Suarez at an all you can eat buffet and it's a game where literally throwing yourself and your inflatable casing at the opposition can actually be a sound strategy for success. All the same though lads, its goals that wins games...
Tears for Fears - Whether you 'find it kind of funny' or 'kind of sad' that we don't get to hear new material from Tears for Fears anymore, the facts remain that they're one of the most successful acts in British pop history. Their albums have gone multi-platinum both in the UK and across the pond and in our humble opinion, 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' is still an absolute tune.
Gabrielle Aplin - The beautiful girl behind the number one cover of 'The Power of Love' from John Lewis' 2012 Christmas advert is a proud Bathonian, and although she's busy touring the world these days, there's always a chance you could bump into her in one of Bath's many pubs on your big weekend. After all, one of her biggest tracks is called 'Home'.
Adventure Golf - Feeling hungover? No problem, drag your aching bones to Bath's pitch and putt and pretend you're a mini Rory McIlroy while enjoying top quality banter with the lads. It's all in the swing stags; it's all in the swing - although you'll probably find winning is more to do with luck than actual skill!
Clubs - Bath's clubs are hidden away underground so as to avoid offending the peaceful folk of this chilled-out town, but that doesn't mean that they aren't absolutely nuts when the night gets going. Because the dance floors are so small, they're always packed and the atmosphere is always vibing.
Pubs - Bath is full of them, whether you're looking for a trendy, modern boozer frequented by the city's working professionals or an old, smoky watering hole filled with guffawing old gents, this town has got it all.
The Accent - 'Alright my luvveeeer!' The West Country accent is both friendly and hilarious. It's perfectly acceptable to quote Hot Fuzz in this city, and the locals have a great sense of humor, 'Still no luck catchin' them swans then?!?!'
Paintballing - Bath's paintball course is the perfect place to engage the boys in stag warfare on your big weekend. With 20 different game zones, no two battles will ever be the same, and with 100 paintballs included in your package, you've got plenty of ammo to unleash upon the
The Nest - The Nest is Bath's independent music venue of choice and a night spent here is always memorable, whether you find yourselves enjoying a pint or two in the piano bar or downstairs on the dance-floor throwing mad shapes to live music from some of the city's best bands and DJs.
Moles - Moles is back...after a devastating fire that left the interior of this infamous club in ruins, it's risen like a phoenix from the ashes to thrill the students and working professionals of this epic city once again. Having offered the stage to huge bands like The Killers, Mumford and Sons, Oasis and The Smiths, Moles will continue to promote young bands - so with a visit to this awesome club, you could end up discovering the next big thing!
Les Miserables - While some stags might have been Les Mis after being dragged to watch this smash hit musical movie in cinemas by the missus, it's more than likely that there's a few lads who actually, wait for it...ENJOYED Les Miserables?!?! Bath's streets made for a very convincing Paris in the film, and the city's famous weir was the filming location for Russell Crowe's untimely demise - some say you can still see his artificial body double bobbing up and down in the river...
SouthGate - Whether it's to pick up a few toiletries that you forgot to pack or to buy some killer new threads to impress the ladies on the dance floor tonight, Bath's up market shopping district is sure to have what you need. Plus it's right next to Maccy D's, so if you're feeling the hanger you can wrap your laughing gear around a Big Mac and carry on - no rest for the wicked boys!
Bath Golf Course - Just opposite Victoria Park, Bath's premiere golf course is the perfect place to enjoy a few rounds with the boys while catching up on all the latest banter from back home - and it's another opportunity to completely show up your best mates with your epic golfing skills, obviously.
Bath Half Marathon - The 'Bath Half' is one of the UK's most popular city runs and it's a genuine city wide event. There's music, performances and plenty of laughs to be had while the runners do their thing and it's all in the name of charity - plus there's bound to be some hilarious costumes on display...could you run 13 miles in a chicken suit?!?
Escape Games - Bath's Escape Games are some of the best in the UK - it'll take all your wit and determination to solve the challenges and break out of these traps in the time limit - or you might just be stuck in there forever...imagine The Cube mixed with Saw without Phillip Schofield's helping hand and you've got a good idea of what you'll face in this thrilling activity!
Molloys - You've seen Irish boozers, but not like this. Molloys is always lively seemingly at any time of day and the atmosphere for watching live sports whether that's football or rugby is simply palpable. It's a great place to enjoy a few beers with the boys and they do some quality pub grub as well. P.S. On a Monday night, pints cost a measly £1.50...thank us later!
Hidden Treasure - In 2007, archeologists found a hoard of 17,500 Roman coins in the foundations of the Gainsborough Bath Spa. Talk about saving the pennies lads! Wonder what they were after with all that dosh? More importantly, how much is it worth now... (For the record, it took a massive £372,500 grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund for the council to be able to buy the hoard!)
Uranus - William Herschel discovered Uranus in his back garden - oi, stop laughing, yeah, you at the back!
Architecture - The Georgian/Roman architecture is usually the first thing you notice on arrival in this awesome city, but did you know that the Royal Crescent and the exclusive Circus was built to represent the sun and moon? Somebody call Kevin McCloud, because we've found some Grand Designs...
Frankenstein - Without Bath, Mary Shelley would never have been inspired to finish writing her famous novel Frankenstein. We're not sure if that's a compliment or not to be honest...
Precious streets - Bath is the only UK city to have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. That's right, wherever you walk in Bath, you're treading on protected, historic ground...although the Romans and the Georgians had a good time here, so why can't you?!?
VOLCANOES - It's a little known fact that the city sits in the mouth of a long-dormant volcano - hence the famous hot springs. Don't worry though, it's been extinct for millennia, although you never know when it could wake up...
Top Tweeters - Now Bath will keep you up to date with what's going on in the city as and when it happens, so you and the lads won't miss a thing.
Facebook - Show your support for local heroes Bath Rugby and keep up to date with all the team news, and who knows, you could pick up a few pearls of rugby knowledge to wow your fellow stags with if you decide to watch a game during your stay. Follow Komedia Bath for up-to-date listings on which comedy acts are in town when you are - you could end up seeing one of your current favorites!
enjoyed historic Bath.
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Why: reasons to be cheerful, a background to the Bath stag do
Want to lord it like a Roman emperor on your stag do? If that sounds about right, then look no further than Bath, the quintessential Roman city of decadence and debauchery which has everything set up to make sure your big weekend turns out an absolute stag-us maximus! Stroll around incredible historic streets and take in the kind of sights which tourists travel from the other side of the world to see and enjoy a wide range of fine indoor and outdoor activities fit for only king of stag dos. Bath is a truly amazing UNESCO recognised world city which is small but perfectly formed, meaning that getting around bars and clubs at night is a piece of cake - if you and the boys have never visited this incredible city before, then make sure it hits the top of your list! When you’re keen to keep things classy on your Bath stag do, it really is the number 1.
England's first King was crowned in Bath.
When: the best of times - when to visit Bath for the stag do
Bath is a really cultural city which has a strong connection with tourism and visitors, so there’s always something going on, from highbrow literary festivals to tasty treats at food events all year round. Towards the end of the year, check out the Christmas markets which bring visitors from all over the UK to Bath – enjoy mulled cider out on the streets, tasty seasonal food and Christmas spirit a plenty! If you’re feeling peckish, the Great Bath Feast in October should have something to suit. Spanning the whole month, catch demonstrations, meals and tasters all over the city. Also in October, the annual Bath Chilli festival adds a little spice to the University of Bath and is perfect for those who really do like it hot!
Where: on location, hanging out & bedding down
Being a small city, Bath is really easy to navigate and so it’s ideal for those who are new to the area. When the sun goes down, George Street is the place to be, where great continental-style al fresco bars work well for summer or cosy pubs which rock in winter. The streets in and around the train station are the number one for clubs and watering holes favoured both by the huge student population and a swankier breed of clientele which heads up nightlife here in the city.
What: Bath stag weekend sport & activities
As lads’ weekends go a stag in Bath is probably a little more reserved than the standard "hooley" however the activities pack a punch and go toe-to-toe with anything else the West has to offer. Rugby’s big here and an afternoon at the "Rec" is a great addition to the itinerary, and if you like your sport the horse racing’s also well worth a look - ideally with evening fixtures you might be able to do both. We’ve got over 40 listed in our Bath stag activities section, so please check them out you can follow through to a lot more detail. If you guys are after recommendations we’d love to help, whether it’s hilarious mini motos, a clay shooting competition, a crack at Polo or even our very own Somerset Challenge there’s more than enough group pleasing action to keep the boys alert!
"A city of decadence and debauchery"
Roman Holiday: the Bath stag do budget
Bath is one of the South West's best party cities. But it can get a little pricey. No.1 Book early, you can really save a few quid by being organised. Get someone to do the booking for you. Not only are we local (our offices are right in the centre of Bath, a city we know better than any other stag provider), but we book hundreds of stag and hen parties here every year, that means we get some great hotel discounts we can pass on to you. You're welcome!