A Guide To Your Bournemouth Stag Weekend
White Water Ribbing - Sort the men from the boys (and possibly the breakfast from the stomach of weaker stags) with this high speed adventure.
Assault Rifle Shooting - Discover who's a "Top Gun" and who couldn't hit fish in a barrel with this explosive target shooting session using all-powerful assault rifles.
Best Bars in Bournemouth
Smokin' Aces - This uber-cool retro cocktail bar is basically a shrine to Jack Daniels with bottles of the world-famous bourbon along the walls and live music most nights.
Bar So - You can enjoy a pre-club pint in some bars, but it's rare that you find a bar that is the club. That's what you find in this modern party spot with a trendy vibe and some of Bournemouth's top DJs.
April - Classic Cars on the Prom. Old but gold motors show us that the classics have still got some life in them.
June - Ping! Bournemouth. An entire festival dedicated to the sport of ping pong or as Boris Johnson famously called it "whiff whaff".
August - Bournemouth Air Festival. Top guns take to the air, as top DJ's and bands take to the stage on the ground.
Where to Head...
Bournemouth couldn't be easier to navigate, even when trying to usher along a group of wayward stag lads ("like herding kittens"). The biggest and best evening action is right in the town centre. For daytime laughs in between activities, the beach front is the place to be to organise beach soccer or a game of volleyball.
The Lighthouse - Billed as the largest arts centre outside of London this modern facility offers everything from comedy, new circus, theatre, cinema, visual arts, events and workshops.
Bournemouth Promenade - A potential head clearing, sight restoring, hangover curing landscape. Drag the lads out of their bunks in a Regimental Sergeant Major fashion and push them on to the prom for the restorative powers of the sea air. Then chill on the beach while waiting for your heads to stop hurting and the afternoon’s challenge.
George Best (referred to by Pele as "the greatest") played for AFC Bournemouth.
Amanda Holden once rode through the town centre naked on a motorbike to win a £20 dare (please don’t dare the groom, whatever way you look at it he really is no Amanda Holden).
The first of the arrests in the Great Train Robbery were made in Bournemouth
Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkein lived here. Rumours that he used to stand on the pier shouting "You shall not pass!" as people walked past are probably just made up… by us.
A Taste of Bournemouth
Eats - For a real celebration of two of stag-kinds favourite meats head to the incredible Quarters Restaurant where you can put a healthy dose of gourmet beef and succulent chicken on your (impressive) plate.
Drinks - Ringwood Brewery have captured the taste of the South Coast in bottled form. These beers are absolutely delicious and certainly a pint worth pursuing.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Bournemouth
Everything within Bournemouth is within easy walking distance. However if you are precious about wear and tear on your loafers then "Getting About Ticket" gives you a single day of unlimited travel on most buses in the town.
40 Reasons Why Bournemouth Rocks!
The Old Fire Station - If your dancing style closely resembles the flail of a burning man, then this is the club for you. Set in an Old Fire Station, the venue has an insanely cool buzz about it plus it's where Bournemouth's babes come to let their hair down. Superb DJ's and great drink deals. See more...
Amanda hold-on... - In her youth, TV personality Amanda Holden allegedly rode around Bournemouth in the nude on a motorbike after making a £20 bet, she even screamed 'say no to crack' at a presumably baffled security guard.
The Beatles - Paul, John, Ringo and George loved this seaside town. The fab four played most of their UK gigs here (after London and Liverpool) and the cover for their sophomore record 'With the Beatles' featured a photograph of the group at the Palace Court Hotel in 1963.
Indian Ocean - A great curry is a traditional part of any decent stag do and on your Bournemouth weekend we'd definitely recommend a early evening visit to the Indian Ocean's Asian to get set for a big night out. Just be a little choosy as to who you're going to be rooming with afterwards.
Charles Rolls - One of the co-founders of Rolls Royce became the first British man to perish in an aircraft crash in Bournemouth. He was flying his Wright Flyer made especially for him by the Short Brothers at the time.
Bourne Writers - JRR Tolkein, Enid Blyton and Robert Louis Stevenson all spent time in Bournemouth perfecting their literary craft. Stevenson actually wrote The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde' in this seaside town.
The Winchester - Make like Sean of the Dead and head to The Winchester. This boozer-cum-nightclub is a banker for good times with live bands and exciting DJs frequenting the stage every weekend. See more...
Seven Miles - That's the full length of Bournemouth's beaches. The abundance of sand and sea attracts around 100,000 visitors every weekend and between 50,000 and 60,000 people a day during the summer. You can do the maths as to how many hot bikini wearing babes that is.
Beach Boys - On a sunny day in Bournemouth there's nothing better than to crack out the old mankini, whack out the suntan lotion and soak up some rays on the town's gorgeous, golden beaches. It's also the perfect spot to rest your hangovers.
Bournemouth Pier - A look around the pier always makes for big banter on a Bournemouth stag do. You might even win enough off the fruity to by the next round.
Ice Cream - More than 2000 a day are sold in Bournemouth, and an average of 750,000 ice creams is bought across the seven miles of seafront a year.
Winston Churchill - Winston Churchill became a great man, but it could've all been so different. When he was 18, a young Churchill fell from a bridge in Bournemouth leaving him unconscious for three days and bedridden for three months.
Percy Shelley - The husband of Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) tragically died in a boating accident in Italy with his remains cremated in Rome - however it's said that his heart refused to burn, so a friend took it from the pyre and brought back to Bourney to give to his widow. Lovely.
Halo - This club is seriously futuristic - filled with cutting edge LED screens and a state-of-the-art sound system, this is arguably the best nightlife experience you could enjoy. See more...
Beach Huts - Bournemouth was the first place in the UK to have purpose-built beach huts back in 1909, and in 2011 a beach hut here became the first to be allowed to hold weddings and civil partnerships.
AFC Bournemouth - The Cherries realised a long held ambition and finally made it to the top flight in 2015 by winning the Championship and promotion into the Premier League.
The Goldsands - AFC Bournemouth's home ground has a capacity of just 11,700 - although it could've been even smaller, in 2010 the stadium had only three sides, and seated just 9,600. Which is only just enough to hold MK Dons fans.
Big Friendly - In July 2013, Cristiano Ronaldo et al visited Bournemouth as part of a pre-season friendly as Real Madrid played The Cherries. It was a one sided affair, with the game ending 6-0 - but the prospect of such a defeat didn't put off the fans as the game sold out in a single morning.
5-a-side Football - If the lads reckon they've got the silky smooth skills to be a success on the pitch put them to work in an intense game of 5-a-side football! See more...
Bar Republiq - Your group of suave, sophisticated stags would be well served in Bar Republiq. This stylish bar works at the cutting edge of late night entertainments, providing quality music and manly cocktails like the deceptively strong Zombie. See more...
Shower Power - In 2011, 152 Bournemouth men and women broke the world record for the most people to shower simultaneously in a single venue by congregating beneath a huge purpose built shower on the beach. Weird but true.
Batman! - Bournemouth is the hometown of BATMAN. Actor Christian Bale grew up here, attending the local grammar school.
Shortest Furnicular Railway - Bournemouth's Fisherman's Walk Cliff Lift is Guinness World Record winning, travelling the diminutive length of only 39 metres. But it has shifted an estimated four million people.
Blur - Alex James, Blur's cheese making bass guitarist came from Bournemouth and actually went to school with Christian Bale. Parklife!
Le Chic - Possibly the perfect place to kick off any party, Le Chic is relaxed, ambient and filled with women who look like they've just walked out of an FHM covershoot. Nice one!
Zip Wire - Bournemouth also has the first pier-to-shore zip wire. Now that's how you hit the beach!
Poole Harbour - Bournemouth's Poole Harbour would be the largest natural harbour in the world were it not for Sydney. Sorry Bournemouth, no points for second place.
Coasteering - Adventure-seeking stags will love this epic activity that'll test every lad's grit and determination to the max. Climb, scramble and jump across rocks as you take on a thrilling natural course. Read more...
Sharks! - Nature's equivalent to a nuclear submarine, you can get up close and personal to these awesome killing machines at the Bournemouth's Oceanarium. See for yourselves...
Cameo - Your Bournemouth stag do should definitely make a cameo appearance at one of the city's finest venues that is packed to the rafters with great music and good times courtesy of some of the best DJs on the coast. Find out more...
Bar and Club Pass - If you're planning on hitting the town (if you're not, you should be) then the Bar and Club Pass is a must. Get priority entry into the best clubs and bars in town - no queues, no fees, no fuss. See more...
Motor Day - This is your chance to essentially stage your own episode of Top Gear with your personal range of madcap motoring challenges featuring Quad Bikes, Minis and Hovercrafts. Find out more...
Sixty Million Postcards - This bohemian boozer is a great place to enjoy a few cheeky pints before moving onto the town's best clubs and bars - they also do some proper hangover-conquering pub grub for the morning after the night before. See more...
Haunted Bournemouth - This old seaside town has its fair share of ghosts and ghouls. Some say a phantom soldier can be seen outside the town hall, and the Pavilion is allegedly home to the malevolent spectre of an actress who died on the stage. A bit like StagWeb's one and only attempt at stand-up comedy.
Bournemouth Brewery - The town's independent brewery produce some superb ales. We'd urge you to go native and sample a glass or two of this great local tipple. Find out more...
Urban Reef - On a day of stag action in Bournemouth, a delicious burger from Urban Reef could be exactly what you all need to recharge your batteries for what's sure to be an evening of stag thrills and spills. See more...
White Water Ribbing - A ride on the White Water Rib is a thrilling way to kick off a day of wet and wild action in Bournemouth. Scream if you want to go faster! See more...
Monty Python's Flying Circus - You've probably heard of this legendary British comedy crew, but you might be unaware that they shot most of their early sketches in and around the Bournemouth area - in the 'Undressing in Public' sketch you can see the pier!
02 Academy - Bournemouth's premier live entertainment venue can be found in the restored Victorian theatre. Some seriously big names have played here, and DJs like Radio 1's Annie Mac frequently stop by to deliver show-stopping sets.
Ink Bar - Bournemouth's favourite corner bar is diminutive and brilliant. With suave, understated décor and an extensive cocktail menu, nights here are best spent chilling with the lads before moving on to the louder venues in town. Read more...
AFC Bournemouth - Keep up to date with all things AFC Bournemouth. “Come on you Cherries!”
Make it Bournemouth - Stay in the loop and discover all the big events happening in and around the town centre.
Bournemouth Buzz - There's a buzz around Bournemouth and these guys want to share it with you on your big weekend. Definitely worth checking out before your visit.
The Beatles 2nd album cover (With The Beatles) was shot in Bournemouth.
Beer, Beaches and Bare Naked... Bingo?
Blow away the cobwebs of the view that Bournemouth is purely where old folks go to play bingo and swap dentures and it quickly becomes clear, Bournemouth is a sun-kissed, fun-packed, night-loving party town. Bournemouth has become a massive university city and with good reason, it’s a city that knows how to have fun so students and bright young things flock to the city for a good time. If you’re looking for the perfect destination for your stag do, Bournemouth should certainly be in the top 5 cities worth considering. Golden beaches, scantily clad Dorset lovelies and a young energetic vibe make one to remember. Not only does it have great locations for daytime thrills but an awesome club scene for night time spills. Seriously, if you can’t have a great time in Bournemouth then you need to check your pulse.
Why Head For Your Stag Do In Bournemouth?
Consistently in the top 5 UK stag and hen party destinations over the last decade, Bournemouth has earned its stripes in delivering top quality time and again. If you’re going to lead the lads in a suitable send off for the main man then you need to know you’re not just going to get good bang for you bucks but also that you’re going to share something truly memorable. It’s his final farewell to single life with the lads so it’s your job to make sure it's done right and it delivers on all counts;
- Club scene - Bournemouth really does have a great nightlife and buzzing club scene.
- Activities - An endless array of top draw action to be had and we have some of the best activities lined up waiting for you to get your hands dirty. You're spoilt for choice with a Bournemouth stag do!
- Sandy beaches - Not that you and the lads are going to be walking along hand in hand but a spot of beach volleyball or wakeboarding? Step this way gentlemen...
- Sight seeing - No matter the time of year there is always eye candy to be enjoyed for the casual spectator or keen enthusiast alike.
- Packages - We have some great Bournemouth packages all ready and waiting. Read more...
Hot Property. One Bournemouth beach hut recently sold for over £180,000!!!
When's The Best Time For The Stag Do To Be Beside The Seaside?
Like any good coastal resort Bournemouth with its palm trees and golden beach is very popular in the summer months, therefore it's best to plan ahead and book early. That doesn’t mean to say that you won’t still have a great stag do in Bournemouth if you’re booking late or looking outside of the summer months. The unrivalled relationships we have with key hotels means your Bournemouth stag weekend experience can take advantage of the best rates exclusively through StagWeb. But remember it can be a key holiday destination so if you’re looking at the peak summer months try not to leave it too late. You can contact us today for a no obligation proposal of what you and the guys can expect and the types of packages we can build to suit your needs. Why not put us to the test? Let us know what you want and we’ll put together a package designed for you.
We’ll send you a hassle free quote giving you;
- A complete breakdown of a potential package
- The opportunity to make changes to the package
- You can ask us for more options or details on any part of a Bournemouth stag weekend
- We can also give you tips on the best nightlife in the town
- Individual payment scheme so the lads can all pay separately
- Online stag party management tools so you can view your booking online
Where's Best To Go In Bournemouth?
Once again you can trust StagWeb’s knowledge born of 12+ years of experience arranging stag weekends in Bournemouth. We’ve built up long standing relationships with the best hotels and activities in the heart of the action. We’ll get you the hottest tickets in town; what’s more we’ll remove the need for queuing at the door by making sure those tickets get you on the guest lists of the best bars and clubs. We take pride in the fact that using our skills and coastal contacts when we create your stag do we'll give you the best experience to cement friendships and create memories that will last long after you’ve got that last grain of sand out your speedos.
Bournemouth Sport & Activities
George Best played for Bournemouth FC.
We have 60 amazing activities on offer in Bournemouth and we are constantly finding the latest crazes and adventures so we can add to that list all the time. The vast range of craziness on offer is what keeps the Bournemouth stag do a sure fire winner, it has among the best karting and quad bikes in the UK and the big blue part which offers some fantastic deep sea fishing, yachting, or blinged up powerboats. It really depends on your group, if you’re ‘all in it together’ then a spot of coasteering might be the thing or if you’re after more traditional sporting challenges then we can offer golf, clay shooting or for action men its last man standing on the paintball range. See our activities list for yourself and let us know what wets your appetite.
Bournemouth Budgeting: The Bournemouth Shekels
Done well you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the value. We’ve got ABTA bonded packages and we can build to suit, but don’t expect quality you’ll be happy on the cheap. As busy as Bournemouth gets you don’t want to chance it, you’ll know yourself not all things are equal and chancing it in a resort when you’ve got the boys to answer to, can only end in you wearing plastic boobs while gaffa taped to a lamppost on the prom. So our advice would be booking sooner rather than later. And make sure you’re protected, that lads are trusting you to spend their hard-earned cash wisely so always make sure you’re booking with a company that gives financial protection so should something happen the lads won’t end up out of pocket. That aside in terms of on the ground spend unless you go to the top, top hotels, restaurants, golf courses and so on you won’t be shocked - unless you invest heavily in your table dances or crash at the casino, the Bournemouth stag expenditure should be pretty standard.
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