Alternative stag do ideas in the North East

19 Oct 2016

Planning a stag party in the North East? Here are some suggestions to make your weekend one to remember

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If you’re planning a stag do in the North East, the groom no doubt deserves better than the clichés: paintballing and go karting followed by a night spent shuffling trekking between bars and clubs with sticky floors. Whether you’re local to the area or you’re travelling there for the big weekend, here’s our pick of the best alternative stag do ideas in the North East to make sure you make it a night to remember.

Enjoy the nightlife

If you’re organising a stag do in the North East, then there’s only one place to head to enjoy the region’s best nightlife  Newcastle, one of the UK’s party capitals.

The average stag do will head straight to the Bigg Market, which is one of the best places in the country to drink a lot of cheap booze and let your inhibitions go. However, if you’re looking for something a little bit different, you might want to head elsewhere for the big night out.

Newcastle’s Diamond Strip, as its name suggests, is the place to go if you’re looking for a more upmarket experience. You’ll find a bohemian atmosphere and well-stocked cocktail bars in the trendy clubs that make up this area, making it a great choice for a groom who'd prefer a more sophisticated evening.

If your party has a penchant for craft ale, head to Grey Street, where you’ll find pubs like Bierrex and Bacchus that specialise in drinks from micro-breweries from around the world.

Get in a round of golf

For a more cultured way to get in a sports fix during the stag do, head to Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course near Alnwick, where you and your party will be able to test yourselves on an 18-hole course that lies in the shadow of this ancient castle's ruins.

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Foot golf

If golf isn’t really the groom’s sport or if you’re looking for something you can take a bit less seriously, then you should head to Newcastle’s Xtreme Events for a round of foot golf. Set on a golf course, the aim of the game is to kick a football into an oversized hole, which is bound to have you and your party in stitches while letting you exercise your competitive side at the same time.

See a cricket match

While the North East is defined by its love of football, let’s be honest: none of the local teams are worth going to see at the moment. Instead, head along to Durham County Cricket Club on a match day, where you can enjoy a drink (or five) and the upbeat atmosphere at a Durham Jets or international fixture.

Get into nature

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If the groom loves to get out in nature, then you should be sure to take advantage of the North East’s breath-taking scenery and set off on one of its many walking routes. Rough Guides features the Hadrian’s Wall path in its list of the top ten best ever British hikes, and a hike along a stretch of this 84-mile trail will allow you and your party to enjoy some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery, as well as the ruins of the remaining Roman forts that line this trail.

If you’re planning a stag do in the North East, any of these activities makes the perfect alternative to the usual clichés, so make sure to keep them in mind when planning the big weekend for a groom who deserves an unforgettable celebration. 

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