The Essential Guide to Plymouth’s Best Stag Do Ideas

Whether you already live in the south west of England or you’re looking for an alternative city in the UK that offers something totally different as a stag do venue to London or Leeds, Plymouth is a sensible choice for stag activities. Whether you’re looking for high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled action or something to mentally stimulate the group, this port city will help to keep your lads’ weekend afloat with ease.

Football fanatics unite: Take a trip to Home Park

If your stag group are football mad, you’ll do far worse than to get some tickets for Plymouth Argyle’s next home game at Home Park. Argyle, nicknamed the Pilgrims, have flitted around the English Football League. They played in the second tier of English football just over a decade ago but then fell on hard times, falling into the fourth tier.

Argyle will be looking to reclaim their Championship status this term and claimed their first league win of the season against Wimbledon. Their Home Park stadium is currently undergoing significant refurbishment, but the ground offers good views from the three stands that are still open to supporters. It’s also just a short walk from Plymouth station and Central Park – ideal for logistical purposes. Horse racing lovers prepared to venture out of the city for an afternoon may also like the idea of visiting Newton Abbot’s racecourse, which is hosts a Season Finale every October.

Let PRYZM’s party-planners create your perfect stag night out

If you want to give your stag an epic stag night out to remember but you haven’t got a clue where to start on organising, you could always let the professionals take the slack for you. Plymouth’s PRYZM nightclub is one of the biggest and best in the city and stag parties can hire their own VIP area in the club. Situated in the trendy Barbican area of the city, PRYZM offers premium beers, spirits and ales to keep you and the crew suitably well-lubricated whilst listening to some of the best DJs in the city.

A licence to thrill with Essential Adventure

Stag weekends don’t come any more testosterone-fuelled than Essential Adventure’s one-night James Bond 007 package. Some best men tend to steer clear of package trips for fear of being ripped off. However, this particular package offers plenty of action and excitement for all. From go-karting and paintballing through to casino and club entry, you can enjoy a very manly day out in Plymouth before finishing it in true 007 Bond style. Betway’s James Bond trivia facts state that Daniel Craig averages 21.25 units of alcohol per Bond movie. Has your stag got what it takes to compete with Mr Craig? We'd definitely advise against trying to find out.

Polish your target skills on a clay pigeon shooting trip

Go Bananas offers two hours of clay pigeon shooting just south of the city of Exeter. If you’re happy driving or getting a minibus out of Plymouth’s city centre, this could be the ideal escape for the group. If you’ve never been clay pigeon shooting before, don’t panic. The venue’s professionally-trained guides will brief you all on gun safety and give you ample opportunities to practise before attempting shots at targets in a group competition. With over two-dozen clays and professional tuition included, it’s a great-value way to spend a morning or afternoon.

Don those walking boots and head for Dartmoor

If your stag likes the idea of spending some time with his best pals and the great outdoors, we’d thoroughly recommend a trip to Plymouth’s nearby Dartmoor National Park. It’s a magnificent place for adventurous types, with over 450 miles of pathways to walk and plenty of open moorlands for you to explore on foot as ramblers. Each year, there is a Dartmoor Walking Festival, comprising nine days of walking events, catering to experienced walkers and complete beginners. You can even book taster rock climbing sessions or learn to canoe on Dartmoor’s rivers. The National Park is one of the best-kept secrets of south Devon. Its magnificent granite tors and its steep river valleys afford breathtaking views and make for a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday urban life.

Calling all gin lovers: Visit England’s oldest working gin distillery

Gin has become one of the most in vogue spirits of the 21st century. People fell out of love with gin in the 1990s, but it has made a rip-roaring comeback. If your stag group is partial to a fresh gin and tonic and you like to sample the different botanicals that go into making some of the UK’s best gins, book a tour of Plymouth’s Black Friars Distillery – the oldest working gin distillery in England. Its premises dates to the early 15th century and they have been making Plymouth Gin from this base since 1793. If your stag group is ten-strong, you can get tickets for the tour at just £6 per head.

Who said Plymouth can’t cater for a rip-roaring stag do weekend? Not us, that’s for certain. We hope this article will provide these busy best men with plenty of food for thought before your trip to Britain’s Ocean City.