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Why have your stag do in Bath?

Mention Bath to the boys as a location for your stag do and you might get some funny looks – they may be thinking you’ve confused your wife-to-be’s hen do city with your own ideas for the stag weekend. However, we ask you to be considerate – and you may just be on to a good thing. OK, so we admit it Bath isn’t all nightclubs and strip joints, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an awesome time to be had. We’ve come up with a short list of frankly, awesome reasons why you should have your stag do in Bath. The right combination of mates, activities and a cracking location will set you up for a legendary weekend with the lads.

SPORT

So we’ll start right on up there on the manliness scale with some good old sport talk. It’s huge in Bath, especially the ruggers. Home (obviously) to Bath Rugby Club, it’s recommended you catch a game whilst here, even if it’s just a local game - in order to fully appreciate the passion and atmosphere of rugby in Bath. Birth place of players and coaches alike you may recognise these famous names – Olly Barkley, Jeremy Guscott, Andy Robinson, Jack Rowell and Clive Woodward.

If rugby’s not your thing or you really want to sport up your weekend, you could visit Bath city Football Club for an afternoon game or perhaps head off to Bath Racecourse for all year round races and events.

For those of you who fancy being more actively involved, get yourself down to Castle Combe Circuit– for some adrenalin pumping sports car try outs!

PUB CULTURE & BEER FESTIVALS

Ok, so your sports sorted for the weekend. Now you’ll need some refreshments – one or two bevvies are only customary on a stag do. Bath isn’t short of watering holes, with traditional pubs being in special abundance. For the experience try out the city’s smallest pub the Coeur de Lion for an intimate drink with the boys. Then you might as well be able to say you have enjoyed a pint in Charles Dickens’ local – The Saracen’s Head, one of the oldest pubs in Bath.

With so many beer and ale festivals planned in Bath, you will no doubt be around whilst at least one of them are going on. Top ones include the CAMRA Bath Beer Festival in April, the Bath Beer Festival in October and the Pavilion Beer & Cider Festival in November.

FOOD & PRODUCE

Now you’ve been entertained and watered, you’ll need a good bite to eat. Let’s face it, no weekend spent celebrating is worth it without some over indulgence and old fashioned consumption. The West Country certainly doesn’t shy away from quality produce! Local delicacies include a Sally Lunn Bunn (although the actual tea room is more for your Nan, perhaps grab one to take away). Bath has a typical male love of all buns (see what we did there) and also has the Bath bun, to fill a gap between meals and for a much needed sugar rush.

Then comes the good stuff, Bath chaps are pork cheeks cooked a little like ham hock with the most amazing flavour. You’ll need some Cheddar cheese for the side and Somerset Cider to wash it down! Afterwards you can get involved with Bath’s extensive cheeses, including Bath soft cheese, best enjoyed on a Bath Oliver (a type of cheese biscuit).  

Again, pioneering tradition you can always get yourself a quality British classic including an English Breakfast, Fish and Chips and a Sunday Roast (you can just imagine these chasing away the hangover!)

To top all this off, mature hottie Mary Berry is said to reside in Bath – extra stag points if she invites you in for a cuppa and a slice of cake!

FAMOUS NAMES

Failing all this, we’ve decided to do some crude name dropping to sway you further! Being all beautiful Bath is often used as a filming location so you never know what stars you could be bumping in to. Bath is also pretty pricey to live in too, with its swanky house and la di da architecture – so you can imagine a celeb or two have made huge purchases in the area. These include the likes of Johnny Depp and Nicholas Cage (said to live in Bath’s Circus).  You may spot Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln around (in character would be even cooler, but that’s less likely). Funny man Russel Howard might be catching up with mates in his local – why not shimmy down next to him and invite him out that evening! Bath isn’t short of musical wonders either with famous Bathonian Alison Goldfrapp and drum and bass artist Danny Byrd.

So we hope after all this you will give Bath a much deserved chance for hosting your stag do. It’s proved itself not to be all frills and novels for the girls – but a cultural and atmospheric hang out for a gentleman’s weekend re-treat! For more information download our Bath city guide here.

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