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Blackpool stag do guide


Back in the day, before the rise of budget flights, Blackpool was the envy of Europe’s resorts. Holidaymakers have been flocking to the north west coast since the 1840s. In recent years Blackpool’s popularity has dwindled, but now with some heavy investment in tourism, particularly on the seafront, it’s back and fully loaded with all the attributes to give you a first-class stag do.

The new and improved Blackpool offers an enticing concoction of fun activities and exciting yet unpretentious nightlife, making it one of Britain’s best loved stag do destinations. Just mind the seagulls don’t have your chips.

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Great if you are looking for

  • A quintessentially British stag do on the coast
  • Classic seaside resort offering great entertainment and loads of activities
  • A legendary nightlife scene with much of the action along the prom

Getting around

Blackpool perches on the north west coast of England, looking out over the Irish Sea, and an hour or so by train from both Manchester Airport, and John Lennon Airport in Liverpool. There’s no need to fly here though, with four daily rail connections from London Euston as well as regular services from York, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool. 

Driving to Blackpool? There are several public car parks where you can confidently leave your vehicles for the weekend. Alternatively, ask our Blackpool stag planners about hotels with parking. There’s no real need to use your car while you’re here - Blackpool is very walkable, and if your activities are out of town, we can organise convenient door-to-door transfers for you. 

Blackpool is compact and flat so most of our stag groups choose to get around on foot. The sandy beaches here extend for some seven miles in total, while the ‘Golden Mile’ in central Blackpool, along which much of the nightlife action takes place, is actually more like three miles. The Tramway runs the length of it - purchase a 3-day Blackpool1 travel pass (which handily also covers buses) if you think you’ll be using it a lot, or pay contactless onboard for an individual journey.

Taxis are always available too if you need, and if you're feeling adventurous, then you could pay to travel on a horse drawn carriage, also known as a ‘landau’ along the seafront. There have been concerns about the horses’ welfare though so we’d probably leave this option to the sightseers.

Tips and ideas

Is it even a trip to the seaside if you don’t buy a stick of rock and gorge on salt and vinegar drenched chips whilst strolling along the prom? Make a wander along the seafront your first objective, to get your bearings as well as to get an idea of the various bars, restaurants and entertainment options along the promenade. 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach on the south shore is a national institution. Here you’ve got arcades, classic fairground games and even rollercoasters to get your kicks. We can sort you and the lads out with a great value Pleasure Beach Day Pass. You can pick up a Resort Pass if you want, which covers attractions including the Pleasure Beach amusement park, the Blackpool Tower (almost 160m tall), Madame Tussauds and the Sandcastle Waterpark - the largest in the country with some 18 slides and attractions.

Most groups, however, are content to do just one or two of these if any, and instead book a few of the great Blackpool stag activities that always appeal, from Xtreme Footgolf to Clay Pigeon Shooting and Bubble Football. Naturally, classic stag experiences such as Paintballing and Go Karting can also be arranged in Blackpool, and don’t forget that we can organise convenient transfers for your group too, saving you the hassle of driving.

Like an invigorating stroll along the pier? Then you’ll love Blackpool. It has three! The northernmost has an amusement arcade - if you’re planning a winter stag, be there at sunset to catch the murmuration, as the starlings come into roost. The central pier has a Ferris wheel, while the south pier has a number of white-knuckle adrenaline rides that we wouldn’t recommend tackling if you’ve had a skinful. 

The Winter Gardens is Blackpool’s largest entertainment venue, and it attracts some big names throughout the year - comedy and live music performances are a good bet if that’s your thing. More culture can be had with a wander along the south promenade to admire a series of sculptures, thought-provoking installations by several established and emerging artists.

Most groups, naturally, want a seaside stag do in the summertime. But between September and January, the iconic Blackpool Illuminations offer one of the world’s great free light shows. They’re definitely the highlight of a winter stag do in Blackpool, and you can take open-top trams the length of them (they’re six miles long and use about a million bulbs). They’re now all powered by green electricity, presumably because they had a carbon footprint bigger than the rest of Blackpool combined.

Nursing a sore head from the night before? Take the air at the huge Stanley Park, where you can hire pedal boats, play a little pitch ‘n’ putt, and escape the hustle and bustle of the seafront for a few hours. 

Nightlife

Blackpool is a nocturnal city and thrives after dark, so if you’re worried about good options for you and the lads to get the beers in, there’s no need. Although there are fewer stag and hen groups wandering around in fancy dress then there used to be, this is still a very welcoming town for revellers and you can be sure of a great night out. With that in mind, here’s our guide to Blackpool nightlife and the best places for your stag group to go.

First up: the Manchester, located on the promenade between the south and central piers. This is a big, friendly sports pub, a good place to eat, with weekend DJs and a beer garden facing the sea. A solid option to start your evening off. 

15 minutes’ walk up the prom, close to the north pier, you’ve got Market Street, and two ever-popular stag group haunts: Revolution, and Yates. Walkabout, on Queen Street, is just a little further on. Though they have their differences, you know what to expect in this kind of joint: decent, good-value food, beers and spirits in full flow, and always a lively atmosphere.

If you’d like some live music to accompany your drinks, then both Bootleg Social, and the Galleon (jazz and blues), are good bets. The Tache, on Corporation Street, is Blackpool’s famous rock club - hair furniture not necessary despite the name, but (good taste) fancy dress always gets the nod of approval. For stag groups that like to handle the singing themselves - and we know there’s lots of you out there - there’s karaoke at Gaietys on the promenade.

Cheesy classics from the 70s to the 00s can be found at Popworld and Reflex, both of them on the promenade. The music will get you on the dancefloor, the drinks deals will get you moving, and the fact that this is hen party central will no doubt get you in the door. If this is your thing, we can help you out with a peace-of-mind guest list entry to Reflex. We can’t stop Dave getting a round of pina coladas in though, sorry.

Clubs-wise, Blackpool hits the jackpot again. Head over to Hush, on Market Street, for urban music, dancehall and hip hop. The vast Flamingo, on Queen Street, starts a countdown with 5 levels, 4 bars, 3 DJs and 2 dance floors - for 1 big night out. And Trilogy on Talbot Road, is another great late-night option, with three floors and open ‘til 4am. It’s on Talbot Road, so set a bit inland from most of the stag nightlife, but worth the short taxi ride we reckon.

FAQ

Is Blackpool good for stag do’s?

People have been flocking to Blackpool for fun on the coast for years, and while it’s quietened down a bit since its heyday, this is still a seriously good destination for a stag do. You’ve got heaps of great stag activities and entertainment available to you, including the iconic Pleasure Beach. 

The nightlife is justly famous especially along the prom and Market Street. And the resort as a whole is very welcoming to hedonistic partygoers, given that so much of the economy here is built around tourism. 

What are the best Blackpool stag do bars?

You can’t go wrong with venues such as Walkabout, Yates or Revolution - and the great thing is that they’re all clustered within a five-minute walk of each other near Blackpool’s north pier. A 20-minute walk south (or a short taxi / tram ride) you’ve got the Manchester, which is a big sports pub with a lively atmosphere and a good beer garden. We also like the cheese-tastic Reflex, on the promenade, where you can get your boogie on and take advantage of their regular drinks promotions. 

There’s a huge amount of choice though Blackpool is such a top night out, as our reviews will tell you. If you need any more inspiration or advice, our Blackpool stag planners are ready and waiting with ideas.

What are the best stag do activities in Blackpool?

This is always a tricky one to answer because no two stag groups are alike. In our experience though most groups are looking for one or two classic stag do activities over a weekend: Paintballing and Go Karting for example, with the rest of their time in the days free to wander Blackpool. 

The Pleasure Beach is a must with some great rides and arcades, and if you’ve got a hangover then we also strongly recommend a wander around the massive Stanley Park, where you can hire pedal boats. The Sandcastle Waterpark is also a decent option especially on a rainy weekend, as it’s indoors with loads of fun slides. 

Do you arrange stag do accommodation in Blackpool?

Absolutely. In fact, this is one of the most important aspects of organising any stag weekend. We’ve been helping groups have a great time in Blackpool since 2002, and over the years we’ve developed good relationships with many hotel chains here. So we can offer you plenty of choice, and excellent room rates too. And have no fears about being stuck out on the edge miles from anywhere - we know you want to be in the thick of the action, so we’ll always accommodate you within a short walk of the main nightlife areas. 

Can you help with Blackpool stag weekend packages?

Yes - in fact this is something that a lot of groups are looking for, simply because it takes a lot of the stress out of planning. A Blackpool stag package will typically include one or two activities, perhaps a meal out, nightclub or bar entry, and your accommodation. It’s a basic framework, you can add other things on as you need them. 

Essentially, booking a package saves you effort, it offers you good value, and it ensures that your accommodation is sorted as well as giving you a headstart on your entertainment. We have a variety of stag do packages in Blackpool available, so let us know if one appeals and we can get you going.

Stars Rated 4/5

Overall the whole trip was fantastic
The Norwood hotel in Blackpool is highly recommend to any group of lads on a Stag Party the staff were fantastic, and the breakfast was perfect for a hangover.

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