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Gather together your band of merry men and book the groom’s last weekend of freedom in one of the UK’s most popular stag do destinations! By day, Nottingham has more adventure than a dozen Robin Hood movies combined, and there's a thriving nightlife scene to match.
Central location makes it easy for your group to get together
Varied and exciting nightlife scene that’s easily explored on foot
Classic stag activities and a host of uniquely Nottingham experiences too
Going by the reviews we get here at The Stag Company, Nottingham is one of the best places in the UK for a stag weekend. We think that’s down to several reasons. Firstly, it’s central, so it's easy to get to wherever you’re coming from across the UK and no one has to trek from one end of the country to the other. Secondly, it offers a fantastic range of unique and adventurous stag activities. And thirdly, it's home to a diverse and buzzing nightlife, with a plethora of top notch pubs and bars.
If you’re still undecided about whether Nottingham is for you and your crew of merry men, keep this in mind: the city is also home to the one and only remaining branch of Hooters in the UK. Enough said?
Heading To Nottingham
With its conveniently central location just 130 miles north of London and 75 miles south of Leeds, you’ll find that Nottingham is easily accessible from many parts of the UK by train, which is one reason why the city is such a popular stag do location.
Naturally, you can also get here by car without much difficulty, and there are several secure public car parks around the city including at the Victoria Centre, on Stoney Street, and on Canal Street. If you prefer to have your wheels closer to hand however, ask us about our Nottingham stag hotels with car parking. There are plenty of electric car charging points around the city as well if you need them.
Buses & Trams
Once you’ve arrived in the city, getting around Nottingham is a doddle, and you certainly won’t be short of buses to hop on. The majority of buses operate from Nottingham’s Broadmarsh and Victoria bus stations. Just check out the website, or download the NCT bus app, for routes and times. Alternatively, there are trams available too, running every seven minutes or so and with five stops in the city centre.
Cabs are also readily available, and worth booking ahead for the early hours of the morning if you prefer not to join queues at the taxi ranks. They're also ideal for those groups who want to get to their destination quickly and in comfort. There's various taxi companies operating in the city, including Nottingham Cars, DG Cars and Yellowcars. Uber also serves Nottingham, which is perfect if you've already got an account and the app!
Walking and Bike Hire
Nottingham city centre is pretty walkable, so if your group prefers to get around on foot, you should be fine so long as the weather plays ball. If you fancy hiring bikes, then look no further than Lime - the city's e-bike rental scheme. You can easily pick up and hire bikes from a number of bays in Nottingham. To hire, just download the Lime app and you're good to go! This is a fantastic, eco-friendly way to discover the best of the city!
The Best Stag Do Ideas in Nottingham
Round up your merry men and prepare for one incredibly epic session of paintballing. Get ready to embark on a woodland adventure in Nottingham’s lush forests, where you and the lads will be let loose to splatter each other with colourful pellets. All equipment and instruction will be provided, so all you’ll have to worry about is getting your strategy sorted. Look forward to some immersive zones, along with great hideouts, where you’ll be able to jump out and fire at your unsuspecting mates. Paintballing is an absolute stag classic and it’s easy to see why! If you’re looking for the perfect balance of laughs and action packed thrills, you’ve found it with this top activity!
For inflatable mayhem and wacky games, make sure you join in the fun with ‘It’s a Knockout’. Based on the hit TV show from the back in the day, this hilarious experience will see you and the rest of the stags take on all kinds of daft games. From massive inflatable obstacles and bonkers, novelty suits, right through to games such as the crazy climber and mediaeval madness, it’s all to play for here, with plenty of laughs guaranteed!
Discover Nottingham’s best bars and party venues with one of our guided bar crawls - it’s the perfect way to ensure a great night with your mates without having to do all the research about where to go. Looking to spice things up a bit? Then how about getting one of our Barcrawl Bunny experiences booked? This experience will see you and your group guided around the city’s vibrant party spots by bubbly and uber-glam hostesses, who are all about having a wicked time. And yes, they’ll be wearing their sexy bunny costumes. Expect a great mix of bars, that’s all topped off with nightclub entry. There will be plenty of drink deals along the way, in addition to games and forfeits throughout - you’ve been warned!
Enjoy a little slice of the Bavarian life, right here in Nottingham with a trip to the city’s awesome Bierkeller venue. Here at The Stag Company, we offer a top range of packages at this great venue, including one where you’ll fully immerse yourselves in delicious steins of German beer and much your way through one of Bavaria’s finest pretzels. If you don’t fancy the grub, then there’s also an entry only package, reserving your group a table and providing one stein of beer each. Get set for the ultimate entertainment from the hilarious oompah band, who’ll be performing traditional Bavarian drinking songs, along with their rendition of chart topping hits. If there’s one place to be in Nottingham on your stag do, it’s definitely the Bierkeller!
If you’ve always fancied having a go at a session of bubble football, now’s your chance. This hilarious activity is a brilliant choice for anyone celebrating a Nottingham stag do, and will see you and your mates bouncing, crashing and rolling around. You’ll each don a giant inflatable zorb, leaving your legs free to move about. It definitely makes playing the beautiful game more challenging, that’s for sure! During this session that’s hosted by a friendly activity coordinator, you’ll get stuck into a variety of games which could include the likes of Bulldog, Capture The Flag and Last Man Standing. Oh, and there’s also the challenge of actually trying to get the ball in the net.
Put your faith in your mates with the brilliant blindfold 4 x 4 driving experience in Nottingham. You and the boys will head to a great site, where you’ll each try your hand at this rather unique activity. You’ll take it in turns to sit in the driver's seat and attempt to navigate this epic vehicle around a purpose built track with a blindfold on. But fear not, you’ll have one of your (hopefully) trusty pals next to you, who will be telling you what to do and where to steer. It’s much harder than it sounds, especially when you can’t see what’s ahead! This activity will be led by a professional instructor, who will give you all a safety briefing beforehand and provide you with some top tips for your session.
Looking for something that’s not all about intense adrenaline? Then how about one of Nottingham’s thrilling escape rooms? These games are brilliant fun and the perfect way to work together as a team in order to break free. Expect plenty of mind boggling puzzles, riddles and clues that you’ll need to solve - reckon you’re up for the challenge? Remember, time won’t be on your side here, as you’ll be racing against the clock. This one uses wit and logic, but keep an eye out for any potential red herrings that are waiting to throw you off your scent! Once you’ve completed your game and triumphantly made your exit, you’ll need to grab a winner’s photo!
There’s no better way to top off your big night out than with entry to one of Nottingham’s hottest clubs. Not sure where to go? Leave it to us! We offer some of the biggest and best clubs in the city, where you and your pals will be able to party ‘til the wee hours. Think various bars and rooms, each playing a different music genre, along with state-of-the-art dance floors, and you’ve got everything you need for a quality night. We'd also recommend booking a booth through us, so that you have a secluded area where the whole group can chat, reconvene if getting lost in the club and to sit down and drink. This central point is a game changer for a Nottingham stag do.
Go Karting is the quintessential activity for Nottingham stag weekends, with an incredible indoor course allowing you each to have two races with each race lasting 15 minutes. This daytime activity is a great way to bring out everyone's competitive nature and find out who is the racing champion of the group. So put the pedal to the metal and race your mates with this adrenaline pumping activity.
Add some cheeky charm to your Nottingham stag do and get set for a unique dining experience at the UK’s one and only Hooters restaurant! Known for its bubbly, beautiful waitresses, buzzy, lively atmosphere and of course, the famous menu, Hooters is definitely the ultimate spot to indulge with your mates. Expect firm favourites from the menu, including finger licking wings, burgers and fries or sandwiches and fries. And if that’s not enough, you can top it all off with some ice-cold pints too. Look forward to friendly service from the girls, who will be donning their iconic Hooters uniform, along with one seriously tasty meal and an all round great vibe. We doubt you need any more convincing, so go on, head to Hooters in Nottingham, where the party’s at!
Other Stag Do Ideas in Nottingham
Let’s start with the obvious: Nottingham’s most famous resident, Robin Hood. This legendary folk hero, if he ever really existed, is said to have hidden out of the sight of the authorities in nearby Sherwood Forest with his band of merry men. The beautiful forest, a unique habitat for local wildlife, is just 20 miles north of Nottingham. It is home to numerous walking and cycling trails and an excellent Go Ape high ropes course, as well as the famous Major Oak, a huge tree under which legend says the merry men would sleep at night.
In the city centre itself, you’ve got Nottingham Castle, where you can learn even more about the legend of Robin Hood on tours that are combined with interactive digital experiences like archery competitions or sparring sessions with Little John. If your group has a few history buffs among them then you might enjoy a wander through the City of Caves. Under the streets of Nottingham there is a subterranean maze comprising hundreds of sandstone caves that date back to the Dark Ages. It’s one of the most unusual places in the UK.
For something slightly less claustrophobic, head over to the Dragon on Long Row. Here there’s a permanent Scalextric track set up where you and the guys can channel your inner Lewis Hamilton and pit your skills against each other. You may not have played Scalextric since you were kids, but you’ll be amazed at how exciting and competitive it gets - and at how quickly the muscle memory kicks in! Just a 10-minute walk from the Dragon brings you to one of Nottingham’s most scenic spots, the Arboretum. This small but really attractive park is a nice area to clear your heads after a night on the sauce. It’s said to have been the inspiration for Neverland in Peter Pan.
If you’re organising a summer stag do in Nottingham, then you might want to tie it in with Nottinghamshire's biggest music festival, Splendour. Taking place across five stages in the beautiful surroundings of Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, the event hosts acts across all musical genres, from upcoming talent to world class icons. In addition to the music, you’ll find an epic funfair, comedy performances, a silent disco and an array of delicious food and drink stalls. Bear in mind that tickets sell out fast and accommodation books up particularly quickly during these kinds of event weekends, so if this tickles your fancy, don't delay.
We also have package deals. This isn’t one or two action packed activities, it’s three, all rolled into one glorious adventure in the beautiful Nottingham countryside! First up, quads! Hop on these beastly quad bikes and get set to trek through a variety of terrain that will put your driving skills to the test. Afterwards, it’s time to take on the rage buggies, where you’ll discover off road karting at its finest. And finally, you’ll try your hand at a session of archery, where you’ll find out who's got the best aim. This brilliant activity trio will make a great addition to your daytime stag do itinerary, so go ahead and book now to make it a weekend to remember!
Where To Head
Nottingham city centre is a conveniently walkable area for your evening entertainment. The most popular part of the city for stag groups tends to be the Lace Market, once the old industrial centre, and now a hub for trendy nightspots.
The Canal Side also has plenty of good bars, especially around Castle Wharf - keep an eye out for your mates on the waterfront in case anyone takes an accidental dip. You can find the famous Hooters here, the only outlet of this American sports bar in the UK and the place to come if you like your chicken wings served by girls in super-shortie short-shorts. Let us know if you'd like us to book your evening meal here, as we've worked with Hooters for many years.
There are several bars, including a Revolution and a Slug & Lettuce at the Cornerhouse complex, just a 10 minute walk from the Lace Market. There's not one, but two Roxy Ball Rooms to be found in Nottingham, both offering a range of fun games to accompany your drinks, including basketball, bowling, American pool, shuffleboard, bocce and ping pong. Just along the road from the Cornerhouse venue is another Nottingham institution, Rock City. Going strong since 1980, and claiming the tagline of 'the UK's best live venue and club', this is the place to catch up-and-coming live bands before they become the next big thing. They also offer some of the most happening club nights in town so check out their line-up in advance, to see what floats your boat.
Beer Gardens, Pubs and Bars
Something we really love about Nottingham is the way it offers a mix of classic, even historic pubs, and super-stylish venues, both of which you’ll be raving about the next day. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, built into the rock next to Nottingham Castle, claims to be the oldest pub in the UK. It’s certainly one of them, and an interesting pub to sink a quick pint. Then you’ve got the Lacehouse, set within a former factory, serving pizzas and brunch in the day and becoming one of Nottingham’s trendiest cocktail bars by night.
The Curious Tavern is one of Nottingham’s best-dept secrets, housed in the city’s oldest hotel in the Hockley area, and serving up a rotating cast of cask ales to be enjoyed on the Chesterfield sofas. Just next door is sister pub Lost Property, a cocktail speakeasy with muted lighting that is set into Nottingham’s underground caves. Both excellent spots for a drink or two early in the evening.
Looking for a good beer garden in Nottingham? The Organ Grinder has a great one, where you can sup on up to nine cask ales and tuck into some of their amazing pork pies. You’ll also find a decent beer garden at the Bierkeller, where you can catch sports on the big screen TVs, play a few rounds of pool or darts, or even catch one of their famous oompah shows.
The Crafty Crow offers a fine selection of craft beers and microbrews from around the country, and the tap house provides views of Nottingham Castle and the Robin Hood statue. This is a good option for eating well if your crew has any vegetarians or vegans. You can also get craft beers at Brewdog, in another handsome old factory on Friar Lane, with lots of choice.
For cocktails, we recommend the aforementioned Lacehouse, but also 400 Rabbits at Hurts Yard for tequila and mezcal in a lively Mexican-themed bar, or Gincident which serves, you guessed it, a lot of very good gins - dry, flavoured, spiced, citrusy - they’ve got the lot.
If you’re looking for clubs, then both PRYZM on Lower Parliament St (let us pre-book your group its own VIP booth!) and Club Ink on Queen Street - multi-room, multi-bar extravaganzas, tend to be stag-friendly. The Rescue Rooms and Stealth both feature live acts and DJs. Flirtz, on Friar Lane, is our recommendation for Nottingham’s best gentlemen's club, if you’re thinking of treating the groom to a lap dance on his last weekend of freedom.
Is Nottingham good for a stag do?
Nottingham has always been a great stag do destination, and it’s always been one of our most popular for enquiries. Going by the feedback we’ve received, there are three main reasons. It’s very central first of all, so wherever your group is coming from, it’s pretty easy to reach. You’ve also got stacks of brilliant activities available to you around the city and in the surrounding area. And lastly, the nightlife in Nottingham is just awesome, so it’s pretty difficult not to have a good time here.
What is there to do in Nottingham at night?
We think we've worked out why Robin Hood’s men were known for being so darn merry. Even back in 'those days', Nottingham must have been pretty lively after dark! These days, we recommend that you head to popular stag areas such as the Lace Market, the Cornerhouse and the Canal Front for a wide range of pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs. You can find pubs with a host of traditional games like ten-pin bowling and bocce, trendy cocktail speakeasies, refined gin bars, craft beer pubs and vibey rock pubs - whatever your group is in the mood for.
Best Nottingham stag do bars?
Well-behaved groups should be okay in most places, but if you want an assured stag-friendly environment then we recommend bars such as the Slug & Lettuce, Revolution, the Bierkeller or Hooters, all of which regularly welcome stag groups and also serve food, which is handy. In the daytime, check out the Organ Grinder on Alfreton Road for its wood burning fire during the colder months, and its lovely beer garden when the sun decides to shine.
What kind of activities can we do?
Nottingham stag do’s are brilliant for groups that like to get a bit active. Among the activities you can try here are White Water Rafting, Assault Courses, It’s A Knockout competitions (huge fun) and, in Sherwood Pines, one of the best Go Ape high ropes courses in the country.
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