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Boozy dos

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Stag and hen parties needn’t mean booze‐soaked debauchery ‐‐ only. Plan a party that does not revolve around alcohol.

Stag and hen parties needn’t mean booze‐soaked debauchery ‐‐ only. How about clubbing in Paris, going Boho at Glastonbury or having a flutter at Ascot?

Oh, I do like to be…

Get together a gang and set off to Blackpool for a weekend’s home‐grown seaside fun. Trawl along the promenade for slot machines and cheap boozers, before turning your stomach on The Big One, the world’s highest rollercoaster. Or for real vertigo, venture up the tower and stand on the glass‐bottomed observation point. Head there out of season for ironic Carry On fun.

Rock on

Plan your stag/hen do around a music festival and camp under the stars together in a huge tent. Don your funkiest, floatiest Boho gear, and dole out prizes to those who have the closest encounter with a genuine star.

A day at the races

Ladies’ Day at Ascot is the perfect excuse for getting out your most ridiculous hat, having a flutter and quaffing champagne. Do your best to get a photo with a horse and jockey in the enclosure. Any gal that manages to get herself on TV or in the press wins a prize.

Zehn bier, bitte

You like beer? You love beer. Then time your stag/hen to coincide with the annual Munich Oktoberfest and get up to all sorts of nonsense at the expense of those enormous beer glasses. Take a phrase book ‐‐ it should come in handy when you’ve had more than a few.

Member of the board

If you’d like a competitive edge to your evening, organise a home tournament of beer, board games and curry. In addition to more traditional games such as Monopoly and Cluedo, up the ante with the likes of Kerplunk, Jenga and Perudo. Losers pay with forfeits drawn from a hat.

Vive la difference!

For a night of cultured clubbing, take the last (good value) Eurostar to Paris. After a night of grooving, grab a café au lait and croissant and take an early morning stroll to Sacre Coeur to watch the sun come up, before catching the first train back. Don’t forget to take a disposable black‐and‐white camera to get some arty shots of your posse in moody Montmartre.

Place your bets…

Organise a night at the dogs or set up a mini casino at home. Various companies can supply gaming tables, accessories, croupiers and fake money for an authentic (and less expensive) touch.

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