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Exeter is a city that has a good mix of cultural activities, quality watering holes and an entertaining nightlife scene.

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Exeter Stag do guide

You might want to check your stag-mina if you're planning a a trip here. Very much a night time city, Exeter is a mecca of traditional, or as we'd probably say, proper, English pubs located in some smart surroundings. Many of these establishments are located on the locks, meaning you can wet your stag do whistles by the water in one of the city’s many beer gardens, and once the sun goes down, you might be surprised at the vast choice for post-midnight nightlife on your Exeter stag party. You have been warned.

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Top ten activities in Exeter

  • Clay Pigeon Shooting Experience

    1) Clay Pigeon Shooting Experience

    So you’re a good shot on the arcade and video games but have you got the skill and co-ordination to hit a moving target with a shotgun? With this exciting clay pigeon shooting experience, over one and a half hours, you’ll soon find out. You'll be shooting 25 clays with Beretta Ultralights (12 and 20 gauge) – only the best for our lads! The set up is a purpose-built layout – so you're not out in all weather in a muddy field, there's a bar onsite and you can prebook meals. You’ll get a full safety briefing from experienced instructors and learn how to stand, how to hold your gun and how to ‘read’ the clay before you shoot to increase your chances of dusting your first birds. All your equipment, gun, cartridges and ear defenders are included.  Ready? Pull! No matter how experienced you are, this is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. 

  • Two Course Meal Incl. Prosecco at Jamies Italian

    2) Two Course Meal Incl. Prosecco at Jamies Italian

    When we tell you that a stomach lining meal is a good idea before a night out, let’s just say we’re speaking from experience. But that doesn’t have to mean compromising on quality. And for some truly delicious eats, Jamies Italian brings some ‘proper pukka tukka’ to Exeter with a gourmet blend of authentic Italian dishes served in a modern style.

    Your Exeter stag meal includes two courses, and it’s up to you whether you go for a starter and main, or main and dessert. But whether it’s a fresh Bruschetta or decadent seasonal cheesecake you’ll be tucking into a meal exploding with flavour in every forkful. And to start the party off (it is your stag after all) you’ll be able to toast the groom with a complimentary glass of prosecco.

    Great food in a venue that’s all about good times with your mates? It’s the recipe for the perfect stag meal.

  • Outdoor Rock Climbing & Abseiling Experience (7-12)

    3) Outdoor Rock Climbing & Abseiling Experience (7-12)

  • Half Day Paintballing Morning Session Inc 100 Paintballs

    4) Half Day Paintballing Morning Session Inc 100 Paintballs

    Offering nine exciting game zones, 120 acres to explore and 100 free paintballs to unleash on your enemies, this fantastic paintballing site in Exeter is the ultimate place for you and the stags to let loose. Protect The Fort from intruder attacks, battle your way across terrain to prevent a Missile Launch and discharge smoke bombs as you attempt to storm The Bridge. Experience hours of pure excitement and mayhem in this shoot-‘em-up special. The ideal way to act out those Call Of Duty fantasies in a safe environment, there’s no wonder this is one of the county’s number one paintball sites. Plus, the half-day format allows you a lay in or an early finish, so you’ve more time to explore Exeter’s nightlife. 

  • Kayaking Experience (7-12)

    5) Kayaking Experience (7-12)

  • Indoor Go-Karting Experience

    6) Indoor Go-Karting Experience

    We’ve found one of the fastest and most challenging tracks in the South West to sort the F1 stars from the Z-list duds on your stag weekend! Who’s going to be getting the drinks in after the race? Let’s see who’s last passed the chequered flag! There are 350 metres of Tarmac to sort the men from the boys, so visors down, engines on – get ready to put pedal to metal and burn some rubber! It’s all about finding your race lines, being smart around the bends – and making sure that you’re in pole position. As you’re tearing around the course, you’ll have the chance to show off your driving skills – this is a real battle of nerves, wit and skill! It’s up to you whether you go for the Champagne shower at the end – or simply make whoever comes in last ship in the beers!

  • Friday Pre-Club Bar Entry

    7) Friday Pre-Club Bar Entry

    When a bar just isn’t enough, we suggest a party bar. If you’re booking your stag weekend in Exeter, why not head to John Gandy's on Friday night for a post-pub, pre-club session. This place is an Exeter institution, loved for its cool staff, well-stocked bar and music scene. Enjoy tunes from resident DJs or live bands as you kick back with a pint. The space inside is a mix of snug corners, bar area and dance floor, with a cocktail bar that pulls plenty of fun-loving girls through the doors. Late opening on Friday night means this is the perfect place to warm up before hitting the tiles. The city-centre location makes it easy to keep the lads together for the short walk to the club, making this an ideal venue for your stag shenanigans.

  • Friday Lap Dancing Entry

    8) Friday Lap Dancing Entry

    A trip to a lap-dancing club is a stag classic and guaranteed to put a smile on all the boys’ faces! This package includes guest-list entry into one of Exeter’s most renowned strip joints and the company of the hottest women in town. As soon as you’re in the club, there’ll be a feast for your eyes, as beautiful dancers highly trained in the art of sensual striptease and pole dancing perform their eye-popping routines for your pleasure! The club is really high-end, with private dance rooms, VIP seating, a Champagne area, stage shows and waitress service. Why not give the groom-to-be a treat he’ll never forget – a hotter-than-hot private dance? That’ll give him something to think about as he embarks on a life of matrimonial bliss!

  • Caving Experience (7-12 people)

    9) Caving Experience (7-12 people)

    Delve deep into the darkness and explore the cave systems of Exeter on you stag do. Whether you want the rush of breaching the unknown, or are fascinated by the age and natural beauty of the caves, plunging into the depths with the fully-qualified instructors is a great way to spend your stag do with the lads. The activity is suited to all levels, with instructors adapting the routes to suit the needs and abilities of the group. The company also employs a 6:1 ratio between guides and participants, which means that you won’t be stuck behind a long line of people. Caving is a great experience for a stag do, and it will leave you and the boys itching to explore further and further!

  • Quad Biking Experience

    10) Quad Biking Experience

Looking for  Great if you are looking for

  • A diverse variety of daytime activities – both on land and on water!
  • A classic stag night out in friendly pubs and not fancy bars
  • Rock climbing, quad biking, go-karting, and paintballing

Getting around  Getting around

National Express goes all the time, trains go straight from London Waterloo, Exeter Airport is only six miles from the city centre and the M5 links to Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol and all routes from the London M4 corridor lead to glorious Exeter.

Tips and ideas  Tips and ideas

You can see Rougemont Castle Gateway or the Underground Passages but I doubt you’d want that. The Museum is worth a visit, partly because it’s free of charge. Action is what we want and Exeter has taken paint-balling to the next level by building an Iron Age Encampment on its outskirts amongst other venues.. This creates a unique battleground to decorate your stag-mates in a new colour we like to call "hint of machine-gun. "I just made a Jackson Pollock of his b*llocks!!!" - Excited stag and literary genius (not!) Mart Newton’s favourite kill cliché, May 2007

Nightlife  Nightlife

There are more choices of music in Exeter than Rik Waller has had hot dinners. “Cavern” is a prime example of alternative music with its cool underground atmosphere. “The Mint” on Fore Street is an ideal place to start drinking. Every hour there seems to be happy hour, and stags have spent a lot of happy hours there believe me!!!??? The drinks are cheap and the clientele are bonkers!!! Clubs such as “The Hub” (formerly “The Three Fat Fish), and “Club Rococco” (both on Mary Arches Street) are usual after-bar venues, for those stags who haven’t lost control of their bodily functions by now!!

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