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Experienced Stags

It is a common misconception that your typical stag is under 30 and getting married for the first time. How wrong can you be. With the divorce rate being so high it is becoming more common for people to get married for a second time - hence a second stag night.

With second marriages it usual for one or other of the partners to have children from a previous relationship. It is difficult thinking up new destinations for holidays or short breaks. Here are some ideas:-

1. Family Outdoor Adventure Breaks in Wales

Try climbing, caving, canoeing and gorge walking. Suitable for all the family and an excellent way to tire out the kids so you can get some time to yourselves in the evening. That's assuming you have any energy left after the daytime activity.

Visit www.callofthewild.co.uk

2. A trip to Paris

What do you do in Paris with children? Visit the Bois De Boulogne of course. 863 hectares of forest where you can hore bikes, ride ponies, visit the fairground and circus. Disneyland Paris is only 35minutes away by train. A three day pass costs £74 for adults and £57 for kids.


Something for the Kids

Madrid - Keep an eye open for Posh and Becks if you take the kids to Madrid. See 450 waxworks at the Wax MUseum. Under 3's free, adults £5 and children £3.50. Then take an exhilerating ride on the Tornedo inverted roller coaster at Parque de Atteacciones in casa de Campo. For a quieter afternoon explore parque de Retiro, once the playground of the Spanish royalty and a family favourite for its street musicians and performers.See cartoon characters at the Warner bros Movie World where entry costs £22.85 for adults and 317.14 for kids. Check out Caramelos paco, an amazing sweet shop with giant confectionary sculptures.

For more information visit www.madaboutmadrid.com


Stag Night Celebrity Lookalikes

This is a great idea - Celebrity lookalikes. Forget the traditional stripper what about hiring a celeb lookalike to follow you around for the stag night.

This is also something that you could use for the wedding itself. Imagine your guests turning up to be greated by Tom Jones or Sean Connery! Brilliant.

http://www.splitting-images.com/celebrity_list.html

http://www.alistlookalikes.co.uk/


Kids and what to do with them

Barcelona - The Spanish are a child friendly nation and are happy to let the little rascals stay up late into the warm evenings, welcoming rather than tolerating them. Spain's second city, 2hrs 10 mins by air from London. Go to Barcelona Zoo and see baby Gorillas. There are day camps for children run by the biologists from the zoo's education department. Then visit the 100 year old Parc D'Atraccions theme park. Take the kids to the beach for cheap fun and for a stroll along the Ramblas. Go for dinner at a Tapas Bar to try out Spanish food.


For More Experienced Stags - Amsterdam

Ideas for entertaining the kids for the more experienced stags amongst you with children.

Amsterdam - A great introduction to European travel for children as the city is just 1hr 10mins by air from London. Start with a hands-on Nemo Science Museum tour. Children can dress up as scientits and make liquorice in a lab. Then take them to see the rocks at the diamond museum. The Tropical Museum takes older kids around the world in 80 ways.A canal cruise is a must and the kids will love the water bikes.


Ideas for the Family - Brussels

Only 2 hrs 30mins away from London on Eurostar. Take the kids to Mini Europe, a giant model village. Children under 4ft go free/adults 312.50/Kids over 4ft £6. Then visit the vintage cars at Autoworld at the Parc du Cinquantenaire. Older children will enjoy the Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art, atribute to Tintin. There are plenty of edible exhibits at belgium's Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate.


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For those more experienced stags amoungst you who may have children here are some travel ideas for keeping the kids entertained.

Rome

Play at Gladiators in the Colosseum, running all over the ruins and counting the cats. Queues can be very long in summer - phone the day before to book a time slot (about £7). Take a picnic to the Bourghese Gardens and hire family pedal carts. One exit leades you directly out to the Spanish Steps. Don't miss teatro di Pulcinella, an enchanting puppet theatre with shows every day. Pay by donation. Send distinctive postcards from the Vatican and throw pennies into the Trevi Fountain. Follow in the footsteps of the famous Welsh Grand Winning Team of 2005. This is where they won their first match "on the road" in 2005.

www.crestaholidays.co.uk


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More ideas as to how to entertain the kids

Stockholm

Visit one of Europe's favourite cities.One of the most child friendly cities in Europe and is only 2hrs 20mins from London. Restaurants have high chairs and there are pushchair ramps on the undergraound (under 7's travel free). Take a train ride through Junibacken, a childrens museum dedicated to the Pippi Longstocking stories. Visit Skansen, an openair museum with aquarium and children's zoo. Take the older kids to Vasa, a preserved 17th century wooden warship and to Grona Lund Tivoli, Stockholm's biggest theme park. Go on a boat trip linking the city's islands. A Stockholm a la carte card costs £230 for a family of 4 but entitles you to free travel on all public transport and entry to more than 50 attractions.

Visit www.hoteltegnerlunden.se and www.ryanair.com


How Not to Arrange your Stag Night

'Ben, You've Had Your Stag Night'

J-Lo tells it like it is

By now there can't be a person on the planet who hasn't heard about affianced actor Ben Affleck's strip club shenanigans, including his wife-to-be Jennifer Lopez.  This is an example of how not to arange your stag night

With rumours of ring-throwing and storming rows doing the rounds, Ben Affleck turned up on the Tonight Show to set the record straight.

According to Affleck, the missus-in-waiting knew all about the stripper trip before it happened. 'I did have the common sense to call Jennifer and say, 'I’m going to this place, it's kind of wacky,' Affleck told the show's host Jay Leno. 'I told her it was a strip bar. She said she was cool.'

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