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Stag party lads find fun in the countryside.



S TAG parties used to be a simple affair. Gather the lads together, add a stripper Stripper

Slang for an individual homeowner who strips the equity out of his or her home through mortgage refinancing. Proceeds are generally not re-invested, but spent on consumer goods.

Notes:

Most people get rich by saving and investing wisely.
 and drink till you drop.

Grooms-to-be said goodbye to bachelor life with the traditional cocktail of booze Booze

sold cheap whiskey in a log-cabin bottle. [Am. Hist.: Espy, 152–153]

See : Drunkenness
, bars and pranks.

But now stag parties Noun 1. stag party - a party for men only (or one considered suitable for men only)
smoker

party - a group of people gathered together for pleasure; "she joined the party after dinner"
 are ditching pubs and clubs... for fresh air and exercise.

They are forking out hundreds of pounds and heading to activity centres - with early morning starts and gruelling gru·el·ing also gru·el·ling  
adj.
Physically or mentally demanding to the point of exhaustion: a grueling campaign.



gru
 schedules.

Clive Fowler, aged 33, opted for an activity stag weekend based at the Pengwern Hotel in Shrewsbury.

As best man, the salesman from Erdington, Birmingham, wanted something more than a three-day drinking stint for his pal.

So his group of eight, aged between 27 and 36, rolled up their sleeves for two days of quad biking and clay pigeon clay pigeon

target used at gun clubs. It causes poisoning in pigs at pasture which eat the targets. The coal tar pitch used as a binder causes severe hepatic necrosis. See also coal tar pitch.
 shooting.

Clive said: "Friends said why don't we go to Edinburgh? But what do you do on a weekend there - get smashed, then get smashed again.

"It would be just like your average night out, except you go to a few more pubs.

"I love going out and having a few beers with friends, but for a stag do, you want something more special.

"And it was great having an activity weekend - leaving all the organisation to somebody else.

"The weekend in August last year was fantastic - we still talk about it.

"I loved the quad biking - I used to call it pony-trekking for lads. But we got to take the bikes around a farm, across the fields. You pick it up really quickly.

"It was a great setting for the weekend.

"It didn't feel like staying in like a hotel which was good. It was like being at home with your mates.

"We certainly all got a lot more out of it than a boozy booze   Slang
n.
1.
a. Hard liquor.

b. An alcoholic beverage.

2. A drinking spree.

intr.v.
 weekend away."

Jake Pilbeam, from Kings Heath Kings Heath is a suburb of Birmingham, England, three miles south of the city centre. It is the next 'village' south from Moseley on the Alcester Road. The central shopping area runs along the High Street and Alcester Road, and the shops include branches of national chain stores, , Birmingham, spent a weekend at the Halfway House halfway house /half·way house/ (haf´wa hous) a residence for patients (e.g., mental patients, drug addicts, alcoholics) who do not require hospitalization but who need an intermediate degree of care until they can return to the community.  activity centre in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, with a stag party of nine.

The 28-year-old media sales worker, said: "A lot of my friends have got married recently so I've ended up going to loads of stag parties.

"I love drinking and clubbing, but you get to the stage when you think 'not another weekend in Amsterdam'.

"The Halfway House is quite isolated, which was really good.

"My friends live in Bedford, so I don't see them very often, and it was a chance to spend more quality time together, rather than ending up in a bar as usual.

"The groom, Nick Woods, was really pleased with the way everyone turned up and got involved."
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 28, 1998
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