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Origin of Bachelor Parties

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Where Does the Term Stag Party & Bachelor Party Come From?

This is a very good question. In Britain,Canada and Ireland the event is referred to as a stag party, stag night, stag do or stag weekend. In Australia they are bucks parties and bachelor parties in America.

It is a party held for the single man just before he gets married. It is a celebration in the his honour, although it may not seem like it at the time as humiliation seems to be the order of the day. It is also sometimes known as his last night of freedom although the duration of the event over recent years seems to have changed from the traditional drink the night before the wedding to weekends away participating in things such as adventurous activities and generally getting involved in things his future wife may not approve of.

What Are Stag or Bachelor Parties?

It is a last chance as a bachelor to gather together a group of people who have known the him since childhood, through school, in University and work colleagues, sports clubs and obviously last but not least his family. It can often be the last opportunity to get this grouping of people together before the Groom and his peers take on more responsible adult marital roles – mortgages, children and monthly bills. This is not just you average night for drinking in the pub or bar. It has a tradition and mystique associated with it involving tricks and lots of drinking usually at the groom’s expense.

It often has a risqué element such as strippers or being stripped and tied to lampposts in the dead of night, body hair being shaved off, dressing up in fancy dress with the groom in female attire the list is endless.
Although there is not much evidence around to explain the origins of this famous tradition what evidence there is suggests that it was originally called the bachelor dinner, or stag party. Like many other wedding traditions, it seems to extend back into ancient history. Evidence suggests it first came about in the fifth century, in Sparta, where military comrades would feast and toast one another on the eve of a friend’s wedding. There he would say goodbye to the carefree days of bachelorhood and swear continued allegiance to his comrades.

Why A Stag?

The reference to stag and bucks also has strong male conartations. The leader of the pack or herd, virile, male vigour and ardour, males in their prime identified with strength and vitality. There’s another stag connection with male rites of passage – again possibly involving drinking alcohol to excess and soliciting the favours of ladies who are prepared happily to remove all their clothing for the appropriate sum. The Horned God referred to in both Celtic and early English mythology was a symbol of all things male – the Celts called him Cernunnos.

Legend from these times is often confused, but it seems clear that in pre-Christian times, Brits definitely worshipped a large hairy god who sported antlers, ran around with the Einheriar, or wild hunt.

Why Bachelor?

As to the word bachelor, again its history is murky. The earliest meaning of bachelor in English is ‘a young knight who followed the banner of another’. This reference is first found in the late thirteenth century. The use of the word in the context of ‘an unmarried man’, is found in Chaucer in the late fourteenth century. The English word, seems to come from Old French. The source of the Old French word, many believe, probably comes from a Latin word baccalaris ‘farmhand’ but who really knows well your guess is as good as the next man!

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Luxury Adventure Weekend

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Price From £240

What’s Included

  • Stag weekend with two nights full board luxury accommodation
  • Transport
  • Two activities

This package gives you a better standard of accommodation with a bit of luxury for your stay with us.

Friday

  • 2 nights accommodation at a luxury hotel in Swansea
  • Met and greeted by Call of the Wild staff
  • Meal on arrival
  • Residents bar open late
  • Short distance into Swansea City Centre for superb nightlife

Saturday

  • Breakfast Saturday morning
  • Picked up in Call of the Wild transport
  • Kit supplied for canyoning
  • Day spent canyoning with our Instructors
  • Packed Lunch provided
  • Picked up and taken back to Hotel
  • Optional trip into Swansea City Centre to sample brilliant nightlife*
  • Optional visit to casino, brewery* or whisky distillery*

*Small supplement payable

Sunday

  • Breakfast Sunday
  • Picked up and transfer to activity venue
  • Day spent quad biking and trying archery
  • Packed lunch provided

Accommodation

Luxury

You will stay at a luxury hotel on the edge of Swansea City Centre (subject to availability). A great venue for a stag party weekend. Superbly appointed rooms with bar and restaurant facilities ,this is the place to be if you want to treat the group. You get access to all the health and fitness facilities on offer which include pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room. It’s also within easy reach of the vibrant Swansea nightlife. The hotel offers twin rooms. It is situated just a few minutes off the M4 and close to the mainline train stations.

Activities

You can change these activities if they don’t suit your requirements. For instance you can susbstitute quad biking with climbing, caving, paintballing or clay pigeon shooting to name but a few. Take a look at the full list of activities.

Paintball

A fantastic adrenaline packed day where you get the opportunity to get your own back on your mates. Or is it the other way around?

They get to fit you up. A great group day where you can have a laugh with your friends.

Canyoning

Call of the Wild are the leading provider of Canyoning in the UK -. Really test yourself by white water rafting without the raft! You will follow the river down one of the magnificent gorges by tobogganing down rapids, walking under and jumping off spectacular waterfalls. Our most popular activity. A high adrenaline day and one not to be missed.

Food

Evening meal Friday, breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal on Saturday.

This takes the hassle out of hunting down your food. It’s all arranged for you and take the opportunity to eat in a top hotel.

Transport

To and from activity venues. It’s difficult enough to find a venue when you are sober and on your own let alone trying it with a hangover and a group loud lads in the car with you. Therefore this option makes a lot of sense.

Nightlife

This will be a night out in Bay side city of Swansea – the nightlife hub for South Wales. A wide choice of pubs, clubs and bars to choose from. Most have late licences so no need for queue jumping and few problems getting access for stag groups.

Brewery Tour

Take a tour of the famous Swansea brewery Tomos Watkin. Sample a range of beers, lagers and ciders on the house.

You’ll be a convert to this local tipple by the time you leave.

 

Casino

Experience the usual suspects –roulette, black jack and poker. A host can be arranged to teach you the ropes before you plunge into the live games.

What Next

  1. Work out approximate numbers
    Approximately how many will there be in your group
  2. Agree a Date
    What weekend are you seeking for the stag party
  3. How do you book?
    Complete the contact us form or give us a call on: 01639 700388
  4. How much do I need to Pay Now?
    To secure your weekend we require a £40 deposit from each person.

If any of the above interest you, contact us now!

Videso of Canyoning in the Brecon Beacons