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The UK capital is one of the best cities for nightlife, with easy access to a variety of bars, nightclubs and ‘how to…’ lessons. It's good for cheesy and classy hen parties from Dirty Dancing-themed dance lessons to cocktails in a five-star hotel.Stag groups also like fun on wheels in London, typically choosing a Beer Bike ride, followed by seeing a female oil-wrestling show and being escorted around by a sexy hostess. In London it seems the night-time activities are clearly a priority, leaving the day free to sight-see the Houses of Parliament, visit the Olympic Village or maybe take a walk around the Natural History Museum. Or maybe just nurse a hangover on Clapham Common.Find out more about hen weekends in LondonBing: search results for London

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Bottoms up: stag and hen destinationsLet's get the wedding season started with some superb party cities...Let's get the wedding season started with some superb party cities...2013-04-18T15:45:002013-04-18T15:45:00seo_keywordsBest hen and stag destinations for 2013What started as one night of care-free fun (or should that be debauchery) with your close friends and family, has now developed into a full-blown, take-time-off-work-and-start-saving extravaganza. For the maid-of-honour or a best man, the pressure of choosing the right destination and activity for a hen or stag party can be daunting, with some celebrations taking up whole weekends, or weeks, in destinations all over the UK and Europe. With help from stag and hen organisers Eclipse Leisure, we take a look at where in Europe people celebrate their last nights of freedom and what activities they like to indulge in while they’re there.topBest hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Best hen and stag destinations for 2013 - 1(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addictsSofia’s ski park, as well as its cheap nightlife, makes the Bulgarian capital a great destination for an après-ski themed weekend. Soon-to-be brides and grooms with a passion for snow can look to Sofia for a cheaper alternative to a weekend in the Alps. Skiing and boarding is by far the most popular activity for a stag or hen celebration in Sofia but groups may be tempted to explore the city’s selection of museums. The National Opera and Ballet Theatre and iconic Alexander Nevski Church are definitely places to stop and see – but with a pint costing on average just £1.70, it’d be just as fun to explore the city’s traditional pubs and bars.Find out more about Sofia stag and hen weekendsBing: search results for SofiatopSofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts - 2(©Rex)London: best for a night outThe UK capital is one of the best cities for nightlife, with easy access to a variety of bars, nightclubs and ‘how to…’ lessons. It's good for cheesy and classy hen parties from Dirty Dancing-themed dance lessons to cocktails in a five-star hotel.Stag groups also like fun on wheels in London, typically choosing a Beer Bike ride, followed by seeing a female oil-wrestling show and being escorted around by a sexy hostess. In London it seems the night-time activities are clearly a priority, leaving the day free to sight-see the Houses of Parliament, visit the Olympic Village or maybe take a walk around the Natural History Museum. Or maybe just nurse a hangover on Clapham Common.Find out more about hen weekends in LondonBing: search results for LondontopLondon: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)London: best for a night out - 3(©Rex)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em upIf it's an 'Expendables' weekend you're after, Krakow has nailed extreme action and adventure activities. There are extensive shooting range packages, where a group can handle and fire everything from AK47s and glocks to magnums and shotguns. There are the usual lap-dancing and clubbing activities, but the city itself is really beautiful and one of Poland's most intact places post second World War.Find out more about Krakow stag weekendsBing: search results for KrakowtopKrakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Krakow: best for a shoot ‘em up - 4(©Corbis)Bath: best for pampering Unsurprisingly the stats show that when choosing a hen do in Bath, one of the top activities to do in the city is a spa and pamper session. With the historic Roman Baths in the centre of the city, there are a large choice of spas, from those that take advantage of Britain’s only hot spring to smaller spas that specialise in skincare. The second favourite activity for hen-dos in Bath is a treasure hunt, which is fitting when you consider the city’s Georgian and medieval architecture. But it’s not all relaxation and quaint activities in Bath, after Brighton, it’s the second most popular destination for a night clubbing hen do.Find out more about hen weekends in Bath Bing: search results for BathtopBath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Bath: best for pampering  - 5Newcastle: best for sporty typesStag weekends in Newcastle are action-packed and usually include paintballing, go-karting and It’s a Knockout days.  Rugby fans can catch a match at the Newcastle Falcon grounds or football fanatics can watch a game at Newcastle's St James' PArk or nearby Sunderland's Stadium of Light. Hen nights in Newcastle are firmly based around seeing the city’s nightlife, with a party bus, VIP nightclub, guided bar crawl and cocktail-making lesson all topping the list.Find out more about stag weekends in NewcastleBing: search results for NewcastletopNewcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Newcastle: best for sporty types - 6(©Corbis)Amsterdam: best for something differentAlthough the top activity choices for stag groups are, predictably, a lap-dancing club and a tour of the Red Light District, while hen groups prefer to book a male stripper or cocktail lesson, there is plenty on offer if you don't want it to be about sex. The city has amazing museums, a Heineken brewery, coffee shops (just be warned about the brownies) and in spring, the leafy canals are great for group cycling tours. Find out more about hen weekends in Amsterdam Bing: search results for AmsterdamtopAmsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Amsterdam: best for something different - 7(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirtyDirty in a wholesome way, of course. Cardiff is a popular destination for stags looking to have some good-clean fun. An easy choice for stags who love sport, Cardiff boasts an International Sport Village complete with ice rink, as well as a stadium for rugby, cricket and football. Your itinerary will typically involve outdoor adventure, from quad biking in the wild countryside to taking on a white-water rafting challenge and then a night at a comedy-club or bar crawl to explore the city’s lively nightlife.Find out more about Cardiff stag weekends Bing: search results for CardifftopCardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Cardiff: best for getting dirty - 8(©Rex)Marbella: best for boat cruisesIronically, considering Marbella has been thrust in the limelight thanks to the TV show The Only Way Is Essex, this is a choice destination for glamorous hen dos. It caters to an upmarket yacht crowd, and so for classy hens and stags, there are plenty of posh clubs and bars, with a selection of nightclubs and bars in Puerto Banus (pictured) that offer extravagant cocktails and stunning panoramic views of the luxury yachts in the harbour.  Find out more about Marbella hen weekends Bing: search results for MarbellatopBerlin: best for beerIf you're lucky and your mate is getting married in October, you can have the stag or hen do during Oktoberfest (pictured), the month-long beer festival in September. The main event takes place in Munich, but other German cities such as Berlin also celebrate it. If not, there is the Beer Bike. This novelty attraction appears in other European cities, but Berlin is generally recognised as being the Beer Bike expert. This pull-along pub perfectly combines sightseeing, exercise and drinking, complete with pedals underneath your barstool, a barrel of beer on board, plastic glasses and even a mobile sound system. Things to do in Berlin range from getting your passport stamped at Checkpoint Charlie to wandering the festival-like atmosphere at Mauerpark and visiting the iconic Brandenburg Gate. For nightlife lovers, there is a choice of exclusive nightclubs and gay bars, although the oil female wrestling shows often prove popular with stag groups.Find out more about stag weekends in Berlin Bing: search results for BerlintopBerlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Berlin: best for beer - 10(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheekBrighton's feel-good vibe, relaxed bars and 'no-judgement' policy in bars and clubs makes it a perennial favourite. Top things to do on a hen-do in Brighton include a cheeky butler service, a male stripper show, nude-drawing lesson and cabaret. However, Brighton stag organisers seem to be more prudish with their choice of activity, preferring to take advantage of Brighton’s coastal location with deep-sea fishing, clay pigeon shooting and go-karting activities.Find out more about Brighton hen weekendsBing: search results for BrightontopBrighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)Brighton: best for a bit of cheek - 11(©Rex)

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