He has asked you to be his best man and once you get over the fact your best friend is getting married you start to feel slightly queasy. Not the fact that he is getting married but that dreaded best man’s speech that you have to write.

Put that to the back of the list of things to do to make this marriage a success and then move swiftly on to the most important part of your duties as the best man…. The stag do!

The days of the effusively raucous stag party feel as much of a distant memory of the nineties as dial-up internet. However, the practice of celebration of the last days of single life still reigns on.

The stag do has grown up. It is now a big boy, and big boys don’t tie each other naked to lamp posts and spend all night in strip clubs. Perhaps it reflects a change in our attitudes towards alcohol. Or it might be because we are getting married later in life. In any case,  there are a wealth of options for grown-up stags in Brighton who want to celebrate the last days before newlywed life takes a hold.

Rocks and Stuff – For the Adrenaline Junkie


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Stags seeking a thrill in Brighton have plenty of options. For rainier days, you could try indoor go karting, which is perfect if the groom to be is particularly competitive. During the summer months, Hatt Adventures offers a range of activities for adrenaline junkies. You could try outdoor guided rock climbing on real rockfaces, which will put your hipster indoor rock climbing mates to shame.

For those who prefer to be on the water instead of up high, there is also the opportunity for white-water rafting. If you’re the kind of guys who prefer to exercise your teamwork skills, a raft building workshop might be for you. Work against the clock (and the other team!) to build your raft and sail down the river.

A Meal and a Martini – For the Suave Gent


Adrenaline is all well and good, but for some grooms, it’s all about hitting the town. This doesn’t have to mean that you all get drunk and tie him up to a lamp post, though. You can enjoy a refined evening of food and drinks with your best mates instead. Take the groom out for a great meal, perhaps try something down The Lanes where the restaurants are quirkier, and then head for a few drinks to a great cocktail bar.

You could even head to Rendezvous casino on Brighton marina if you fancy some James Bond-style glamour.

Become a Jedi – For the Nerd


If your groom is a big nerd, then you should probably just go ahead and book a Jedi training class, like the ones offered by the Stag Company. You’ll get the chance to wield a lightsaber and learn some of the hardest Jedi skills in the business. At the end of class, you, there will be a battle royale in which you can take on the other stags (or Jedis?) in class to become the ultimate Jedi master. If there was such a thing as childhood dreams coming true, this is it.

Brighton sees its fair share of stag and hen parties, and it is no wonder when there is such a range of options. Parties flock to the city every weekend to spend their days seeking thrills, and their evenings sampling Brighton’s eclectic nightlife. Just as Brighton grew up, so did the stag do – and the lack of a sore head is probably for the best when you’ve booked to spend the next day abseiling down a cliffside.