Gloucestershire Stag Do Guide

Gloucestershire is a renowned county in the south west of England, due to its natural scenery and historic anglo-saxon routes. There’s much more than just history and scenery to the area however, as the range of exciting activities available in both Gloucester city, and Cheltenham town are a huge incentive for stag parties. From the Cheltenham races to watersports to skiing, you can do it all in Gloucestershire.

What’s more, there are a number of traditional pubs to enjoy a pint in the evening, as well as a great comedy scene bolstered by the city’s guildhall. When you’ve had your fill of entertainment, there’s also a number of great accommodation options to return to, ranging from self catering houses to fully catered hotels and B&Bs.

With that said, here is the Gloucestershire Stag Do Guide, detailing all the exciting possibilities a stag weekend in Gloucester can boast!

Gloucestershire Stag Do Activities


One of the biggest draws of stags to the area are the Cheltenham Races. The best jockeys in the world compete here all year round, making it a top spot to get suited and booted and watch some great racing. The hottest time of year for racing is during the Cheltenham festival, which takes place annually from the 13th to the 16th of March. If you’re planning your stag for the spring, it may be something to consider. Rest assured though, no matter what time of year it is—the races are always a good idea.

There are also a wealth of ways to get active during a weekend in Gloucestershire, namely—Way 2 Go Adventures. This adventure centre offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits, from Canoeing and Kayaking to Stand up Paddleboarding, Nordic Walking and Raft Building. All these activities are held in the Forest of Dean, which so happens to be the forest where Harry finds the sword of Godric Griffindor in the final Harry Potter book!

Skiing and snowboarding activities are available at the Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre, as they have an all-weather slope where you and your mates can take skiing lessons at any time of year. Learn the basics on how to ski and snowboard without having to fight the bitter cold.

However, if you wish to try something different, why not become a falconer for the day at The International Centre for Birds of Prey? From handling Owls, to Falcons, Hawks and Kites, you will choose which of these killing machines you want to fly straight onto your fist!

Gloucestershire Stag Night Ideas


A stop shop for fine dining and nightlife in Gloucester is Cafe Rene, a wood-panelled pub and restaurant that boasts a comprehensive steak menu. The pub has a 24hr license, meaning this spot in the city centre never sleeps.

Another place you could try is the Imperial Inn, a traditional Victorian styled-pub found in the town centre. With three screens to watch live sports and a variety of beers, real ales and ciders, the Imperial Inn is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening.

If your coming back from the Cheltenham Races, a great traditional pub to head to is The Gloucester Old Spot. Serving upscale bar food beside roaring open fires, this cosy bar is a great option for a good pint of real ale or cider, and some fine dining.

For an entertaining night out in Gloucester City, check out the Gloucester Guildhall. The Guildhall is a great entertainment venue for live music and comedy, with some of the very best comedians and musicians from the UK scene performing here. As booking is essential for these shows, you can content yourself with the intimate in-house cinema, a venue to watch film if you had foregone forward planning.

Gloucestershire Stag Do Accommodation


The Mill End Mitcheldean
is an amazing self catering option. With creatively decorated guestrooms sleeping up to 25 over 10 bedrooms, you and your mates can takeover this historic cottage. You’ll stay in the upper and lower Malt Houses, boasting 60” TVs and all the amenities you could possibly need.

If you’d prefer to be catered for on your break in Gloucester, the Hatton Court Hotel is a great option. This classic hotel has free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. The amenities on offer include a restaurant serving locally sourced dishes, plus a brasserie for an evening of fine dining.

Granted, staying at the Hatton can be costly, so if your on a tight budget, you could opt for a B&B as a cost effective alternative. On the banks of the River Severn is The Lower Lod Inn, a 15th-century inn with 4 straightforward guestrooms including en suite bathrooms and tea and coffeemaking facilities. There is also a traditional pub in-house, with a fireplace and garden seating—a great spot for ales and classic British fare.

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When you add up all these compelling reasons—a weekend in Gloucestershire promises to be a good one!