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The 15 Best Stag Do Activities in the Lake District
What do you do during a stag weekend in the Lake District? Well, the real question is what can’t you do! For day and night, there are loads of activities for your group to enjoy. Browse our pick of the best things to do for your Lake District stag do.
1. Ghyll Scrambling
Popular throughout the year, this is a great option whatever the size of your group. Even if you have a mixed party of lots of ages and abilities, ghyll scrambling will suit those who love an adrenaline rush, as well as those who generally like more sedate activities. It’s not too challenging while still offering you a taste of adventure.
If your group loves more of a challenge, try the more extreme version: canyoning.
2. Go Ape Treetop Challenge
Climb through the canopies at either Whinlatter or Grizedale forests. Cargo nets, rope bridges and zip lines await your stag group with Go Ape. Depending on the location, you can also add in other Go Ape activities such as Segway Tours and Zip Treks for a fuller day in the forest.
3. Distillery Tours
Stag parties are known for wild nights on the town, but if you’re after a drink with a little more refinement, then you can tour one of the Lake District’s amazing distilleries. Try the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite Lake for tours and tastings. You can add in a meal and even an alpaca tour while you’re there!
4. Comedy Nights
Enjoy belly laughs with your mates when you head to one of the Lake District’s comedy nights. Try out The Old Fire Station in Carlisle. This impressive venue regularly welcomes award-winning comedians in the heart of Cumbria’s capital.
5. Live Music
Walk into any Lake District pub or bar on a Friday or Saturday evening and there’s a good chance you’ll find top-notch live music from local musicians. Baha in Bowness-on-Windermere has a busy calendar of live music ranging from acoustic guitar to saxophone sounds.
Fancy creating your own music? Baha’s private karaoke pod can be booked seven days a week!
6. Pub Crawl
You won’t get the same kind of nightlife in the Lake District as you would in other places, but if you enjoy a laid-back pub crawl, then you’ll love it here. The Lake District’s towns and villages are jam packed with characterful pubs and modern bars where you can enjoy a pint or two. For the best pub crawl, head to Ambleside for a large choice, all within walking distance of each other.
Whatever you do during your Lake District stag do, you have to include a hike through the stunning landscapes. If you’ve got an experienced and active group, take on giants like Scafell Pike (England’s highest mountain) or Helvellyn and the famous Striding Edge ridge walk.
If your group would prefer a more relaxed walk, Catbells near Keswick, Buttermere lake, or Orrest Head near Windermere are wonderful options.
Split into teams and let the shooting begin! Load up with your paintballs and take cover, because this is going to get messy!
Raw War’s Aspatria location boasts eight war zones packed with sniper towers, trenches, bomb craters and bunkers. Get your fatigues on and take no prisoners!
9. Axe Throwing
Chucking a honking great axe at a wooden target is immensely satisfying! And your stag group will have a great time totting up scores and seeing who gets the best outcome. The Lumber Lounge in Carlisle can accommodate groups of up to 30 and is a brilliant wet weather option.
10. Escape Room
Put your collective brain to the test at one of Cumbria’s escape rooms. Crack codes, solve puzzles, and unravel hints to complete your mission on time. At the award-winning Cliffhanger Rooms in Backbarrow, choose from rooms that include Bank Vault Heist, Haunted Pirate Ship, and Vlad the Vampire.
3, 2, 1, Go! Hit the accelerator and zip around one of Cumbria’s go-karting tracks. Most famous is the Cumbria Kart Racing Club in Rowrah, which is widely considered one of the best circuits in the UK. There’s also an indoor option at Maryport’s West Coast Karting.
12. Clay Pigeon Shooting
Take aim and see how many clay birds you can shoot from the sky. With an instructor on hand to teach you the basics, the clay begins to fly and you can see how good a shot you really are! Rookin House near Ullswater offers clay pigeon shooting as well as a variety of other unique activities.
Take in a round of golf or two surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Lake District. Ulverston Golf Club is one of the best, with 18 holes, practice facilities, and views over Morecambe Bay and the mountains.
14. Cookery Classes
Whip up something tasty at The Lake District School of Food and Wine, a premier cookery school run by chef-lecturer Pat Russell. One- and two- day courses include Fish Cookery, Food from Around the World, and a Chocolate Course.
15. Via Ferrata Xtreme
Go all in or go home… That’s what it takes to complete the Via Ferrata Xtreme at Honister Slate Mine! At the top of a mountain, the via ferrata follows an old miner’s route along sheer cliff faces and deep crevices. Dangling high above the valley bottom, this is one for a group that has a strong head for heights, as well as a daring sense of adventure!
Adventure Stag Dos
Take a look at our amazing outdoor activities and stag do packages in the Lake District. We’ve got the perfect options for adventurous stags. You can even stop over at our camping barn (sleeps 14).