Chester Stag Weekends

Whether it's a cheeky punt on the horses or a pint in the city's oldest pub, a stag do in Chester combines brilliant daytime activities with some of the best nightspots in the northwest. In the summer, a top stag party idea would be to try the bars which are dot the banks of the River Dee. Despite having a rich history, Chester is also a contemporary city making it a great destination for a weekend with the lads. One of the most popular ideas is to go to Chester Racecourse for the day, but if that's not your thing, there are loads of other, more adventurous pursuits around.

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1. Need a place to stay? No thanks

3 Star Hotel

Just 100 yards from Chester Rail Station, this hotel has free Wi-Fi and a contemporary bar and restaurant. A grand, wooden staircase and a stained glass window are features of this hotel too.
All rooms have a traditional red colour scheme and feature dark wood furnishings. Tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer are provided in each room.
This is a great option for groups spending their special weekend in Chester.

Room types
  • Twin/Double Economy Room Bed & Breakfast
  • Triple Room Bed & Breakfast
3 Star Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located just 10 minutes from the city centre and is a terrific base for group celebrating in Chester.

Whether you plan on enjoying a cruise on the River Dee through Grosvenor Estate or putting along at Chester Gold Club, here you can enjoy everything Chester has to offer within walking distance.

Rooms have all the mod cons to make your stay chilled out and restful between sightseeing and celebrating. Rooms include black-out shades, comfy beds with luxurious bedding and oversized bath towels. Start your day with the delicious breakfast buffet, served in the modern and cosy dining area or on the terrace overlooking the racecourse.

Free on-site parking is available, located just a short walk to the city centre.

What's included?
  • Breakfast
  • Private Bathroom
  • Hair Dryer
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities
  • Iron and board
Transfer times

Approximate transfer times:
Chester railway station: 15 minute drive (1.5 miles) or 20 minute walk
Chester city centre: 5 minute drive (0.5 miles) or 10 minute walk
Manchester airport: 50 minute drive (36 miles)

Room types
  • Twin Room - Bed & Breakfast
  • Triple Room Bed & Breakfast (Double & Sofa Bed)
4 Star Hotel

This lovely 4 star hotel is located close to Chester city centre. This Hotel makes a superb choice of accommodation for groups wanting to explore the amazing historic city. Facilities at the hotel include the superb restaurant with a garden terrace, a 24 hour bar with television and wireless internet access, 24 hour room service, the 'Sebastian Coe' health club with a gym, heated indoor swimming pool, Finnish sauna and steam room. There are also 2 treatment rooms at the hotel, where you can pre book a range of beauty treatments and massages.

What's included?
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Satellite TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
Transfer times

The hotel is just a 10 minute drive from the City centre. A bus is £2 per person each way or a taxi is from only £5 per cab

Room types
  • Twin Room Bed & Breakfast

2. You'll want stuff to do! No thanks

Afternoon Tea Cruise with a Glass of Prosecco

Nothing says a girlie weekend like a vintage afternoon tea party! What's better still, this one takes place on a fabulous cruise!

For a deliciously sophisticated afternoon activity, enjoy the elegance of freshly made finger sandwiches, scrummy homemade fruit scones with jam and cream and an assortment of dainty cakes to accompany a selection of the finest teas.

Upon arrival you will be welcomed onto the cruise with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Relaxing music will be playing throughout the cruise on all three decks as you admire the River Dee with your class of bubbly in hand. You'll be able to view some of the most beautiful areas of rural Cheshire from the boat. Sail passed Heron Bridge and Eccleston Ferry, meander around the crook of Dee and on through Eaton Estate, where you can admire the beautiful scenery whilst sipping your tea. You'll also be able to spot Aldford and the Duke's Iron Bridge before returning to Chester.

For groups looking to whet their whistle throughout the event, the bar is available, though additional charges apply.

This is an excellent afternoon cruise that your group is sure to love.

What's included?
  • 2 hour cruise
  • Assortment of finger sandwiches
  • Homemade cakes and scones
  • Selection of teas
  • Complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival
Duration

2.00 hours

Minimum group size

10 people

Usual time

14:30 (not guaranteed)

Archery & Rifle Shooting

Take a short car drive from Chester to a long-standing outdoor activities centre, which has welcomed thousands of groups! The venue is set within 200 acres of the stunning Cheshire countryside, the perfect spot for all levels of experience of archery and air rifles. Rifle shooting and archery are available all year round, so you’re not going to miss out!

Try your hand at air rifling and archey, create some friendly competition to see who comes out on top as the ultimate outdoors champion.

Both activities tuition takes place in small groups by one of our friendly instructors, who will give you a safety briefing followed by instruction; you will then get to test your skills on a range of targets.

What's included?
  • Archery (1 hour)
  • Rifle Shooting (1 hour)
  • Professional tuition
  • All equipment
  • Safety briefing
Transfer times

Approx driving time from central locations:

Liverpool : 45 - 50 mins
Manchester : 50 -55 mins
Chester : 30 - 35 mins

Duration

2.00 hours

Minimum group size

6 people

Usual time

12:00 (not guaranteed)

Bubble Football

Back of the net! All you need to do is score more than the other lot. Easy eh? Well not when an inflatable bubble covers you and your mates from top to bottom. Knock the opposition over, take a tumble and roll on the floor like a true footballing superstar. You don't need silky footballing skills which makes it a great idea for this stag activity. Everyone's a winner with a full-on game of bubble football!

This is football like you've never seen it played before. Dressed in ridiculous inflatable outfits, you and your team must play the ball, defend your goal and triumph over your opponents. The crazy game has swept the country and this is your chance to have an experience you wont forget.

What's included?
  • One Hour Zorb Football
  • All Equipment
  • Venue Hire
  • Referee
Transfer times

The venue for your activity will be confirmed before your travel dates.

Duration

1.00 hours

Minimum group size

12 people

Usual time

14:00 (not guaranteed)

Chester Racecourse - Dee Enclosure - Stand Tickets

This stand is ideal for those wishing to opt for a relaxed day at the races. Beneath the historic city walls, this stand has a tiered, uncovered terraced area in addition to ground floor standing. Holders of this stand's tickets are able to cross over the track to the centre of the course.

What's included?
  • Standing tickets in Dee enclosure
Duration

5.00 hours

Usual time

12:00 (not guaranteed)

Chester Racecourse - Tattersall stand tickets

Stand has a tiered, covered terrace area in addition to ground floor standing room. Ticket holders to this stand also have access to the paddock as well as betting facilities, bars, eateries and are able to cross the track to access the paddock enclosure.

What's included?
  • Enclosure stand tickets
Duration

3.00 hours

Minimum group size

6 people

Usual time

12:00 (not guaranteed)

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Test your skill and accuracy on this state of the art clay pigeon shooting range. Set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside, our expert instructors will show you what's needed for the perfect shot before you head off to practise your new skill.

Clay discs are loaded into traps and fired at different angles, hopefully smashing into hundreds of pieces as your shot hits its target. This is a great activity for both novices and experts and a fun filled way to spend the afternoon.

What's included?
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting session
  • Professional tuition
  • 30 shots
  • Safety briefing
  • All equipment
Transfer times

Approx driving time from central locations:

Liverpool : 45 - 50 mins
Manchester : 50 -55 mins
Chester : 30 - 35 mins

Duration

2.00 hours

Minimum group size

8 people

Usual time

12:00 (not guaranteed)

Climbing and Abseiling

A brilliant experience of Climbing and Abseiling, where after a safety briefing, the qualified instructors will ensure you have the time of your life at Trevor Rocks or Worlds End. The view from the top of the abseil is spectacular!

What's included?
  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Safety Briefing
  • All equipment
  • Protective clothing
Transfer times

Approx transfer times:

Central Chester: 23 miles (40 minute drive)
Central Liverpool: 50 miles (70 minute drive)

** Please note that the climbing/abseiling is an off site activity so you will require your own transport (climb/abseil is 5 minutes drive from the centre) **

Duration

3.00 hours

Minimum group size

8 people

Usual time

13:00 (not guaranteed)

DTV Shredder

A combination of tank, skateboard and motocross bike, the DTV (Dual Tracked Vehicle) Shredder is the first year-round, all-terrain vehicle. It has two aggressive tank treads, a skateboard deck and a powerful 4-stroke 196cc engine. All this makes it capable of travelling at high speed through sand, snow, trails and even mountainsides.

Riding the DTV Shredder is very similar to riding a jet ski and surprisingly intuitive. This is a full-on experience and you could well be exhausted by the end as you need to use a lot of energy to control the vehicle. You stand up, and rock left and right to control it, using your whole body to balance and steer.

You'll be kitted out in full body protection and given full instructions before you start. Your helmet mounted communications will also give you live instruction as you get to grips with your Shredder. As your confidence increases, you'll be given more challenging obstacles and terrain to try.

This experience gets consistently excellent reviews, as shown by the fact that it is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award winner. So you can relax, knowing you're in safe hands. Your shredding experience takes place in Frodsham which is 11 miles outside of Chester.

What's included?
  • Full body protection kit inc boots
  • Introduction to the shredder controls and instructions on how to operate the shredder
  • Increasingly more challenging obstacles and terrains available as your confidence increases
Transfer times

Approx transfer times:

Manchester: 40 to 60 minute drive (29 miles)
Liverpool: 40 to 50 minute drive (21 miles)
Chester: 25 - 30 minute drive (11 miles)

Duration

1.50 hours

Minimum group size

6 people

Usual time

12:00 (not guaranteed)

Gorge Walking

Not for the faint hearted. This active and adventurous experience will see you take to the rugged landscape as you scramble over rocks, negotiate a watery wilderness and discover amazingly rewarding scenery. A hugely rewarding afternoon as well as being physically taxing.

What's included?
  • Gorge Walking
  • Safety equipment
Transfer times

Approx transfer times:

Central Chester: 23 miles (40 minute drive)
Central Liverpool: 50 miles (70 minute drive)

** Please note that the climbing/abseiling is an off site activity so you will require your own transport (climb/abseil is 5 minutes drive from the centre) **

Duration

3.00 hours

Minimum group size

8 people

Usual time

13:30 (not guaranteed)

Half Day Paintball with 300 Balls

A classic group game guaranteed to get everyone's adrenaline pumping. This action-packed activity is set to invigorate you into a frenzy of combat that all members of your group will love. Set in the stunning Cheshire countryside, the undulating woodland provides villages, bridges, forts, trenches and bunkers, which are just a few of the features of this premier paintball zone.

The experience comes complete with all the gear required, including camouflage, eye protection and a gas bottle. You'll also receive a semiautomatic paintball gun plus a supply of 300 paintballs to get the games started. Once you're kitted up, you'll divide yourselves into opposing teams before preparing to battle it out.

What's included?
  • Half day Paintball
  • 300 Paintballs
  • Professional tuition
  • All equipment
  • Safety briefing
Transfer times

Approx driving time from central locations:

Liverpool : 45 - 50 mins
Manchester : 50 -55 mins
Chester : 30 - 35 mins

Duration

3.00 hours

Minimum group size

8 people

Usual time

12:30 (not guaranteed)

Hovercrafting (3km)

This experience is all about going fast and honing your hovering skills. From your initial instruction briefing, the helpful and enthusiastic staff are on hand to help you master this tricky driving experience. Your safety helmet has built in communications so the instructors can give you live, one to one, help whilst you're flying around the track. Learn how to start and stop, navigate and then race around ponds at full power. Attempt a water start and learn the hover stop - the equivalent of a helicopter flare landing, or a handbrake turn without a handbrake! Then give it everything you've got on the final time trial lap. Who will make it onto the all-time leader board?

This is a super fun activity which everyone can enjoy, and is definitely something you'll be talking about for the rest of the weekend. A unique and exhilarating driving experience, this is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award winning attraction due to its consistently excellent reviews.

What's included?
  • Safety briefing
  • Goggles and safety helmet
  • Hovercraft session
Transfer times

Approx transfer times:

Manchester: 40 to 60 minute drive (29 miles)
Liverpool: 40 to 50 minute drive (21 miles)
Chester: 25 - 30 minute drive (11 miles)

Duration

2.00 hours

Minimum group size

6 people

Usual time

12:00 (not guaranteed)

Indoor Go Karting Grand Prix

A top 750 meter karting track complete with 30 metre tunnel and hairpins, making this a thrilling experience. You will start with a 5 minute practice before the fun really begins. The qualifying laps will determine who are the fastest drivers and who will be eliminated. Next, the semi-final and the top six have a sprint final to see who really is the master behind the wheels.

What's included?
  • Open Grand Prix
  • Safety Briefing
  • Overalls
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • All equipment
Transfer times

10-15 minutes drive from Chester

Duration

1.50 hours

Minimum group size

8 people

Usual time

10:00 (not guaranteed)

Kayaking

Enjoy a Kayaking session with your mates, where the professional instructors will ensure an emphaisis on safety and detailed coaching ensuring you have a lot of fun, and also get taught techniques to make you confident at the sport. Highly recommended.

What's included?
  • Kayaking
  • Safety Briefing
  • All equipment
  • Helemt
  • Buoyancy aids
Transfer times

Approx transfer times:

Central Chester: 23 miles (40 minute drive)
Central Liverpool: 50 miles (70 minute drive)

** Please note that the climbing/abseiling is an off site activity so you will require your own transport (climb/abseil is 5 minutes drive from the centre) **

Duration

2.50 hours

Minimum group size

10 people

Usual time

12:00 (not guaranteed)

Mud Buggies

Off road Dirt Buggies are powered by car engines and capable of speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. You'll be more likely to hit the 40 miles per hour mark, but boy it's going to feel a lot faster! Operated using a manual gearbox, the buggies are the ultimate off road machine which seat 2 people. As a driver you take the buggies out on the off road track with a passenger, then you swap, so you get double the time in the buggy.

Prepare to get muddy! The experience just gets more intense in the wet, or if it's been raining. This is an experience that can be enjoyed in all weathers. Don't underestimate the power of the buggy, you're in for a real driving treat. The course is full of lumps and bumps for you to bounce, climb and jump over, and there are tyres to navigate around. Get those wheels off the ground as you fly around the track. Can you handle the power and keep on track without knocking the tyres down? We know you're going to have great fun trying.

A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award winner due to its consistently great reviews, you'll be in safe hands. The activity is based in Frodsham which is 11 miles outside of Chester.

What's included?
  • Safety briefing
  • All equipment
  • Familiarisation with the buggy and its controls, as well as track briefing
  • Drive of 7-10 kms (subject to conditions) with your passenger before going into the pits for a rest or to swap drivers
  • Marshals on hand to help and provide advice
  • Drivers must over 18 years old and have a full driving licence to drive these buggies
Transfer times

Approx transfer times:

Manchester: 40 to 60 minute drive (29 miles)
Liverpool: 40 to 50 minute drive (21 miles)
Chester: 25 - 30 minute drive (11 miles)

Duration

1.50 hours

Minimum group size

6 people

Usual time

12:00 (not guaranteed)

Paintball Full Day, 100 Balls and Lunch

Get militant with this full day of paintballing. Lock and load as you hit the arena and make sure you have enough ammo to carry you through the battle scenario. With quality equipment, you'll look the business and with a Rambo headband the enemy won't wanna mess with you or your troop.

What's included?
  • Paintball full day
  • 100 Balls
  • All Equipment
  • Lunch
Duration

4.00 hours

Minimum group size

6 people

Usual time

09:00 (not guaranteed)

Quad Bike Trek

This is a fantastic 6 mile quad trek adventure through the Cheshire Countryside. You'll be tackling all manner of terrain with steep inclines, streams, woodland tracks and a man made sand dune - all designed to give you a ride to remember. Your professional and highly experienced guides will help you test your driving skills as you follow them through the stunning countryside.

Before setting off, you'll be given a full safety briefing and be kitted out in all the necessary safety gear, and then it's engine's revving and away you go. The quads are easy to drive and super fun - you'll be grinning from ear to ear!

What's included?
  • 6 mile Quad Bike trek
  • Professional tuition
  • Safety briefing
  • All equipment
Transfer times

Approx driving time from central locations:

Liverpool : 45 - 50 mins
Manchester : 50 -55 mins
Chester : 30 - 35 mins

Duration

1.00 hours

Minimum group size

8 people

Usual time

12:00 (not guaranteed)

Tree Top Adventure (3 hours)

Located in the Delamere Forest boasting fantastic views from the forest canopy of Blakemere Moss, this tree-top adventure is a fantastic way to spend your day. With a series of zip wires, tunnels, ladders, swings and more you're in for an afternoon of top entertainment as you trek through the treetops. A combination of picturesque scenery that you can't see anywhere else, and a giant obstacle course up in the trees, this terrific experience is suitable for all fitness levels as you can take it at your own pace.

You will be kitted out with harnesses, pulleys and karabiners, before receiving a 30 minute safety briefing and training and then you're let loose into the forest canopy, free to swing through the trees. Instructors are always on hand, regularly patrolling the forests to make sure you get the most out of your day. The Infernal Traverse and Tarzan Swing are two of the trickier tests for you to conquer.

This experience gets the adrenaline pumping, gets people out of their comfort zones and above all, it's just great fun.

What's included?
  • Safety briefing
  • All equipment
  • High ropes session
  • A certificate to mark your achievement
Transfer times

Approx transfer times:

Delamere railway station: 7 minute walk (0.3 miles)
Trains from Liverpool to Delamere take 1 hour 15 minutes, trains from Chester to Delamere take 15 minutes, both running hourly
Liverpool City Centre: 50 minute drive (28 miles)
Chester City Centre: 35 minute drive (15 miles)

Duration

3.00 hours

Minimum group size

6 people

Usual time

12:00 (not guaranteed)

White Water Rafting

A fun session of white water rafting at an easy site where no experience is required. An experienced guide with accompany you down to Factory Falls, Middle Stopper and Tombstone Weir.

What's included?
  • 2.5 hours White Water Rafting
  • All safety equipment
  • Helmet and Buoyancy Aid.
Transfer times

Approx transfer times:

Central Chester: 23 miles (40 minute drive)
Central Liverpool: 50 miles (70 minute drive)

** Please note that the climbing/abseiling is an off site activity so you will require your own transport (climb/abseil is 5 minutes drive from the centre) **

Duration

2.50 hours

Minimum group size

10 people

Usual time

11:15 (not guaranteed)

3. Food for thought, or to sober you up! No thanks

2 Course Latin American Meal

This terrific restaurant in the heart of Chester is the perfect place to start your night. It has a great cocktail menu, speciality beers and a party vibe, as well as delicious food. Bringing Latin passion to your dining experience, you can expect a warm welcome, and an authentic, freshly cooked taste of South America served in relaxed and funky surroundings. The menu reflects a mouth-watering fusion of native Latin American, Indian, Spanish, Portuguese and African influences, and is a great choice for a group meal.

Let us take the strain out of the evening by making your booking for you, leaving you free to have a good time.

What's included?
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • 2 course meal
  • Table reservation
Transfer times

Chester cathedral: 7 minute walk (0.3 miles)

Duration

2.00 hours

Minimum group size

8 people

Usual time

19:00 (not guaranteed)

2 Course Meal and Welcome Drink

Cafe rouge entertains you with the traditional french menu and helps you to try something unique. Cafe rouge brings soul to the recipe with a combination of delicious food, great wines and a genuine french ambience. Cafe rouge embodies the style and je ne sais quoi of cafe society

What's included?
  • 2 course meal
  • choice of stater, main and desert
  • glass of wine or beer
Duration

2.00 hours

Minimum group size

6 people

Usual time

19:00 (not guaranteed)

3 Course Meal & Nightclub Entry

With a three course meal already organised for you, you can relax and enjoy your meal as you catch up and plan your assault on the town. With a selection of starters, mains and deserts you'll be spoilt for choice.

What's included?
  • 3 Course meal
  • Glass of wine or beer
  • Nightclub entry
Minimum group size

8 people

Usual time

20:00 (not guaranteed)

Afternoon Tea with Champagne

Treat a loved one to the delicious Afternoon Tea … Enjoy delectable cakes, Valhrona chocolate mousse, fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The pièce de résistance - decadent slices of the famous Croque Monsieur. Ooh la la!

What's included?
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Glass of Champagne
Duration

2.00 hours

Minimum group size

6 people

Usual time

14:00 (not guaranteed)

4. What about some nightlife? No thanks

Comedy Club Entry with 3 Course Meal

The best comedians on the circuit come to this venue on a Friday night for hours of fun. This is a not to be missed night out with your mates. Either come for the show only or enjoy the show with a delicious 3 course meal to start.

What's included?
  • Comedy Club Entry
  • 3 Course Meal
Duration

4.00 hours

Minimum group size

6 people

Usual time

19:00 (not guaranteed)

Late bar entry with booth, bottle of Grey Goose & 2 bottles of Prosecco

Don't waste time waiting at the bar, instead spoil yourselves with some VIP treatment. With reserved booth seating for your group, table service and a bottle of premium vodka with mixers and 2 bottles of Proscco, you'll be the envy of the bar. Always great late night venues, this trendy bar chain specialises in cocktails, premium spirits and flavoured vodkas, so you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to ordering more drinks. Your host will take your cash and get your rounds in for you.

A top choice for any night out in Chester, this great drinks and table package has everything you need to make the evening really special.

What's included?
  • Booth seating with table service
  • Late bar entry
  • 70cl bottle of Grey Goose
  • Cubed ice
  • Mixers
  • 2 bottles of Bolla Prosecco
Duration

4.00 hours

Usual time

21:00 (not guaranteed)

About Chester

Benjamin Franklin had a good point when he said beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy, and Chester is full of places to worship a pint with some of the best traditional pubs in the city centre. Try The Boot, a cavernous drinking den at the end of Dark Row and reputedly the oldest pub in the city dating back to 1643.

After dark, the city's young and lively crowd head into the centre to party. Just pick any roads which come out from The Cross area; you'll find that they house some of the best live music venues. They also have some of the top trendy bars, sports bars and comedy clubs, catering for every taste. Most nightclubs sit on or just off Watergate Street and Eastgate Street and you'll find everything including hip hop, house and R&B to indie, rock and jazz, depending on where you choose.

Availability

Chester is available to book in the following months:

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