Snowflake stags pre­fer cook­ery to an epic booze-up


Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ISO­BEL DICKINSON iso­bel.dickinson@dai­

FEL­LAS are kick­ing boozy stag dos into touch in favour of dance work­shops, cook­ery classes and nude life draw­ing lessons.

More and more health con­scious men are shy­ing away from tra­di­tional al­co­hol-fu­elled ac­tiv­i­ties and opt­ing for sober stags.

Stag and hen or­gan­is­ers said they had seen a huge in­crease in the num­bers swap­ping he­do­nis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties for more holis­tic trips.

Ac­tiv­i­ties such as dance work­shops, beard-pam­per­ing pack­ages and dim­sum mak­ing classes have seen a spike in re­cent years.

Less boozy stags are thought to be on the in­crease due to younger peo­ple not be­ing in­volved in a drink­ing cul­ture.

Sev­eral celebri­ties have de­cided on tee­to­tal stag dos re­cently, in­clud­ing Der­mot O’Leary and James Cor­den.

Matt Mavir, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of stag and hen do plan­ners Last Night of Free­dom, said: “Mil­len­ni­als have dis­cov­ered the ‘You don’t need to drink to have a good time’ men­tal­ity. This is prob­a­bly the rea­son why many are opt­ing for ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences they will no doubt re­mem­ber for years to come.

“We cer­tainly en­cour­age that be­hav­iour, and a lot of groups do this.

“In our eyes it’s all about the groomto-be hav­ing the most mem­o­rable last night of free­dom.

“But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a night or two get­ting ham­mered with your mates.”

An­other stag do com­pany Chilli Sauce said they had also no­ticed that ac­tiv­i­ties such as dim-sum mak­ing mas­ter­classes have in­creased in pop­u­lar­ity with men.

They said grooms-to-be have also been sign­ing up for group beard-trim­ming bar­ber shop pack­ages with pals.

More and more re­sorts are of­fer­ing tee­to­tal stag and hen par­ties af­ter re­search showed an in­crease in peo­ple ab­stain­ing from drink.

■SOBER: More fel­las are opt­ing for a non-boozy stag event

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