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Stag & Hen Parties

Looking for a Stag or Hen Party venue with a difference? Only a few miles away from Cardiff city centre, CIWW has everything you need for the perfect Stag or Hen Party experience. Choose from a variety of fun, adrenaline-fuelled activities, including exhilarating White Water Rafting or a chilled out Stand Up Paddleboarding session on the flat water. Plus, we offer Stag & Hen Party packages that include all of our team-based activities, such as Indoor Wave, Hot Dogging, River Boarding, Canoeing and Kayaking, Family Rafting and Gorge Walking.

Stag weekend ideas guide

Having a great stag do is a milestone in most men’s path to married life. These days the possibilities for epic stag do activities are endless, so it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the choice. If you and your closest mates are looking to break up your evenings of debauchery with some adrenaline-filled experiences, here at Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) we have some great stag weekend ideas for you.

One of the great things about choosing to bet on CIWW as your main source of stag to entertainment is that you can leave planning your stag weekend activities in our hands instead of shouldering all the responsibility.

Kick off your bespoke stag do package with some White Water Rafting early on Friday evening. This will help break the ice between the different groups of stag friends and get everyone pumped up on adrenaline to prepare for the first of a couple of long nights.

On Saturday you can nurse your hangover on your way to a day of Gorge Walking which will test your courage with jumps from big heights into plunge pools. Take this opportunity to make fun of the stag and build up your collection of amusing stories for the wedding toasts!

Another benefit of having a stag do near the beach is that it allows you to get outside for the daily stag do activities and still have plenty of time to rest and prepare for another night of drinking and dancing until the early hours. We can even take care of the transport if you would prefer, so you can fully kick back.

Conclude a weekend full of adrenaline packed stag do activities with a Sunday spent Canoeing & Kayaking, or even taking part in one of our activities away from the beach, such as the Indoor WaveAir Trail and Climbing.

What about stag do fancy dress you ask? Well, the great news most fancy dress outfits fit over the wetsuits provided, so you don’t have to give up on this classic opportunity to further embarrass the stag! Here at CIWW we’ve encountered it all – from genius to truly awful – and we love seeing our stag do dressing up (although maybe leave more risqué options for your night out, as we do get some young visitors in the centre).

From adrenaline-fuelled stag do activities such as white water rafting to more relaxed options like paddle boarding sessions on flat water, choosing a bespoke stag package with CIWW is a fantastic pick as stag weekend ideas go. What’s more, our centre is only a short distance away from both Cardiff Bay and Cardiff city centre, meaning you’d be a stone’s throw away from both the lively clubbing scene and the splendid waterfront vistas the city has to offer.

Exciting hen weekend ideas

Make your hen weekend in Cardiff an unforgettable experience by sprucing up exploring all things Wales and diving into the local clubbing culture with some more adrenaline-fuelled hen weekend activities! Sign your bride squad up for a bespoke hen package with CIWW and enjoy a fun mix of exhilarating and chilled out team-based activities.

Kick off the weekend by getting your adrenaline pumping and bonding with a Canoeing and Kayaking course in our excellent paddlesports facilities, which include an Olympic standard white water course and a flat water pool. We offer courses to suit all abilities, delivered by our team of fun and friendly instructors, which will boost your water sports confidence while also leaving plenty of time to hit the town and join into the city’s legendary nightlife afterwards!

On Saturday, you can chase the partying fatigue away and break up your girls’ day out in the city by giving bodyboarding a go with our Indoor Wave sessions – no experience is required, so you can perfect your moves riding the jets of water solo or go alongside a friend without worrying about being in the spotlight at the beach.

Alternatively, if getting a full body workout is on your list of hen weekend ideas, you can combine this with seeing Cardiff from a completely new angle from the flatwater in our Stand Up Paddleboarding sessions. All kit and instruction is supplied, so ladies of all levels and abilities can come and enjoy some time on the water with the world’s fastest growing watersport. And, since we are only a short distance away from Cardiff city centre, you will have plenty of time to get some retail therapy in before another hen night out.

Conclude your hen weekend by putting your paddling skills to the test with our Family Rafting experience. This two-hour adventure will inject some laughs and shrieks into your hen party as you make your way through the twists and turns of the CIWW waves and get a good soaking! Once you’re back on solid ground and dried off, you can also warm up at the on-site café with a cuppa and some delicious snacks before you set off home.

Why Cardiff is one of the best stag cities in the UK

What Cardiff is close to in terms of making a weekend of it near the coastline, beach etc.

A vibrant city packed full with exciting activities, Cardiff is the perfect place to have a stag or hen weekend. Easy to navigate on foot, the city offers a perfect compilation of thrilling stag do activities, iconic landmarks and unparalleled nightlife, so you’ll never find yourself lacking for stag & hen weekend ideas.

Located near the coastline, Cardiff is also a fantastic choice if you fancy a hen or stag do near the beach. Combine more active experiences with taking a stroll alongside the waterfront or even turn the weekend into a learn to surf stag.

When it comes to stag do activities, Cardiff’s nightlife scene is filled to the brim with the hottest clubs, bars and late-night entertainment, so your stag party will have at your fingertips everything you could need for an unforgettable stag weekend. The city presents a ton of great restaurants for you to choose from, so you’ll be well fed weather you’re fortifying yourself for a night of partying or nursing the inevitable hangover the next day.

Sport is a huge part of Cardiff’s history and culture, so sports’ fans can add a visit to the Millennium Stadium to the list of stag weekend ideas – and maybe if you’re lucky, your party will be able to catch one of the big matches taking place there throughout the year.

The ladies would also not be lacking for hen weekend ideas in the vibrant Welsh capital. From retail therapy heaven St. David’s Centre to the little shops and secret treasures hidden amongst the myriad of Victorian style arcades scattered around the city centre, Cardiff offers some of the best shopping opportunities!

Throw some culture in the mix of hen do activities and visit one (or a few!) of the castles within Cardiff, before enjoying the culinary delights which can be found all around the Welsh capital. More active hen parties can also add anything from quad-biking and clay pigeon shooting to their itinerary.

Start your night with some drink deals at one of the trendy bars, sign up to a cocktail masterclass where you get to consume your creations afterwards, or even go on a boozy cruise complete with a barbecue. From there you can move on to one of the hot night clubs the city centre is stuffed with, where you can throw some shapes and drink the night away. If a quiet pint is more to your taste than a wild night out, Cardiff also prides itself on having more pubs per square foot than anywhere other city in Britain! 

Stag & Hen Do Accommodation in Cardiff

To make your stag & hen weekend as hassle free as possible, you can also book you accommodation at your partner hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, Cardiff Bay. Located only a short walk away from the restaurants and bars peppered along the waterfront, and an equal distance from the city centre in the other direction, the Holiday Inn offers 10% off to all guests who’ve booked an activity with us when they quote ‘CIWW’.

The hotel offers a great choice of rooms suitable for big groups like stag and hen parties, which means you are guaranteed to have a comfortable and stress-free stay! Book your stag & hen weekend accommodation now by calling 029 2044 9000 or emailing reservations@exhicardiff.co.uk. Find out more about the hotel at www.exhicardiff.co.uk.