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15 Stonking Stag Party Ideas in Leeds

· Andrew Emery · Culture

Plan a stag do where staggering is optional.

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There’s more to a stag do in Leeds than just a pub crawl and fancy dress – these 15 ideas will ensure the groom gets the perfect send-off.

Stag parties have changed a lot, and many grooms, best men and mates don’t want to settle for an aimless mosey around the boozers with a kebab on the way home. Luckily, Leeds is the place to be for some brilliant stag activities. From lobbing axes – not at each other, don’t worry – to tasting craft beers and bouncing around bafflingly while zorbing, this is how to do the perfect modern stag weekend in Leeds. Smurf outfits optional!

Take aim with axe throwing

Live For Today Axe Throwing

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This is one of those events you really don’t want to be organising yourself. A badly-sharpened axe and alcohol? See you in A&E. No, let the professionals take care of this one and you’re in for a fun day out with more than a hint of the medieval. You can channel your inner viking all across Leeds and Yorkshire, both indoors and out, and you’ll get shown the ropes before you aim for the target. If the stag doesn’t hit a bullseye, that’s a drink forfeit straight away.

Check out where you can go axe throwing in Leeds.

Have a retro romp at Arcade Club

Arcade Club

What’s great about Arcade Club – apart from its stellar and all-encompassing range of games both contemporary and vintage – is that it’s huge. You and your party have several floors of digital fun awaiting you, whether you want to aim for the Space Invaders high score, take on The Simpsons’ four-player game or head upstairs for console classics like Mario Kart. There’s a bar here too, so you don’t even have to take a break from the ‘refreshments’.

Arcade Club, Abbey Retail Park, Savins Mill Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3RP.

Let the games begin at Roxy Lanes

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Looking for a stag do idea in Leeds that ticks a whole lot of boxes? Get yourself down to Roxy Lanes. Head in off The Headrow and there’s a fab bar, then descend the stairs for games galore. You can split off to play arcade classics, shoot some hoops and take each other on at shuffleboard and pool, but don’t miss the main event. Yup, full-length bowling alleys and ice-free curling await, and both are perfect stag party fodder – speaking of which, the pizza and bar food nibbles will hit the spot too.

Roxy Lanes, The Light, 44-48 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.

Plot your way out of escape rooms

Escape Hunt

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Fancy exercising the grey matter rather than just the old drinking elbow on a stag do? It’s time to master an Escape Room. You can take your pick of the fiendish themed rooms dotted across Leeds, all of which will have you pitting your wits against puzzles – don’t forget, teamwork is dreamwork. Several of them have their own bars and with room times averaging around an hour, it’s a great pitstop during what might be a veeerrrryyyy long day.

Check out the city’s best escape rooms.

Get your team up in the treetops

Go Ape Temple Newsam

If you really want to get in the swing of things, a stag party at Go Ape might be just the thing for you and your crew. In the grounds of Temple Newsam, it’s a treetop playground with some thrilling swings, bridges and zip wires – take on the Treetop Challenge Course and prepare to plummet. They offer other activities here too so you can make a real day of it, with axe throwing and all-terrain vehicles to speed through the forest in.

Go Ape Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AD.

Have a hole lotta fun at Junkyard Golf

Junkyard Golf Club

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This neon playground is a place where many a big-talking crazy golfer’s reputation has taken a hit – and it’s one of the funnest stag activities you can do in Leeds. Grab some drinks – their own pilsner is on tap along with Brooklyn Lager, the cocktails are crazy and creative – then take on the trio of courses. Expect to find giant bears, scrap cars by way of a rave and lots of puns. Keep score – the loser is definitely buying the whole stag party the next round.

Junkyard Golf, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.

Take the chequered flag first at go karting

team sport go karting

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If you want a stag do event that’s an absolute banker, look no further than go karting. TeamSport has the longest indoor circuit in all of Yorkshire, with the 580-metre course containing hairpin bends, straights where you can get your pace up and even a flyover. Get ready for 40mph top speeds, with great stag competitions like grand prix and 50-lap races. Heck, there’s even a podium presentation for the winners. Bonus points for lapping any non-drivers.

TeamSport Go Karting, South Accommodation Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NQ.

Barrel round a brewery

Horsforth Brewery

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Leeds is not bereft of breweries. On the contrary, the indie and micro-brewer scene has never been stronger, and a brewery tour is one helluva way to spend part of a stag do in Leeds. You can stick to the city – both Northern Monk and North Brewing Co. have excellent tours with samples aplenty – or head further afield to discover the ones that make the Yorkshire brewing scene so vibrant. You’ll learn, you’ll have fun and, best of all, you’ll drink plenty of the good stuff.

Check out the best brewery tours in Leeds and Yorkshire.

Get into bubble trouble with zorbing

Zorbing

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How about a game of football where you are the ball? Okay, no-one will be actually kicking you (hopefully), but Football Zorbing sees you and your mates climbing into huge inflatables for a kick around. Forget about ‘the beautiful game’ and prepare for slapstick fun. You’ll need a minimum of ten players, and while you might want to play perfect football, the real challenge is staying on your feet, taking out the other players and not splitting your sides.

Find out more about Football Zorbing.

Shoot to thrill at iCombat

iCombat

If you and your mates are the types to get online for an all-night session of Call of Duty or Halo, then iCombat might just be what your stag weekend in Leeds needs. It’s like a first-person shooter come to life, laser tag turned all the way up to 11. The guns feel like the real thing – they even recoil and have magazines you need to reload – and you can undertake missions or blast your way through a giant free-for-all. Everyone is going to shoot the stag, obviously.

iCombat, 164 Armley Road, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2TY.

Play football with a local legend

Does your stag have a favourite football team or player? Imagine their delight when they line up for a kick about with their hero. Play With a Legend are pass masters at helping you with a stag package, offering three-hour events that include football and post-match socialising. You could be getting nutmegged by an international like Wayne Bridge or Andy Sinton, while most Leeds fans would probably like to put a ‘reducer’ in on Seth Johnson.

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Tantalise your tastebuds with beer

Beer tasting

Chances are, you’ll be tasting a fair bit of beer already. It’s a stag do, after all. But if your tastes go a bit beyond ‘whatever is cold and fizzy’, then a proper beer tasting can be a brilliant stag do activity – and Leeds is beer heaven. An organised tasting will introduce your party to a range of craft beers, with a blind-tasting challenge, quiz rounds and more. It’s fun, the perfect ice-breaker when you’ve got a big group and did we mention beer?
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Stage the perfect stag do at the sport

Leeds United

How about building your Leeds stag party around a sporting event? Take your pick from football, rugby and more in our sports-mad city. Leeds fans can head to Elland Road to watch the Whites, while Headingley is home to both Leeds Rhinos rugby league team and Yorkshire Cricket Club. Check the international calendar too – a test match, T20 or one-dayer is a doozy of a stag – food and beer trucks plus the cream of the world’s cricket players. And England…

Emerald Headingley Stadium, St Michael’s Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3BR and Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8TU.

Stuff yourself on a food challenge

Mojo Mad Dog

A food challenge is one of the best things you do on a stag do – and Leeds has plenty of places where you can take on a gut-busting platter of grub. Maybe you could line your stomachs for a day’s drinking with The Greasy Pig’s Paralyser Full English – the calories are basically ‘an infinity’ – or you could make the stag sweat with Mojo’s ‘Hot Ones’ chicken wings challenge. The world’s hottest peppers are used in that one – you’re going to feel it the next day.

Discover the most gut-busting food challenges in Leeds.

Make it as far as you can on the Otley Run

Otley Run

This legendary pub crawl may boast more victims than the 100 Years War. Popular with students, it’s also a great shout for a stag party in Leeds as you make your way from Far Headingley to the outskirts of the city centre. There are 15 venues to tick off, with a drink in each, although it might feel like 73 if you hit a brick wall around drink number eight. Dress up, pace yourself, make sure you eat – it’s stag party perfection and it’s guaranteed to get messy.

Check out our guide to the Otley Run.