A new UK service is looking for lonely or curious men join join 11 strangers on a fake stag party weekend in Newcastle.
UK company Last Night of Freedom (LNOF) introduced “the world’s first ever solo stag do” this week, allowing 12 strangers to “eat, drink and party together for two nights in Newcastle as you basically pretend to be a group of stags”
LNOF Managing Director Matt Mavir told Moncrieff he thinks the service is “addressing a loneliness issue” among men he feels “quite passionately about”.
“A stag is all about friendship and inclusiveness and brotherhood,” he said.
“[At a regular stag], you arrive there knowing people but are also with people you don’t know. By the end of the weekend, you've shared a lot of experiences with people, and you've broadened your social network.
“If you can do anything you can, particularly as a young male, to expand your support network and get to speak to like-minded individuals, that can only be good.”
The weekend experience costs £349 per person.
Deciding your role
Mr Mavir explained the first outing on the “stag do” is an icebreaker at a pub where participants decide what roles they want to play, including the groom and the best man.
“[Participants can] really get to know these guys they're going to share the weekend with,” he said.
He said staff from LNOF will also be at the pub to help people decide their roles – especially if everyone fears being embarrassed as the “groom”.
“If we look at stags and hen, particularly stags, it’s been about embarrassing stags,” Mr Mavir said. “But I think the days of handcuffing stags to poles are, thankfully, behind us.”
Once the roles are decided, the stag party can take part in some classic activities such as pub quizzes and obstacle courses.
“You don’t have to do it from a loneliness thing,” Mr Mavir said. “It could be a bucket list type experience, but book onto it, meet some people you wouldn't have met ordinarily and have a great weekend.”
“It's a life event everyone should experience at least once.”
'We're not Hangover-style crazy'
Mr Mavir said all participants will stay in accommodation together but will have their own private bedrooms.
“Close the door, chill out a bit, go on to the activities but you still have some privacy,” he said.
He also promised it would not solely have “the more raucous elements of a stag do”.
“We’re not going to go Hangover-style crazy,” he said.
“The idea is about companionship and having a good, nice time rather than something completely debauched.”