Last Night of Freedom
Stag and Hen Weekends In Newcastle
~a guest post by Last Night Of Freedom
With almost two decades of experience under our belts, and 25,000 satisfied stag and hen weekends to our name, it’s safe to say us lot at Last Night of Freedom know a thing or two about organising the ultimate send off. Although we have a rich offering of 60 massive locations across the globe, our Geordie homeland consistently tops our charts as the most popular stag do destination. And, with its massive range of nightlife options, activities and accommodation, it’s no surprise why.
Since we first started out in 1999, we’ve noticed some peaks and troughs in the amount of groups heading to our beloved Toon, and have speculated as to why this may be. Back in 2002, Newcastle was the city on everybody’s lips as it was nominated for the UK City of Culture Award, which correlated with a 12% rise in stag do bookings compared to the previous year’s figures.
After the launch of Geordie Shore in May 2011, stag weekends in Newcastle have really taken off. Drawn in by the bright lights of The Diamond Strip and the lasses with big hair, big lashes and ready to ‘tash on’, we now see six times as many stag groups in Newcastle, compared to before the show’s existence. The following year, we saw the launch of the 24-hour Greggs in Newcastle’s Bigg Market, which we can only assume is the sole reason for the 15% increase in stag bookings for Newcastle. Who doesn’t want a steak bake at 4am?
The Magpies cause their fair share of mayhem when it comes to attracting (and otherwise…) stag groups to the city. The 08/09 and 15/16 seasons saw NUFC relegated to the Championship, where we saw a slight dip in enquiries and subsequent bookings. Things picked up from the year before, when in 16/17, Newcastle United were promoted to the Premiership, and we noticed stag bookings begin to pick up again. Prior to Newcastle’s first relegation, we also noted a slow decrease in groups coming to Newcastle in 2007, coinciding with Mike Ashley buying the club. Coincidence? We think not.
The media is a powerful tool when it comes to promoting locations. We’ve seen a significant growth in the amount of stag groups planning to celebrate in Newcastle since ‘Geordie Queens of the Jungle’, Vicky Pattison and Scarlett Moffatt, earned their crowns. This coincided with Geordie Shore’s lovable Scotty T winning Celebrity Big Brother in 2016, which saw Newcastle, yet again, become the northern city everyone was talking about.
If you want more information on how to plan your stag do in Newcastle, check out our free Newcastle stag do guide.