Last week, The Stag Company wrote a blog post on why Cardiff shouldn’t be ashamed of its reputation as a “stag do party city”.
The firm, which organises tailor-made stag parties for grooms-to-be, admitted stag and hen parties suffer from an “image crisis”, but its web content editor Mark Booth said most of these weekends actually pass off without negative incident, and that the £3.5 million stag and hen parties bring into Cardiff each year cannot be ignored.
So is he right? Are stag and hen parties good for our city? Cardiff resident and blogger Jennifer Burke doesn’t think so. Here she talks about why she thinks stag and hen dos obscure all the other great things Cardiff has going for it.
“Think of a stag or hen do and you’re immediately drawn to fancy dress, L Plates, and alcohol.
Cardiff has gained a slot on the list of “go to places” for such rites of passage, but has the trend for these festivities in our city harmed Cardiff’s reputation as a lovely place to visit and a brilliant place to live? I think so.
There is no denying that they bring a massive boost to our economy – the value of stag and hen parties to Cardiff reportedly stood at £3.5 million last year. But there are other things to do in Cardiff other than dress in silly outfits and get horrendously drunk that go unnoticed because of its reputation as a stag and hen hotspot.
Cardiff is full to the brim with fantastic things to do for all budgets – from free museums and art galleries, to the castle, boutiques, restaurants and fantastic one off gems. Cardiff does have a wide range of bars, clubs and bistros, but drinking to excess isn’t the only thing that Cardiff should be (or is) known for.
We’re not alone, as UK cities go, in having a well known drinking quarter. But surely as a city we should take steps to make it known what else we can offer brides and grooms-to-be, other than cheap shots?
I moved to Cardiff two years ago but have been coming since I was a kid – I’ve seen Cardiff grow from a small capital to a bustling, diverse hub with so much more to offer.
I routinely set out to find out what these things are and have always been pleasantly surprised by what Cardiff has to offer me.
Should our local council and tourist board do more to encourage visiting hens and stags to explore what’s on our doorstep, beyond the nearest bar?
Probably, but until we move away from a drinking culture on a national scale, we can’t hope to achieve that on a local basis. Stag and hen parties aren’t the root cause of drinking culture, but we can still expect loud and messy partiers crawling up and down St Mary Street on weekends – to the detriment of our city.”
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