The humble hen night and simple stag do are a thing of the past, according to new research. The average spend per person on a hen do has gone up by 26% since 2004, and for stags it’s 42%.

The data, provided by stag and hen do specialists Red7, found that the average cost per head is now £160, compared to just £107 in 2004. And we were surprised to hear that those cheeky stags were the biggest spenders!

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“We’ve seen some huge changes in the things hens and stags ask for on their ‘last night of freedom’, from the length of their stay, to the place they go,” said Viki Sanders, Travel Expert at Red7. “Many now stay overnight, or go abroad for a few days, rather than the traditional night out on the town. We’ve seen more people booking spa trips, dance lessons and cocktail-making classes, and the average event now lasts just under two nights – more than double that of 2004!”

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Newlywed Jessica McDonnell, 23, from Huddersfield opted for a pole fit masterclass on her hen do. “I moved away from the traditional hen party as I’m not a heavy drinker and wanted something that incorporated my own personality. It was a great way to introduce the girls to one of my favourite pastimes and, as it was completely different, it felt more memorable. The plan is to only have one hen party and so I wanted to do something with my friends that I wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to do!”

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For more info on hen parties and stag dos, visit Red7 or follow them on Twitter! We’ve got things to help you too – maybe your mum won’t enjoy a night out or a pole fit master class, but we’ve got hen party ideas that your mum will love. And if you’re worrying about what your h2b is up to on his stag do, don’t worry, it can’t be worse than some of these