DEMAND for stag parties in Wrexham is said to have sky-rocketed since the football club's Hollywood takeover.

The city may seem out of place, but it could soon become Europe’s next major stag do destination, a stag party provider has said. 

Movie stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have transformed Wrexham AFC’s fortune, with the club’s star owners recently overseeing the club’s return to the Football League for the first time since 2008.

Now a firm has revealed groups of stags are “pleading” to visit after footy fans became mesmerised by the club’s remarkable resurgence.

“Since Ryan and Rob took over, we’ve had dozens if not hundreds of best men ring up and ask ‘Do you do Wrexham?’,” said Matt Mavir, managing director of Last Night of Freedom.

“Without doubt it is now comfortably the most requested destination that we don’t provide, so now we are seriously considering selling packages.

“If we didn’t it would be a massive own goal as we’ve been bombarded with requests.”

The company has now revealed that demand reached fever pitch around the release of the Disney Plus documentary ‘Welcome to Wrexham’, which offered a behind-the-scenes account of the actors’ shock £2m takeover.

It sparked what Matt said was a “deadly serious” offer to Wrexham County Borough Council to launch a marketing blitz to promote the city as a major new stag do destination.

The Leader: Matt Mavir, managing director of Last Night of Freedom. Matt Mavir, managing director of Last Night of Freedom. (Image: Agency)

“The aim was to promote it as the Welsh equivalent to Eastern Europe – a ‘British Budapest’ so to speak,” added the businessman, who has helped organise around 45,000 stags and hen weekends since launching the company in 1999.

“Given the buzz around the club, it seemed like a no-brainer. Football is often a big part of a stag weekend, and blokes in their 20s and 30s are all desperate to see a Wrexham match, so we thought that they’d jump at the chance to bring more tourists to the city but the council told us that they didn’t want to be seen as outwardly backing stag and hen parties."

He added: “It is a real shame as Cardiff is pretty much the only Welsh stag do destination, and at the peak of summer, they’ll bring around £1m-a-week into the city while around 6,000 stags and hens will visit nearby Liverpool this weekend alone.

“There is definitely an audience there and I believe that Wrexham would have easily topped the Welsh stag do league.”


A Wrexham Council spokesperson said: "This company approached us to promote Wrexham as the stag / hen capital of the UK (the Welsh version of Budapest) which we didn’t feel comfortable endorsing.

"In addition, they wanted us to secure match day tickets which isn’t possible and we advised them to contact the club directly as they are sold out every match game played at the STōK Racecourse Ground.

"The company’s details were, however, forwarded to city centre traders via our city centre team for them to discuss it with the traders directly, but we have heard nothing since from our hospitality sector that they wish to pursue this aspiration any further.”