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£300 million spent on stag and hen nights

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Britons are spending more than £300 million a year on stag and hen nights.

Men spent twice as much as women, with some parties lasting a week at a cost of more than £500.

A survey of 600 people by Teletext Holidays found that the average cost of a stag night was £215, compared with £106 for a hen event.

A third of parties lasted from Friday to Sunday, while one in 20 stag parties dragged on for a whole week.

London was the top destination for a pre-wedding celebration, followed by Blackpool and Edinburgh.

Other popular places for painting the town red included Brighton, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

One in five stag parties ended up at a strip or lap-dancing club.

Marc Bell, director of marketing at Teletext, said: "Those of us who have been on stag or hen dos recently will have found that they are becoming more of a mini-holiday than a night out."