Leave the office behind with a corporate away day like no other. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite activities and locations for a day your employees will definitely remember.
Work Hard, Play Hard
Give your away day the competitive edge by including a range of energetic or brainteasing activities into your programme. Located around the UK, Centre Parcs offers a variety of fantastic packages to include meeting room hire and a choice of challenges from archery and laser clay shooting to giant board games and a mission impossible task!
Keeping it Green
Ensure that your team away day is environmentally friendly by hosting it with some of the UK’s most sustainable venues. The Eden Project, with its impressive architecture, offers fantastic packages to include entrance to the gardens, guided rainforest tours and zip wire adventures.
For the ultimate in ease and convenience, keep your meeting and afternoon of activities all in the same spot by hosting your away day at an all-inclusive venue. Properties such as the Loch Lomond Hotel and the Fish Hotel not only offer exclusive bedrooms and event space but also have a range of onsite activities from speedboat challenges to wacky inflatable courses.
Ready Steady Cook!
For a chance to bond over food (and wine!) include an afternoon of cooking to your away day. Many hotels and venues across the UK host experiences within their own restaurants and kitchens. Try a bread making masterclass at Celtic Manor, wine tasting with The Grove or Michelin-star lessons at the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
Feel Good Away Days
Make an impact with your away day by including an aspect of CSR into your programme. Look for local volunteering opportunities around your office or take part in some of the UK’s award-winning experiences, such as Down to Earth, which offer a range of creative ‘win-win’ activities to teach your team something new whilst giving back to the wider community.
Away with the Animals
It’s been proven that spending time with animals relieves stress and can be an immediate mood lifter, so scheduling in a day with our furry friends could be the perfect team treat! Many of the UK’s zoos, such as Chester and London, offer experiences such as feeding the elephants, guided tours and themed treasure hunts in packages to include meeting space and refreshments.
The Fight to Survive
If you want to challenge your team to the maximum level, the Bear Gryll’s Survival Academy is the ultimate away day experience! Learn life-saving skills, face terrifying heights and learn how to live in the most hostile of environments using Bear’s unique self-rescue methods.
Back to Basics
Less extreme than Bear’s intense academy is The Forest Work’s back to basics package. After a morning of meetings, take your team into the wilderness with a Forest Ranger for an afternoon of building team shelters, lighting fires and foraging for berries.
With the increasing focus on wellbeing in events, incorporating a moment to relax into your away day could be the perfect remedy. Why not include an introduction to meditation, yoga or Pilates, or invite your team to try raw foods and healthy treats?
Let off some Steam
After a morning of meetings, what could be better than some healthy competition between your teams? Host your away day at a fun sports venue such as London’s Bounce or Swingers and indulge in a spot of crazy golf or high-speed ping pong joined by creative cocktails and food packages.
If you would like some more inspiration on away day ideas then don’t hesitate to contact the Banks Sadler team on +44 (0) 207 424 3333