Unique venues for team-building days
Have you been given the task of organising the latest work team-building session?
If you’re finding it tricky to keep everyone happy, don’t worry. We’ve pulled together some of the best team-building venues across the UK, from dedicated meeting rooms to hotel conference centres and authentic studio sets. So here is the lowdown on the top team-building venues and activities from around the country.
Warner Brothers Studio Tours – The Making of Harry Potter
If you and your colleagues are serious Harry Potter fans, you needn’t look beyond the Harry Potter Studio Tours. You and your co-workers will delve into the studio’s authentic sets and experience the awe-inspiring craftsmanship, talent and creativity that took the Harry Potter movie series from page to screen.
Witness your colleagues fly on broomsticks and explore mesmerising special effects techniques. Fight with wands like one of the actors before drinking to your victory with a butterbeer in the Backlot Café, which caters for up to 60 delegates, while the Studio Preview Theatre accommodates 47. Your guests will gain fascinating insight into the world of film-making that inspired the cast and crew during the making of the Harry Potter film series. For more information, head over to their official website.
The Flight Club
Looking for a unique away day? For an exhilarating blend of business and pleasure in the heart of London, you can’t go wrong with The Flight Club. They’ve used revolutionary, high-tech expertise and thrilling new gameplay to create social darts – the most up-to-date and unsurpassed version of the iconic game.
Everyone can play and everyone can win, making it a brilliant game for veterans and novices alike to battle it out and bond. Complemented by classic cocktails and tasty sharing platters, team-building days have never been so good. From a cocktail masterclass and pizza-making to darts tuition, you’ll have the time of your life.
Want a venue like no other? IWM Duxford, with a maximum capacity of 800, is just the ticket. This fighter station has been converted into a remarkable events space, rich in culture and boasting more than 100 aircraft, including the legendary Concorde.
Enjoy the museum and all it has to offer, or make the most of its exciting activities, such as tank-riding, pleasure flying, educational talks and tours. Whether you’re organising a conference for 10, a meeting for 350 or a gala dinner for 700 guests, you won’t find many places like it.
Team-building days should be about engaging people and having fun, and that’s why Oakley Court is such a good option. Home to 35 acres of landscaped grounds, the beautiful country house was built in 1859. It’s a great venue if you want to hold an event near London but escape the city.
From dragon boat racing and raft-building to archery and cocktail-making, the Victorian Gothic mansion is ideal for a wide variety of team-building activities. Oakley Court overlooks the River Thames and offers an unbeatable setting.
Trapped in a Room with a Zombie
Seeking something a little different? There’s no better way to hit it off with your workmates than coming together to escape the living dead. Will you and your colleagues be able to find clues, solve puzzles, unlock the door and escape the room without being eaten by the terrifying zombie?
Trapped in a Room with a Zombie will certainly test your teamwork skills! If the worst comes to the worst, you could always surrender your manager.
Boasting breathtaking grounds and a chic interior design, Donnington Valley offers the very best team-building experiences. Home to an 18-hole parkland golf course, spa, swimming pool and a fitness gym, your colleagues are sure to be pampered like never before.
Located in Berkshire and just an hour’s drive from London, you’ll discover all manner of outdoor activities, from Bear Grylls Survival Academy to the Crystal Maze and country sports. If you’d prefer to stay indoors, book The Escape Rooms or The Qube. Alternatively, if you’re all up for putting your crime hats on, the Crime Scene Experience is ideal. Whether you’re arranging an AGM, product launch, away day or brainstorming session, Donnington Valley caters for them all.
Denbies Team Building
Do you have vino-loving workmates? They’ll love Denbies Wine Estate – a gorgeous, family-owned venue in Dorking, Surrey. Surrounded by 265 acres of vineyards, the venue is ideal for both outdoor and indoor team-building events. There’s also a three-acre activity field where the estate’s activities are held for small to large group sizes.
It’s just a 10-minute walk from Dorking mainline station with regular trains running to London Victoria/Waterloo and Gatwick. This easily accessible team-building venue will be a big hit with your colleagues. Activities include indoor wine tasting, an F1 challenge, country sports, treasure hunts and a crystal challenge.
Whether you want to boost motivation, enhance communication or just help your workmates get to know one another a little better, these ideas offer inspiration and the perfect space for your team-building requirements.