So you’ve been given the task of organising the office away day. You’ve organised it before, and it was well received, which is why you’ve got the job again. But how do you do something different this year to make it even better than before? Here we share some ideas of team building activities you can choose for your time out the office.
If you work in a heavily male dominated office, your majority vote will support the idea of heading to a nuclear bunker to suit up in pseudo body armour, play laser quasar followed by a burger and fries before heading out to a loud bar, most likely with a table football. Great but not exactly planned with team female in mind.
Equally in female dominated offices, the men better enjoy the cocktails and the culture because there’s going to be a lot of talking…maybe some crafting, learning, discovering on your activities list (all with a glass in hand of course)! But I don’t know many guys who’d think making their own scented candle sounds like a day well spent.
So, how do you find a middle ground where everyone wins? Where you’ve spent some quality time away from the desk and turned colleagues into friends?
Being able to design a day away, where you get to do the best of both types of activities need not be tricky. Like that Swedish saying about clothes and bad weather, you just need to be in the right place that offers the right environment for your preferences.
To get the best of both worlds, you’ll need outdoor and indoor places to please both crowds as well as a place where you can really relax all together in comfort. Away days are also moments to treat your team and show them your appreciation, so having a place that goes beyond their imagination and that’s exclusively for them will make your team feel really special. On top of that you want to enjoy it too, so you may want to consider having an event coordinator organising the day on your behalf.
Below we share six team building activities we love! They offer something unique for companies looking for something a little different, plus they can all be carried out at our houses, either as a one off or part of a programme of activities. You can tie them in with a working morning, or day out exploring the house and grounds.
Team Building/ Away Day Ideas
From the staid to the adrenalin fuelled we share some of our favourites:
Use the beautiful surroundings and make movies! Your group will be split up into ‘film units’ with everyone taking on a specific role in the creation of your own mini feature film. This is team building at its best: people learning new skills, co-operating on a project they enjoy and coming up with results that will amaze everyone. The films are shown after dinner at our glamorous Oscar Ceremony, where awards are made in many categories: Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Facial Expression, etc. And the finished films will also be available so everyone can have their own copy as a treasured memento of a great day.
Segway Treasure Hunt
Laugh as you may at these strange machines, but they are a lot of fun. After being given a thorough briefing, you can command your own machine and manoeuvre yourself on an off-road driving course or a customised Segway treasure hunt.
Wild Animal Portraits
Indulge your creative skills and your love of animals at the same time. These ones aren’t wild per se but they will be your friend after the session has finished, only if you draw them nicely. A fun activity, whatever age and they wont be offended if you include all their wobbly bits!
Cocktail making classes with a five times world champion cocktail maker!
It’s a pleasure to say that we have this world champ in our ranks. Jamie can whip up some deadly delicious cocktails whatever the occasion or indeed the season. We need no excuses here to get behind the bar and whip up a complete mess in the name of fun, oh and skill!
Transformational breathing class to take you to places unknown
You may laugh but breathing is everything and its going to be a very hot topic once we’ve got mindfulness and hot yoga out the way. Without breathing where would we be? Let’s not ponder that thought. Within the bevy of Canvas and Stone cohorts we have one of the UK’s finest breathing experts who can lead you and your team through a sensational breathing workshop that will truly transform you.
A musically entertaining compare like no other!
Pass the baton over to someone who really knows how to make an event rock. We’ve used our compare for countless events. His charm, warmth and down right madness keep energy levels up and everyone transfixed! His addition is worth every penny.
All our venues create bespoke programmes for events, we’d love to show you around the houses and share our ideas with you on how to make your stay great.
To make an enquiry, contact us today: Hello@canvasandstone.co.uk or 020 3741 8040