SoGlos’s Gloucestershire corporate away day guide offers a handpicked selection of some of the best venues for hosting team building activities in and around the county.
With a choice of activities spanning everything from clay shooting to world class sports, this indispensable corporate guide provides just the inspiration for businesses hoping to escape the boardroom and boost team morale and productivity.
Lowdown: Dunkertons has been producing organic cider since it was founded by Ivor and Susie Dunkerton in Pembridge, Herefordshire in 1980. Since then the business, which produces cider using apples and pears from its own orchards, and without using chemicals or concentrates, has gone from strength to strength. In 2014, the couple’s son Julian, founder of Superdry, took over the running of the business. In 2016 the production of cider moved to Gloucestershire to a specially developed site in Dowdeswell, just outside of Cheltenham.
Activities on offer: Dunkertons has a variety of different options for corporate events, including the chance to go a tour of the cidery. Guests kick off the session with a glass of cider before heading out on a guided tour, followed by a talk from Dunkertons’ retail manager who introduces three ciders or Perry to taste with organic cheeses. If you’re tight on time, then you can just go for the meet and greet and tasting, with the opportunity to sample one or two ciders with matching cheeses.
Facilities: The cidery includes space for groups to host cider and cheese tastings, while the shop is ideal for stocking up on some tipples and organic produce to take home.
Parking: There is ample free on-site parking.
Accommodation: While there is no accommodation on site, Dunkertons is part of Dowdeswell Estates along with The Lucky Onion boutique hotel collection, which includes No. 131 and No. 38 The Park in Cheltenham, and The Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach, offering plenty of places to stay nearby.
Perfect for: Businesses who want to enjoy a truly local experience and sample some delicious cider.
SoGlos loves: If you’re looking for space to host meetings, lunches, dinners, and team building events, businesses can use The Lucky Onion venues. The experienced events team can help with designing bespoke packages to suit their needs in order to offer the ultimate chance to relax and bond with colleagues, away from the office.
More info: Call (01242) 650145, email email@example.com or visit
Lowdown: Located on the outskirts of Gloucester and within 10 minutes of the M5, Hatherley Manor provides a convenient location for hosting corporate away days in Gloucestershire. The three-star manor house hotel is set on 37 acres of beautiful grounds, offering ample space for an array of functions.
Activities on offer: Whether you want to enjoy a few rounds of clay pigeon shooting, get competitive on a treasure hunt, try your hand at driving off-road buggies, or get mucky on a quad bike, there are plenty of activities for businesses hosting corporate events at Hatherley Manor.
Facilities: The hotel benefits from a 13-acre team building field, walled garden and lawns that can be used for activities for up to 500 delegates. If you want to combine hosting corporate away days with meetings, the venue has a variety of function rooms and suites for up to 300 people.
Parking: There is complimentary parking for over 300 cars at Hatherley Manor.
Accommodation: Hatherley Manor has 51 en-suite bedrooms, making it a perfect venue for residential events.
Perfect for: Businesses wanting the option to combine a variety of different activities on a team building day out.
SoGlos loves: The hotel’s newly revamped spa is the perfect place to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation and makes a great treat for employees.
More info: Call 0300 303 8302, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hatherleymanor.com directly.
Lowdown: Gloucester Rugby is one of the best rugby clubs in the country with a loyal fan base who flock to Kingsholm Stadium to catch the premiership team in action. Located in the centre of Gloucester, the stadium has capacity for crowds of over 16,500 and offers a lively setting for spending an away day with colleagues or clients.
Activities on offer: Choose from a range of match day hospitality packages which offer the chance to combine dining and networking with watching the Cherry and Whites on the pitch. In addition to match day dining in the 1873 Club, there are also a limited number of private executive suites at Gloucester Rugby accommodating up to 16 people for hire, which are available two hours prior to kick-off giving you ample time to enjoy a two-course meal before heading out on to the private balcony to watch the game. Another option for corporate away days is The Legends Experience, including a four-course meal in the Legends Lounge Restaurant, before a live question and answer session with former and current players.
Facilities: There are a range of match day hospitality options at Kingsholm Stadium perfect for away days – ranging from executive private boxes in the main stadium and the 1873 Club, to The Mira Showers Stand and the JS Stand which both provide private boxes and covered seating, with The Shed and The Stowford Press Stand both offering unallocated standing.
Parking: Certain hospitality packages include onsite parking at Kingsholm Stadium or parking allocation in nearby carparks.
Accommodation: There is no on-site accommodation at Gloucester Rugby, but there are a range of nearby options in Gloucester
Perfect for: Businesses looking to catch premiership rugby players in action with colleagues and clients – and enjoy networking in a friendly, relaxed environment.
SoGlos loves: Perfect for the new 2016-17 season, if you want to entertain clients or treat staff to corporate away days regularly, choose from a seasonal hospitality package, and enjoy watching matches from the comfort of a private suite throughout the year.
More info: Call (01452) 872261, email email@example.com or visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk directly.
Lowdown: Woodchester Valley is an award-winning boutique vineyard and winery in the South Cotswolds. The family-run business produces a range of white, rosé and sparkling wines at its sites in Amberley, Woodchester and Doverow Hill.
Activities on offer: Throughout the year, 90-minute guided tours are available at the Woodchester site, which offers groups the chance to learn more about the winemaking process for still and sparkling wines, before enjoying a tutored tasting of five wines.
Facilities: The venue can arrange private group tours for 10 to 22, making it the perfect choice for corporate away days. Light lunch or refreshments can be organised from external suppliers so you can be sure to make a day of it.
Parking: There is plenty of on-site parking.
Accommodation: There are three separate barn guest rooms adjacent to Woodchester vineyard, while there’s also a two-bed farmhouse that sleeps four.
Perfect for: Businesses looking for a day out with a difference.
SoGlos loves: Don’t miss the chance to stock up on a selection of wines before you head home. The Cellar Door shop is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays and stocks the whole range of wines, including some exclusives.
More info: Call 07710 605 558, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit woodchestervalleyvineyard.co.uk directly.
Wednesday 02 January 2019
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