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.
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.
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.
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.
There is ample free on-site parking.
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.
Businesses who want to enjoy a truly local experience and sample some delicious cider.
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.
Conveniently located just five miles from town, nestled within the Cheltenham countryside, Ian Coley Shooting School offers colleagues the opportunity to bond while testing out their marksmanship skills. The school, run by six-time Olympic coach Ian Coley, has over 30 years’ experience of hosting functions for companies both big and small, with its corporate experiences offering the chance to combine a healthy bit of competition while picking up new skills.
Ian Coley Shooting School’s corporate packages encompass everything you’ll need on the day and include gun hire, cartridges and clays, safety equipment, use of the function marquee or shooting lodge, use of covered stands in case of bad weather, not to mention expert tuition from the school’s experienced team.
The packages range from two-hour shooting sessions to full day events, plus there’s also the option to combine sporting action with a choice of catering, from breakfast and brunch, to afternoon tea and barbecues.
The school has 24 different shooting stands, each with a minimum of two different targets, three High Towers up to 120 feet high, Double Trap and Down-the-Line layout. Other facilities include a welcoming club house and there’s also the option to book the permanent marquee space for your function at no extra charge. This versatile venue is ideal for those wanting to combine hosting meetings with team activities.
There is ample free on-site parking.
There’s no accommodation at Ian Coley Shooting School, but there are plenty of options in nearby Cheltenham..
Businesses looking for a fun and challenging day out with colleagues – or ones hoping to tick a novel activity off the bucket list.
Ian Coley Sporting is home to an award-winning gun shop, selling everything from rifles and cartridges, through to country clothing and shotguns. It’s the perfect place for picking up gifts for shooting enthusiasts, as well as gift vouchers for clay shooting experiences.
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.
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.
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.
There is complimentary parking for over 300 cars at Hatherley Manor.
Hatherley Manor has 51 en-suite bedrooms, making it a perfect venue for residential events.
Businesses wanting the option to combine a variety of different activities on a team building day out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are three separate barn guest rooms adjacent to Woodchester vineyard, while there’s also a two-bed farmhouse that sleeps four.
Businesses looking for a day out with a difference.
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.
Thursday 25 April 2019
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