Thursday 22 August 2019

9 amazing team building experiences in Gloucestershire

Gone are the days of ‘blue sky thinking’ while locked in a drab conference suite! It’s time to have some fun with your workmates with one of these fantastic team building experiences in Gloucestershire.

If the mention of a team building day generates groans from across your office, it might be time to trade in the flipcharts and conference rooms, and book onto one of Gloucestershire’s most exciting team building experiences.

From shooting and sumo wrestling, through to off-road experiences and alcohol-fuelled excursions, there are so many more inspiring ways to get your team working together, right here in Gloucestershire.

About the sponsor – Ian Coley Sporting

Surrounded by Cotswold countryside, but just five miles from Cheltenham, Ian Coley Sporting is described as one of the best shooting grounds in the UK.

Operated by six-time Olympic coach, Ian Coley, the venue caters to both beginners and more advanced shooters with a range of experienced instructors available for group and individual lessons.

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1. Ian Coley Sporting

The first place in the UK to offer corporate clay shooting experiences is based right here in Gloucestershire. So, a visit to Ian Coley is certain to impress – with over 40 years’ experience in hosting events for companies of all sizes.

Groups can enjoy professional tuition from the venue’s friendly and qualified instructors, with all the safety equipment and guidance you’d expect, meaning this experience is also great for beginners.

Find out more in our review of the Ian Coley’s Have-A-Go shooting challenge.

2. Go Ape

Located in the heart of the Forest of Dean, Go Ape offers the perfect opportunity for thrill-seekers within your team to release their inner Tarzan!

Climb high above the forest canopy, while tackling a range of high-rope obstacles, challenging cargo net jumps, and zip wires that’ll leave even the bravest souls double-checking their carabiner clip is secure!

Designed to inspire companies to get their staff enjoying the great Gloucestershire outdoors, GoApe invites work teams to take a ‘leap of faith’ into the Treetop Challenge, or learning how to weave through the forest floor with an afternoon of team Segway adventuring.

3. Arctic Quest

Dog lovers will jump at the chance to enjoy a team building day with Arctic Quest. Based just outside of Tewkesbury at the Croft Farm Waterpark, groups of eight or more can experience the thrill of a husky dog sledding trek.

Led by the leading female sled dog racer in the UK, Vickie Pullin, teams will get the chance to be hands on with the dogs, learning to take charge of the racing rig and experiencing a fast-paced ride led by the pack.

There’s even the opportunity to stay the night in a traditional tipi or herder’s hut, complete with campfire, furs and beds – the most authentic mushing experience you’ll get outside of Alaska!

4. Hillside Brewery

Combining great tasting Gloucestershire beer with some friendly competition, Hillside Brewery in the Forest of Dean offers a great location for an activity-fuelled afternoon, with some friendly competition thrown in for good measure!

Teams can start the morning with a guided tour of Hillside’s brewery, before taking to the nearby games area for outdoor Archery Tag, Bubble Football and Blindfolded herding. If the weather isn’t looking great, there are also a number of indoor options designed to mentally test teams. And if you want to release your inner child, there’s even a fully stocked bar, ping pong, table football, Nintendo 64 and Connect 4!

Find out more in our review of the Hillside Brewery Experience Day.

5. Dunkertons Organic Cider

Based in Cheltenham, Dunkertons’ organic cidery offers the chance for teams to enjoy a refreshing drink before touring the cidery and learning about organic cider production in Gloucestershire. Followed by a talk from Dunkertons’ retail manager, guests will be introduced to three ciders or perries to taste with organic cheeses. There’s even an onsite shop, ideal for stocking up on some tipples and organic produce to take home.

Find out more in our review of the Dunkertons Organic Cidery experience.

6. Land Rover Experience Eastnor

Just across the Gloucestershire border, Land Rover Experience Eastnor is definitely a team building day for adrenaline junkies, that’ll have your staff raving for months afterwards!

Situated in the grounds of Eastnor Castle, this experience gives you the chance to get behind the wheel of a Land Rover Defender, Discovery, Freelander, Range Rover or Range Rover Sport, and put it through its paces across challenging terrain.

Find out more in our review of the Land Rover Experience Eastnor review.

7. Locked in a Room

Just over the Gloucestershire border in Bristol, Locked In A Room has nine heavily themed escape rooms, meaning that 52 players can compete against each other to solve the clues and escape the locked room in the quickest time.

Perfect for testing teamwork and communication (as well as bringing out a team’s competitive spirit) the experience is really immersive, and is sure to leave a lasting impact. The Bristol escape room is set to expand to include an additional three rooms in the near future, and will soon be able to accommodate even larger teams.

8. Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf

For a memorable team building activity that allows your team to get competitive whilst enjoying some tasty food and drink, why not head to The Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham for some crazy golf at Mr Mulligan’s.

The venue serves up drinks whilst you play one of two indoor adventure golf courses. The fun themed venue creates an immersive experience, perfect for team bonding out of the office.

Find out more in our Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf video.

9. Cocktail making at Revolution Cheltenham

Housed within a former church in the centre of Cheltenham, Revolution Cheltenham is a stylish and awe-inspiring venue both during the day, and with an added party atmosphere at night.

Alongside offering catered meeting spaces, parties and conference space, Revolution also offers cocktail masterclasses for teams looking to mix it up.

Find out more in our review of Revolution Cheltenham.

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Tuesday 30 July 2019

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