Team building: from sparring to spa days

Team building events aren’t just for Christmas, you know. Across the UK there is no shortage of activities that can help keep your delegates engaged and entertained to complement your meeting or event. CN scanned the options to see what’s out there and came up with this list.

So, have you tried…

…GPS Treasure hunt?

Butlins Conference and Events is all about doing business with an added pinch of fun. The chain of resorts offers a wide variety of activities to suit all needs and occasions.

Such exotic pursuits include dancing with a British street dance troupe, racing out to sea in military-spec boat, and following a GPS treasure hunt.



Jericho has partnered with top TV presenters, producers, Kung Fu masters, a former world champion boxer, and battlefield guides to take small groups on a journey into the lives of elite professionals.

Whether it is stepping into the ring to spar two rounds with an ex-world champion boxer, being grilled by an ex-Sky business editor or learning to channel your inner Chi energies and overcome everyday stresses with a Kung Fu Master, Jericho enables a team to share something exhilarating.



From chocolate making to gorge walking or white water rafting, the Vale Resort in Hensol, Wales, has more than 15 group activities or corporate away day choices for businesses. Businesses can use the resort’s golfing facilities with a round on one of its two championship courses, or make use of Wales’ largest spa, with six different relaxation zones, a 20m swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. 



Daytona Motorsport has five kart circuits across the UK, and they’re of the highest standard.

With top class conference and meeting facilities also available, the combination of racing and meeitng is the backbone of what they do.

A team endurance race allows small groups to work together to beat the rest, and the opportunity to perform a pit stop of a real Formula 1 car adds a further test.


…Going Off Limits?

Employee imagination grows when you’re around people you’re comfortable with. Off Limits Events pride themselves on taking on any challenge for your company challenge.

From building your own soapbox racer to a bespoke Crystal Maze experience, there really are no limits to how far you can push things.  


…Catching Pokémon?

The popularity of Pokémon Go has put treasure hunt app activities at the top of event bookers’ lists this year. So it’s no surprise that Go Team – a GPS treasure hunt app that allows real-time interactivity – has been in demand at QHotels’ rural venues.

Delegates use tablets to navigate their way around the grounds of the hotel on mini-missions, completing location-based questions, team picture contests and QR code-activated tasks.


…Escape games?

Escape Games London takes place in a custom built room in Westminster’s Millbank Tower.

Players are locked in the Escape Games Theatre with only a few clues and their wits; using everything at their disposal they must escape the theatre within the time limit. Players must work out how to escape by unravelling clues and solving puzzles. The adventures are designed to immerse teams in the experience and demolish the office hierarchy. Ideal for a wide variety of groups, from start-ups to multinationals, the theatre can accommodate up to 32 players split into two groups of 16.


…Festive pub crawl and quiz?

If you really are after a Christmas-themed teambuilding event, then Wildgoose have a choice of two festive themed events on offer. Companies of all sizes will enjoy a table top Festive Quiz, which makes for a great ice-breaker or activity between courses during a festive dinner. The Festive Pub Explorer combines all the fun of a treasure hunt with a Christmas quiz – and as the name suggests, a few pub stops along the way.

There’s an option to add bespoke content, such as a video message from the CEO. An experienced team will be on hand to deliver an event briefing and provide an amusing wrap up presentation. 


Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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