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Delicious food undeniably brings people together and cooking collectively is certainly a very entertaining corporate activity, teaching skills, adding laughter and joy. We’ve got here a range of ideas and cooking styles for corporate use.
L’Atelier des Chefs provides corporate cooking lessons in London in an interactive and original fashion. Perfect for fun cookery experiences for groups of business professionals! Nothing better than cooking your own meal with your colleagues to develop strong team bonding!
Also based in London, the Undergroung Cookery School is keen to pass on secrets from simple dishes to Michelin standards in a corporate cooking team building format.
If you are looking for a more mobile kitchen to come to you, the options are plentiful too:
Competition is in the air and you will have to compete against the other teams to create the tastiest menu. However, can you withstand the pressure to show off your culinary skills?
With almost 5.5L of ice cream eaten on average by Brits per year, it’s time to learn how to make your own! A delicious and fun skill to learn for a different team building afternoon!
Available as a mobile event that can be brought to a venue or conference venue of your choice, this activity adds a bit of exotic Japanese cuisine to the day.
With expert help on hand teams will learn the art of chocolate tempering, ganache making, dipping and finishing. All equipment is provided to help teams make up to 100 chocolates each. This is a fully mobile activity that requires no input from the venue’s kitchen.
One way of organising your team building event is to start by thinking location location location first. We’ve got some exciting propositions based in beautiful settings around the UK.
Bristol is a stunning city and offers such a choice of activities for team building. Check this site for exciting options.
If you’d rather stay in the capital but crave an exotic location, the ZSL London Zoo offers surprising team building days in between its walls as well as conference facilities on site. Just watch out for that lion!
Set in beautiful woodlands, Centerparcs offer challenging or relaxing team building activities, indoors or outdoors, to suit everyone with packages to suit all budgets. Conference facilities and accommodation all available on site.
For a thrill and a raised heartbeat, Alton Towers can host high-impact team build activities, either as part of a conference package or as a full day’s worth of activity.
Unwind at Chessington resort and experience fun with their corporate ice breakers around the entire theme park.
Use the British Horse Racing Authority website to find a huge selection of courses and dates available throughout the UK. Evening races at Windsor are a very popular team event but its just one of very many options including of course fabulous Royal Ascot.
Your company had a really good year and you wish to give back to the community? A growing trend is to organise a charity team building day. Double bonus: teams have a great time and come back with a glowing feeling!
Starting from the idea that teamwork is key to good business, Barnados has put together a selection of corporate challenges that can only be successfully achieved by working together. And at the end of the day, teams can be proud that their hard work has helped the UK’s most vulnerable children.
Charity Bike Build is a challenging and experimental corporate team building for companies who want to create a positive difference in the community. Build bikes and gives them to whoever really needs them. Brilliant concept!
RSPB offers a day of fresh air, exercise and a life-enhancing experience in the countryside amongst its fascinating wildlife.
If you are specifically looking for a London-based team building event, here are a few suggestions:
As long as you don’t aim at your CEO, darts can be a very entertaining way to spend an evening!
Ping pong balls, ice or cheese are involved in these rather peculiar team building activities you could have in London …
If you like your horror movies and are not squeamish then an option would be to spend time locked in a room with a zombie … Beware, this is not an event for the faint-hearted!
While the clock is ticking, test your skills in the Industrial, Futuristic, Medieval and Aztec zones, solve mysteries and face mental and physical challenges.
Tic toc tic toc …
Are you looking for something quirky to surprise your staff, something they have never done before and will talk about for years to come?
Remember the time (maybe not so long ago…) when you were pushing your little digger on the kitchen floor, dreaming of driving one when you were older… Well imagine now racing at full speed a 8.5t JCB digger against your colleagues on a specially designed track!
Fan of Zoro and swashbuckling? Then grab your foil, epee or sabre and learn fencing with professionals!
For a more gentle and rural approach, become the ultimate farmer for a day. Bring your wellies and be ready to muck around.
Looking for that something a little bit different, maybe even adventurous for your next event? Then consider these options:
Adventure brought to you (almost) anywhere in the UK. Find an escape from a locked room and raise the adrenaline level in your office. Several formats available and fully mobile.
It’s all about trust, taking a risk and learning how to shine on the flying trapeze. However, you’ll only be the high flyer if you listen to the information you’re given by your team. And what better way could there be to demonstrate trust in your team-mates then hanging from their arms 50 foot in the air (don’t worry, there’s a net!)
Compete and socialise over a wide range of fun activities as you and your colleagues Go for Gold! An energetic, fast moving and fun filled outdoor event for the summer months.
Create, bake, eat and get to know your team with this tasty activity! Cupcakes are everywhere, so get stuck in to this trendy and creative team building activity.
Get out of the office, conference, meeting environment and get active with some of these great ideas:
Change perspective and the world looks brighter! And nothing beats pretending to be Tarzan for one afternoon to swing from tree to tree … in total safety.
It is quite a thrill when you hit and break your very first clay and it gets better with every one you break! With expert tuition, West Wycombe shooting grounds offers the perfect environment for a great team away day.
Treasure Trails yes, but using state of the art tablets and state of the art app technology. This combination makes for exciting and flexible team events anywhere around the world. With many themes available, there is something for everyone.
Looking to get wet and wild in Cheshire? Then Peak Pursuits offer a wide range of outdoor team building events, raft building just being one of them. Try also climbing, orienteering, archery and zip line.
Now, if you want glamour and spotlights, if you’d like to know all the cebs by their first names then you might just want to book one of these celebrity team building events.
We’ve all travelled around the world with Rick Stein from the comfort of our sofa, salivated in front of his fish risotto or his tasty looking crab and seafood paella. Well … why not become a celebrated chef yourself (at least for a few hours) and learn from the best?
In the beautiful Devon countryside, at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s farm, you have the opportunity to learn useful skills such as bread making, meat butchery or how to properly fillet and cook a fish. Or why not learn how to forage for wild food and transform the ingredients into an impressive feast?
Looking for someone younger and jazzier (sorry Hugh!)? Become the pasta master or the Vietnamese street food king in Jamie Oliver’s kitchen, basked in the enthusiasm and energy typical of this dynamic celebrity chef.
Enough talk about food, let’s get into action and learn some basic survival skill with Bear Grylls! Inspired by one of the greatest explorers of all time and lead by expert adventurers, survive through an air crash, a shipwreck, pass the navigation challenge and as a treat, spoil yourself to the famous Gross Eat challenge …
Classic evening entertainment ideas listed below to complement your corporate dinner, awards evening or party.
Highly experienced in killing people, the actors can even come to you to do the task efficiently! Usually set around a meal, the drama and plot will thicken around the clues and blood stains. Nothing like a good old fashion murder!
A classic with good reasons, Casino tables are the perfect opportunity to bring glamour to an evening in any location. They are good fun all year round and are ideal for a themed evening: 1930’s style with the prohibition, James Bond glam style, red carpet Awards evening, …
A new comer in the world of team building events, Evening Spy Challenge takes place around a meal. You have all become spies and first need to crack the six-digit code to have access to your mission. But the world of espionage is a tough one and corruption often triumphs …
Very popular, especially to raise money for good causes, video horse racing nights are a good (and cheap) alternative to moving your whole team to the racecourse.
Always good fun, with a huge selection of games such as air hockey, giant jenga, table soccer or scalextrics, the evening will resonate with laughter, banter and good spirit!
Still a very popular format for evening entertainment and the team at QuizQuizQuiz are masters at delivering quiz events for all group types and sizes.
Cocktails have been for a number of years making a steady come back. Guided by the very best mixologist, learn how to make delicious cocktails, and then, with your team, create your own. Will it become a legendary cocktail enjoyed in the trendy bars worldwide?
High adrenaline options now and not for the fainthearted! Some of these motor sports team building events can be quite expensive but even so, it’s got to be something that everyone does at least once in a lifetime!
A timeless and classic team event , Daytona have tracks around the country and are one of the leading go-karting experience suppliers. Various formats available mean this is an event that can be used time and time again for groups of all sizes but works very well for small teams.
Palmer Sport is one of the country’s leading supplier of track day experiences and gives you the opportunity to drive a fantastic range of fast cars under expert tuition. Hospitality suites are available and this is top end, high speed and very thrilling team bonding at its best!
Available at sites throughout the UK, these multi activity days offer clay shooting, archery, Powerturns, hovercraft handling as well as tractor driving , quad bikes and other unusual activities.
And what if you transformed the whole of motor sports … and made it eco friendly? What? Yes, build your own F1 car from cardboard in your own design and race it with man power! Promise, you’ll never have more fun! Fully mobile activity available throughout the UK.
Mercedes World at Weybridge gives you the opportunity to try out their 4×4 vehicles on a purpose built off-road course as well as track and AMG driving days. For team events they have fabulous conference facilities and a museum to visit .
Get wild, wet and wacky messing about on the water with your colleagues. From raft building to crewing a full sized yacht, there is plenty of choice in this section to consider.
Dorney Lakes at Windsor offers a host of water based, fun team events including raft building, paddle boats and Bell boats for a great range of summer team activities.
Available on the Solent with treasure trails to The Isle of Wight or on the Thames in London, this is a fast furious high adrenaline team adventure and Solent Rib Charter are one of the best at it.
Glamorous and slightly exotic, spend the day crewing a yacht, overseen of course by a highly experienced skipper. Team work is essential for this high end, high adrenaline team activity and Sunsail are at the top of the game in this area of corporate days out.
A firm favourite for water sport team events and one that brings out the very best in team competition. Various locations available and Gable Events are a market leader in arranging this type of team activity day.
Quirky and designed often to fit in with specific conference messages, these activities are a bit more specialised but very flexible and mobile to suit most client requirements.
An all time favourite theme for a corporate team activity involving cryptic clues to crack, codes to break and missions to accomplish. Fully mobile and can be brought to any suitable location to suit you.
With a choice of 16 spy related activities to choose from, this is a very flexible and mobile activity that can work both inside and out and at most venues throughout the UK.
A multi layered activity created especially for Olympic years that has already worked for Beijing, London and Rio. With themed tasks and challenges as appropriate to the current Olympic country and the games, this is a lively, flexible and mobile team event suitable for all group sizes.
Budget option GPS challenges which are run using your own smart phones. Available throughout the UK and with themes such as Spy School and Pub Explorer, these suit all group sizes.
Nothing like getting creative to build a strong team ethic, especially when you can take away your efforts and display them proudly on the office walls for everyone to see and admire!
An all time classic which works particularly well for very large groups. This popular team building activity sees teams recreating a famous painting by Picasso or even a bespoke picture adorned with your company messages. This is an activity that highlights communication skills very visually!
Teams work together to create pages of a comic, of course incorporating the Superheroes, the Bad guys and suitable business messages provided by the client. A flexible, fun and visual creative team activity.
Highly creative team activity where teams are supplied with props and a video film technician. Teams have to write the script, provide the wit and acting to create their own advert or film trailer with suitable business messages and in-house jokes! Makes for a great evening film show during or after dinner.
An opportunity to work with expert instruction in designing, wire-framing and building your very own sculpture. All equipment is provided and this is a fully mobile team building activity available at a venue of your choice.
Particularly suited to the warmer summer months when you really want to be out in a field rather than stuck in a conference room.
With a range of shows to choose from, packed with fun and colourful inflatables, this really is the ultimate summer team fun. A series of team relay races over and through the various shapes of inflatables will soon sort out the serious team players!
If It’s A Knockout and all those big inflatables are a bit too adventurous and rigorous then consider this non-inflatable fun summer activity with space hopper football, wet and wobbly wheelbarrows and floppy javelins!
Still an all time favourite, it seems that skipping, egg-and-spoon and 3-legged races are something we never tire of and never grow out of!
Some clients require a team activity that is non-competitive and requires teams to work together towards a common goal. Here are three excellent options to work as one united team.
A superb example of teams working together to build a “contraption” to transport a basket ball along its length. This activity works for 15 people as well as it does for 600 and there are plenty of lessons to be learnt from sharing resources in this activity.
A great example of using project management skills in a team environment. The group starts on 3 separate challenges and has to hand over their challenge to other teams as the session progresses so that they all do one third of the final achievement.
Write the scenario, act and film the next newscast for this entertaining team building activity with the help of some interesting props. Each team works on a specific news bulletin towards a common goal: the evening news. Once it’s all been edited, you have your own fun evening entertainment!
Whilst many of the activities listed can cope with groups of up to 200, these listed below are particularly cost effective for very large groups of say 500+.
Its been around a while and it’s still as popular as ever. The bigger the group then the more impressive the finale sounds. Boom-whackers and percussion instruments can be combined with classic drums to create different effects.
Whether it’s creating a new song and rhythm or being coached by a professional to recreate an existing classic pop song, singing has always been a powerful group bonding exercise. As with drumming the bigger the group size, the better.
Designed to last 30-60 minutes the following ideas are ideal to start off the day or even just after lunch to revitalise the audience.
Its a simple concept. Use your hands and brightly coloured rubber gloves to differentiate the various groups and create a united percussion performance.
Visual , gutteral and emotional, this makes for a great team activity and is led by authentic Maori Haka warrior.
A chance to take part in Hip Hop culture from within by learning how to make simple vocal percussion guided by expert instruction. It’s a bit different!
Learn the iconic Thriller dance under expert instruction, complete with full on face paint. Are you brave enough to thrill though?
Electrify your conference and invigorate your staff with bewitching dance moves! Learn the basic dance moves of Bollywood films before putting them together in a spectacular way.
Extremely flexible timewise, this vibrant energiser suits all group size and venues.
Short on money but have the time to do a DIY team event, then here are some great links to websites that can supply you with some excellent ideas.
12 Awesome Team Building Games Your Team Won’t Hate.
10 Quick and Easy Team Building Activities.
Deceptively simple Helium stick ice breaker which is so simple to use as a DIY activity during your conference or meeting.
Get inspiration and create your own quiz evening from the Kudos pub quizzes website with free download options.
Widely respected authority and source of free information for team building and icebreakers with lots if simple easy to do DIY ideas.
Four free ideas for team building events in London.
Join Strawberry Tours for a free walk around London to discover the locations used in the making of the Harry Potter films.
A chance to discover the history of this famous building and iconic institution as well as the people involved in it for the last 300 years.
Get the Walkster London App for a choice of 15 self-guided tours including suitable cafes and restaurants along the routes.
In their own words they are “the free visitor destination for the incurably curious”. Now doesn’t that grab your attention? There are of course many other great, free to enter museums in London.
And here are few suggestions that whilst not altogether free we would consider very good value for money.
Meet the brewers, take a tour and possibly have a tipple…or two! Well suited to smaller groups.
80 + vehicles including horse and motor busses plus taxis, trains and trams as well as photograph, poster and art collections.
Now we thought this looked a lot of fun and quite different to your normal team event. Learn how to dance the blues with Swing Patrol based in N1.
Generally held in the evenings these tours of the Sipsmith Gin Distillery in Chiswick have optional extras such as tutored tasting and the Sipsmith Sipper Club. Cheers!
We have already listed many competitive events in other sections such as Dragon Boat Racing and It’s A Knockout but this one stands alone as an excellent conference team event and worthy of note even if alone!
With 100 tasks, challenges, quizzes and puzzles, this really does have something for everyone and has proven to be very popular over the years. Flexible, pacey and available throughout the UK.
Adapting various TV events to suit corporate audiences has become very popular over the last few years and we list here 5 of the most popular.
A combination of short 20-minute mental and physical challenges that are easily set up at most UK venues and conference locations with plenty of variety to suit groups of all sizes.
Not dissimilar in many ways to the Krypton Factor activity but with the added bonus of the inflatable Crystal Dome finale.
A neat corporate combination of Dragons’ Den and Apprentice in which teams have to come up with new, exciting ideas and pitch to the “Dragons”.
These guys offer dance classes in London and around the UK and offer a range of dance team building classes as well as cheerleading team building sessions. Sounds fun!
Get creative by taking part in the nation’s favourite activity of the moment – baking! With expert advice from professional chefs, wow the judges with your newly learned skills.
Not quite training but very close to it, these skills based business simulation games are fun to run and have serious messages for the participants to take away.
The Wine Bar Game, a Northgate Training activity, simulates the opening and running of a wine bar and gives teams opportunities to decide on various factors such as pricing, staffing and stock on a weekly basis. Very realistic in its learning points.
Another Northgate Training activity which challenges the teams to balance company profit against customer satisfaction in this neat business simulation where the tour guide Dirk provides many opportunities for decision making!
Lots to be learnt about the difficulty of effective communication with this activity also from Northgate Training – they are very good at what they do!
Christmas is always a great time to get the team together and an ideal opportunity to have some festive fun with the following ideas.
A festive derivative of the very popular Challenge 100 this is pacey, competitive and very flexible to suit all group sizes and locations throughout the UK.
A fun Christmas team event with teams moving around different festive challenges such as Tree-mendous and Jingle bells. Fully mobile activity that can be taken to any venue of your choice.
With themed parties specially laid on for the Christmas party period and available throughout the country Best Parties are indeed one of the best at this. You can buy into a themed event for just about any group size and the package comes with a fully themed venue. Themes vary from location to location and from year to year.
Can there be any better Christmas team event than making your own box of chocolates under expert guidance and with everything provided? A flexible and mobile event that can be taken to most venues throughout the UK.
Lots of festive fun and nonsense with this Christmas special team activity that is fully mobile. Cake decorating, balloon modelling and a human conveyor belt finale. What more could you ask for?
And finally we leave you with a couple of great winter time activities for your team, although actually they can be done at any time throughout the year!
The Ice Box provides ice sculpting workshops throughout the UK and abroad. With flexible packages this is a great winter time team building activity that can take place at your meeting or conference venue.
With venues at Milton Keynes and Castleford, this is a great alternative to the real thing when the budget won’t stretch to Chamonix! With skiing and snowboarding options, this is as realistic as it gets and a great team activity.
Please note this document is for guidance only and does not constitute a proposal or quotation in any respect. Kaleidoscope Events Ltd accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the brief statements supplied or the pictures we have chosen to use and you should always check directly with the various supplies or with ourselves rather than relying on our brief descriptions which are for guidance only.