One of the most common questions I get asked by my clients is ‘How can I make the event more memorable?’ Over the years I have noticed that people want more from events and not just an away day, training or conference in a basement that no one will remember.
You want to create a bit of a buzz, refresh the team and give them something fun to talk about for months to come.
An away day is more than just being paid to be out of the office - be adventurous and chose something a little bit different. Here are my top five away day experiences.
Bombay Sapphire Distillery
Just a short train journey or drive outside of London is the famous Bombay Sapphire Distillery.
Part of the Bacardi Brand Homes Collection, Bombay Sapphire Distillery, based at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, is in a conservation area with over 1000 years of history. The Victorian and Georgian paper mill now showcases the artistry behind Bombay Sapphire gin and offers exquisite events and experiences for corporate meetings, conferences and parties, as well as revealing the secrets behind this ground-breaking gin brand.
Do something different on a corporate day out by learning about the history of Laverstoke Mill and Bombay Sapphire, exploring the iconic Heatherwick glasshouses and uncovering the secrets of the rare vapour infusion process used to make Bombay Sapphire on a private tour of the distillery, followed by a cocktail mixology session.
If you’ve never been to Temper then you are missing out. It is a small chain of restaurants offering a whole animal BBQ, lively music, dancing and plenty of cocktails. Unlike most restaurants Temper can offer a Bottomless Butchery class.
Learn from the masters as the talented chefs guide you through an expert butchery demonstration. You will learn about different breeds and cuts, the correct knife skills and the best way to cook your favourite steak. All that learning makes for thirsty work but don't sweat, they offer bottomless drinks throughout. Following the masterclass, you can enjoy a three-course feast menu using the cuts butchered before your eyes.
Revival Racing is an extremely popular choice with car fans as you can imagine. Get competitive and use it to really get to know your teams while you experience the golden era of motor racing at Goodwood Motor Circuit. This exhilarating day is a unique experience that will take you back in time to the late 50’s and 60’s. With a fleet of classic Saloons, Sports and GTs this is a rare opportunity to experience driving as it used to be; with no ABS or traction control, technique becomes key, every corner and straight become a thrilling challenge.
As you would expect from Goodwood, every aspect of this day is created with the finest attention to detail – from the 60s inspired interiors and music, through to the retro food and drink of the period. Expect a fully immersive and genuinely memorable experience; a real blast from the past.
Based in Stratford, The Orbit is one of the best experiences for any corporate event or team away day. The Slide is a hair-raising experience that’s not for the faint-hearted. Hold on tight through the twists, turns and drops of the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide as it weaves its way through the iconic red steel frame of the UK’s tallest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
Relax and enjoy stunning views of up to 20 miles across London before challenging your friends and family to a 40 second descent in the 584ft long slide. Travel through light and dark sections at speeds of up to 15mph as The Slide loops its way around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times taking visitors through gentle curves, thrilling drops and a tight corkscrew named ‘the bettfeder’ – bedspring in German.
Low Wood Bay
Venture outside of London if you can and treat your team to some stunning views and fresh air. Being one of the best hotels in the lake district Low Wood Bay has a lot to offer with an amazing backdrop.You can get out on the lake for a Paddleboarding Safari, take a journey on the tranquil waters of Windermere with a qualified instructor to experience the latest trend in paddlesports. Whether you are a complete beginner or looking to develop your skills the qualified instructors can help you experience some of the best facilities safely and make sure you enjoy the lake.
If you would like to make an enquiry about any of these away day options get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.