The UK’s best team building venues with accommodation

Get the team out of the office for some quality bonding time…

Updated on 22 March 2024

We’re always going on about the benefits of a good team building event. The truth is, most offices and workplaces are a huge mix of different people, cultures and world views, and you can’t expect everyone to just get along straight away. The right team building event is a great way to break down some of those initial barriers between different teams and team members.

We should stress though - it needs to be the right sort of event. Most of us recall bad team building events with a shudder (unless you’ve compartmentalised it into a part of your brain, never to be revisited). Good team building events have plenty of fodder to break the ice - games and activities that encourage interaction, and often a nice location that encourages a bit of blue sky thinking. The focus should be on fun and teamwork, with enough to do to keep your employees engaged.

Though not essential, a change of scenery is also incredibly helpful. Holding a team building event in the office can be tricky, as often employees remain in an office mindset - it can make it harder to relax and have fun, and the office is full of work distractions. There are lots of venues all over the UK that offer team building packages and events, complete with lovely indoor and outdoor spaces for groups of all sizes.

Don’t forget about the importance of food and drink too - keeping your staff well fed and watered through-out the event is key to keeping everyone engaged and happy. Lots of venues can look after the catering for you as part of the package, but if not, you’ll need a backup plan for meals and refreshments.

We’ve pulled together a list of the best team building venues in the UK that boast on-site accommodation for overnight stays. If you’re planning a big away trip over multiple days, these fantastic venues have you covered. If you're looking for a simple away day in London minus the accommodation, you can check out lots of London venues that host team building right here. 

Champneys Forest Mere

Champneys Forest Mere

Champneys Forest Mere, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7JG

The well-regarded spa group - as well as offering spa retreats - also hosts team-building events, and can tailor packages around what you’d like to do, with balloon flights on offer too. Champneys specialises in inclusive health and fitness activities like yoga retreats, with 88 bedrooms available for overnight stays

Max Meeting 32
Max Theatre 60
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 48
Emirates Old Trafford

Emirates Old Trafford

Lancashire Cricket, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M16 0PX

The famous home of Lancashire Cricket Club also doubles as a huge private venue, hosting all sorts of corporate away days and team building events. It’s a great choice for larger groups looking for a big venue to host them, and 150 bedrooms provide lots of space for everyone to stay.

Max Meeting 1200
Max Standing 1300
Max Banquet 1000
Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Maidstone, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL

Picture-perfect Leeds Castle has a trump card when it comes to team building - its own on-site Go Ape! Course. If that sounds a little too active, there are lots of other options ranging from falconry to Segway racing. As a bonus, you all get to stay the night in a castle.

Max Meeting 200
Max Theatre 200
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 200
The Roseate Reading

The Roseate Reading

The Roseate Reading, Reading , Berkshire, RG1 3EJ

Aside from an easy access location right by Reading station, The Roseate has a wide spectrum of flexible meeting rooms available to hire, and can host everything from wine and whisky tastings to company quizzes. Lots of off site activities are available too, including quad biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting and other team challenges.

Max Meeting 22
Max Theatre 50
Max Standing 50
Max Banquet 40
Stock Farm Barn

Stock Farm Barn

Ashley Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 3QF

Stock Farm is a popular wedding venue but the lovely setting also makes it excellent for team building, with plenty of outdoor space for activities like clay pigeon shooting, duck handling and summer barbecues.

Max Theatre 400
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 30
Lainston House, Exclusive Collection

Lainston House, Exclusive Collection

Woodman Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2LT

This gorgeous Hampshire hotel is extremely popular with corporate away days, thanks to the huge range of activities hosted on site. Whether it’s motorised sport and tank driving, or murder mystery days and chocolate making, Lainston House has an activity suitable for any group.

Max Meeting 166
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 120
Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa

Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa

Bromley Cross, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL7 9PZ

This picturesque hotel dates back to the 17th century, and is set in 20 acres of gorgeous verdant Lancashire countryside. It’s well set up for all sorts of corporate occasions, with several function and breakout rooms that can be tailored to all sorts of team-building activities. Accommodation for up to 100 covers all but the largest events too.

Max Meeting 375
Max Theatre 700
Max Standing 700
Max Banquet 375
Oakley Hall Hotel

Oakley Hall Hotel

Rectory Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG23 7EL

Basingstoke’s Oakley Hall dates back to 1795, and the stately Georgian manor house often hosts team away days in its 215-acre grounds. Archery and clay pigeon shooting is available on site, as well as duck herding and inflatable assault courses.

Max Meeting 400
Max Theatre 400
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 350
Bylaugh Hall

Bylaugh Hall

Bylaugh Hall, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4RL

Stunning 19th century Bylaugh Hall is a popular filming location, but if you’re looking for somewhere secluded and spacious for some team building, this is a great shout. Bylaugh Hall has a host of well-equipped indoor spaces as well as 22 acres of grounds and woodlands for you to use, as well as plenty of room for overnight stays.

Need more team building inspiration? Check out our list of these top away day getaways around the UK, from Segway racing to clay pigeon shooting. Or, if the only team building away day you need in the calendar is a big company summer party, we've got our annual hot list of London's best summer party venues.  

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