12 epic ideas for summer team building activities

Including suggestions on where and how to bring these ideas to life

Updated on 04 June 2019 • Written By Tonje Odegard

12 epic ideas for summer team building activities

Summer is the ideal time for corporate team building, team outings and away days. If the weather allows, there are a range of outdoor activities that are made for it, and below we’ve gathered our 12 top ideas for how to have a wicked time with your colleagues this summer.

 

Get stuck in with a driving experience

The 'Meet & Drive Experience' at Tewkesbury Park is ideal as a summer team building activity

If you’re a city-based company, the likelihood of your employees doing any rough rural driving on a regular basis is pretty slim. Some might not even own a car. This is why a driving experience in the rolling (and dare we say muddy?) hills of the English countryside can be a lot of fun – and it is ideal for an outdoor team building activity in the summer, come rain or shine. It’s also a great way to blow off some steam. Is your crew more into race cars? Track racing is all about speed, so can be the perfect platform for some adrenaline-filled fun.  

Where can I do it?

Much-loved London-based Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild (City and Fitzrovia) offers a summer ‘Land Rover Camping Experience’ in the Falls of Shin in Scotland. Here, you get to camp inside the cars, too, while tucking into Mac & Wild-made food during the day. Find out more and book by emailing the Mac & Wilde team on info@macandwild.com.

Tewkesbury Park in the Cotswolds offers a ‘Meet & Drive Experience’ that allows you to combine a boardroom meeting with some hard core fun after. The impressive hotel has teamed up with Land Rover Experience Eastnor for it, and the package includes lunch, dinner and accommodation. Contact the team on sales@tewkesburypark.co.uk to get booked in.

At Mercedes-Benz World, a range of driving experiences are available, from track-racing testing the latest models, to off-road bouldering with retro 4x4s.   

 

Go on an outdoor cooking class

Mac & Wild will be teaching you techniques for how to cook on an open fire

Cooking classes are always a winner when it comes to team building. Not only does it teach you a new skill, but it equips you with abilities you can apply in the office such as teamwork, delegation, organisation and creativity. But how do you put a summer twist on it to make it ideal as a summer team building activity? Why, do it outside of course!   

Where can I do it?

As part of Mac & Wild’s (City and Fitzrovia) Falls of Shin experiences in Scotland, you can sign up to a host of workshops such as ‘Whisky in the Woods’ (a whisky tasting experience and cocktail masterclass that involves you foraging for botanicals and ingredients); ‘Wild Cooking’ (where Mac & Wild’s co-founder Andy Waugh teaches you how to cook on an open fire); or the ‘Haggis Masterclass’ (where you get to learn how to make the iconic Scottish haggis – and take it home with you). Get in touch with the team on info@macandwild.com to find out more and to book.   

Want to learn how to barbecue properly? I mean, there’s only so long you can get away with claiming the soot on your chops is for ‘added charcoal flavour’. Carousel in Marylebone is offering barbecue masterclasses at the end of July. Master the skills and techniques of smoking, marinating and grilling meats and vegetables to perfection, as well as preparing the best BBQ accompaniments such as bread, salads and sauces. The best part? You get to eat the fruits of your labour after.   

 

Become a mixologist (well, almost) with cocktail masterclasses  

The 'Gin Win' experience at Six Storeys on Soho will leave you a gin connoisseur

Knowing how to whip up a well-made summer cocktail will give anyone serious bragging rights in the office – and at parties. Learning how to do it (and sampling them at the same time) is also an incredibly fun and bonding corporate team building experience for the summer – especially if done on a rooftop or outdoor terrace on a sunny day.   

Where can I do it?

This summer at Six Storeys on Soho the ‘Gin Win’ experience is available with the venue’s chief booze engineer (yes, it’s a thing), Patrick Hobbs. The blind tasting involves sipping Six Storeys’ top gin infusions, as well as learning about their origin and infusion process. If you guess the correct infusion, you’ll be in with the chance to win exclusive booze vouchers. The mix between masterclass and tasting has lots of fun extras added along the way. Get in touch with the team here by emailing hello@sixstoreys.com to get involved.

Party workshop provider Christabel’s is hosting a selection of cocktail masterclasses throughout the summer. With themes ranging from garden to disco, you can learn how to garnish and decorate your cocktails to make them ultra Instagram-worthy. 

 

Jump the gun with clay pigeon shooting

Learn how to shoot at the West London Shooting School

Tweeds and gilets at the ready, it’s shooting time. Gun enthusiasts will be in heaven with this team building activity, whereas novices can learn how to handle rifles and shotguns in a safe environment. Up the ante by introducing an element of competition into your team outing for some added excitement. Overall, it’s a lot of fun and you (hopefully) get to be out in the sun all day.

Where can I do it?

Set amid hills and parkland, the West London Shooting School in the north-west of London offers a wide variety of shooting courses tailored for corporate groups and away-days. With more than a hundred traps and stands in superbly laid out grounds, the school teaches every possible variation of game shooting to all standards of shots, from beginners to experts. From clay pigeon shooting to target-shooting with rifles, the packages are taught by knowledgeable and engaging staff. There’s also a restaurant on site, so packages combining breakfast, elevenses, lunch and dinner are possible. Get in touch today on reception@shootingschool.co.uk to book.   

 

Hit the park for some lawn games

Lawn games require minimal organisational effort, but result in maximum amounts of fun

Few things beat spending a sunny day in a park or on a giant green playing the likes of rounders, croquet or giant jenga with your work mates. Lawn games are excellent for team building as they really require teamwork, communication and delegation, as well as having a distinct bonding effect. The best part of this is that it can require minimal organisation – grab what you need for the games (this can be bought or rented), bring a few picnic blankets, create a huge hamper filled with food, snacks and booze, and you’re sorted for a day out. Still sounds like too much work? The two venues below can sort it all out for you.    

Where can I do it?

The HAC in the City has one of London’s greatest assets, which is somewhat of a hidden gem – the venue has a six-acre green that surrounds it, which lends itself perfectly for summer parties and games. Food and beverage packages can be arranged for this, too. Get in touch with the team on sales@hac.org.uk.  

Rooftop venue Skylight in Tobacco Docks offers croquet tournaments for corporates, and smaller groups can book themselves in for individual games. With street-food vendors, delicious cocktails and beaut city views, it’s a winner. Read our review of it here.   

 

Get in Rambo-mode with outdoor laser combat

SquareMeal tested Center Parcs' laser combat offering – this could be you!

Got a competitive lot? This is right up their alley, then. Competitive in nature, laser combat is a fantastic team building activity as it requires teamwork, strategizing and organisation. It’s also a great way to blow off months of built-up stress. Having it outdoor makes it even more fun – but be warned, it will leave you sweaty and dirty, so not ideal if you’re planning a night on the town after.

Where can I do it?

Center Parcs has several venues across the UK and most of them offer laser combat. We went to the Woburn Forest one in Bedford and had a whale of a time – read our review of it.      

  

Go mediaeval with axe throwing and archery

Will you be able to do a double axe throw after your corporate team building visit to Whistle Punks?

There’s something truly primal and raw about throwing an axe across the air isn’t there? Equally, there’s no doubt that a spot of archery will leave you feeling like Legolas from Lord of the Rings (you know, the fit blond one played by Orlando Bloom?). It’s also heaps of fun, competitive and will leave you acquiring a whole new skill.   

Where can I do it?

Whistle Punks has a number of outlets across the UK, including London, Manchester and Birmingham. Trained staff will show you the best techniques for hitting that bull’s eye and make you discover muscles and strengths you never knew you had. It’s guaranteed to bring out a lot of belly laughs, cheering and bonding.    

Center Parcs offers archery as part of its many outdoor activity options. The outdoor experience will not only help you sharpen up your aim, but have you feeling properly mediaeval as you creep through the forest hitting targets.

 

Go kayaking at sunset

Kayaking on the canals of London is both bonding and magical as far as team building go

This might not sound like the most obvious option for team building ideas, but that’s its appeal. Surprisingly, though, if you’re in a two-person kayak, it requires more teamwork, coordination and communication than you might think. It’s also a workout (it guarantees a sense of achievement) and – most importantly – a great laugh.

Where can I do it?

We went kayaking on Limehouse’s oldest canal with Secret Adventure and Moo Canoes and it was brilliant. We even had a pint and some pizza afterwards. Read our review here.

 

Put your thinking caps on for a city rebus

Bring your team together AND teach them a thing or two about their city

Test your colleagues' knowledge of the nearby area or head out of town to learn something about a new city with a rebus. Provide clues dotted around hidden streets, unknown back alleys and quirky shops and have the teams discover sides of the city they’ve never seen before. This is a brilliant one for teamwork, coordination and leadership, not to mention that it’s mountains of fun. Incorporate stops at pubs and restaurants for some added incentives.  

Where can I do it?

HiddenCity provide a text message-based treasure hunt, meaning you won’t have to sort out any of the clues yourself.

 

Get down a slippery slope with a water obstacle course  

The Monster at Allie Pallie will be returning to London on the August Bank Holiday

Make a splash and get wet with a water-based obstacle course. If nothing else, this will be the most fun you’ll have all summer, but it is also exceptional for teamwork, bonding and coordination. Getting submerged in water obviously means getting drenched, so it might be worth heading somewhere with shower facilities so participants can get dried off before dinner or drinks.  

Where can I do it?

Liquid Leisure’s two sites in Windsor and Shepperton offer impressive permanent inflatable obstacle courses that are fantastically fun. Choose between exploring the ‘Aqua Park’, doing the ‘Ninja Warrior UK Aqua Park’ challenge or the ‘Aqua Jungle’.    

The Monster is the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course and is doing a pop-up this summer at Alexandra Palace. It offers 300 metres of madness, but it’s only there for the August Bank Holiday weekend, so you’ve gotta be quick! There’ll be a live DJ, an adult ball pit, street food and cocktails to go with it.   

 

Go crazy with some outdoor adventure golf

Center Parcs offers adventure golf, which is fantastic for team building in the summer

Mini golf is a solid winner when it comes to team building, but as of late, it has invaded the London bar scene and therefore immigrated to the indoors. Now, don’t get us wrong, we love with the likes of Puttshack for making indoor crazy golf (alongside street food and drinks) possible. Yet, for the summer you want to be outside, soaking up the sunshine.  

Where can I do it?

Putt in the Park has two outlets across London, one in Acton, the other one in Battersea. They offer outdoor mini golf and food in the form of pizzas, straight from ahot wood-fired oven. Should the weather not be playing along, don't fret – there is a covered and heated area too.  

Center Parcs offers outdoor adventure golf across its venues, and, we can tell ya, it’s a lot of fun. Whether you do individual competitions or decide to divide people into teams, it’s bound to bring out everyone’s team-working spirit. 

 

Get sandy with some beach games

via GIPHY If Joey enjoys it, chances are you will too!

Heading to the beach is one of the best things about summer, but not everyone’s got direct access to one – and if you do (Margate you lucky thing), you wouldn’t normally go there with your colleagues. That’s where the lovely city beaches popping up come in handy. Beach volley, sand castle making and giving each other sand breasts is back on the agenda!  

Where can I do it?

Events super company Awesome Events has launched London City Beach on the South Bank of London for the summer. The pop-up features food stalls, craft beer in beach bars, music, VIP beach huts, palm trees, and – of course – sand. Find out more and get in touch with the team now on daniel@awesome-events.co.uk.  

 

Need team building ideas for the rest of the year too? We've got you covered. Check out our list of team building activities that work best for corporates (and why)