Conventional or unique – from driving experiences to cigar masterclasses – here are the top teambuilding activities for this month
Act as Jeremy Clarkson for a day with this Land Rover drive experience
How much? £320pp
Family-owned Tewkesbury Park
has impressive views across the Cotswolds
and has grown to become quite the corporate retreat haven. With great meeting facilities, tasty food and a range of unconventional teambuilding activities, it’s hugely popular.
Its latest teambuilding addition is really exciting. The resort has teamed up with Land Rover Experience Eastnor to create a driving experience across Eastnor Castle (where Land Rover has tested its vehicles’ off-road capabilities for more than 50 years).
You don’t have to be a motor enthusiast to appreciate it, but it’s fair to say that Top Gear fans will enjoy pretending to be Clarkson for a day. Drive a brand-new Range Rover or Land Rover through steep inclines, deep waters and rutted tracks. There are additional vehicle-based challenges involved, too.
The half-a-day’s experience is available from Monday to Thursday for a minimum of three people. Ideal for groups of 18 people or less, the experience can be combined with a morning or afternoon meeting in Tewkesbury’s
Duke of Gloucester Suite.
The meeting packages include a two-course buffet lunch, and you can up it with an overnight stay in one of the Touch of Class rooms (with breakfast) and a three-course dinner. Price on request.
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Become a connoisseur at this cigar and whisky pairing masterclass
How much? £69pp
Smoking cigars and drinking whisky is thankfully no longer confined to Italian New York gangsters, or indeed, old chaps in gentlemen clubs. It is, however, one of the finer things in life. Enjoying a good cigar with a perfectly paired whiskey, that is.
Now you can learn how to do exactly that at Hotel Xenia (an Autograph Collection Hotel) with its Deluxe Cigar and Whisky Masterclass. The hotel’s expert will teach you how to identify different types of cigars and how to use your new-found skill to pair a whisky to it.
You can also expect an interactive cigar tutorial of the hand-rolled Cubans, covering an introduction to its history, the cigar making process and how to smoke it. The cigars will of course be matched with whiskies for you to try, ensuring you can truly appreciate the exotic aromas and ingredients used.
A selection of canapés from the hotel’s restaurant Evoluzione
(an Italian offering a new take on ‘healthy eating’ combining big flavours with balance and a low calorie intake) is included in the masterclass. Otherwise, it includes a Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 cigar and three drams of whisky each.
The masterclasses holds a maximum of 10 people and are priced as £69pp. However, if you are a group of more than 10, you can get tailored DDRs starting at £65pp. And if you want to make it an all-nighter, room rates begin at £180 per room.
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Get your team on track with this pit stop challenge
How much? From £1,725 per group
You don’t have to be a fan of car-racing to enjoy the teambuilding activities at Silverstone (home to the British Grand Prix). But if you are, we’re sure this pit stop challenge will fuel you with fun.
In small groups, participants are put to the test and can attempt to change the wheels on one of Silverstone’s half pit stop cars in the fastest time possible. Teamwork, organisation, delegation – if this doesn’t put your team’s cooperation skills to the test, what will?
But the activity doesn’t exhaust itself to teambuilding. It’s a great attraction for an exhibition, trade show or corporate event and the car offers a large area for logo placement if required for a marketing activation.
Built on the site of a World War II Royal Air Force airfield and where the first ever British Grand Prix was held 70 years ago, the venue is rich with history. Combined with the latest AV equipment, the event spaces at Silverstone are ace for corporate dos.
The pit stop challenge and other teambuilding activities (race driving or off-road 4x4 experiences) can be combined with board meetings or other events. This is bound to keep your colleagues, staff or clients both on track and entertained.
Up your cooking skills at Mortimer House Kitchen
How much? From £40pp
Mortimer House is more than a member’s club. With work and meeting spaces, as well as collaborative social areas, it’s not half-bad for events, and its restaurant (Mortimer House Kitchen) offers cooking masterclasses.
There are two remaining masterclasses before the end of the year, both hosted in the cosy Kitchen Table on the first floor within the adjoining Mortimer House. This is a chance for your group to refine its gastronomic skills using fine and exciting ingredients with guidance from Mortimer’s head chef, Luca Onali.
The two-hour classes are limited to six people, so this is a fairly intimate and informal experience, but undoubtedly an educational one. The next one is on Wednesday 14 November, which will teach participants how to make the Mortimer house burger as well as vanilla ice cream, and is priced at £40pp. Get your ticket here
The December one is slightly more expensive at £50pp, but will focus on cooking up a variety of festive, seasonal dishes. Tickets can be purchased here
It’s worth noting that the ticket price includes a glass of wine on arrival and you’ll be able to eat what you’ve created after – make sure not to burn it.
Get a rum for your money at this tasting experience
How much? From £120pp
Beer tasting, wine tasting, gin tasting especially – they’re all over the capital. Rum tastings, however – though not non-existent – are not. Good news then that the Spiced Dry Rum Club at Laki Kane
is filling the gap in the market.
Your group will get their tropical fix at this rum-dedicated bar, which now offers a two-and-a-half hour tasting experience. Not only is it ideal for groups, it also offers a world-first: visitors will be able to re-distil rum and add exotic fruit and spices to it to create their very own, bespoke bottle of rum (to keep).
The design of the Spiced Dry Rum Club is influenced by the 17th-century maritime rum trade (think Pirates of The Caribbean) with ancient maps, brass lighting, ship sails and fish nets decorating the walls – nice.
As well as being surrounded by the club’s good looks, you’ll taste plenty of premium rums and learn about the art of cocktail pairing – all while sampling Laki Kane’s
food. This will be under guidance of Georgi Radev (the former global director of Mahiki
), so you’ll be in good hands.
The teambuilding experience can sit either 12 people at the main Pusser’s Rum Ship table or seven at the Captain’s Table (you can always combine the two if you want). Each guest will be seated at a hand-crafted copper alembic pot still.
Prices start at £120pp, which includes food and drinks during the session, a gift bag with Laki Kane
products, plus the 700ml bottle of rum to take home. Further bespoke packages are available on request.
Go back to school (for champagne) at Searcy’s St Pancras
How much? From £25pp
The venue’s 98-metre champagne bar (the longest one in Europe) has been turned into a classroom to teach the masses of wondrous French champagne and innovative English sparkling wine. Searcy’s
drinks ambassador, Joel Claustre, takes on the role of professor.
There are three different masterclasses to choose from. Make it short and sweet (and informative), with a champagne pre-dinner experience for groups of eight or more (£25pp). Or if you want an exclusive two-hour session including champagne and food pairing, you can get that for groups of six or more for £65pp.
If you want to go all out though, we would opt for the full five-course menu matching English sparkling wines and champagnes (£120pp). You can also pimp up all of the aforementioned activities with the likes of blind tastings, nose experiences or a champagne breakfast.
Get in touch with the team today to secure your spot.
Go for bottomless brunch while shuffling
How much? £32.50pp
Alongside mini golf, ping pong and darts, shuffleboard has become one of the hottest sports to infiltrate the immersive bar scene in London. London Shuffle Club
is the latest addition to this type of bar, and the clever people behind it have combined its concept with another immortal London trend – bottomless brunch
London seems to have an insatiable appetite for the notion of eating and drinking (mostly drinking) as much as you can within a two-hour slot. Well now you can add another element into the mix with a spot of shuffleboard in-between all the prosecco.
The Shuffle Brunch is an ideal teambuilding activity – at least 30 minutes of shuffleboarding and two hours of bottomless drink (either prosecco or craft beer) and pizzas. We especially like the sound of the English Breakfast pizza or the Kajun Kahuna (spicy Cajun chicken) one.