The 10 Best Summer Team Building Activities That Simply Sizzle!

Are you looking to get your office team out and about in the summertime? No one likes being cooped up in an office when the weather is hot, so taking your team out for a team-building event is a great way of improving morale, strengthening team bonds and relieving stress.

Below you can see 10 of the best summer team building activities that we are currently able to offer companies in the UK.

1. Crystal Challenge

Taking inspiration from the popular 90’s TV show, the Crystal Challenge leads teams through four unique zones: Aztec, Futuristic, Medieval and Industrial, taking part in many different puzzle, mental, physical and mystery challenges to earn crystals and more time in the final Crystal Dome.

Communication is key, with your teams relying on one another to instruct and help them through the tasks, encouraging bonding through a fun sense of summer competition.

Perfect for both outdoor and indoor venues, the Crystal Challenge features a pop-up inflatable crystal dome for the final, frantic challenge where teams have to collect the winning amount of gold tokens before the time runs out.

2. It’s a Knockout

This summer team-building activity involves a giant outdoor inflatable obstacle course based on the famous TV show of the same name, It’s a Knockout is one of the most popular summer team-building events of its kind.

With a host and referee watching over the proceedings, you can select between 4 to 8 giant inflatable games suitable for your team, including slippery sides, giant costumes, relay races, and assault courses, all with enough foam to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool!

3. Totally Wiped Out

A hilarious, fast-paced and highly competitive summer team-building event that features between 6 to 8 unique inflatable challenges inspired by the popular BBC TV show.

Totally Wiped Out features assault courses, obstacles and the infamous big red balls that you will have to run, climb and jump over to beat the course and the opposing teams in the challenge of speed and skill.

With a host and a Totally Wiped Out Finale, this summer event will stay with you for a long time coming!

4. School Sports Day

Why let children have all the fun in the summer? Instead, why not book this seasonally themed summer team-building activity for your employees?

Featuring many of the classic school sports day games, this competitive outdoor summer event encourages teamwork and bonding by bringing out your inner child.

You will be sorted into ‘houses’ before taking part in the egg and spoon, three-legged races, tug-of-war and dozens of other retro and nostalgic games, competing for medals, prizes and a sense of school pride.

We provide all of the equipment and an on-site, fully trained first aider, this is the perfect summer team building idea. Simple yet fun, just don’t forget your kit!

5. Games of the Throne

Leave the cut-throat business world behind for the day and delve into the cut-throat world of medieval times, traveling back to the era of tall princess hats, suits of armour and dragons.

Interacting with our costumed hosts, make yourself into champions by build trebuchets, competing in challenges that encourage you to work together to combine your brains and your brawn to help save the kingdom and make yourself into legendary heroes.

With a selection of games to choose from, including inflatables, you can customize your experience to make it truly memorable.

6. Bear Grylls Survival Challenge

Bear Grylls has proven himself to be one tough cookie over the years, surviving in all kinds of harsh environments and inhospitable climates; so now it is time to show that you also have what it takes this summer.

With our own experienced Bear Grylls Survival Academy instructors, we provide a full survival kit to provide an outdoor experience for people of all ages and abilities. Survive in the wild, make fires, track and learn to work together as a team to find your way back to civilisation.

7. Around the World

Make your way around the world this summer in a variety of country-themed activities.

Rotating on a 20 to 30-minute basis, take part in a range of different sports, challenges, and cultural activities, including volleyball, archery, croquet, and football. You can choose from a selection of between 4 to 8 different games to customize your event and make it a unique experience.

We also supply an enthusiastic management team and host guiding you through the challenges to win points and try and win the day.

We can come to wherever you are hosting your away-day, we provide all of the equipment, prizes, and a fully trained first aider.

8. Outdoor Adrenaline

An action-packed, adrenaline-pumping day of fun for all ages and abilities! It’s one of our more popular summer team-building activities, and you can probably see why!

Choose from a variety of different activities, including driving around on quad bikes, rage-buggies and hovercraft, firing cannons, table archery, axe throwing and even more unique activities such as clay pigeon shooting, ferret racing, duck hearing, and blind-folded off-road driving.

No matter which ones you choose, you will get a summer’s day to remember, charging through the mud, climbing over inflatables and shooting at targets. Put the pedal to the metal and let’s get going!

9. Wacky Racers

Inspired by the famous cartoon, get creative whilst forming your very own racing team and find your inner Dick Dastardly.

Encouraging day-to-day skills of designing, budgeting and pitching a product to assemble and get sponsorship for your own uniquely designed set of wheels and get yourself in pole position.

The day culminates in a literal race to the finish line, where your car will be pushed to its limit, just don’t fall apart under the pressure!

10. Quintessentially English

Unwind with a relaxing day in the English countryside, partaking in a spot of tea and a series of gentlemanly activities for a relaxed yet entertaining afternoon of fun.

With a number of classic activities, including croquet, archery, bowling, giant Jenga available as standard, you can also have additional activities such as sheepdog herding and falconry for that added bit of excitement.

Unwind after your activities with an afternoon tea with optional Pimms. For an extra dash of fun, this event can be optionally themed into your very own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, with flamingo croquet, giant card games, and teacup and cupcake decorating. Don’t be late!

Want to know more?

GOTO Events is the UK’s number one corporate events organiser, used by many of the biggest companies including Google, L’Oreal and Harrods.

We offer over 100 unique activities for both indoor and outdoor venues, emphasising team-building through engagement, competition, and entertainment, aiming to encourage communication, trust, and bonds between co-workers, colleagues and employees.

We hope you find something here from our selection of summer team building ideas, events, and activities. If you would like to find out more or speak with an expert team building specialist, please contact us.


The 10 Best Interactive Team Building Activities for Work

Interactive teambuilding activities can offer so much more than simply getting people to sit through a seminar with the occasional question and answer session. Getting people up and about and interacting with one another is a far better way of engaging your workforce.

Team building can strengthen the bonds between employees as a whole and let your team properly get to know one another and work better together.

We offer a range of fun and interactive team building activities that place an emphasis on communication, trust and a fun sense of competition. Our events will leave everyone entertained and able to come away with a renewed sense of cooperation.

With games inspired by popular television shows, as well as a few of our own design, all of our interactive team building activities come with their own hosts, props, up-to-date equipment, medal ceremony, a fully trained first aider, and £5 million public liability insurance.

Here’s 10 of the best we currently offer.

1. The Crystal Challenge

Inspired by the popular 90’s game show, Crystal Challenge gives teams a variety of different skills, mental, physical and mystery challenges that play to the strengths of each individual in the team.

Separated into four different zones: Aztec, Industrial, Medieval and Futuristic, the teams will have to rely on communication to get one another through solo and group tasks to earn crystals and get more time in the final dome. This one is perfect for both indoor and outdoor venues.

The Crystal Challenge features a pop-up crystal dome for a frantic final challenge, with the team collecting the most gold tokens winning the day.

2. Masterpiece Challenge

This is a hands-on interactive team building activity that doesn’t just rely on artistic skill. The Masterpiece Challenge separates your teams into groups of 6 to 8 people to create a piece of art that in the end will all come together to form a giant collaborative collage from everyone taking part.

Over the course of the day, the teams will be tasked with many different challenges to win different paints, blueprints and art supplies to add to your painting, including puzzles, quizzes and engineering, mental, and visual tasks that each plays to the strengths of everyone within the group.

At the end of the day, all the different pieces of art will be put together into a large collage art piece that you will be able to take away as a memento of the day.

3. The Qube

Taking inspiration from the popular game show, the Qube is a dramatic, engaging and fun team-building experience that takes your teams through a series of nail-biting challenges that will test your communication skills, trust and your physical and mental capabilities.

Featuring a 3m x 3m inflatable cube and game show lighting, the featured Host, Voice and Body will put your teams to the test, with head to head team challenges where you can win entry into the cube itself as well as aides: including Swap a contestant, Pass, Simplify or Trial Run, which you will need to use wisely to get their full advantage.

4. Teamopoly

The biggest game of monopoly you will ever play, where teamwork is the only way to win!

Featuring giant pieces and giant challenges, Teamopoly gives you 90 minutes to get around the board, get monopolies and pass Mr Monopoly’s series of team-building challenges. Not only do these challenges test you physically and mentally, they are also designed to empty your pockets of loose change! The team with the most money when time is up will win.

This event comes with a 4m squared board, giant counters and your very own Mr Monopoly watching over the proceedings, as well as over 6 different unique team-building challenges.

5. Escape Rooms

A portable version of one of the most popular interactive team-building activities out there!

Everyone loves escape rooms, which is why we have made ours portable, able to be taken to your location of choice. A perfect indoor activity, we have four different, uniquely themed escape rooms for you to choose from, including the Science Lab, Prison Break, The Bunker and the pirate-themed Pieces of Eight.

Your team will have to work together to solve the different puzzles and challenges to solve the mystery, find the key and escape the room before time runs out!

6. Survival Island

This outdoor activity will truly test your employees.

Have you ever wondered how you would fair stranded on a deserted island, or out in the middle of nowhere? Our Survival Island team-building day will teach you a series of survival skills that will encourage not only your own personal skills but also bonding in your team as a whole.

Our team will teach you skills that are transferable to many different everyday environments, as well as some useful things that may come in handy if you are ever truly stranded. This will be a day out that you will remember for a long time to come.

7. GPS Treasure Hunts

We offer a few different out-and-about treasure hunts, depending on your location.

The Black Taxi Treasure Hunt takes your through London’s many sights, with an actual team of London cabbies whose knowledge of the streets of London will help you to solve clues and puzzles to find your way around the trail. This trail will also feature different team-building activities to encourage teamwork to win points and beat the clock.

With a cab, a camera and a ticking clock, this is a fun twist on traditional GPS treasure hunts perfect for a fun day out in London.

For an activity outside of London, we offer a similar location-based GPS treasure hunting experiences. iPad Treasure Hunt features a mobile adventure app that is perfect for out-and-about team away days that can last from a day to even a week depending on how you play!

8. Let’s Get Ready to Jungle

Able to be an outdoor and indoor activity, Let’s Get Ready To Jungle brings the true I’m A Celebrity experience to you. I’m An Office Worker – Get Me Out Of Here!

With eating challenges and opportunities to hold real-life jungle critters, our very own jungle host, kiosk chief, and medic ranger, we will take your teams through bush tucker trials and challenges featuring real creepy crawlies, snakes and spiders!

9. Wall Street Winners

Based on the popular movie and the famous real-life place, Wolves of Wall Street gives you the experience of a true business tycoon.

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The aim of the game is to earn as much money as possible, buying and selling shares to build the tallest corporate tower possible.

Negotiate with other teams, follow the market trends and exercise your skills as a seller and a blagger as you build up your tower until the final trading bell rings – just don’t let it fall!

10. Crime Scene Experience

There’s been a murder! Can you solve the mystery?

Your team will be thrown into the deep end of Crime Scene Investigation, trying to find the motive, evidence and the murderer, armed with a CSI kit, briefing file and your skills as a team.

Navigate the scene, identify bloodwork, study the clues and put together a watertight case. With a former Scotland Yard Detective and other professionals leading you through the scene, can you find out who did the crime? And why?

Want to know more?

GOTO Events is the most popular team-building and corporate events organization in the UK, used by many of the top companies including John Lewis, Harrods, Google and L’Oréal. With over 100 different, totally unique activities and events available for you, we encourage team building through bonding, trust, and communication between colleagues and employees.

We hope you find something here from our selection of interactive team building ideas, events, and activities. If you would like to find out more or speak with an expert team building specialist, please contact us.


The 10 Best Communication Team Building Activities

GOTO Events is the UK’s most popular team building and corporate events organizer, chosen by thousands of companies including John Lewis, Google, L’Oréal and Harrods. We run over 100 unique events and team building activities that encourage bonding, trust, and communication between work colleagues and employees.

Communication is arguably the most vital part of any good team, giving employees the confidence to offer ideas and raise concerns, and allowing team leaders to listen to their team and see different perspectives on an idea.

To strengthen the communication between team members, team building activities can go a long way to build up a sense of trust, comradery, and friendship both between work colleagues and between employer and employee.

All of our communication team building activities come with a fully trained first aider, a full risk assessment, and £5 million public liability insurance, as well as hosts, props, equipment and a medal ceremony at the end!

#1: Masterpiece Challenge

An indoor challenge perfect for any time of year and in any location around the UK, our Masterpiece challenge really allows people to bring out their creative side.

In teams of 6 to 8 people, instead of being pitted against each other, however, at the end all of the team’s artwork will be put together into one giant collage picture.

Involving a series of mini-challenges to earn different paints and blueprints to help them create their art, these tasks play to everyone’s communication strengths with quizzes, puzzles, and engineering, mental and visual tasks.

#2: The Apprentices

Based on the long-running BBC show ‘The Apprentice’, this challenge plays to the strengths and values of a business and corporate skills in your team.

Over the course of the day, each team will be set a series of tasks, with losers having battle it out in the boardroom to avoid being the ones ‘fired’.

Encouraging teamwork and communication skills such as delegation, leadership and commercial awareness, even those on the losing team will learn something new.

#3: Den of Dragons

Another activity based on a successful BBC series, Den of Dragons is perfect for encouraging sales techniques, communication, and creativity in your team.

Your teams will have to work together to put together an idea, research it, market and finance the final product and, finally, pitching it to our panel of formidable dragons to try and earn investment.

While creativity is important, other business and team skills will be required to put together an outstanding pitch.

#4: The Crystal Challenge

Our best-selling team building event, the Crystal Challenge is perfect for both indoor and outdoor venues.

Inspired by the popular 90’s game show, the Crystal Challenge involves your teams taking part in a series of activities in our four different Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic zones in order to earn crystals for extra time within the final Crystal Dome.

At the end, every team will end up inside the dome for a frenzied session within the dome in order to collect as many tokens as possible, with the highest amount of gold tokens winning the day.

Across the day, your teams will be challenged by mental, physical and mystery challenges that encourage team bonding and, most importantly, communication.

#5: Crime Scene Experience

There has been a murder! Can you find who is to blame?

This communication team building activity comes with a crime scene, CSI kit and a briefing file. Each team is tasked with investigating and solving the mystery.

Involving former Scotland Yard Detectives or other professionals to aid in the investigation, this activity involves a lot of communication, teamwork and by-the-book operation to catch the murderer and solve the crime.

#6: Escape Rooms

An ever-popular activity nationwide, we offer a mobile escape room event that can travel all across the UK.

With the choice of four unique escape rooms, including the pirate-themed Pieces of Eight, Prison Break, The Science Lab and The Bunker, you will have to solve a series of mental and physical tasks and puzzles in order to find the keys and escape the room in time.

#7: iPad Treasure Hunt

This is an outdoor activity for 1 to 1,000 people. As far as communication team building activities go, it’s up there with the best!

It’s perfect for away-days, as we use top-of-the-range technology to tailor a location-based treasure hunt that will send your teams far and wide to find the clues, solve the puzzles and find the treasure.

Featuring our Mobile Adventures app, it is easy to take part in and will be the talking point of the office for a long time to come.

#8: Wolves of Wall Street

Do you or your colleagues fancy yourselves as business tycoons in the making?

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Buying and selling is the name of the game in this fast and noisy team building challenge that helps bring out the natural salesman and negotiators in your team.

The challenges include setting up deals and figuring out strategies to earn as much money from your investments as possible. You then need to buy building materials and build the tallest corporate tower possible before the final bell rings and trading ends.

#9: Challenge 100

With over 100 different challenges and games, can you beat the clock? Find out by booking this communication team building activity with GOTO Events.

It’s an indoor activity that is able to take place anywhere. This event is divided into 5 different zones: Sports, Creative, Sensory, Child’s Play, and Brain Busters. They all incorporate and encourage different communication skills and bring out the hidden talents in your team.

With so much going on at once, teams can take part in different challenges simultaneously, keeping everyone busy and active at all times.

#10: Incognito Spy Mission

This really is a treasure hunt like no other…

You and your team take your place in the sleazy underworld of spies and secret agents, following intelligence and clues to figure out which member of your team is actually an enemy spy.

Taking you all around your town or city, you will decipher clues, meet up with agents and race against the clock to try and figure out which one of you isn’t who they say they are before it’s too late.

Why communication and team building is important

Team building is vital to helping colleagues old and new to bond, understand one another better and learn to communicate more efficiently to get the best out of every member of the team.

Communication team building activities can:

  • Encourage collaboration between employees
  • Strengthen bonds between colleagues
  • Develop problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Improve communication
  • Bring out creative thinking
  • Boost staff morale

At GOTO Events aim to create a fun yet competitive atmosphere that encourages teamwork and camaraderie across all age ranges and abilities.

To book your next team building activity, enquire now to tell us what you are planning, and a member of our team will be in touch in under 45 minutes to help you pick the best communication team building activity for your company.


The 10 Best Creative Team Building Activities

GOTO Events has been hired by thousands of well-known companies and household names, including John Lewis, L’Oreal and Google. We’ve become one of the most popular team building event organisers in the country and specialise in creative team building activities and events.

We always aim to create a fun atmosphere to help staff members and bosses bond and learn from one another in an enjoyable yet competitive series of activities.

Whilst communication and trust are two important elements in creating a strong team, a sense of creativity is also vitally important. The term ‘thinking outside the box’ is often thrown around but finding the true creatives in your team can go a long way to coming up with ideas that are original and successful.

Not only that but having a team-building exercise that is creative and fun is a far better way of bonding with your team than through more typical activities many companies use.

All of the creative team building activities we supply come with props, hosts, state-of-the-art equipment, fully trained first aiders and £5 million public liability insurance.

#1: Masterpiece Challenge

This creative team building activity allows all your staff to work together to create a bigger picture. Splitting your employees into teams of 6 to 8 people, this indoor challenge encourages their arty side to come out through creating a collaborative picture.

Taking part in different activities such as quizzes and mental and physical challenges, employees can win paint and blueprints to create their artwork. Once everyone has a piece of art, they will be put together to create a larger image that includes everyone’s contributions.

#2: Task the Master

Based on the entertaining TV series, Task the Master puts your teams to the test through a series of fun games and challenges that encourage thinking outside of the box in the best ways.

Hosted by a professional comedic compare, the tasks come in a variety of forms, with over 25 creative challenges including separating smarties wearing boxing gloves, moving potatoes with giant chopsticks and peeling lemons while standing in a bucket of iced water.

The challenges are ridiculous but are sure to stick in the mind and encourage everyone to have a laugh.

#3: Teamopoly

This creative team building activity is Monopoly with a difference. Featuring a giant board, giant pieces and giant challenges, Teamopoly is a way of playing Monopoly where the shouting is part of the fun.

You have 90 minutes to win the board through a series of fun, interactive challenges where you will have to avoid losing money in a very physical sense!

With a large 4 metre squared board, giant counters and even Mr Monopoly himself watching over proceedings, this creative team building event features more than 6 different challenges.

#4: Den of Dragons

Inspired by the long-running BBC series, Den of Dragons encourages creativity alongside business acumen such as pitching, selling and delegation.

Each team will be tasked to come up with an idea which they will then have to research, market and finance to create a final product which they will then pitch to our panel of dragons to try and win investment.

Your teams will be judged on their creativity as well as their ability to apply it in a business environment.

#5: The Apprentices

Inspired by another popular BBC series, The Apprentices is a creative yet business-oriented activity that has become one of our most popular events.

Our very own Lord Sugar will instruct your teams to complete a series of tasks, with the winning team taking part in a fun 15-minute activity while the losers have to battle it out in the board room to avoid being ‘fired’.

This is all fun and games though, with anyone fired re-joining their team for the next task to try and regain points. This event encourages teamwork, delegation and, above all, creativity.

#6: Challenge 100

With over 100 different challenges to try, can your team beat the clock?

Challenge 100 is divided into 5 different areas: Sports, Creativity, Sensory, Child’s Play and Brain Busters. Your teams will then be able to take part in many different activities simultaneously, encouraging their skills and talents through fun activities as they try and win points for their team.

With everyone trying out different things all at once, this is a fast-paced and constantly on-the-go challenge that ensures that everyone is having a go at something. This event is perfect in any indoor or outdoor location.

#7: Escape Rooms

This is one of our most popular team-building activities and can be made portable!

Our versatile and mobile escape rooms let you to have your creative team building exercise in any location you choose. With four different, unique escape rooms including the pirate-themed Pieces of Eight, The Science Lab, Prison Break and The Bunker, your teams will have to solve a series of mental and physical tasks and puzzles in order to find the keys, beat the clock and escape the room.

#8: Strictly Come Dining

Do you fancy yourself as a culinary genius? If so, why not put it to the test!

We can source a venue with access to a commercial oven, induction hobs and stoves and then make this day the perfect activity for companies with budding chefs.

Your teams will be tasked with creating a 2 to 3-course meal for the opposing teams to judge, with an expert chef on hand to show you the right health and safety techniques, knife handling and the best way of preparing your chosen meals.

Catering to hungry customers while under a time limit will create a fun challenge, with food all around by the end. Let your creative juices come alive!

#9: Cocktail Making

This fun indoor activity will impress your friends and colleagues, particularly those who fancy themselves as a Tom Cruise.

Featuring an expert mixologist, you will learn the ins and outs of creating professional and tasty beverages; flipping, catching and shaking up a range of different drinks, you don’t have to be a bar tender to learn how to make the perfect Martini!

#10: Bakeathon

Our last creative team building activity came about due to the Great British Bake-Off show taking the world of TV by storm. With this event you can encourage some baking fun, but with our fun twist on the format.

Working with a professional pastry chef, you and your team will learn to create a series of different baked foods, with recipes from exclusive hotels including Chewton Glen and the Dorchester London.

With a pinch of competition, by the end of the day, everyone will have learned something new and created a tasty treat to enjoy!

Why creativity is important in teams and the workplace

Creativity as part of a team doesn’t just create ideas, it encourages a fun and dynamic work environment that produces a collaborative atmosphere where everyone’s inputs are listened to.

Being creative doesn’t just have to be about arts and crafts, it is also about understanding other people’s perspectives, encourages communication and boosts moral.

Creative team building activities can help to:

  • Strengthen group bonds
  • Encourage communication
  • Encourage unconventional ideas
  • Give people an opportunity to come out of their shells

At GOTO Events want to help your team become a closer-knit unit, bringing out everyone’s natural talents and allows everyone to make themselves heard through fun and competitive activities.

If you are interested in booking an activity for your next team-building event, then feel free to get in touch today.


The Best 20 Christmas Team Building Ideas, Activities & Events

At GOTO Events we understand how important the Christmas period can be for companies. It’s a time to reflect on the previous 12 months and host a festive party to end the year in style.

The Christmas period gives you a fantastic opportunity to not only reward your team for a good year’s work but also host an event that will provide long term benefits.

But the hosting needs to start with the planning, and that’s where we can help. We have a wide range of Christmas team building ideas and events. Our event planners are ready and available now to talk you through the options available, some of which you can see below.

Whether it’s a fun festive get-together or a full-blown Christmas party, we have the experience and themes to make this year’s event one to remember.

#1: Challenge 100

Unlike other Christmas team building events you might see online; Challenge 100 is one big fun experience that all the team can enjoy.


Our judging marshals will run the event for you, making sure that everyone stays inline, but more importantly ensuring all the fun you’d expect from a Christmas team building activity!

#2: Cocktail Making

Who doesn’t like to sink a few cocktails (or mocktails) at Christmas time? Instead of heading to the local nightclub you could get GOTO Events to plan the perfect night out at a venue or location of your choice.

This event comes with your own mixology expert, but more importantly all the ingredients and gear your team needs to make the perfect tipple.

#3: Crime Scene Experience

One of our more popular Christmas team building ideas is a crime scene inspired activity. Employees are split up into CSI teams, given the full kit, then tasked with solving a range of complex crimes.

Guiding you through this amazing team building activity (see all) and adventure will be Former Scotland Yard Detectives, or other professionals.

#4: Escape Rooms

Another event that never fails to inspire and entertain teams is our Escape Rooms activity. It really does have to be seen to be believed. It will be a topic of conversation long after your staff get back after the Christmas break… and there are good reasons why!

Each escape game events room has its own unique style and is one of the most interesting team building activities on offer.  There are guidelines but no instructions.  It’s purely down to the team’s innovation to look around them and crack the interconnecting challenges, conundrums, riddles and clues.

#5: Incognito Spy Mission

Forget watching the same old re-runs of James Bond movies this Christmas and sign up instead for your own spy mission.

Following a trail of intelligence around your chosen town or city, you and your team will crack into emails, meet with undercover agents and decipher cryptic messages, all in the hunt to find out who is the traitor in the midst.

#6: Strictly Come Dining

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without full bellies. And this Christmas team building idea certainly ticks that box!

In this team event, you and your group will go head to head to produce a tasty dish for your colleagues to judge, then it will be their turn to cook for you! Each group will have luxury colour coded stainless steel cookery zones and be working with professional chefs.

#7: Task the Master

This is one of many TV shows inspired Christmas team building activities on offer this year. It includes 25 different games, all of which will challenge your employees, getting them to use their different skills whilst working as a team.

It’s actually hosted by a professional comedian so it won’t just keep your team occupied and engaged but will also have them laughing and having fun – just like Christmas parties should be.

#8: Teamopoly

No doubt somebody will get the Monopoly board out for the umpteenth time this Christmas, but don’t let boring board games at home put you off… this is completely different!

Hosted by our very own Mr. Monopoly, this super-sized team building edition of the legendary board-game is designed to keep your office entertained for weeks beyond the event!

#9: The Apprentices

Do you think you and your colleagues have what it takes to beat the world’s most belligerent boss? Well, now’s the time to prove it with this TV-themed Christmas team building event that puts your staff in the hot seat.

It’s a whole day of team building with challenging tasks to inspire leadership, innovation, and teamwork… but someone will get fired!

#10: Treasure Hunts

This Christmas team building idea can be booked as one of 4 different themes; black cabs, tuk-tuks, powerboats, or segways… yep, you’ve guessed it – your team is going to be traveling around trying to unravel the clues and find the treasure.

These city-based treasure hunts are some of the most popular we run. The day is completely mobile, and we’ll set the entire experience up from start to finish.

#11: Wolves of Wall Street

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to rise to the top of Wall Street this festive period? If so, then this is the event for you.

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Carefully designed to test the most relevant business skills and build teamwork, Wolves of Wall Street will have even the quietest members of your team frantically racing round negotiating deals, deducing strategies and trying to forecast the next market trend.

#12: Bakeathon

You don’t have to be a fan of the Great British Bake Off to enjoy this one; as long as you love cake (and who doesn’t) and having fun, then this is one for you and your team. And with it being Christmas, there are bound to be some festive-themed treats in store.

You and your team will work with a professional pastry chef to make a variety of traditional and contemporary afternoon tea and bakery items, we will bring along cookery books and even some recipes used at some exclusive hotels such as the Chewton Glen and the Dorchester London.

#13: Casino Nights

Our event planners will take your and colleagues to the bright lights of Las Vegas with our casino event. Well, not quite but almost…

We will provide everything you need this Christmas; from beautifully finished Casino tables to the necessary theming, props and entertainment to go alongside.  Whether you want to go all out of just need a couple of fun casino tables to entertain your guests, we can help.

#14: Generation Game

Based on the BBC hit show ‘The Generation Game’ this fantastic event brings you the ultimate day of games, quizzes and challenges that will have your group in fits of riotous laughter and mayhem!

Can your team win a Brucey Bonus this Christmas? Call our event planners today to see how this Christmas team building event could work for your company.

#15: Murder Mystery

Are you prepared for the biggest night of the year? A night of intrigue and thrills, with our gripping Murder mystery event, a brilliant option for team building or a fun corporate event?

If so, get in touch with us now to find out how we can make this Christmas team building activity can run at different venues around the UK.

#16: Pub Olympics

Sure, you could all head off down to the pub for Christmas and sink a few beers, but why not shake it up a little with our Pub Olympics Christmas team building activity?

Staff will be pitted against each other in teams, whilst the referees score, reward, and allocate points – plus a bonus for any Pub Olympics world records you might set!

#17: Team MasterChef

Back to the food theme now with our TV-show inspired MasterChef event. Whilst we can’t promise Greg and John, we can guarantee plenty of laughs, teamwork, and some great food come the end of the day.

It’s a Christmas team building event for all tastes and abilities, your team will have the opportunity to make a range of dishes which our chefs will demonstrate, each dish will need several cooking processes that will require a variety of skills.

#18: Ultimate Quiz

This isn’t one of those boring Christmas quizzes that you might have experienced before on a work’s night out. No, instead it’s a fully interactive event that comes with a professional host and heaps of fun.

Will your team win the day? Will you have the fastest finger? Who will win bragging rights in the office after the Christmas holidays? There’s only one way to find out.

#19: Lemon Juiced

And on the subject of quizzes, how about this one that was inspired by the TV series of a similar name. Our red-headed host will guide you and your team through an event that truly is like no other.

Be aware this quiz is a little rude and not for the faint-hearted!

#20: The Qube

Get inside our giant inflatable cube and compete in the ultimate team bonding experience this Christmas time.

Complete with The Host, The Voice and The Body, with game show lighting and a 3m x 3m Inflatable Cube, contestants work in teams to face a series of nail-biting challenges.

Want to know more?

We hope you find something here from our selection of Christmas team building ideas, events, and activities. If you would like to find out more or speak with an expert team building specialist, please contact us.


What are Team Building Games & Days Out?

A good team building game is something that brings the whole team together whether that is to boost motivation and sales or to create stronger working relationships. Choosing the right type of activity, game, or event is extremely important as you want to make sure everyone feels comfortable and relaxed to carry out the task ahead.

The main focus is to make sure the whole team is engaged and working together that’s why it is important selecting the right team building game as there are a lot of activities that are individually focused for example; quad biking or a cookery activity.

A team building game where you are split into teams will promote teamwork as you will need to discuss strategies in reaching the end goal. Versatile group activities see a mixture of individuals having to come up with different ideas and scenarios in unfamiliar situations.

A well thought out team building game will cater for a large number or people with an arrangement of tasks so that there is a role for everybody.

The activity should be fun and high energy getting even the small minority of eye rollers involved!

You will almost always have the odd attendee that finds team building games and activities pointless, but it's usually those certain people that have the most fun.

A good team building company will have a vast selection of games and events for either indoor or outside, even themed days out. It is always nice to have a team building activity away from your base, so if for a corporate activity its nice to get away from your everyday working environment.

GOTO Events will keep everyone relaxed ready to enjoy the activities planned (here's a huge list of team building events).

Here we have listed 7 things to make a great team building game and activity day

  1. Know your client – knowing your client’s objectives and what they want out of the activity is the most important thing. There is no point in offering them an activity that is single-player tasks if the aim is to get the members to work as a team. Having a clear expectation before the activity is due to commence will be the perfect start to a good team building activity.
  2. Having great event staff – having great event staff helps the activities run smoothly. It enables the client to not worry about being responsible for the activities and to let someone else do all the planning.
  3. Encourage – not all participants are comfortable in group activity, its out of their comfort zone so it is important to make them feel included and relaxed at their own pace. Ice breakers are a great way of initiating engagement. They alleviate and tension and nerves including stigma surrounding team building activities.
  4. Having fun – the main thing that brings everyone together is to have fun! That is the reason we do team building activities. Whether you want just fun or some thinking activities, working together is vital. Some more mental challenges will usually require more than one thinking head and usually a few different methods.
  5. Structure – having structure is crucial to make the event run smoothly. Most people are usually adhering to a time frame, so it is important the day is carefully planned out running to set timings. That should usually include a break, ice breaker, awards and anything else previously established.
  6. Group participation - doing an activity that is suitable for a number of people is better for interaction, the dynamics are shifted to those you would usually see on a day to day basis. it is important to give ownership to the team so they can work together to find roles within the team to establish roles for the activity.
  7. Gather feedback – gathering feedback is a helpful way of gaining truthful feedback of how the activity has gone. As a group setting with a lot of different personalities its great to have input of what was got out of the activity, what went well or what could have gone better.

You can choose from a range of activities including;

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • City Events
  • Themed events
  • Sporty events
  • Creative
  • Food and drinks
  • Skilled events
  • Inflatables

Talk to a specialist event planner now

If you need help and support in arrange a team building activity day, corporate games, and events, please get in touch with us now. Our specialist event planners can put together a range of ideas that will suit your business.


What is a Good Team Building Activity for Work?

A good team building activity for work is something that brings the whole team together. Whether it's to boost motivation and sales or to create stronger working relationships, choosing the right activity is extremely important. You want to make sure everyone feels comfortable and relaxed to carry out the task ahead.

The main focus is to make sure the whole team are engaged and working together that’s why it is important selecting a good team building activity for work right as there are a lot of activities that are individually focused. For example, quad biking or a cookery activity.

A good team building activity where you are split into teams will help to promote team work as you will need to discuss strategies in reaching the end goal. Versatile group activities see a mixture of individuals having to come up with different ideas and scenarios in unfamiliar situations.

A well thought out team building activity will cater for a large number or people with an arrangement of tasks so that there is a role for everybody.

The activity should be fun and high energy getting even the small minority of eye rollers involved! You will almost always have the odd attendee that finds team building activities pointless but its usually those certain people that have the most fun.

A good team building company will have a vast selection of events for either indoor or outside, even themed events. It is always nice to have a team building activity away from your base, so if for a corporate activity its nice to get away from your everyday working environment.

The team at Goto will keep everyone relaxed ready to enjoy the activities planned.

What is a good team building activity for work - 7 examples

  1. Know your client– knowing your clients objectives and what they want out of the activity is the most important thing. There is no point in offering them an activity that are single player tasks if the aim is to get the members to work as a team. Having a clear expectation before the activity is due to commence will be the perfect start to a good team building activity.
  2. Having great event staff– having great event staff helps the activities run smoothly. It enables the client to not worry about being responsible for the activities and to let someone else so all the planning.
  3. Encourage– not all participants are comfortable in group activity, its out of their comfort zone so it is important to make them feel included and relaxed at their own pace. Ice breakers are a great way of initiating engagement. They alleviate and tension and nerves including stigma surrounding team building activities.
  4. Having fun– the main thing that brings everyone together is to have fun! That is the reason we do team building activities. Whether you want just fun or some thinking activities, working together is vital. Some more mental challenges will usually require more than one thinking head and usually a few different methods.
  5. Structure– having structure is crucial to make the event run smoothly. Most people are usually adhering to a time frame so it is important the day is carefully planned out running to set timings. That should usually include a break, ice breaker, awards and anything else previously established.
  6. Group participation - doing an activity that is suitable for a number of people is better for interaction, the dynamics are shifted to those you would usually see on a day to day basis.  it is important to give ownership to the team so they can work together to find roles within the team to establish roles for the activity.
  7. Gather feedback – gathering feedback is a helpful way of gaining truthful feedback of how the activity has gone. As a group setting with a lot of different personalities its great to have input of what was got out of the activity, what went well or what could have gone better.

 You can choose from a range of activities including:

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • City Events
  • Themed events
  • Sporty events
  • Creative
  • Food and drinks
  • Skilled events
  • Inflatables

Want to know more?

Now we've helped to explain why team building is important in the workplace, why not let us help you plan your next day, event or activity? With over 100 different themed event to choose from, our planners can tailor something that will let your team feel the benefit of how this could work for your business.

Get in touch with an event planner now (contact us here), and we could turn a quote around for you in under 45 minutes.


Why Team Building is Important in the Workplace: 7 Reasons of Importance

Team building is a variety of challenges used to enhance working relationships and establish roles within the work place. It is a great way of thanking the staff for their hard work and having some fun out of the office. The majority of companies usually organise some kind of team building based activity annually, it brings everyone together for example new recruits and a change of job roles and promotions. But why is it important in the workplace?

Team building is very important in the workplace to help with morale and the success of a business. With the main goals of any business being to improve the future of your company, increase productivity and motivation it is absolutely essential; and in some cases can be a great treat or a thank you to your hard-working staff.

We are at work for the majority of our time, so it is important to feel valued and get along with our fellow work colleagues. Team building activities improve office bonds and team work which make way for fresh motivation to reach goals - click here to see over 100 team building event ideas.

Team building helps to define team members strengths and weaknesses in certain situations.

It will show you who will flourish under pressure and also give some of the quieter characters a chance to come out of their shell and take the intuitive.

All levels of the company work together, helping each other to reach the end result.

In doing so employees feel a sense of equality which shows they are respected.

The key is to promote strong trustworthy relationships in the work place and show the team they are appreciated to tackle what is to come for the forth coming year ahead.

7 reasons why team building is important in the workplace

Here are our 7 best reasons on why team building is important in the workplace.

#1: THE BENEFITS OF TEAM BUILDING

The main benefit of team building is to boost productivity within the work force and to give the team a fresh abundance of motivation to tackle goals and targets for the year ahead.

#2: THE MAIN PURPOSE OF TEAM BUILDING

The main purpose of team building is to have fun! Team building brings everyone together in a relaxed fun setting.

#3: THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING TOGETHER

It is vital that everyone gets along for a successful business so that everyone is on the same team working together to reach the same goals.

#4: SHOWING STRENGHS AND WEAKNESSES

Team building can prompt creativity which helps to define strengths and weaknesses in certain situations

#5: TO BOOST COMMUNICATION

During team building events everyone can let their hair down. Out of the office can be where some great ideas for the business can be produced. Mixing all levels of the business can see some employees feel comfortable in putting great ideas forward in a relaxed environment.

#6: FEELING VALUED

It's great we feel respected and valued at work. It gives a sense of wellbeing and shows that our hard work isn’t going un-noticed.  Team building shows reward and respect through all aspects of the work force and sees general productivity increased.

#7: STRIVING FOR A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS

Through team building the objective is to make a more successful business. It creates strong bonds and trustworthy relationships. When you have that feeling you feel you can take on any tasks and challenges that are presented.

When team building is needed the workplace

If you feel your team aren’t performing as a team or morale is low team building will help improve that.

Lots of underlying things happen in the work place that can strain relationships, you will find big egos and maybe some people feeling undervalued and not part of the team so having something to bring everyone together can put certain things to rest.

More than two thirds of people that undertook a study by the University of Phoenix said they feel part of a dysfunctional team resulting in a vast majority preferring to work alone rather than part of a team.

A team is usually made up of a variety of personalities and more than not all get along which result in to a lot of clashing in the working environment. That can then become frustrating not just for the people involved but also for colleagues around. Targets can be harder to reach and not become as important, some members will be bogged down by this and will not be giving 100% which could result in more serious actions such a disciplinary action and even in some cases loss of employment/walk outs.

Bad feeling in the work place can also create withdrawal and in some cases depression which can cause disengagement, some dread going into work which lead to extreme stress and pressure on the heart and increased blood pressure. In many cases employees have fought hard to get the jobs they are in now so to walk into an office with bad feeling or previous tension can have a very negative impact.

Further studies show that according to a group of journalists reporting as a small group for a local paper investigated over a hundred studies from the second half of the last century “Does team building work?” gained the knowledge that team building does show a positive outcome.

Choosing the right team building event can have an unmistakable perfect impact for all involved, the aim isn’t to make anyone feel awkward or uncomfortable but just to reunite everyone as a team and bring the focus back to what’s really important – company morale!

How to choose the most suitable event for you!

The best way to choose the right event is to have a clear objective in mind, what you want from it, how you want your team to work together, what challenges you want to be resolved etc, let’s face it having a first class completely unique team building event isn’t going to be cheap, so you don’t want to fork out a load of money for a rubbish day!

It’s a great idea to maybe throw it out to the team, get a selection of amazing events and have a vote to see what ones the most popular, that way you are engaging with everyone and giving some responsibility which will get off to a great start and build up some excitement.

It will be the talk of the work place and automatically bring people together and spark some healthy competition – competition that will reignite the love of the job and a reminder of why we choose to do what we do daily.

Team building is a great way of also re-educating certain behaviours and prompting discussions and ideas to continue back in the work place. Generally, team building creates more open minded thinking and acceptance of other people and their qualities, which bonds together once rocky relationships.

We are Goto Events 

Here at Goto Events we are a very successful team building event company. We have seen over the last 24 months a huge need in the corporate industry for these kind of events and they are getting more and more popular.

It started out with some of the bigger brands and companies  using team building in their work places and the sheer success and fun factor spread like wild fire and now become popular in some of the smaller companies.

With every event tailor made to suit the individuals needs we can create a bespoke event with the clients objectives in mind. With over a 100 different types of events to offer we are doing over 700 per year and that is rapidly growing all the time.

Our feedback and reviews are second to none and the majority of a cliental are repeat bookings. We work directly with the client and also through agencies to offer what they cant. We have games and events to suit all, indoors, outdoors, themed events.

We do events all over the UK and further afield if needed – nothing is too much trouble for Goto!

The format of a Goto Events team building day

A lot of work goes into making a successful experience for all involved. Lots of work behind the scenes including liaising with the venue and venue staff , making sure we have the right space and access. Event managers make sure a carefully thought out and planned format is in place so timings can get the most out of all the tasks.

The client's experience is paramount, we take care of all the finer details so that the client has a worry free day to really enjoy the event with the rest of their team. Usually when we arrive at the venue the event manager will locate the client responsible for the booking and introduce ourselves, we will check that numbers haven’t changed and confirm the procedure for the day.

It's important to have a really friendly approachable personality. The event manager will share out duties to the event staff and let them know what is expected from them, that way everyone is clear on their job for the day.

Once you have set up for the event and all participants are ready to get going we usually start with a fun ice breaker  -  it alleviates initial fear, nerves and the general stigma of the unknown of a team building event.

In most cases team building events are usually a mixture of departments that don’t mix and randomly put on teams with other employees they don’t know or have ever met. This can spark nerves and in some cases make some feel uncomfortable and totally out of their comfort zone so it’s a great way of a brief “getting to know each other”.

By now the energy will be in full swing and everyone will be laughing and happy ,starting to get excited of what’s to come. The event manager overseas the whole event and is there to make sure it runs smoothly and everyone is having a great time!

The event manager will explain the format to everyone and let everyone know what they are playing for points/prizes. This arouses group discussion and prompts some healthy competition, the event will then commence.

The event manager's duties are to make sure all the event staff are at their stations and interacting with the clients. The event staff are carefully selected through a strict interview stage as they have to be professional but fun and bubbly characters.

Throughout the event the event staff will need to keep checking everything is running to plan and that the clients all know what they are doing, trying to make sure everyone is having a turn and getting involved. Knowing that the event staff are around gives the more relaxed participants a little confidence to get involved.

With the help of the event staff and the clients the atmosphere is electric. The team building is underway and everyone is working through the challenges they are set in order to win!

Usually the games/tasks that have been choses are for a certain objective – to either bring the team together, to show weaknesses and strengths or to welcome new starters.

You find that with that in mind the tasks that have been selected get everyone involved, that includes all ages and abilities.

Once the event is coming to an end the event manager will facilitate an “awards” type assembly and with the aid of the event staff usually hand out prizes and medals, we have a bit of fun with the clients and let them know the winners and losers – that leads way for some healthy banter and competition back at the office.

We will end with a de-brief thanking the client for taking part and selecting the selected company.

This leaves a nice personable memory with the client and makes them feel appreciated and important and its just generally a nice way to end the time that has been had by all.

All event staff will then pack down still taking into consideration the clients around whether they are leaving the venue or still chatting amongst themselves about the event and fun they have just had. The event manager will then thank the venue for their help and cooperation.

Want to know more?

Now we've helped to explain why team building is important in the workplace, why not let us help you plan your next day, event or activity? With over 100 different themed event to choose from, our planners can tailor something that will let your team feel the benefit of how this could work for your business.

Get in touch with an event planner now (contact us here), and we could turn a quote around for you in under 45 minutes.


The Managers motivational guide

Motivational Books for Managers

While it is lovely to think that all motivation is intrinsic for managers and we, as you can predict, advocate our services for indoor team building as a way of building motivation, some managers need an alternative viewpoint. This is where books come into play. Books can help you to escape and offer some advice from some of history’s greatest minds. Below we have curated a list of five of the best books for team managers.

  1. Dale Carnegie - How to Win Friends and Influence People

The seminal guidebook on human interaction. Until the last few years, Dale Carnegie’s book was the go-to guide for anyone who wished to improve their communication and relationships. While new books are flashy and full of new techniques, ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ has stood the test of time as a useful guide.

  1. Viktor Frankl - A Man's Search for Meaning

This book is a must-read for anyone. The stories of the Nazi concentration camps are not an easy read, but the powerful narrative and the findings of Frankl can help to bring your own existence sharply into focus. Everyone should read this book at least twice.

Regularly in the top lists of most business leaders reading lists, Frankl’s stark lessons are well written and uncomfortable enough to affect change in all who read this book.

  1. Sun Tzu - The Art of War

Another powerful guide. The Art of War is heralded by many leaders in business as a guide that helps them in their daily work lives. Well worth a read for those who need some motivation and a help with a business mindset.

  1. Robert Cialdini - Influence

Robert Cialdini is a master of his craft and his understanding of the human condition is second to none. Cialdini helps readers to be more understanding of others and helps to show how they tick. A vital read for managers to better understand others and the World around them.

  1. Ryan Holiday - The Daily Stoic

Stoicism has made a roaring comeback in the last few years and this book by famed author Ryan Holiday is an excellent guide to the teachings and musings of such enlightened figures as Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. It's formatted into a daily page that you read and meditate on for the day. It’s an interesting idea delivered well and can be very helpful for managers.

If you are in need of some motivation for your team, then have a look at our list of indoor team building events. We offer something for every type of company and every type of team. From TV favourites like The Qube and The Crystal Maze to the amazing human board game Teamopoly. We can also offer something more sedate such as a more traditional wine tasting. Whatever your requirements, we have a solution for you. So get in touch with our sales team today to find out more.


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Do teams really need to get on?

Do teams really need to get on?

Conventional wisdom would seem to say that it isn’t necessary for work teams to get on. For obvious reasons we do not think that is true, we believe that harmony in teams is vital to the social fabric of a business and that a business with poor communication is dead in the water. Now you may say that as a company that sells outdoor team building events and also indoor team building events, we have something of a biased view, but hear us out!

Teams that play together stay together

OK, we pinched that one, but the idea is right. We believe that teams that are cohesive and get along well are more productive and more likely to stay with your business long term. Studies show that team building and social cohesion can improve business productivity. In 1920 social psychologist Floyd Allport found that people worked better in teams and this finding became known as “Social facilitation.” Companies such as Google put a lot of investment into their people and collaborating their efforts. As one of World’s richest companies, Google knows how to extract the best from their people and they understand the value of a happy workforce.

An investment in the future

Imagine that you could spend a relatively small sum today that would pay you back for years to come. This investment could help to create a harmonious and productive work environment which reduces stress on all its workers and reduces HR issues. Sounds good, doesn't it? Well, with an indoor team building event you can gain all these benefits and more.

A team building event built around you

Our dedicated team can produce a stunning event built around your team. With amazing indoor team building events such as The Crystal Maze - our take on a TV classic. Or if you want a TV favorite with a twist then you could have The Qube event, based on the TV programme as well. Or if your team is more laid back and would prefer something a little more chilled? Well, we can also cater to that with a wine tasting event. Let your delegates enjoy a fabulous selection of wines from around the World and learn from experts on what helps to make an excellent wine. Or for something completely different, you could take on the mad human board game Teamopoly.

Get in touch for more information on one of our bespoke team building events

If you would like to harness the benefits of a team building event for your team then please get in touch. Our team of experts will help to design the ultimate experience for your team and take complete control of all the details, allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy the experience along with your team. So get in touch today and let us show you what we can do for your business.