Corporate Away Day Ideas

The UK's top ideas for company away days

Top 10 Ideas for Company Away Days

Corporate away days come in all shapes and sizes and are often tailored to the company, their staff and the overall purpose of the event.  Companies hold away days for many different reasons, but quite often the underlying purpose, similar to a Christmas party, is a chance for staff to get out the office, let their hair down and have some good old fashioned fun.  Companies also want to entertain their staff, say thank you, and motivate employees.

Running over 800 events a year, combining team building & corporate away days, we have a huge team of experienced event professionals who work closely with you to plan every aspect of your event, from the perfect venue, to catering, activities & entertainment.

How do corporate away days work? 

Planning a company or corporate away day can be a challenging task for any organiser, especially if you’re trying to please a mixed demographic of people.  Where is the best location?  What style of venue?  Shall we have a buffet or BBQ?  What entertainment will please all?  All typical questions that will be asked.

But fear not, this is our bread and butter.  We’re experts in creating, building and delivering incredible events throughout the UK & Europe.

So how do they work?  It’s as easy as 4 steps:

  1. Venue – we’ll provide a range of venues options in your desired locations.  Ranging from country houses to party fields to sports stadiums, our team will provide a selection of ideas to suit your group and budget.
  2. Date – we work with you to choose the right date to suit everyone.  We combine this with the availability of your venue and all the peripheral event requirements.
  3. Activities & entertainment – the real fun part!  We have 1000’s of different options and packages for you to choose from.  Our event experts will work with you to understand the demographic of your group, what style of event you prefer, and even the company culture.  They’ll then furnish you with a proposal of different options, and continue to work with you to create the ideal overall experience.
  4. Logistics – we take every element of hassle away from you.  Each company fun day is provided with a dedicated Project & Event Manager.  The Project Manager manages all the finer detail of your experience pre event.  This includes welcome packs, save the date flyers, guest registration, branding, catering, venue site visits, guest directions, dietary requirements and any medical conditions.  The Event Manager will be the main lead on the day / evening of your event, working with a core crew of event professionals to manage everything from the moment of arrival until departure of the last guest.

It’s as easy as that.  The perfect corporate away day, created, orchestrated and delivered by the UK’s leading professionals, leaving you free to enjoy the experience, deservedly, as much as everyone else.

Different Types of Company Away Days

Corporate away days can work in many different ways.  Different types of events include:

Company away day combined with a meeting or conference.  These tend to be a mornings conference or business session followed by lunch and then activities / entertainment.  We have over 1000 venues around the UK where we can do exactly this.  Our team will organise the ideal venue and space for all your business needs, plus catering and activities.  We can also comfortably roll your event into the evening with a BBQ, party, themed evening or mini festival.  Accommodation is also part of the package options, so your entire event from start to finish is held at the same venue.

Pure fun corporate away days – If there’s no business requirements and it’s purely fun on the agenda, then these are ideal.  We package these events with all forms of activities and entertainment from our amazing Quintessentially English experience, to fairground rides, motorised sports, water sports, country sports, marquees and tipi’s, BBQ’s and full catering, bars, stages, bands & DJ’s, chillout zones, seating and relaxation areas, arena entertainment, roaming artists, ice cream vans and refreshments and even hot air balloon rides!

Summer away days – These can also be combined with any form of business session, but tend to be more relaxed pure fun events.  Typically held outdoors, we create everything from themed relaxed entertainment, to team building, to parties and festivals.  These can be day events and roll into lovely evening parties, again with optional accommodation.

Family Fun Days – We love these events!  A pure fun family day out with entertainment, catering & refreshments, marquees, theming, parking, and activities to suit all age groups.  From soft play areas for the little ones, to baby changing areas, mini quad bikes, petting zoos, bungee trampolines and even Punch and Judy!.  Then there’s the fun for the teenagers and adults such as archery, laser clay shooting, off road buggies, mini tanks, bungee run, gladiator joust, axe throwing & human table football.  Entertainment for all the family includes the likes of crazy golf, fairground rides, sheep dog duck herding and the amazing Bear Grylls survival zone.

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Top 10 Corporate Away Days

Team Building Croquet & Pimms

1. Quintessentially English 

I say old chaps, welcome to your Quintessentially English event! Spend a day in beautiful surroundings in the heart of the English countryside.  This patriotic English garden party is perfect for keeping everyone entertained with a really nice relaxed feel & flow.  As teams you will go head-to-head in a variety of zones which range from relaxed croquet to rounders, we really have everything covered with this event.

Group sizes – Unlimited

Duration – Half or full day

Location – Fully mobile, UK wide at over 1000 venues

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Team building quad biking person

2. Club Adrenaline 

If action and adventure is what you’re looking for then you won’t find much better than this! Our Outdoor Adrenaline combines a variety of unique activities customised to your group, to give them not one, but multiple experiences.  There’s absolutely something for everyone with the right blend of activities selected just for your team. Everyone takes part in everything with plenty of fun competition as teams rotate around the different challenge zones earning points as they go.  Activities include everything from quad bikes, off road buggies and mini tanks, to duck herding and axe throwing. We always include some of the favourites such as archery, laser clay pigeon shooting, inflatable bungee run and the odd mystery team challenge.

Group sizes – 5-1000

Duration – Half or full day

Location – Fully mobile, UK wide at over 1000 venues

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Total Wipeout Team Building Gladiator Joust

3. Totally Wipedout 

Inspired by the amazing TV show, we have created an incredible team building event that brings to life all the amazing action and excitement you can get in a head-to-head inflatable bonanza.  There are some seriously big toys on this outdoor team building experience. From the famous big red balls, to inflatable assault courses, and even a giant wrecking ball.  Your guest’s eye’s will light up when they enter the arena, filled with colour, music and of course, our show host on the mic.  Everything is head-to-head, so competition if rife. Teams will compete in a variety of unique games, fighting it out to get the winning times and points, and as we normally expect, a fair bit of cheating and sabotage.  If you’re looking for the biggest, most energized, most active and most challenging FUN company away day event on the planet, then this is it.

Group sizes – 5-1000

Duration – Half or full day

Location – Fully mobile, UK wide at over 1000 venues

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Total Wipeout Team Building Inflatable Ladder

4. It’s a Knockout 

It’s a Knockout is one of our most popular outdoor team building events. Packed with all kinds of games and inflatable challenges, it really is an activity full of laughter and entertainment.  Taking inspiration from the famous TV show, our full corporate version of It’s a Knockout is designed for companies and teams where everyone can get involved in a highly energized team building activity that really brings the smiles to the masses.  We’re talking crazy costumes, huge inflatables, slippery slides, wacky relay races and enough foam to fill an Olympic swimming pool.  It’s not every day you get the chance to see the boss dressed as a fairy racing a giant chicken!  Example rounds: Giant Inflatable Assault Course with Big Slide, Gladiator Joust, Storm the Castle, Bungee Run, Odd Socks, Giddy Up, Fat Suit Racing and School Sports Day Races.

Group sizes – 5-1000

Duration – Half or full day

Location – Fully mobile, UK wide at over 1000 venues

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Team Building School Sports Day Tug of War

5. School Sports Day

Remember the good old days of your School Sports Day? The fun, the competitiveness, and the glory! Why not re-live those days with your very own team building sports day event.  Our school sports day team building event will bring out your inner child.  It’s a blast from the past activity, which everyone can really enjoy and get stuck into. We guarantee it will really have your team in stitches all the way to the headmaster’s office.  All the games and event ideas during the day are exactly how you remember – just without the grumpy teachers and the school bully. So, this is your chance to take part in some competitive sporting activities with the aim of winning medals, prizes and pride.  Games include: Mental Maths, Wacky World, Field Trip, Ping Pong Shotput, Foam Javelin, Tug o’ War, Play Time – Giant Connect 4, Giant Jenga, Twister, Snakes and Ladders, Sports Day Races (three-legged race, wheelbarrow and egg & spoon race).

Group sizes – 5-1000

Duration – Half or full day

Location – Fully mobile, UK wide at over 1000 venues

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Team Building Soap Box Derby Cart

6. Soap Box Derby

If you’ve seen the hilarious race hosted by Redbull on the TV, you’ll know how much fun it is watching daredevil racers weave their crazy contraptions around winding courses of obstacles in the quickest possible time.  This is our very own, slightly tamed down version, seeing teams plan, design and build the ultimate wacky racer.  It’s not all about speed (but it helps). There are several heats all based around team’s creativity and innovation. Design will earn you as many points as taking the chequered flag!  After qualifiers, teams hit the design workshops where they can buy all manner of parts and materials to build and dress their racers. Everyone must compete in heats, and even pass an MOT before they take part in the final race.  Soap Box Derby is a hilarious activity that brings out the best in people.

Group sizes – 5-500

Duration – Half day

Location – Fully mobile, UK wide at over 1000 venues

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Bamboo

7. Lets Get Ready to Jungle 

Welcome to Let’s Get Ready to Jungle!!! A truly fantastic and unique team event that sees you and your colleagues competing to survive the jungle camp and be crowned Kings & Queens of the Jungle!  Having been stranded in a remote jungle it’s up to you and your colleagues to solve a series of challenges. Can you successfully complete the bush tucker trials – facing some ultimate fears of snakes and tarantulas along the way and collect those all-important stars!  Teams will work through our zones such as face your phobias, finale feast (where you will be faced with some typical jungle bugs) and shelter building to name a few. Your groups aim is to win/collect as many gold stars as possible. Beat your opponents within the time and you’ll win a gold star. Fail to complete the task and you’ll walk away with nothing.  Finally, it’s time to count your stars and enter the rotten egg roulette finale!

Group sizes – 5-5000

Duration – Half day

Location – Fully mobile, UK wide at over 1000 venues

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8. The Crystal Challenge 

Inspired by the popular TV show where teams send one member in to complete a challenge in order to win a crystal, our version is packed with fun, excitement and hilarity as whole teams compete against each other to see who will come out victorious! The games will test your team’s mental agility and physical skills, working together to beat the opposition before the time runs out.  Working through our Medieval, Aztec, Industrial and Futuristic zones, your team’s aim is to win crystals which equate to seconds. Beat your opponents within the time and you’ll win a large crystal (worth five seconds). Fail to complete the task and you’ll walk away with nothing….unless your instructor thinks your efforts deserve a small crystal, or even two (worth one second each).  Finally, it’s time to count your crystals and enter The Crystal Dome for the grand finale!

Group sizes – 5-1000

Duration – Half or full day

Location – Fully mobile, UK wide at over 1000 venues

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Monopoly dice and playing pieces

9. Teamopoly 

Ever fancied getting lost inside a board game?! Well, here is your chance… 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!  Divided into teams of giant irons, wheelbarrows, cars and top hats, your group will have plenty of time to not only dominate the board but navigate through Mr.  Monopoly’s eclectic mix of team building challenges, all of which are designed to empty or fill your pockets of Monopoly change!  With the allocation of costumed business roles, individuals are presented with responsibilities within their teams, each designed to strengthen the core team dynamic, whilst promising a fun and engaging day for all.  During the game your group will face gripping live challenges from our giant chance cards and community chests, including team jailbreak, win the lottery and beat the banker, all brought to extreme life by live actors and super sized props!

Group sizes – 5-500

Duration – Half day

Location – Fully mobile, UK wide at over 1000 venues

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Bear Grylls Team Building image of Bear

10. Survival Island

Your team have been stranded on a remote island with no signs of civilisation. All you have is what you have scavenged from the beach. Using your initiatives and the skills we’re about to teach you, can you take on and survive ‘The Island’?  After an inspiring opening presentation based on a real life or death survival story, teams are equipped with basic materials and equipment.  Teams are then faced with a series of survival scenarios, in which groups learn key skills before they take on the task ahead. Each survival task is designed to involve every team member.  Using what nature has to offer, teams must draw upon resourcefulness and ingenuity, whilst applying the core skills of teamwork.  Survival zones include fire lighting, shelter building, stretcher rescue, knot tying and water purification.

Group sizes – 5-1000

Duration – Half or full day

Location – Fully mobile, UK wide at over 1000 venues

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PLANNING A CORPORATE AWAY DAY?  WHAT TO DO NEXT…

Visit our contact page and get in touch to discuss how GOTO Events can run your next company away day.

Our friendly team will talk you through lots of different ideas and formats to help create the best style of event to suit your team and exact requirements.

For all our corporate and company away days we ensure you get the perfect balance of fun and entertainment with something fun for everyone.  Running over 800 events a year for over 60% of the FTSE 100, GOTO Events are your one stop shop for all forms of team and company events.

GOTO Events experiences are all fully risk assessed and compliant with all government requirements.  We are accredited with the industry standard Visit Britain ‘Good to Go’ policies.

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6 Good Reasons to Host a Corporate Away Day

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Bring Teams & People Back Together 

With restrictions lifting (or lifted!) there’s no better time to bring your teams back together and let them face to face reconnect, interact and have some well earned fun.  This is also true for new recruits who may not have met many (if any) of their team mates.  Company away days are the ideal events, even if combined with a business meeting or conference, to re establish those valuable relationships colleagues have and give them the chance to enjoy each others company outside of the workplace.  Company away days can also include great elements of team building with activities encouraging communication, lateral thinking, support, innovation, inclusion and cohesion.

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Relaxed Interactive & Engaging Fun

Company & corporate fun days are all about the experience.  The enjoyment factor is so important to ensure each and every member of your team has an incredible time.  For this reason we have a number of ideal activities and packages that offer huge amounts of variety to cater for any mixed audience.  Fun also doesn’t just come from the entertainment, the atmosphere and venues play a key role.  We have an abundance of amazing venues around the UK that offer stunning relaxed backdrops.  Combined with lovely food, drink, theming and informality, these elements can really make your away day one to remember.

Stay Safe – Have Fun

Safety is the number one priority for any event, especially when bringing large groups of people together.  With people understandably nervous about Covid, even after restrictions are lifted we will still maintain conventional and advanced safety measures including provisions and protective measures against Corona Virus.

All of our events are thoroughly risk assessed and covered by high levels of public liability insurance.  Our measures are non invasive and still allow maximum amounts of fun, in a safe well controlled environment.

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Blow away the Covid blues 

Hopefully by the time you’re reading this we will have many of the Covid restrictions lifted.  With safety still a high priority, now is still the time to get people and teams together and let them play.  With lockdown and working from home, it’s very easy for anyone to slip into a silo culture, which is inevitable given the isolation.  Company away days provide the freedom and safety for employees to let their hair down, reignite their energy, re connect with peers, have a beer or two and enjoy getting back to normal.

People chinking glasses saying cheers on a company away day

Say Thanks & Boost Morale

What company doesn’t want to say thank you to their staff periodically throughout the year.  As well and Christmas parties most organisations want to hold some form of mid year summer event.  These can often be combined with business content, but fun and enjoyment is always HIGH on the agenda afterwards.

Company away days can give you the exact right balance of venue, activities, atmosphere, entertainment, food, drink and celebratory environment to make your staff feel valued and appreciated.  There’s no pat on the back better for some than a free bar!

People outside dancing on a company away day

Turn your event into a party

So corporate away days come in all shapes and sizes.  Many companies will combine activities with an evening party or celebration.  This can be everything from a delicious BBQ & drinks to a full blown mini festival.

Our team have a huge amount of experience in creating incredible parties for any group size, any theme and any location.  From full blown carnivals to more subtle garden parties, we have the expertise to make your next event VERY special.