From high octane outdoor team building to the first Festival & Outdoor Events Show, H&E North goes to see what’s happening outside…
Sandown Park Racecourse in Surrey will host the first ever Festival & Outdoor Events Show across the 27th and 28th September. The exhibition, created by Mash Media, which also owns the Event Production Show, is intended to help provide a platform specifically for outdoor venues, suppliers and products to engage with industry event professionals.
Notable northern exhibitors that will be setting out their stalls include ADI.tv, an audio-visual equipment supplier based in Preston, Eco Track, ground protection manufacturers from Leicestershire and TCM Trailers, an outdoor advertising agency located in Staffordshire.
The new festival and showcase is also intended to promote networking, education and business opportunities for the outdoor events industry. Sandown Park Racecourse has been chosen as the launch venue due to its easy access via the motorway and a combination of well-placed indoor and outdoor facilities allowing exhibitors the space to show off the creative scope of their services and bring along larger structures.
The Festival & Outdoor Events Show’s September slot will also serve as a way to bookend the event show season with the Event Production Show taking place in early spring.
Let’s Go Outside
Summer is certainly the season for taking team building outside and making the most of the sunshine, so H&E North hand picks some ideas that will help you make the most of the weather.
Have a go at your own Highland games with Maximillion event creators, available at Turnberry Adventures centre and team building venues across Scotland. If it’s spirit and unity you’re seeking to foster within your group ahead of a big project, tailor a package to include activities everyone can get involved in such as pipes and drums workshops, duck herding and country dancing. Or, if it’s healthy competition you want to stir, there is haggis and carpet hurling, archery and, of course, a tug o’ war to bring out true determination. As many of the games take place at castles or country houses, it can also be an ideal chance to scope out a new venue too.
To The Rescue
Use your team building away day for more than just morale and teach staff valuable, vital skills with Yorkshire Dales Guides. The outdoor activity organisers run rescue scenario days that require groups to tackle communication, planning, logistics and leadership challenges through its mountain and cave challenges, which can include first aid training. These take place with fully trained staff across Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire.
Amazing Days Events & Team Building offers an all-action package aimed at energising groups of up to 60 people with a 4×4 adventure and speedboat pub tour in Scotland. With a day split into two parts, staff can first test their mettle by learning off-road driving in Land Rovers and Discovery vehicles before scaling the tough terrain near Loch Lomond and Loch Long. The second segment of the day is then focused on rewarding the group for their efforts with a picnic, a tour of Loch Long by speedboat and a pub visit on the island of Inchmurrin.
Get A Clue
Opt for a twist on traditional murder mystery team activities by combining challenges and tasks with a sightseeing ‘tour’ of some of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks. Amazing Days Events & Team Building offers the chance for your group to get out of the office and stroll the historic city’s streets as Police Scotland officers for the day, complete with forensic suits, chalk, police tape, a digital camera and case notes. Work together to piece together the clues in the case of a ‘murdered’ historian or compete to solve the crime first.
Walk It Off
Team Walking puts aside assault courses and gimmicks and instead offers simple tailored scenic walks and tasks which focus on building trust, camaraderie, observation and self-reflection. As an alternative to full throttle exercises, it instead promotes a laid back and thoughtful approach to team building, with the objective to take inspiration from the surrounding nature, with expectations shared at the beginning of the day and feedback given at the end in the cosy surroundings of country pubs. The Harrogate-based company also offer ‘netwalking’, a similar programme of walks aimed at developing relationships between business colleagues, contacts, potential clients and customers.