Host a picturesque party on the green at Buckhurst Park (www.buckhurstpark.co.uk) in Hartfield, West Sussex. Famous for being the home of Winne the Pooh’s ‘Hundred Acre Wood’, the historic estate has 2,000 acres of parkland, including a lake and formal garden. The impressive setting is ideal for team building activities such as rounders, archery and treasure hunts, and the catering team can put together a picnic to be proud of – just make sure honey sandwiches are on the menu!
City & Sea
Messin’ about on the water is a fantastic way to spend a summer’s day and Lagoon Watersports @ Brighton Marina (www.lagoon.co.uk/brighton-marina-watersports-centre) offers a city-based coastal location. Team-building or client-based events can be catered from 30 to 400 people, and guests can learn new skills and have fun with challenges such as raft building, stand up paddle boarding and kayak water polo. Adrenalin fans can also book sailing tuition, powerboating trips and jet ski hire. When the sun goes down, check in to Malmaison Brighton (www.malmaison.com) a boutique hotel right on the waterfront, and enjoy cocktails on the decked terrace.
Any venue offering ‘premium picnic space’ as part of its corporate package knows how to host a summer get together, and the stunning Cowdray Park (www.cowdray.co.uk) delivers just that. The Home of British Polo is set in the 16,500-acre Cowdray Estate, in the South Downs near Midhurst, and matches are played from April through to September. Book a private, field-side marquee and treat your guests to luxury picnic hampers created by a team of chefs. Golf and fly fishing are also available to make the most of the beautiful location.
Into The Wild
For more adventurous groups, Mark from Bushcraft Buddha (www.bushcraft-buddha.co.uk) offers experiences in learning to survive outdoors while appreciating our natural environment. Skills include fire craft, shelter building, tracking and foraging, and the back to basics approach can be very effective as a team building day. Events are bespoke to each company’s requirements and as a truly sustainable option, it is hard to beat.
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