⚡14 fun team away day ideas to energise & connect your work team! ⚡

Written by Aaron Betesta

Laughtercise Owner & Thunderbolt of Fun

So, you’re planning an away day. Did you take it on voluntarily or was it thrown your way because “you’re the go-to person for these kinds of things” or “it’ll be good for your development”?

Ah, management speak. Don’t you just love it?! 😆

 

We love away days at Laughtercise and we’ve done some innovative away day research, surveying organisers of away days. People who have been in your shoes. If you’ve been roped in to plan this away day, you’re not alone…

 

But roped in or not, here we are; we’ve got an away day to plan! And I’m here to help you absolutely smash it and get your team looking like this ⬇️

 

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First up to discuss is the main event. It’s what creates the buzz. It’s where the fun is at…

 

Team building away day activities!

 

Team building away day activities will be a big part of your budget, and your manager might be apprehensive of the cost, but here is some astonishing finding from our research ⬇️

 

💥 Over 90% of the impacts your management team want to see from an away day (a better connected, de-stressed and energised team etc.) will come from the team building activity and general networking between attendees 💥

 

 

 

 

So, if you’ve got a budget to spend, spend most of it on a team building activity as most general networking and chatting time/activities are zero cost.

Are you worried about overspending? Well, if you do overspend, but smash this away day, it’s likely no one will care ⬇️

 

It probably goes without saying, but… whatever you do, do not tell your management team that you’re planning to overspend BEFORE the away day ! Tell them AFTER, when they are still basking in the warm glow of a brilliant away day 💥

 

 

So it’s time to make your away day a huge success. Let’s go big or go home 💪

 

 

⚡14 fun team away day ideas to energise & connect your work team! ⚡

 

1. Laughtercise

This is us. I’d be an absolute fool of a business owner if I didn’t tell you about the impact of Laughtercise, right?!

In fact, we are the most impactful team away day provider in the UK and here are 5 reasons why.

I’ll let the below Laughtercise Corporate Team Building Workshop video highlights do the talking. Just imagine your team playing them at your company away day ⬇️

 

 

 

Location: Comes to your office or away day location

Click here to get your team Laughtercised!

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2. Escape Rooms

 

I’m putting Escape Rooms up pretty high. Getting your team doing an Escape Room is perfect for getting them problem solving in a fun and different environment. They are also an enjoyable team away day activity for a high percentage of team members (not too active, not too heavy, not too demanding etc). And they’re in most cities and towns now too.

Escape Rooms will probably be more suited to teams of 20 or less. Most Escape Rooms have more than 4 rooms, so you can book out the entire building and rotate the team members around the rooms.

Location: In most towns and cities

 

3. Haka Experience

This will certainly tick the ‘let’s do something different’ box ✅

A Haka experience is where your team learn the traditional Haka with the help of some genuine Maori warriors! It’s out there. It’s loud. It’s energetic!

Location: Comes to your office or away day location

Click here to find out more.

 

4. Crime Scene Investigation Experience

There’s been a murder and your team need to find the culprit! A body has been found and you’re the first CSI team on the scene! Will you demonstrate a detective’s intuition and prove yourself CSI material?

Location: Comes to your office or away day location

Click here to find out more.

 

5. Pizza Making

Pizzas, doughballs, prosecco and nibbles! It’s time for your team to toss some dough and play some pizza challenges!

Create your own pizza from scratch and name it. Meat feast? Vegan delight? The choice is yours. This team building activity is sure to go down a treat because who doesn’t like pizza? I’ll tell you who. A weirdough. Get it? WeirDOUGH. I’ll get me coat…

Location: Comes to your office or away day location

Click here to find out more.

 

6. Go Ape

Are your team adventurous? If so, get them climbing in the trees at a Go Ape location. At most Go Apes there are three high rope experiences, including high-speed ziplines, free-fall tarzan swings, and a host of tricky tree-to-tree crossings!

Location: In most counties

Click here to find out more.

 

7. James Bond 007 Treasure Hunt

In this Bond themed treasure hunt, your team will be split into smaller teams where they’ll be met by “Q” who will issue them with the tech for the job. The locations of field agents, clues and challenges are displayed on the screen and your team have to track them down!

Each team will need to complete fiendish bond themed puzzles and questions whilst racing against the clock. The fastest team to complete the mission wins the day for King and Country!

Location: Comes to your office or away day location

Click here to find out more.

 

8. Master of the Tasks

Based on the Taskmaster TV show, this team building activity has hilarious challenges for your team!

During the event, members of each team will need to rack their brains and work together using collaboration and problem-solving skills in order to complete their given task successfully. The better you do, the more points you’re likely to be awarded! At the end of the day, each team’s scores from each task will be tallied up, and your activity host will then announce who the overall winners are!

Location: Comes to your office or away day location

Click here to find out more.

 

9. It’s A Knock Out!

This is one for the active teams! Loved by young and old, an ‘It’s A Knockout’ tribute event will bring energy, colour and supreme fun to your team away day! Using a great selection of giant inflatable games and activities, it recreates the fun of the wild and whacky game show! Get your teams battling it out with Human Table Football, Giant Inflatable Volleyball, Human Demolition and Sumo Relay.

Location: Comes to your office or away day location

Click here to find out more.

 

10. Apprentice Themed Experience

Who will be hired? Who will be fired? Lord Sweetener will give your team a list of items, both mad and mundane, to scavenge in the immediate vicinity. You’ll need to blag, brag and barter to get the best deals and save your limited spending money!

Location: Comes to your office or away day location

Click here to find out more.

 

11. Sports Day Event

This activity draws inspiration from traditional school sports days, featuring games such as the classic egg and spoon race, sack race, three-legged race, and relay races!

Location: Comes to your office or away day location

Click here to find out more.

 

12. Casino Night

Treat your team to the full casino experience! Which team member has the best poker face? Who will win the most? Red or Black?

Location: Comes to your office or away day location

Click here to find out more.

 

13. Murder Mystery Evening

During pre-dinner drinks there’s a dramatic scream and a gunshot – what’s happened?! Inspector Willy Catchem arrives to explain the hullabaloo; to the shock and horror of your group he declares there’s been a murder! And the bloody blaggard is still in the building… the inspector needs your help to catch them!

Location: Comes to your office or away day location

Click here to find out more.

 

14. Stocks & Shares Experience

How would your team fare on Wall Street? This is your chance to find out! Buy and sell as the stock prices on the giant screen constantly rise and fall. Pay attention for news flashes and company rumours – every event will affect share values. Can you predict the results of events to short the market, and beat the competition…?

Location: Comes to your office or away day location

Click here to find out more.

 

The best corporate away day games and exercises that you can do in-house

 

If you don’t have budget for external activities, you can do some of our Laughtercise activities that you can facilitate yourself. Check out our complete guide to Fun Team Building Activities and our Energisers for Conferences & Meetings.

The activities get your teams looking like this 👇

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Team Building Away Day FAQ’s

We’ve done our best below to answer as many FAQ’s that are Googled. We’ve sprinkled in our research about away days ⬇️

 

Where to start when planning a company away day?

Away days are absolutely wonderful. We love them at Laughtercise. Away days have a buzz that cannot be replicated on any other working day. But they can also create a huge amount of stress for the organiser (you!).

Before you even start planning this away day, it’s important for you to pinpoint where the potential stress will come from so you can manage it (and manage the troublemakers!😆).

If you’re already feeling stressed because you can’t pin people down to a date, you’re not alone ⬇️

 

So the great news is that, when you successfully book a venue/date, you’ve sifted through over 25% of the stress! It’s then all about the presentation content. Ensure everyone sticks to the deadlines you give them.

Most importantly, now is the time to figure out WHO will potentially create you stress. Take a look at the interesting findings from the next question we asked people who plan away days ⬇️

 

Who will the 2-3 people be…? Figure them out. Manage them. Keep them on track. Keep them at bay. If they start causing you stress, ban them from the away day. Ok, ok… maybe that’s extreme, but if you’re planning this away day outside of your normal job role, they should respect that you’re going above and beyond and they should begin behaving!

 

What is the purpose of a corporate team away day?

The purpose of a team away day is for your team to get ‘away’ from a normal work day so they can brainstorm, re-energise, de-stress and connect outside of the work environment. A great away day shouldn’t be focused on what is said or what is done; it should be focused how a team are left feeling. Over to the wisdom of Maya Angelou…

“People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”― Maya Angelou

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What should I include in our team away day sessions?

Included in a great team away day are elements like an uplifting opening, light and positive sections about business performance, energising brainstorm sessions, networking opportunities and a main attraction (a team building activity that lifts everyone’s spirits!). Remember about how important networking and general chatting is to connect, energise and de-stress the team. Ensure you build in plenty of opportunities for everyone to chat outside of their normal work environment.

✅ It’s good to talk about work on a company away day

✅ It’s great to include idea creation about work

✅ It’s brilliant to plan work and feel excited about it

But it shouldn’t feel like ‘normal’ work  

 

Normal work happens every day and they’re called ‘weekdays’. Away Days are special. Maximise the specialness! 🚀

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Should a corporate away day be onsite or offsite?

There is just something different about offsite corporate away days. The feeling changes. Offsite changes everything.

If you have budget, it’s best to have it offsite. For maximum effect, it’s best to have an away day that is as ‘un-normal’ as possible to help your team bond outside of normal work patterns.

An easy way to make things ‘un-normal’ is to have your away day away from your normal place of work.

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How can I make our company away day agenda fun?

  • Have a ‘wear your happy clothes’ dress code
  • Start the day at a random time like 08:58. When people ask why, tell them it’s a surprise. It creates intrigue and, most importantly, for some psychological reason, more people are prompt (try it, you’ll be amazed). When people ask for the surprise, tell them the surprise was everyone being on time for a meeting for a change 😂
  • As everyone arrives to office in the morning, have some fresh smoothies waiting for them
  • As everyone enters the room where you’re having your away day, have some music on (and some tasty snacks ready!)
  • Make it policy that, unless it’s an emergency, no one can step near their desk (we’ve even seen teams put ‘out of bounds’ tape over everyone’s desks!) 😀

 

What are the benefits and objectives of a corporate away day?

✅ Increased connection between team members

✅ Increased connection that staff have with strategy and the Leadership Team

✅ Creative thinking and new idea generation

✅ A chance for your team to de-stress

✅ An opportunity for your team to bond outside of the normal work patterns

✅ Increased energy levels

✅ Improved team morale

The list could go on and on (and on!).

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What are some examples of good team building away day activities?

Good team building away day activities are activities that energise your team and leaves them feeling better connected. Team building away day activities are incredibly important for creating that ‘away day’ feeling. Examples of good activities are sports days, escape rooms and a challenge for the team, like a drumming experience.

Whatever activities you decide on, these questions are good to ask yourself:

📍 Will there be a legacy from this activity?

📍 Will everyone remember this activity in 3 months?

 

Why are team away days important?

Team away days are important because they produce a buzz that you can’t replicate on any other working day. They are the best opportunity you have to engage, connect, de-stress and delight your team.

What are some good corporate away day companies?

Good corporate away day companies are ones that are inspired to meet the needs of your away day. Their away day activities offer a variety of impacts. Funktion Events, Rhino Events, The Team Building Company & Laughtercise are examples of good corporate away day companies. Between these companies, you will find 100s of corporate away day ideas and activities.

 

What are some popular indoor away day ideas?

If your team fancy a challenge, check out a Crystal Maze Challenge or a Rollercoaster Challenge. These will challenge the minds of your team and see how well they can work together! Why not transform your team into a team of drummers with some Drumming Team Building!

Any MasterChef’s in your team? Get your team grilled with a Cuisine Cooking Challenge with professional chefs.

Grab a slice of the action and get your team making Making Pizza.

Who in your team has the best ‘pencil pout’? Who would be the ‘CUP’ champion? Check out wild fun and giggles with some Laughtercise!

 

What are some great sports team away day ideas?

Bronze, silver or gold? An Olympic Games experience will fire up the competition in your team! This fun packed day allows your team to experience a little taster of what it’s like to be an Olympian. Sort of 😁

If you’re up for some different kinds of sport…BANG!…check out the Country Games experience. Archery, laser clay shooting, segways, quad bikes and duck herding! This is maximum outside fun for your team!

Get your team back to school with the Sports Day team building activity. Sack race, egg and spoon, football dribble…it’s non-stop hilarity!

 

What are some unusual team building away day activities?

Looking for something unusual for your team? Why not get them junky and funky with Junk Funk! With the most random piles of strange household and garden junk, your team will create a show fit for the West End as you get transformed into a junk-percussion orchestra! Or are there any NASA wannabies in your team? Who can go the highest by firing a rocket? By doing Rocket Launch, you will certainly lift spirits in your team!

How fast can your team go? Who is the most competitive? Who will become CUP champion? Find out the answers as you get your team Laughtercised!

Did somebody say chocolate? Why not treat your team to their very own chocolate factory as they have a day of making chocolate!

Rack your teams brains with the Master of Tasks team building event! Based on the famous TV show, your colleagues will have to work together using collaboration and problem-solving skills in order to complete their given task successfully. The better you do, the more points you’re likely to be awarded! At the end of the day, each team’s scores from each task will be tallied up, and your activity host will then announce who the overall winners are!

 

What are some good team away day icebreakers?

Good team away day icebreakers are ‘Drawing Ahead’ and ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees, CUP’.

Check out our resource on Icebreaker Games For Adults At Work to see facilitation instructions and to find out why you should stop using the word ❌Icebreaker❌

Here’s tip 1 👇

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Company Staff Away Day Ideas Specific to UK Locations

 

Are you looking for away day ideas specific to a location in the UK?

Escape rooms, gin tours, go karting, crazy golf, canal cruises, 007 treasure hunts…we have resources that give activity ideas specific to counties, cities and towns:

Team Building Activities in Birmingham

Team Building Activities in Bristol

Team Building Activities in Kent

Team Building Activities in Liverpool

Team Building Activities in Manchester

Team Building Activities in Surrey

Team Building Activities in Yorkshire

 

NHS Team Away Day Activity Ideas

 

At Laughtercise, we 💙 NHS Team Away Days and getting NHS staff ‘Laughtercised’!

 

 

What is an NHS Team Away Day?

An NHS Team Away Day is a chance for your team to get a well-deserved timeout from the stresses of everyday working life. Great NHS team away days are ones that give staff an opportunity to come together and bond outside of the work environment.

We’ve had the absolute pleasure of delivering Laughtercise NHS Team Away Day sessions at 40+ trusts since 2020.

Over 10,000 NHS staff have been ‘Laughtercised’. See all the smiles here👉 10,000 NHS smiles.

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👉 Here are 5 reasons 👈 why Laughtercise are the most impactful team building provider in the UK for NHS staff. Click here to see our packages that will get your NHS team ‘Laughtercised’.

If you have no budget for team building, check out our Fun Team Building Activities that you can facilitate in-house. Check out a room full of nurses playing one of these activities 👇

 

Would you like to see what 604 smiling NHS staff looks like? Check out 👉 this blog 👈 about how we delivered 13 Laughtercise sessions to 604 NHS staff in just 6 days.

 

👉 Our sessions are rated 4.88 out of 5 stars by NHS staff.

👉 52% of session attendees rank Laughtercise as ‘the best team building activity I’ve ever experienced’

👉 In an NHS study, 77% of Laughtercise session attendees reported feeling less stressed after their session

📢 “We really needed that, it was the best team building session the team have ever been to”

📢 “It’s the happiest I’ve ever seen the team, one was nearly in tears afterwards!”

 

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Click here to get your NHS Team Laughtercised!

 

Virtual Team Away Days Ideas

 

What to do on a virtual team event?

Good activities to do on a virtual team event are activities that energise your team and leaves them feeling better connected. Examples of good virtual team event activities are virtual escape rooms, interactive quizzes and team challenges! Large corporate away day companies offer a wide selection of virtual team events.

Check out hundreds of virtual activities from Off Limits, GoTo Events & Funktion Events.

And of course, don’t forget about Laughtercise Online Team Building Workshops 👋😁

 

Team Away Day Ideas (outro!)

Well, I sure hope that gave you some ideas for planning your team away day!

I hope you absolutely smash your day for your team!

 

Have fun!

From Aaron & Team Laughtercise 😁

FAQ'S

Whether you’re looking for a unique hen do idea for your hen crew or a corporate team building workshop for your team, a Laughtercise session is all about creating as many smiles and laughter in your group as humanely possible!

We’ve scoured the world for the best exercises, activities and games that bring out smiles and giggles.

We would love to tell you that we’ve invented loads of activities but we haven’t invented ANYTHING. We’ve taken the best that exists, combined it together and made it better…our very own original recipe.

Simple ideas, simple games, all facilitated expertly.

We deliver sessions in-person or online.

Is your room small? Is it large? Inside? Outside? We’ll be there! We will work around you.

For team building sessions, we can come to your office or away day location. For hen parties, we can come to your accommodation or a private room that you’ve booked.

📍 Our Corporate Team Building Workshops vary from 10-minute energising conferences sessions to full away day sessions of 4hs

📍 Our Corporate Wellbeing Workshops can vary in length from 1hr to 3hrs

📍 Our Online Team Building Workshops can vary in length from 30mins to 1.5hrs

📍 For online sessions, the attendee limit is 1000.

📍 For in-person sessions, the only limit is how much room you have (the more the merrier!)

Our prices vary depending on the number of attendees, how long the session is for and where the session is held.

We can guarantee you this though…in terms of bang for buck, you’ll get a sonic boom 💥

Let’s get some time to discuss, get in touch 😀

Our Corporate Team Building Workshops have been described as ‘the most fun I’ve ever had at work’ by Amazon employees and in a recent NHS study, 77% of NHS session attendees reported feeling less stressed after their Laughtercise session.

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“It was so good, everyone loved it. We all highly recommend, the Laughtercise Team are an absolute dream. It was INCREDIBLE”

But the only way to truly find out, is to dive in and get smiling! 😁

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Yes, loads!

Take your pick 👇

📍 Team Building Activities that you can facilitate in-house

📍 Ideas to smash your Corporate Away Day

📍 Energisers For Conferences

📍 5 Hen Party Games that you can facilitate yourself

📍 NHS Staff Wellbeing resource for NHS wellbeing leads and staff

 

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