December 2, 2020

A good business plan can only get you so far when it comes to success; the rest is down to your team. Creating a relaxed and happy environment is key for productivity, as is ensuring your team gel and get along.

Work can be tense and workloads can cause increased levels of stress, so it’s paramount that you’re able to offer your team a balance of work and play, and a great way to do that is with team-building activities.

Goosedale is surrounded by hundreds of team building event suppliers in Nottingham, so you can work hard at your corporate event and play hard afterwards, too.

Benefits of Team Building


If you look after your staff, they look after you. Not only do team building days increase engagement through friendships being built, but providing a good balance of work and fun makes your staff far less likely to leave your company compared to if they feel disengaged and unsatisfied at work. Result!

The biggest issue people have with team building days is that they tend to feel a bit forced and low budget. That’s not to say you need to spend a fortune on a day out – there are so many types of team building events in the East Midlands that you’re bound to find something for everyone at a price that suits you.

Here are some of our favourite activities for corporate days out:

The Ultimate Game Show

Hosted by Funktion Events, this ultimate game show activity lets you and your team live out your greatest game show fantasies. With a range of games and brain teasers, there’s a round for everyone in the office, plus, there are medals for the winners. This activity lasts 60-90 minutes which leaves plenty of time for food and drink afterwards. It’s a great way to unwind after a business event.

Crime Scene Experience

If you or your team are lovers of true crime, this crime scene experience is sure to be a hit. Your office will be divided into smaller teams, guided by former Scotland Yard detectives, and will be tasked with figuring out the motive, method and evidence of a murder. With masks, full-body suits and a briefing file, you have everything you need to fulfil the role of a CSI detective.

Dragon Boat Racing

Offering up a way to incorporate fundraising into team building, dragon boat racing is a fun way to get your team outside and working together in the warmer weather. Failure to communicate could result in the boat capsizing, so if communication is something your team lacks, this is an excellent way for everyone to work on it all at once. You can also raise lots of money for charity in the process!

Chocolatier’s Apprentice

Why not bond over something everyone loves – chocolate! This activity puts creativity at the forefront and asks teams to create the perfect box of chocolates for their client. There’s more than just the taste to consider; a business plan and budget are needed, so there’s something in this challenge that should play to everyone’s strengths.

It’s A Knockout

If you have a sportier team with energy to burn, It’s A Knockout is the perfect solution. Like an adult sports day, this team building activity combines massive costumes, inflatable obstacles and water! Agility, concentration and teamwork will all be tested. This is an interactive way to get your team to unwind and relax whilst guaranteeing lots of laughs and appreciating the beautiful surroundings of Nottinghamshire.

Virtual European Tour

If you are unable to get your team away, let the away day come to your team. Experience all the sights of Europe from the comfort of your own office or sofa. With a range of questions and challenges, teams must work together to gain points to speed ahead to the final destination.

If your budget doesn’t allow for pre-paid team building days in Nottingham, there are lots of other options available.

Arts & Crafts

Goosedale dates back to the 17th century and is enveloped in the stunning Nottinghamshire countryside. We have over 100 acres of scenic views, so why not take advantage and have an afternoon of landscape painting? We know not everyone is art-inclined, but with some snacks and drinks, this is a great way to get your team talking and bonding.

Movie Night

Who doesn’t love a movie? Although talking during it isn’t an option, watching a movie is a great basis to spark conversation afterwards as it gives everyone a common event to talk about.


We’re nestled amongst some of the most picturesque golf courses in the East Midlands, so it’s well worth paying them a visit during your time at Goosedale. Friendly competition is a great way to get your team talking and laughing, and playing golf will ensure you get to take in all we have to offer in Nottinghamshire.

Staff Party

Here at Goosedale, we have a range of suites and rooms available to book for an end-of-year party or celebration weekend. What better way to thank your staff for hitting their targets or paving the way to a ground-breaking deal? With plenty of onsite parking, gourmet meals and drinks, as well as a dedicated event manager, our team will take care of your team to the highest standard to guarantee everyone has a good time. We can arrange our suites to suit you, allowing lots of opportunity for mingling and bonding whilst remaining functional.

There are so many ways to enjoy all Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands has to offer whilst showing your staff you appreciate them. There are so many activities to suit every team and budget, you really couldn’t choose a better area for your team building activity.

If you’re interested in hosting a corporate event or team building day at Goosedale, please get in touch with us. We can help find the right room and package for you, as well as provide expert knowledge on the surrounding area.