Successful businesses must take special effort to get their workforces to work together effectively. But collaboration of this sort is a skill (or rather, group of skills) that requires practice. And one doesn’t often get the opportunity to get this practice in one’s workday.
In order to create team solidarity, and put those leadership, collaboration and decision-making skills to the test, it’s necessary to bring a workforce together in a different context. This context is a retreat where employees can be pitted against one another (and alongside one another) in team-building exercises.
Where is Carden Park?
For businesses based in Cheshire and the surrounding area – and even those based further afield – there are few better locations than Carden Park, in Cheshire. The grounds are home to two full-sized golf courses, and a host of different amenities including a swimming pool. It’s therefore a perfect destination for those looking for conference venues in Cheshire.
But the grounds are also home to a wealth of other interesting team-building activities. In this article, we’ll take stock of a few of them, so that you might see which hold the greatest appeal for your planned event.
There are few animals more spectacular than a bird of prey in full flight. They’re powerful and graceful animal that have to be seen up-close in order to be fully appreciated. And Carden Park, in collaboration with a local Falconry company. Expert handlers will train participants in how to hold the glove – but from there, they’ll be left to fly all of the hawks, eagles, falcons and owls themselves. Once you’ve seen a colleague wielding a Golden Eagle, you won’t be able to look at them in quite the same way!
Of course, not all birds are built quite the same as an eagle. There can be no more pressing reminder of this than the experience of herding a group of ducks around an obstacle course. Participants in the duck herding event will be provided with a shepherd’s crook, a collie, and some rudimentary instruction. This is challenge that will prove incredibly amusing both for those participating and those observing!
If you’re going to promote group cohesion and solidarity, there are few better ways than by getting them to perform the same actions in concert with one another. Think about a phalanx of spearmen in the ancient world, or a colony of ants, or a group of football fans singing unflattering songs about rival teams.
Fortunately, there’s a way to tap into this part of human nature and build solidarity among your workforce. That’s with the time-honoured technique of collaborative drumming. This exercise sees participants split off into groups, who will each learn a handful of beats. Then the whole team will be brought together to create a delightful racket.
While many people might think they don’t have a musical bone in their body, the truth is that anyone can be taught to perform music – given the right instruction. This activity offers ample demonstration of that!
What about offsite activities?
Of course, there are several activities which even the considerable grounds of Carden Park cannot host. But that’s no reason to think you won’t be able to do them; the park is just a short distance away form a multitude of other distractions. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Paintballing is an activity that’s enormously popular. It allows participants to pelt one another with brightly-coloured balls. It’s guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping, and sharpen everyone’s competitive instincts to their maximum.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
If you’d prefer to shoot at a tiny flying disc rather than your colleagues might be more to your taste, in which case clay pigeon shooting might make an ideal distraction. You’ll receive instruction from a qualified and experienced tutor, before being given the opportunity to put your newfound skills to use. Participants will be divided into teams before being given the opportunity to test themselves against one another. A prize will be offered to the winner, and so you’ll have every incentive to get those shots on target!
If you’re looking to test yourself against fast-moving water, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Cheshire is home to some of the best white-water rafting opportunities in the UK. This session embarks from Horseshoe Falls, and takes you along the river Dee, including the famous serpent’s tail. Expert instruction and safety guidance will be provided, so that you’ll be able to enjoy the ride without too much fear!