10 Outdoor Team Activities
Nothing is more rewarding when the sun is shining than getting your staff outside and having fun.
There are so many unique ways to get your staff interacting together whilst taking a break from being inside the office or home; taking a break from it all and heading outside for some fresh air will be what your workforce will want and benefit from. So we have compiled a list of some best outdoor team-building activities that will be perfect for your employees.
10 of the Best Outdoor Team Away Day Ideas
1. Corporate Sports Day
There is no better way to inject some friendly competition into your outdoor team event than with something like thiscorporate sports day. It will make you feel like you have travelled back in time and ended up on the school field competing on a sports day again! You’ll head to head in various classic games like the space hoppers, the egg and spoon race, tug of war and even a three-legged race!
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2. Smartphone Urban Treasure Hunt
A slightly less active activity but still one that will bring out everyone’s competitive side is the smartphone urban treasure hunt for teams, which you can book via Funktion Events. You will start the session by splitting into smaller groups and downloading an app onto your phone. You will pick your group name from there and head out to find different hotspots. At each hotspot, you will have a task, challenge, or question to complete to earn points.
This activity is a great way to get your workforce together for the day, break the ice with a new team or kick off festivities with Christmas team building activities.
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A dodgeball team building experience is a great outdoor team building activity worth considering booking for your next company away day. As you’ll remember from school, this game sees participants split into two teams before taking to the court for a battle of wits! With a line of dodgeballs in the middle of the room, the game aims to pick them up and throw them at your opponents to knock them out of the game. However, if you catch an incoming ball thrown by a member of the opposite team, you will knock out the person who threw it and have the chance to bring back one of your eliminated teammates! With an activity coordinator to host and manage the event, this is a classic outdoor team building activity that you shouldn’t overlook!
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4. Soap Box Derby
Give your staff a good few hours of outdoor team fun with the soap box derby. Split up into smaller groups and design, build and race your own soap box vehicle. The race will have a pit stop gazebo that will be provided for each group and you will have to choose a designated driver and pusher per soap box for the race. The winners also receive a medal.
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5. Battle of Olympus
Test yourselves in the ultimate battle of strength with a Battle of Olympus team building experience. Taking place outdoors, this event gives you a chance to show off your physical abilities and work on your teamwork and collaboration skills whilst encouraging lots of healthy competition throughout. For this event, everyone will split into smaller teams of 4-6 people before making their way around a series of games, including everything from shotput to crossbows, long-jumping, sumo wrestling and much more, to win as many points as possible. By the end of the activity, those that have racked up the highest score will be crowned the overall winners of the day!
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6. MegaMix Challenge
If you aren’t sure what you want to do for your outdoor team away day, then the megamix challenge will be perfect. There is a range of different activities to choose from, and with this, you can pick your two favourites. And then, for two hours, you will have the chance to enjoy some energetic fun as an events coordinator hosts both activities for you all! Double the fun with double the activities.
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7. Bubble Mayhem
Get all your staff and pop yourselves inside a Zorb bubble suit and get involved in various fun games. Bubble mayhem is an experience where you will all find yourselves bashing, smashing, and crashing into each other and rolling around the floor. You will have an events coordinator who will take you through each game and explain the rules and what you need to do. You could play games, including bulldog, the last person standing and relay races
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8. It's a Knockout Team Challenge
It’s a knockout team challenge that is the perfect experience if you want something energetic, fun, and unique. It’s a mixture of inflatable, costume, and relay games where you will participate in the wettest, wildest, and wackiest activities you can imagine! It’s the perfect experience if you are a large group and want a fun-filled day that will get everyone laughing. You will split into smaller groups and nominate a group captain to lead you all.
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9. Superhero Challenge
A physical activity that blends both competitiveness and light-hearted fun, the Superhero Challenge team-building experience sees everyone taking part split up into smaller teams of 4-6 people to compete for points in a bid to top the leaderboard and be crowned the overall winners of the day. Packed with hilarious inflatable games and assault courses, this event will test everyone’s physical skills, mental agility and general soft skills, making it a perfect all-round event for your next team away day.
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10. Bubble Football
Another extremely popular outdoor team activity is bubble football by Bubble Active. You can all try out being inside a 1.55m inflatable bubble suit and go head to head in a unique game of football. Split up into two groups and play a game of 5-a-side football. The main thing you will do is crash into each other and roll around on the floor! It’s a hilarious experience that everyone in your work will enjoy whether they can play football or not.
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What are the benefits of outdoor team building activities?
1. Fresh Air lowers Stress
Why would you want to go from being inside a busy office to going into a conference space for an activity similar in size to your office every day? Going outdoors gives you plenty of fresh air that is good for de-stressing, especially for people who work inside an office.
2. Improves Mental Energy
Work can be physically draining and mentally draining, so heading outside and enjoying the fresh air, having some fun and trying out something new can do wonders for your mental energy.
3. Improves your Positive Outlook
When work gets a little too much, people can quickly think negatively about the situation. But an outdoor team event can help reduce negative thoughts and make you feel a lot more refreshed about the rest of your work tasks.
4. Helps your Focus and Creativity
There are so many benefits to being outside, and one of the main ones for work is that it helps your focus and creativity. Various studies have been surrounding this topic, and all of them back up that ‘nature therapy’ is highly beneficial to a team.
When is the Best Time of Year for Activities for Teams Outdoors?
Since we are in the UK you can never be too careful when it comes to outdoor planning... and planning team building events outside is no different. We would suggest keeping your activities for your office outdoors to the summer months when you can expect a lot more sun and a lot less rain! After all, there's tonnes of benefits to physical sports activities that are well worth exploring and are best enjoyed on a sunny day!