Opting for an outdoor activity in the UK is always a risk, no matter what time of year. So, when a client requested a selection of activities that, apart from one, could not be undertaken indoors in case of inclement weather, I was a little concerned. As it turned out, Mother Nature was feeling gracious and delighted our team of 120 delegates with an afternoon of glorious sunshine!
Not only was the weather perfect but, with the breathtaking Burghley House as our location for the day, the stunning house and grounds provided the perfect setting for our guests to enjoy a relaxed, fun afternoon to follow their morning conference.
With the group assigned to smaller teams denoted by colourful sashes (which were worn in every way imaginable), participants were allocated a ‘zone’ where they were to commence with the fun! Zones included laser clay pigeon shooting, human table football and Morris dancing.
The client asked for an element of competition to be employed so, at the end of each session, the numbers of goals and shots on target were calculated and each wonderful Morris team was judged on enthusiasm, teamwork and presentation.
Adding a competitive side always increases noise levels as spectating colleagues give their teammates big cheers and lots of vocal encouragement! This adds to the atmosphere and heightens skill levels as participants try to impress with their Beckham skills on the ball, keen eye with a rifle and Darcy Bussell dance moves!
All the teams rotated around each activity so everyone got the chance to experience everything that was on offer. I was on hand helping where necessary, with my skills extending to supplying sun cream, water and motivation to our wonderful guests.
At the end of the activities, the delegates were greeted by the sight of cold Pimms and had an opportunity to enjoy the exquisite gardens at Burghley while the scores were totted up.
The winning teams from each zone were delighted with their garden gnome trophies and there were some additional fun awards thrown in too for such things as the “most creative use of their sash” and “most enthusiastic dancer”!
That ended a superb day for all involved and I received positive feedback from so many, which always makes what we do so worthwhile. On this occasion, Morris dancing proved to be the favourite activity so there may be some local Morris dancing clubs with new members on their books…
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