We have always been keen exponents of active outdoor learning. That's because over a decade's experience has shown us that people are far more likely to remember and buy in to new ideas if we give them the opportunity to put them into practice before they return to the corporate environment. It can also be a real eye-opener for participants to see individual and team behaviours in action – and it really does make the learning stick! Why outdoors? Because we find that being in the fresh air raises energy levels (particularly in the infamous graveyard session after lunch!), sharpens thinking and increases enjoyment.
Of course, we are lucky in having our sister company Log Heights with permanently set up exercises in a beautiful woodland setting which we can use to explore issues such as creating trust, managing healthy conflict, increasing commitment and giving and receiving feedback. We also make extensive use of mobile outdoor exercises, on the lawns around the Castle, at other venues and workplaces that develop interpersonal and team and leadership skills.
Whatever we choose to use, we always carefully select the best activities to meet programme objectives following discussion with you. We welcome anyone interested to look round the outdoor centre so that we can discuss each exercise 'in situ' and combine it with tea and biscuits in the Boar's Head hotel.
The team building activities are great fun and make you interact with each other. As a new member of the team at BNL it has certainly helped my integration in the company.
NPD Manager, BNL UK Limited
Loved the setting and the exercises. They really demonstrated and illustrated what we needed to take away from the day.
EPT, Yorkshire Water
The mixture of personal and team challenges not only met the objective we had to start forming a 'self managed' team but also significantly and positively affected all the individuals' confidence and raised their self esteem. I would not hesitate to recommend the approach and venue to other teams.
Manager, Ideal Standard