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Embracing the fresh air with outdoor activities 

At our purpose-built outdoor centres in Reading and Burton Upon Trent, Grahame Robb Associates (GRA) provide a wide range of fun and challenging corporate team-building activities – perfect for your team. 

Please get in touch for more information.

Summary Of Outdoor Activities 

GRA’s team building activities have something for every taste, age, ability, and walk of life, from table-top exercises and team-based problem-solving activities to adrenaline-fueled adventures involving climbing walls and high ropes – and everything in between!

To find out about our activities in more detail, go to our activities page.

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This is why we do what we do 

"I would like to thank the GRA team for all their help organising our event again this year. The group was double the amount we had last year and we had fantastic feedback from all the staff from the UK, US and India offices. Please pass on our thanks to all of the instructors and organisers. It was amazing how they remembered us from last year and it was great to have the same instructors as last year too. I already have staff asking about next year's team building event."

- Laura, Finance Manager, Healthcare Organisation 

Pricing

Pricing for our team building events


  • Bespoke pricing based on your requirements
  • Bespoke packages of activities tailored to your business/team
  • Tailored with your budget in mind
  • Transparency from the get go - understand exactly what's included and what it costs

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This is why we do what we do 

"GRA's team building challenges opened up the opportunity for our people to connect with colleagues they wouldn't normally interact with. The mix of indoor and outdoor activities maintained the energy levels of the group and the staff were amazing!"  

- Artex Limited

Tips to make the most of team building events

 

Outdoor team building events can be valuable opportunities to strengthen relationships, improve communication, and enhance collaboration among team members. Here are some tips to make the most of these events:

  • Encourage your team to lose some of their inhibitions and step outside of their comfort zones

  • Choose activities that you think that everyone will enjoy and are going to help bond your team
  • Take time on the day to recognise you team's achievements and how they've worked together

  • Have your management team on-hand to show support 

Tailored team building days for your business

We work with each customer to put together a tailored team building package that takes people outside of their day-to-day and helps them bond with their colleagues in a new and exciting environment, resetting relationships, deepening interpersonal understanding, and ultimately helping people work better together.

Whether you are looking for a one-off event to celebrate a special occasion, unwind after a conference, or to strengthen team relationships on a more regular basis, we provide a custom service that fits with your needs, budget, and schedule.

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'Challenge by Choice'

Our team building activities are designed to be enjoyed by and be accessible to all participants, which is why we recognise that everyone is challenged by new situations in different ways and to varying degrees.

We are also aware that many team building activities can create peer or instructor-led pressure, in which people feel pushed into doing things they don't really want to do. It is important to us at GRA that we operate a strict Challenge by Choice policy, where the level of participation is set solely by
the individual.

Our responsibility is to create a safe environment that enables people to stretch their comfort zone without physical or emotional discomfort or panic. While people are encouraged to take part and enjoy themselves, at no time is anyone persuaded to go beyond the boundaries that they set for themselves.

Download Our Corporate Team Building Brochure

Speak To A Specialist

Speak to one of our specialists and discover how GRA do things differently

By speaking to our team you can:

  • Find out how we can tailor our outdoor packages to meet your specific requirements
  • Get a more in-depth understanding of the activities we offer
  • Learn more about our approach
  • Find out more about our state of the art Outdoor Centres

This is why we do what we do

"I thought it was outstanding! The staff have been amazing, really knowledgeable and used activities to highlight the evidence behind the
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- Anna Kilmartin, SJP Graduate

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This is why we do what we do

“In comparison to the workshops we have done in the past, I found this one to be the most rewarding and certainly the best organised and most fun! I know from speaking to others that this sentiment is shared among the group. Thank you GRA!”

- Laurence Chetwynd, Customer TrainingExecutive

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This is why we do what we do

“I had only heard positive remarks about GRA prior to attending this course, so I was not surprised by the quailty of the training that was delivered.”

- Amy Johnson, SJP Apprentice

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This is why we do what we do

"Making learners feel comfortable and secure when joining a session is just as important online as it is face-to-face. The team at GRA achieved this by taking the time to familiarise learners with their platform and provide individual technical support as needed without disrupting the flow of the session."

- Sam, The FA Group

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This is why we do what we do

"Our programme with Grahame Robb Associates, using the experiential business simulation, challenged our leaders and significantly increased levels of trust in a way that enabled great peer-to-peer and coaching conversations. We believe this has been a pivotal building block to support them in achieving their full potential as leaders; enhancing self-awareness and strengthening our leadership community in Tech Data.”

-Michelle Ford, Talent and Development Manager

This is why we do what we do

“To deliver a virtual week of induction was definitely unknown territory for us, however, working with GRA, this was easily achieved! The variety of sessions such as self & team awareness and personal branding, were thoroughly engaging and were a perfect complement to our internal sessions.”

– Gill Ireson, Early Careers Development Manager

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This is why we do what we do

“On behalf of all of us at HSO we would like to thank GRA for the great support you provided in helping to make our ‘One Team training conference’ a great success. Your professionalism, willingness to ‘make it work’ all helped to make our event at St. George’s Park such a success. Nothing was too much trouble, and your support was brilliant! We have received so much positive feedback about the entire event, a fantastic time was had by all attendees. We look forward to working with you again in the future.”

– Jacky Duggan, HR Team Administrator

This is why we do what we do

“I would like to thank the GRA team for all their help organising our event again this year. The group was double the amount we had last year and we have had fantastic feedback from all staff from the UK, US and India offices. Please pass on our thanks to all the instructors and organisers. It was amazing how they remembered us from last year and it was great to have the same instructors as last year too. I already have staff asking about next year.”

–Laura, Finance Manager, Healthcare organisation

This is why we do what we do

“We needed to give our staff the opportunity to get to know each other better. In asking GRA to undertake the task, I knew we’d get creativity and purpose, but the laughter, courage, spontaneity and sheer sense of having fun together exceeded my hopes and made for a hugely successful programme. I have nothing but positive feedback – a real testament to GRA.”

– Tom Hall, Director, Alitex

This is why we do what we do

“GRA were brilliant and I would thoroughly recommend them for anyone who is looking to do a corporate team building event. The staff were so helpful and patient with my colleagues and everyone got so much out of the day.”

- Anna Frazer, HR Advisor, Prescient

This is why we do what we do

“I would like to thank the GRA team for a very enjoyable and productive experience. It is not often that we engage with a company that is so in tune with what we are trying to achieve, it was such a great understanding of the goals and objectives!”

- Gary Marsh, VP for EMEA Sales, Microchip

This is why we do what we do

“GRA’s facilitators have a lovely balance of professionalism and approachability to what they do. We worked together from the start to design and deliver a series of really experiential workshops as part of our graduate programme. Our own facilitators and the participants had nothing but praise for the knowledge, flexibility and responsiveness that the team from GRA brought to our events and the feedback has been fantastic with many saying it’s the best training they’ve been on.”

- Sarah Rudder, Learning & Development Consultant, Thales

This is why we do what we do

“GRA’s Outdoor Leadership Centre was a great addition to the things we worked on in training, so it’s certainly something I would do with the team again.”

- Steve McNamara, During his time as England Men’s Rugby League Manager

This is why we do what we do

“The best virtual training session I have attended. I was very impressed! GRA were good at making everyone feel at ease, lowering the barriers to engaging in discussions and creating a very positive and knowledgeable atmosphere.”

– Miki Van Kooji, Msc Student International Management, Kings College London

This is why we do what we do

“The vision programme our senior team attended was extremely effective and efficient, and i have received so much positive feedback about how much everyone enjoyed working with Grahame and his team! We will definitely be staying in touch on future collaboration!”

– Samantha Barrass, CEO, Business Banking Resolution Service

This is why we do what we do

“The vision programme our senior team attended was extremely effective and efficient, and i have received so much positive feedback about how much everyone enjoyed working with Grahame and his team! We will definitely be staying in touch on future collaboration!”

– Samantha Barrass, CEO, Business Banking Resolution Service

This is why we do what we do

“Thank you for a very enjoyable 2 days! Due to the pandemic, this was not our plan A, but I thought it was a terrific plan B. I very much enjoyed meeting all our staff and despite the remote working conditions I sensed an espirit de corps that I really wasn’t expecting.”

- Caroline Barr, Non-Executive Director, Business Banking Resolution Service

This is why we do what we do

“I enjoyed the residential programme we did with GRA at St. George’s Park very much – it was great to learn about our inherent personality traits and their translation to best-suited roles in a team. I think I speak on behalf of all of us when I say that the two days spend with GRA were fun-filled yet fruitful, relaxing yet productive. I would like to extend my thanks to you for organising this and especially to Joe, who led a fantastic session. I look forward to further training with GRA and coming back to St. George’s Park in the future!”

- Mrinalini Chakrabarty, Engineering Graduate, Collins Aerospace

This is why we do what we do

“I was a total cynic when it came to 'outward-bound' training as I had seen so much that was fun, but not really relevant to learning anything new about yourself. I am very passionate about learning events that have a purpose and being able to demonstrate measurable change in the people who have attended them. Since attending a Leading Change event with GRA, where I saw a level of skill provided by the facilitators to really draw out the learning from the outdoor events that I had not witnessed at anywhere else, I have been waiting for an opportunity to use them. It presented itself this year and we have just completed out first trainee scheme induction event and plan to run one every year for the foreseeable future as they did such a good job!”

- Lindsey Arnold, Learning & Development Manager, Telford Homes Plc

This is why we do what we do

“When we met GRA, we were intrigued by the energy, enthusiasm and knowledge that the team possessed. We knew instantly that they were the perfect match for Kyocera when they introduced their ‘Challenge by Choice’ policy, providing a safe learning environment for our employees.”

- Julia Allen, Learning & Development Manager, Kyocera

Locations 

Our team building packages are available at various locations:

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St. George’s Park Outdoor Leadership Centre - Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire

A fully equipped sports training and corporate events facility set within the Football Association’s National Football Centre and the home of England's teams.

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Wokefield Estate Outdoor Learning Centre - Reading, Berkshire

Stunning outdoor events and conferencing centre set within 15 acres of mature woodland and situated alongside De Vere’s 18th-century country mansion house.

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Your offices or a location of your choice

Our events team has the resources to conduct a wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities at a location of your choice if you would like to hire or use your own venue. Restrictions may apply depending on the facilities available.

Find out more

To find out more about our team building packages, please complete the form on this page in as much detail as possible and a colleague from our outdoor team will be in touch. Alternatively, you can call us directly on 01962 779911, or email enquiries@gra.uk.com

What activities do you offer?

GRA offer a wide range of team building activities. To find out more about what activities we offer go to our activities page.

Do you run both indoor and outdoor activities?

Yes, we have an excellent range of both indoor and outdoor team building activities that range from physical, to non-physical. To find out more about what activities we offer go to our activities page.

Do you offer activities that cater to people of all abilities?

Yes, we have a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities that are both fun and inclusive for everyone. Whether you’re looking for desktop puzzles and team problem-solving exercises or adrenaline-fuelled activities like laser combat and high ropes, or something in between, we can cater your team building package to suit you.

GRA also operates a strict ‘challenge by choice’ policy which you can find out more about via our team building page.

Will you still run outdoor activities if it's raining?

Yes, we run outdoor activities come rain or shine, and provide wet weather gear should you happen to be with us on a soggy day! Occasionally there are weather-related circumstances that can prevent us from running outdoor activities such as lightning, very high winds or freak weather conditions, however, we will always assess this on a case-by-case basis and will never put any of our delegates or staff outside in unsafe conditions.

If you have a team-building event booked with us and are worried about how weather conditions may affect you, please give us a call on 0118 230 8119.

How many people can you accommodate at any one time at your training centres?

Our centre in Reading at Wokefield Estate can hold up to 300 people at any one time, while our centre at St George’s Park can hold up to 150 people at once.

Please note that if you are wanting us to run a team-building event for you at, or close to our threshold numbers, then this usually requires you to have exclusive access to our centre which is availability and cost dependent.

Over what durations do you run your team building events?

Typically, we offer our team building packages over durations of 3 hours, half a day, a full day, or multiple days.

If you are looking to include some of our activities as part of your conference, then our conference energisers are typically 60-90 minutes.

What happens if someone in the group has a fear of heights, can they still participate in your outdoor activities?

Yes, we offer plenty of activities that don’t involve heights. We can also teach people the art of belaying and spotting their teammates who do want to participate in high ropes activities so everyone is involved even if they aren’t taking part in a particular activity in the traditional sense.

When booking or enquiring with us, please let us know if you have any specific needs or concerns and we can talk you through the best team building package for you.

What are your policies and procedures when it comes to health & safety, insurance, risk assessments, etc?

At GRA we take the health and safety of our delegates and staff extremely seriously and we have an impeccable record to show for it. If you are thinking about booking a team build with us or have an existing booking and want to understand more about any of the above, please give us a call on 01962 571008 and we will be more than happy to provide any information you need.

How much does your training cost?

The cost of your training reflects the specific program you choose. We understand that every organisation has unique needs. Tell us your goals, number of participants, and desired levels of customisation, and we'll craft a training package that fits your budget. We prioritise transparency, so you'll always know exactly what's included and how much it costs.

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