Planning your team away day in Bristol
Bristol is the perfect place for team away days, with great venues, brilliant activities and close proximity to the rest of the UK. Bristol is a bustling city that’s full of passion and energy, so it’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular places in the UK for holding team away days.
Bristol is very easy to get to from all parts of the country, meaning it’s a great meeting point for people coming from all over the UK. The city is also full of great venues for team away days, with some world-class hotels and conference centres.
The city has a huge range of activities on offer for those looking for something a little different. From culinary masterclasses to high rope challenge courses, there are plenty of ways to get your team working together on their next away day.
How to plan a team away day
Planning a team away day in Bristol is super simple. Just think about what you want the goal of the day to be, the dates you're considering and the number of people you'll invite before you start picking your venue.
Whilst it's great to have a clear plan for the day, it's also important to remember that not everything will go to plan! So make sure everyone has some downtime for a coffee break or lunch – it's nice to just sit down and chat with colleagues from other teams to whom you don't often get a chance to speak.
Before inviting your guests, make sure they know what they're getting themselves into. Some people may not have been on an away day before and so may need some more information about what to expect. If possible, try and avoid inviting anyone who's out on leave during the date you've picked as they may feel left out.
It's also good practice to ask people if there are any dietary requirements or allergies so that these can be catered for on the day (especially if food will be provided).
Why it’s a good idea to organise team away days regularly
While a team away day is not a new or revolutionary concept, it is still one that can be surprisingly effective. While every organisation is different, there are a number of reasons why you should regularly host team away days, and we’ve listed our top three below:
They’re fun for everyone. While the idea of organising a team away day can seem like a stressful thing to do, when the day finally arrives it will be fun for everyone involved. It’s an opportunity for your employees to get out of the office and experience something different. A change of scenery can be good for their mental health, and this will in turn help to boost their creativity. This is because they will come back feeling refreshed and ready to take on new challenges.
It’s a chance to build relationships. Away days are a good way to build relationships between colleagues who don’t often work together on a daily basis. An event like this is likely to involve people from all departments within the company, which means that those who don’t often interact with each other will have an opportunity to do so outside of their usual working environment.
They’re great for morale. Team away days are usually fun events, which means that people bond and get to know each other on a more personal level. This also generates a greater understanding and respect for the other parts of the team. This usually helps people feel like they have a responsibility to not let people down in their day-to-day work.
Our favourite venues in Bristol for team away days
Our three favourite venues in Bristol for hosting a team away day are JK's Tapas Restaurant, The Lord Mayor's Mansion House, and Bambalan.
JK's Tapas Restaurant is available for hire and is perfect for corporate events. It can accommodate up to 60 people and offers a range of delicious tapas on their menu.
The Lord Mayor's Mansion House is one of Bristol's most exclusive venues and is available for hire all year round. It can accommodate up to 80 guests and offers a perfect historic setting for a classy company get-together.
Bambalan has recently opened on Colston Street in the centre of Bristol. The venue is ideal if you're looking to host an event for a bigger company as it can host up to 300 guests and the interiors are modern and homely.
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