Conference News July/August 2017 - Page 29

29 Summer Fun A breath of fresh air CN peeks out the window to see what’s going on outside h, summertime in Britain. A risky game what with the jet stream and prevailing winds coming in from the southwest. However, while the threat of rain is a constant, the hope of sunshine is what keeps most of us going. With summer here, why not complement an impromptu meeting with some outdoor activities? Or, better yet, set the chairs up outside to begin with? “Who wants to be inside a conference room when the sun is out? Not many,” says Kerry Buthee, senior project manager at drp. “Where possible, it is essential to try and bring elements of the outdoors into an event. There are some ways you can do this easily. “Teambuilding activities like treasure hunting for instance, which require exploring, gathering and working together in the outdoors. We did this for one of our clients, it worked really well, and brought Teambuilding at Center Parcs • Aerial Tree Trekking • High Ropes Challenge • Target Archery • Laser Combat • Den Building people together.” Ellie Jones, national account manager at Center Parcs says that their venues have seen an increase in clients who are choosing to run morning conference sessions before engaging in some outdoor teambuilding activities in the afternoon. She says: “Organisers are recognising that a full day spent inside is not conducive to getting the best out of delegates, and some time