Winter Team Building Activities

After a warmer than usual Autumn it finally feels like the chill of Winter is upon us. And although there is still plenty warmth and daylight to allow for outdoor activities, indoor activities tend to reign supreme during the cooler months. See below for our list of Winter team building activities:

Grape to Glass & Wine Events

What could warm up your delegates more than a nice glass of red wine? Our Grape to Glass is the perfect Winter team building activity! This challenge sees teams compete against one another to create their very own blend of red wine. Our other Wine Events include Wine Tasting, Wine & Chocolate Tasting & our Wine Options Game.

Escape

Your team will feel the heat when they attempt our Escape the room challenge! This indoor challenge is the ultimate Winter team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Each team is “locked” in a room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the secrets to ESCAPE! Teams race to uncover the 8 digit code that will ultimately set them free – will they do it in time?

Tikes on Bikes

No other activity will warm your heart quite like this one! An inspirational activity which never fails to tug at the heart strings of participants. This indoor activity starts with a lead-in activity where we build the group into a false sense of competitiveness. The aim is to emphasise to the group that the final task of bike building will determine the overall winner of the team challenge, thus creating a bigger impact when the participants realise that the purpose of the day was in fact to donate these bikes to underprivileged children.

Corporate Drumming

Wow your team with an interactive performance using Drums, musical tubes and percussion instruments. Perfect for Winter team building, your group will feel entirely exhilarated after creating a musical masterpiece under the guidance of our Professional Drummer!

Mini Olympics

Just because it’s Winter doesn’t mean you can’t go outside and have a great time. And no other activity gets the blood pumping quite like our Mini Olympics. In this activity teams will rotate through a series of sports challenges designed to encourage fun and competitiveness amongst participants. Volleyball, dodge-ball, catapults, team tennis, cricket – the options are endless!

Explorer

An Amazing Race / Treasure Hunt style of program that sees teams driven around the local area undertaking experiential team challenges that range from Laser Clay Shooting & Archery to Cheese Tasting & Blind Wine Tasting. Our Explorer is available in the following areas: Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands, South Coast & Blue Mountains.

Explorer travel experience

How to Choose a Team Building Activity for Your Team

So, you have been given the task of organising your next conference offsite or team building event. But there are so many options for team building activities and you’re lost as to how you will choose the right activity that will best suit your team.

Basic Details

To get busy organising your team building event you’ll need to make a few simple decisions to kick things off. Firstly, you should have an idea of the date, time of day and who you would like to participate in the event (how many people). Are you wanting to get people energised with an activity first thing in the morning? Or do you want to see your delegates interacting with each other after a hard day of work or conferencing? Or would you prefer a night activity to accompany your dinner? Have you thought about where you would like the activity to take place? Answering these basic questions will create a great starting point for your organising.

Indoors or Outdoors?

Again, this may sound simple but it’s something that people forget to consider when organising a team event. To ensure your team building event is comfortable for everyone participating it’s good to think about whether indoors or outdoors would be better suited. What time of year is it? Outdoors can be blistery cold in Winter and super stifling hot in Summer, but it can also be the breath of fresh air that everyone needed. How much daylight do we have to work with? Now that daylight savings has ended it tends to get dark at 5:00pm, so any outdoor activities will need to finish by this time or have lighting available.

Conference Themes & Desired Outcomes

Do you have a set conference theme that you would like to carry through to your team building event? Talk to us about how this can be incorporated into your activity. Likewise, if you’ve identified an aspect of your team that might need some work or attention (such as communication, leadership, working as the one team or just having fun) talk to us about which activities we would recommend to meet these desired outcomes.

These are just a few things to consider when getting started on the mammoth task that is conference organising. By answering the questions above you will be sure to end up with an activity that is truly suited to you and your team.

Conference Venue Spotlight – Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley

Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley offers you a spectacular conference venue for your next meeting or event. Set amongst 8 hectares of beautifully manicured gardens at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped the office to a grand country retreat… Even though it’s only 45 minutes drive from the Sydney CBD.

Complete with luxurious accommodation, onsite dining, spa and recreation facilities, and a number of local attractions on your doorstep, Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley is the ideal conference venue for your next meeting or event.

Conference Venue Capacity:

Events up to 150

Number of Accommodation Rooms:

105

Conference Venue Features:

With a variety of spacious conference rooms, covered outdoor areas, picturesque lakeside spots and even a private chapel, you’ll be spoilt for choice for your next function or event. The hotel has 8 formal and 5 informal meeting rooms which offers conference organisers and delegates the perfect venue for company training, product launches or incentives. All rooms are pillarless, the majority with natural light and some with attached break out spaces and disabled access. An onsite audio visual manager will assist with all your requirements.

Testimonials:

“We have received so much feedback on how great the conference venue was as well as the food and service from your team. From my perspective you guys could not have done enough to help and ensure a successful event.”

Carina Tomlinson

“You have a great venue and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Both events were fantastic and the customer service we received from all your staff was the best we have received in a long time, you can tell that everyone enjoys their job at The Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Hotel and your management team should be proud the high level of service they are providing on behalf of the hotel.”

Tania Valerio

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Ruth

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our Pinnacle staff about their lives both inside and outside of work.This month with Pinnacle Office Manager, Ruth Cann.

What I love about working for Pinnacle:
The people! Both the amazing people I work with and the clients who are in charge of organising their conference. No event is the same & I love the variety.

My favourite Pinnacle team event:
Tikes on Bikes for indoors and Survivor for outdoors

Most embarrassing moment at Pinnacle:
Nothing specific stands out, however I’m a fairly clumsy person so I’m sure there’s been plenty of embarrassing moments!

My favourite hobbies are:
Basketball, hiking, going to the beach, making pasta

What I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Casefile True Crime. I’m currently up to Case 66 – The Black Widow however any Casefile episode is worth a listen! Make sure you start from episode 1 & work your way through.

What was the last book you read?:
The Snowman – Jo Nesbo

Favourite holiday?:
My 18 month trip of non-stop travel through the US, UK & Europe.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Not really… Just Ruthie

I am frightened by _____ :
Spiders

Favourite movie of all time:
The Departed – you can’t beat Scorsese, DiCaprio & Nicholson!

First concert I went to:
Ben Harper & Jack Johnson – many many moons ago!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Anywhere in Italy!

What makes you angry:
Red Onion

What makes you laugh the most:
My girl friends or Eddy Murphy Raw

What song would you sing at a karaoke night?:
Magic Man – Heart