Team Building near Wigan

Macdonald Kilhey Court - one of Lancashire's top business hotels - is encouraging businesses to take the Segway to Success and challenge themselves in a selection of weird and wonderful outdoor experiences to bond as a team.

After speaking to top Lancashire business clients, and getting feedback that they wanted more exciting corporate activities, the four-star hotel is offering outdoor team-building activities to get guests out of the boardroom and outside in the acres of woodland garden dotted with lakes.

In the Segway to Success, guests receive one to one tuition on how to handle a Segway - a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle - and take the tricky challenge of steering the vehicle along a track and working as a team.

Martin Jones, General Manager at Macdonald Kilhey Court, said: "Our clients told us that they want something different when it comes to team building and our unique selling point is our beautiful expansive grounds in the Lancashire countryside. We hope that by combining these two things, we've come up with the key to unforgettable business events in Wigan.

"Experiential teambuilding, where delegates are asked to step out of their comfort zone, is growing increasingly popular and is expected to remain so in 2015.

"Segways are a unique experience and challenge the body and the mind and help them think out of the box, which are of course key skills for business.  Delegates tell us that the experience helps them bond as a team through learning and feel refreshed and revived for success in the boardroom."

Other opportunities, to step away from the boardroom and challenge both the mind and body, include archery and playing Bubble Football, where teams are strapped into a giant bubble to battle it out in a 5 a side match.

There are also James Bond-style Boot Camp Assault Courses and It's a Knock Out activities and, most importantly for a Scottish Hotel group, Highland Games adventures.

Indoor activities include a Treasure Hunt, a bespoke quiz and Chocolate Making, where a team is given a variety of ingredients and materials to create their own personal chocolate box.

Martin Jones said: "Each activity gives companies the chance to bring their employees closer together and build trust. It also gives them the chance to get out of the office and have a bit of fun too!"

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