Team Building Days

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What We Offer

 A truly great Team Building Day or Corporate Task Day should make every single employee feel energised and motivated. Our teambuilding days get people out of their workplace and encourage them to bond with their colleagues whilst having a great time.

Rabbit Ings Country Park, set in 158 acres of grassland, wetland and woodland is only 20 minutes from Barnsley town centre. There is also a FREE car park, with 50 spaces. Easy to get to, this is the perfect setting for a great team building experience with room for your ideas to grow. Rabbit Ings allows you to get closer to nature, discover animals and species that will amaze you and revel in the peace and beauty of this great place.

Our Teambuilding Day includes 4 options:

  • Construction
  • Creating Habitats
  • Planting
  • Edwardian Woodsman

We are able to tailor the event to your individual needs, combining any of the elements above. We can also introduce competitive elements into the tasks – it’s really up to you! Please discuss your requirements with our Team Leader prior to booking. You can leave the planning and production to us, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the experience.

Bird Ringing - To make the day extra special, we have resident “Bird Ringers” on site and you will see them handling birds, so be sure to bring your cameras and phones to capture these moments. Click here to learn more about bird ringing.

Throughout each activity you will find out more about the park, the animals and other species that live here. Our previous customers tell us that not only have they had a great day and the experience they wanted, but that they have learned so much about nature.

Food and refreshments - Tuck into a delicious locally sourced Yorkshire lunch on the day catered to your liking. You can enjoy a buffet or a BBQ. The buffet will consist of tasty sandwiches, quiches and gorgeous scones and cakes. Then you can sit back and enjoy warming hot drinks and soup over an open fire. In summer you can even enjoy a BBQ!

Construction Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 If you want to get stuck in and make some real improvements to the park and leave something behind that will benefit the park and the community in the future, then this is the event for you!

We find that teams who have experienced this feel great about making a lasting difference to the park. Many people who have taken part in these activities come back to Rabbit Ings with their families for a visit and to show off what they have helped to create.

The types of activities that are included in the “Construction Day” are:

  • Fencing – build a new fence around a pond or install access gates;
  • Remove derelict fencing – the materials removed will be recycled and used in future jobs;
  • Drainage – create channels from pathways and walkways to improve accessibility;
  • Shrub clearance – thin and improve the overgrowth, improving habitats for wildlife;
  • Heathland - thin areas of the heath to improve the plant quality and wildlife habitats

We will provide all materials and equipment for the day, but please make sure you wear suitable clothing and footwear. We are committed to keeping you safe while you work with us. You will be supported by our Green Team, who will give you safety briefings and the materials, tools and protective clothing (gloves) needed to do the job. 

Creating Habitats Day

This day involves getting your hands dirty through creating/building habitats for wildlife, allowing you to get up close to nature and learn a bit about the species you come across. Run by our Park Ranger and the Rabbit Ings Team, the first part of the day will be spent:

  • Building bug hotels
  • Den building
  • Creating nesting habitats

There is a large range of wildlife in the park and providing appropriate habitats for them throughout the year is a key part of ensuring their survival. You will play an important role in this process through the things you create during this activity.

The afternoon will then be spent taking part in some fun activities. We have an outdoor classroom at Rabbit Ings and often welcome local school children along to find out more about nature. It’s here where you will go:

  • Pond dipping
  • Bug hunting
  • Art in Nature – collecting materials and creating a work of art!
  • Small mammal observation

You will have the opportunity to help identify the creatures you find, our Park Ranger will  tell you about the species you come across, and you can compete against your colleagues to see how many different species you can find.

We will provide all materials and equipment for the day, including gloves, but please make sure you wear suitable clothing and footwear. We are committed to keeping you safe while you work with us. You will be supported by our Green Team, who will give you safety briefings and the materials, tools and protective clothing (gloves) needed to do the job.     

Planting Day

What better way to spend a day out in the open than to create a small woodland or fruit orchard? Or to be part of the process that plants trees and hedgerows that breathes life into the environment?

At Rabbit Ings we are committed to ongoing planting regimes/routines, and also look to improve the park for everyone for years to come. You will have guidance throughout the day by our Park Ranger and the Green Team who will work with you to:

  • Create an Orchard;
  • Plant an Evergreen woodland;
  • Create a new Hedgerow;
  • Plant trees – to maintain tree volumes in existing young tree plantations

We will provide all materials and equipment for the day, but please make sure you wear suitable clothing and footwear. We are committed to keeping you safe while you work with us. You will be supported by our Green Team, who will give you safety briefings and the materials, tools and protective clothing (gloves) needed to do the job. 

Edwardian Woodsman Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 If you are looking for something creative, then this day is perfect for you!

This is a very hands on and practical day, helping you not only to reconnect your team back to nature with the ways of our ancestors, but you will also get to take home what craft you make.

Working with our Park Ranger, join Tony – The Edwardian Woodsman for a unique and interesting experience as he shares his knowledge of the natural world and anecdotal tales of his families outdoor heritage. Venture into the woods to harvest craft materials in the traditional way, then relax by the fire whittling away the stresses of modern times.

You will be given the opportunity to learn:

  • Wilderness and survival techniques – lighting fires, shelter building and finding water
  • Woodland skills and craft – learn how to craft functional spoons from recently felled timber
  • Woodland walks – helping you to identify nature’s surprises!

We will provide all materials and equipment for the day, but please make sure you wear suitable clothing and footwear. We are committed to keeping you safe while you work with us. You will be supported by our Green Team, who will give you safety    briefings and the materials, tools and protective clothing (gloves) needed to do the job. 

 

Prices

Our events are aimed at groups from 12 to 30, although smaller and larger teams can be accommodated. Just let us know and we will create a bespoke day for you.

Construction Day - £1,750 for 12 delegates (additional £30 per person thereafter)

Creating Habitats Day - £1,250 for 12 delegates (additional £20 per person thereafter)

Planting Day - £1,250 for 12 delegates (additional £20 per person thereafter)

Edwardian Woodsman Day - £1,750 for 12 delegates (additional £30 per person thereafter)

 

Menu and Refreshments

All day, hot and cold drinks available – tea, coffee, juice, water.

Mid morning – hot soup served with fresh bread (around open fire in cold months);

Lunch:

Option 1 – Barbeque to include burgers, sausages, salad, coleslaw.

Option 2 – Buffet to include sandwiches, meats, pies, salads, pasta.

Sweets – Cakes, scones, pastries

Vegetarian options & other dietary requirements catered for. *Please specify on booking*

 

Groundwork South Yorkshire is a registered charity and operates on a not-for-profit basis. All proceeds will be invested back into conservation work at Rabbit Ings, continuing to make the park a great place, and to ensure the park is there for the community for generations.

How to book

If you would like to book any of these events, please complete the form below by clicking on "Read More" (at the bottom of this section) or for general enquires please contact either:

Phil Hayes

Tel: 01226 740 077

Mobile: 07813364138

Email: philip.hayes@groundwork.org.uk

OR

Lizzie Joyce

Tel: 0114 263 6427

Email: lizzie.joyce@groundwork.org.uk

*** Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking - this can be viewed here***

Charitable Aims

Groundwork South Yorkshire is a registered charity and operates on a not-for-profit basis. The people you meet at our events including staff and volunteers are able to maintain the beauty of Rabbit Ings Country Park and serve the community through the income we raise at our events.

ALL PROCEEDS from our team building days go towards this team, this park and this community.  So if you want to have a great day and feel good about contributing towards our aims, then why not book with us?

FAQs

1. What should I wear on the day? 

Trousers and long sleeved tops protect you from cuts and scratches; sturdy boots for where the ground is uneven or muddy. If we  make a fire, be aware that falling ash and sparks burns holes in clothes, so you may want to wear old clothes or tie your hair back. You will be outdoors for the majority of the time, so wear sun hat, waterproofs, thermals as appropriate to the weather conditions on the day. In addition, you may want to bring insect repellent or sunscreen with you.

We will provide you with protective gloves. 

There is also an option to purchase branded clothing for the day. 

2. Can I add more people to my booking? 

Yes, for an additional cost. Please refer to our prices. Please specify the exact number of your group eight weeks before the date of event.

3. When do I have to book by?

Ideally eight weeks prior to the event. We may be able to accommodate a shorter notice period, just enquire and we can discuss.

4. Is this available all year round?

Yes. There are conservation tasks to do at Rabbit Ings all year round.

5. Is this suitable for people with disabilities?

Rabbit Ings Country Park is accessible for disabled people. An extensive network of footpaths comprised mainly of non-bonded crushed material. Most are in excess of 2.5 metres wide, but there are narrower trails through wooded areas which are unsurfaced. Paths vary in gradient from flat to 1:10 or steeper. There are a limited number of seating areas at varied intervals throughout the woodland, most in excess of 500m apart. Access onto site is through access control barriers which permit motorised buggies.

We are happy to discuss our activities with you, discuss your abilities and disabilities and any special arrangements we may need to make.

6. Are there toilets on site?

Yes. Toilets are located at the back of the Visitor Centre, by the car park.

7. Do you cater for all dietary requirements?

Yes. We cater for all dietary requirements. *Please specify on booking.*

8. Can you park at Rabbit Ings?

There is a FREE car park at Rabbit Ings, with spaces for 50 cars.

9. Do you provide transport to/from the site?

Yes. We are able to organise pick up to/from an agreed location for an additional costs. *Please specify on booking*

10. Could we make the day more competitive?

Yes – for example with pond dipping/bug hunting, you could be organised into teams to record & identify as many species as you can. The team that has found the most species wins a prize!  We will work with you to create the best experience for your group.

11. Do you offer a discount for block bookings?

Yes. We are happy to discuss this at time of booking.

12. Can we bring our children?

Unfortunately, team away days are for adults only. However we offer a variety of FREE family events at Rabbit Ings throughout the year – these are advertised through the Facebook Group here (so keep checking!): https://www.facebook.com/rabbitings/

13. Any other questions?

Please email Lizzie Joyce: Lizzie.Joyce@Groundwork.org.uk or Phil Hayes: Philip.Hayes@Groundwork.org.uk


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