Over the last few months, things have been pretty hectic here at ramarketing HQ… it’s no secret that we’ve had quite the growth spurt which has certainly kept us on our toes. With new clients, new faces on the team and the prospect of new offices, we needed a little R&R to regroup so last week we downed tools and headed out for a team building day.

We had no idea where we were going or what we were doing as the gaffa kept that all top secret (despite almost cracking under interrogation several times), but as we boarded the bus excitement was building…

Our first stop was Jump Arena trampoline park where we were split into teams, going head to head in a number of challenges. From dodge ball and gladiator style duels to an obstacle course, the teams battled until there was just one winner… ultimately the yellow team took that victory, followed by the green team in second place and the red and blue teams in joint third (or last) place.

Back on the bus, this time we were heading to Hexham Abbey for the ‘work’ bit where our leadership team delivered sessions on the future of our business and the theme of the day… quality. We were put through our paces in another series of challenges, all designed to test how we work as a team to deliver a ‘quality’ output. And, let me tell you, copy checking a press release whilst somebody blows party horns in your ear or shoots a Nerf gun at you is not easy… but it sure did teach us a lesson about how distractions in the office can affect your attention to detail.

One of the highlights of the afternoon session (other than the gorgeous food) was our ‘Dinosaur Theme Park’ challenge… Reminiscent of my 90s child hood playing Rollercoaster Tycoon, we were split into teams to design our own dinosaur theme park. This task was all about interpreting (and challenging) the brief, designing a theme park that meets the needs of our buyer personas (in this case the dinosaurs) and coming together as a team to deliver a strategy (or theme park) that worked.

Now for the grand finale… back on the bus we piled and this time heading into what felt like the middle of nowhere in the dark. We were pleasantly surprised to find we were at wor Fiona’s house and greeted with our very own gin bar! That’s right, the lovely ladies at Gin & Tonia brought their mobile bar to serve us delicious gin and tonics whilst we sat round a fire sharing war stories from the day!

What an absolutely cracking end to an amazing day full of laughs… and a few dinosaur theme park induced breakdowns. Same again next year gaffa?