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Something Completely Different

We are all looking for something new, different and unusual when booking a team building or incentive event. Here at Swinton Park, we have put together a few ideas for you in terms of what you could do during your stay with us, that would really help bring an event to life and make it memorable for all.

Alfresco Dining

Alfresco dining on the Swinton Estate

Take to the great outdoors in truly unforgettable style either in the Deerhouse within the parkland (walking distance), or in the moorland Bothy Hut on the estate (approx 20 minute drive).

A sumptuous spread will await you, including champagne, pates, terrines, cheeses and hot soup, set out with candlesticks on linen tablecloths in the very best of tradition. In both venues the views are breathtaking, and the experience second to none.

£90 per person (incl. transport to Bothy Hut), based on a group of 8 guests. More about Alfresco Dining at Swinton Park

Bicycle Polo

Bicycle Polo at Swinton Park Following the coverage in the national press and local television, and the amount of interest that this generated, we have decided to offer this to guests.

We provide a referee and commentator, marquee for tea, and bicycles, sticks and balls. The game is played on the polo pitch beside Home Lake a short walk from the hotel. Four players per team required. No previous experience required (so long as you can ride a bike) – it’s designed to bring out the competitive streak in us all!

£50 per player, based on 8 playing four chukkas, with an interval for tea. 

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting at Swinton ParkThis package is aimed at executive level guests who enjoy top level corporate entertaining and really need to know their wines.

A general introduction is given to the world of fine wine (with a particular focus on any region or grape, if requested) followed by tastings. Much of the tasting will be blind in order to focus the taste buds, and there will also be tastings of food with wine in order to demystify the rigours of choosing wine to complement a meal.

£250 for 8 guests, £25 per additional guest.

Farm Adventure

Farm Adventure on the Swinton Estate On a beautiful 178 acre sheep farm, just two miles from Swinton Park, your team can take part in team-building activities that include pig herding, tractor minefields and farm Olympics!

This is the place to let your hair down and get back to basics in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Half Day package £40/person
Full Day package £90/person (including lunch)

Shooting

Shooting on the Swinton Estate For the first time ever, shooting at Swinton Estate (one of the best shooting estates in the country) is now available on a commercial basis.

Two new packages are available offering shorter lead times and greater flexibility: Walking Days and evening Duck Flighting, both for teams of 4 guns.

Walking Days - £492.50 + VAT per gun, including overnight single occupancy accommodation, dinner with wine and lunch.
Evening Duck Flighting - £125 +VAT per gun,  including afternoon tea beforehand and dinner in the hotel afterwards.

Back to Nature

Back to nature course at Swinton ParkJoin Chris Bax, the award winning wild food and wilderness cooking expert (as seen on BBC’s Countryfile), for a half day experience.

The group will be taken into the countryside surrounding the hotel to learn about where to look, what to eat and how to harvest nature’s own edible shoots, berries, roots and leaves. Skills are then taught in preparing wild food such as rabbit, trout or game at the Deer House in the parkland, which is then cooked with the wild produce harvested by the group over a wood fire, which the group will have learnt how to light themselves using bushcraft techniques. The course can be as hands on and as hearty as the group requires, and the food cooked can amount to a full meal or just tasting dishes. This is a unique bonding experience, using the natural environment to break down barriers and nurture team spirit. Approx 3-4 hours.

Groups up to 12: £60 per person (minimum £300)
Groups of 13 to 25: £50 per person.
Full day courses also available, please ask for further details.

Please click here to read a recent article about Chris and his foraging courses. (PDF, 3 Mb)

Hunter Gatherer Experience

Hunter Gatherer course at Swinton ParkSpend a day in the parkland learning how to hunt with Birds of Prey and ferrets, forage for edible wild ingredients, and to build a fire and enjoy a delicious meal (using ingredients sourced from the day’s hunting and foraging) which is served in the Deerhouse.

The day is spent with our falconer Sophie Abbott and wild food expert Chris Bax, and promises to appeal to anyone with an interest in countryside skills and who enjoys getting back to nature!

£95 per person (based on a group of 6)

Walking Adventures – teambuilding the natural way

Mark Reid, author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks and experienced Mountain Leader, offers walking adventures on the Swinton Estate and further afield, which provide the basis of highly effective team building days. Out on the hills, there is a wonderful sense of space and freedom that has a unique power to sooth, inspire and refresh. Uninterrupted ‘talk time’ away from the office, surrounded by inspirational landscapes, helps clear your mind, provoke thought and stimulates your senses. Navigation across the countryside, using map and compass, provides opportunities for problem solving, creative thinking and resourcefulness that will bring your team together. With activities from ‘barefoot walking’ to ‘journey sticks’, you will experience the natural environment using all your senses.

Mark’s colleague Richard Tarran MVO, experienced mountain leader and personal development trainer, also provides bespoke courses in Team Training and Development. From improving communications and team dynamics, through to training and psychometrics, he will tailor the day to meet your objectives.

Walks are tailored for each group, to suit requirements and fitness levels; minimum of 6 participants. Prices start from just £29 per person for a half day. 

For more information on any of the above, please contact Hannah Hinchcliffe on 01765 680971 or email: hannah@swintonpark.com

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The sun is shining and guests are out enjoying all the activities Swinton Park has to offer. Come and enjoy our Easter nature trail, admire the glorious spring flowers in the parkland and meet our birds of prey, or just relax and enjoy our spa treatments, gourmet food and luxury accommodation. Easter will also see our first Deerhouse Lunches and Dinners of 2014, including a new Barbecue Cook & Lunch course to polish up your grilling skills ready for summer.