Medieval Team Building Event for Grundfos Pumps In Milton Keynes

The Client

Grundfos Pumps develop water solutions for the world. They set the standard in terms of innovation, efficiency, reliability and sustainability, connecting with millions of people every day. Their solutions include providing drinking water for the smallest villages to the highest skyscrapers, treating and removing wastewater and bringing heat and comfort to the world – or cooling it down if needed.

The Brief

Gable Events welcomed back Grundfos Pumps as an existing client having previously run two soapbox derbies and a krypton maze for their company away days which were very successful. The brief this time was for another inclusive team building activity that would bring together their 100 strong team of engineers from north and south who would not normally have the opportunity of working together.

De Vere Horwood House near Milton Keynes was the chosen venue and Gable Events proposed a Medieval Day for its appealing range of gently physical, communication and outdoor fun teamwork orientated tasks.

The Venue

The De Vere Horwood Estate is a charming country hotel near Milton Keynes.

With its distinctive russet bricks, imported from the Netherlands, the mansion was built in 1911 as a country residence for the Denny family, and has been welcoming guests ever since.

Today, the hotel brings together a wealth of original features alongside 21st-century facilities across 35 different event spaces to ensure that any meeting, conference, training or wedding is truly memorable. The grounds lend themselves perfectly to a range of team-building activities.

The Event

After a morning conference followed by a delicious lunch, the 100 delegates joined Gable Events in the hotel grounds for their team-building activity. Due to the two hour time limit the client opted for three of the unique Medieval games offered by Gable Events; longbow archery, pull the boar and trebuchet building.

The group, split into 12 teams, was briefed by Gable Events ‘King’ and donned their Medieval style tabards. Four teams competed head to head for 40 minutes on each activity scoring points based on their success. Pull the boar was a firm favourite as teams took it in turns to pull the reluctant boar to the ‘kitchen’ attached to bungee ropes. Some of the delegates had tried traditional archery in the past but very few had experienced longbow archery. There are no modern tensioned bows, just a simple large wooden bow requiring precision and a steady handy to be accurate. The trebuchet building got very competitive as teams assembled authentic replicas of a Medieval style trebuchet and fired mock boulders at a castle wall. Attention to detail and teamwork were essential to ensure their trebuchet fired correctly and scored the points!

The combination of glorious sunny weather and exciting activities had everyone in good spirits and at the end of the event The King gathered all the teams together to announce the winning knights.

The event was a resounding success and Gable Events are very much looking forward to working with Grundfos Pumps on their next corporate team building event.