Nature Away Day for Businesses | Festival of Nature 2024

Tuesday 4 June 2024

Be part of a unique outdoor team-building day for businesses during this year’s Festival of Nature.

Take your team out of the office for an away day this June to reconnect, align, and motivate in beautiful green spaces in and around Bristol.

It's widely acknowledged that spending time outdoors in nature is beneficial to health and wellbeing (as well as improving productivity!). Natural England and the NHS are collaborating on this pilot event, connecting businesses with Green Social Prescribing practitioners that offer inspiring outdoor sessions, as part of the Healthier with Nature programme.

Strengthen employee relationships, encourage creativity, and unwind as a team in some of Bristol’s nature spaces, whilst supporting your local community.

How it works

Your nature away-day will involve a morning session (10am-12noon) and lunch (12noon-1pm) at your first site, travel time (1-2pm), and an afternoon session (2-4pm) at your second site.

To take part, please book your places by calling 0117 325 2891 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm). You will need the following information to make your booking:

  • Your business name and address, and key contact info  
  • Names, dietary requirements, and access needs of your team members that will be attending.
  • Your morning and afternoon activity choices from the options below.

Following the call, you will received an invoice and confirmation email with information about your day.

Group size:

We welcome groups of up to 6 people and individuals to sign-up. There will be up to 20 people taking part in each session.

Locations:

All the activities will take place outdoors in nature. The sessions are all located within 30mins of Bristol city centre.

Cost:

£25 per person, including lunch. 50% has been subsidised by the Healthier with Nature programme. An invoice will be emailed to you. Please note travel is not included.

Transport:

You will need to arrange your own transport, which will include the journey between your first and second sessions.

What do I need to bring?

A confirmation email will be sent to you with the details of your day. It will include information about the location, activity details, and what you need to bring.

Activities on offer

Park Conservation Session

Join Your Park for a nature conservation session amidst the lush greenery of a Bristol park. This fun and active session will give your team the chance to connect with the natural world and have a positive impact on our local environment. Not only will you be helping local wildlife, but you’ll be making a real difference to communities, as you help care for a much-loved community space.

Provider: Your Park

Location: Brandon Hill, Park St, Bristol BS1 5RR

How strenuous will the session be? Suitable for all fitness levels. The activities will be hands on but less strenuous options will be available.

Any previous experience / knowledge needed? No

Nordic Walking

A social, fun introduction to Nordic walking (using two specially designed poles to turn your walk into a whole-body activity, release tension, and relax your mind). We will take you into Oldbury Court Estate, a beautiful parkland with woods and riverside walks. Here you will learn the basic Nordic walking technique and go for a Nordic walk through the park. We will share simple tips on how to walk and move better, improve your posture, and engage with nature. Nordic walking poles are provided.

Provider: Let’s Walk Bristol

Location: The Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Bristol BS16 2QQ

How strenuous will the session be?  Nordic walking is suitable for all fitness levels and you can take it at your own pace.

Any previous experience / knowledge needed? No

Wellbeing reset workshop in nature: wild swimming and yoga

Connect and reset in nature with a session of Hatha yoga, followed by a lake swim with an experienced open water coach, providing tips to make your swim more mindful and enjoyable.

Provider: Open Minds Active CIC

Location: West Country Water Park, Trench Ln, Bradley Stoke, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol BS36 1RY

How strenuous will the session be?  Can adapt to needs and experience of the group the yoga will be very gentle as will the swimming, participants can do as much or as little as they like

Any previous experience / knowledge needed? For the swimming, participants must be able to swim 25m unaided and be comfortable in water out of their depth.

Gardening for pollinators

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of pollinators at the enchanting Redcatch Community Garden. Led by the knowledgeable Gardening Team, you’ll tour the delightful garden, discover the story behind its creation, learn how to attract pollinators to your own green spaces, and take part in gardening activities in this interactive session.

Provider: Redcatch Community Garden

Location: Redcatch Community Garden, Redcatch Park, Broadwalk, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 2RD

How strenuous will the session be? There will be choices of activity to suit preferences.

Any previous experience / knowledge needed: None

ProActiveBeing: Improving wellbeing for life & work

The session will be a blend of talking through our journey as a new organisation combined with group discussion, practical experience and reflection. It is an opportunity to learn about how and why ActiveBeing was created, who we work with, what we do and how to develop personal wellbeing through nature based activity.

There will be time to participate in a practical experience and to engage in nature in the stunning location of Stoke Park.

Provider: ActiveBeing

Location: Stoke Park, Lockleaze, Bristol, BS7 9TD

How strenuous will the session be? There will be Light walking over mixed terrain mainly paths and grass through woodland and fields.

Any previous experience / knowledge needed: None

Nature Connection Session

Join a simple, impactful, evidence-based nature connection taster session that supports workplace wellbeing, and a sustainable future for all.

Connect with nature, rather than ‘doing” something in nature. Be open and curious about your state of mind - reflect how you feel towards, think about and relate to nature.

Through experiential nature based practices we will cultivate and nurture a deeper relationship with the natural world so all can feel good and function well.
Facilitated nature connection practices with reflective time and conversation around how this can support workplace wellbeing and a sustainable future.

A great taster session for organisations who are interested in focusing on nature connection as part of an employee wellbeing offering alongside sustainability and corporate social responsibility programmes.

Provider: The Nature Collective CIC

Location: Grow Wilder, 181 Frenchay Park Rd, Bristol BS16 1EL

How strenuous will the session be? Some slow movement, by invitation, with options to ensure the session is accessible to all.

Any previous experience/knowledge needed: None