Activities


For Thrill-Seekers & Chill-Seekers!


Are these really free? Yes!

Gaines Manor operates an all-inclusive model, providing all the catering, activities and teaching you will need.


We understand that organising a weekend retreat typically can make big demands on your team's time. Not so when you come to Gaines! A retreat here offers you and your group time to step away from the normal and benefit from time spent together. Leave the running around, setting up and clearing away to us, and make the most of your time here to build on those relationships on which you rely the rest of the year.

Our activities are designed to be far more than just a fun time between meals and teaching sessions. We will work with you to put together a programme that will best challenge and support your group, working towards some of the social objectives you may have.

Don't know where to start? Our range of activities caters for groups of different ages, numbers, interests and abilities. We will send you a suggested programme, to get started, but we find that empowerment is a useful tool here: Young people have helped plan their weekend are likely to take ownership and get stuck in! So why not try asking them what they want to get out of their weekend away?

There are lots of activities to choose from, indoor and out, and both active and chilled. It may appear bewildering, but just talk to us and we will help you put a programme together that gets the most of of your time with us.

And remember: all of these come included in your price!


  • Bonfire
    Chill or Thrill?  chilled to perfection
    How Many?   6+
    How Long?   45 mins to as long as you like

    Great for:
    Opportunties for meaningful conversation.
  • Kayaking
    Chill or Thrill?  Your choice!
    How Many?   4-12
    How Long?   60-90 minutes

    Great for:
    splitting in to smaller groups
  • Rafting
    Chill or Thrill?  thrill-factor = 3/5
    How Many?   8-16
    How Long?   90 minutes

    Great for:
    Team building
  • Raft Building (New!)
    Chill or Thrill?  thrill-factor = 3/5
    How Many?   8-16
    How Long?   90 minutes

    Great for:
    Team building
  • Art Studio
    Chill or Thrill?  Sub-Zero
    How Many?   4-40
    How Long?   as long as you like!

    Great for:
    Opportunities to chat
  • Team Challenges
    Chill or Thrill?  Thrills that help chill!
    How Many?   10-60
    How Long?   60-90 minutes

    Great for:
    Hot days
  • Archery
    Chill or Thrill?  provides both!
    How Many?   4-16
    How Long?   60 mins

    Great for:
    Spending quality time with your youth
  • Air Rifles
    Chill or Thrill?  Both!
    How Many?   4-16
    How Long?   60 mins

    Great for:
    Something everyone can do!
  • Murder Mystery
    Chill or Thrill?  somewhere in between
    How Many?   6+
    How Long?   2-3 hours

    Great for:
    Dressing up
  • Games Night
    Chill or Thrill?  very cool!
    How Many?   4-12
    How Long?   30-60 mins

    Great for:
    Bringing out the inner rebel!
  • Card & Board Games
    Chill or Thrill?  very cool!
    How Many?   4-12
    How Long?   30-60 mins

    Great for:
    Bringing out the inner rebel!
  • Field Sports
    Chill or Thrill?  Depends on the game!
    How Many?   6+
    How Long?   45 mins - 2 hours

    Great for:
    Team building
  • Bushcraft
    Chill or Thrill?  Chill!
    How Many?   4-36
    How Long?   60-90 mins

    Great for:
    City Kids
  • Walk
    Chill or Thrill?  Chilled!
    How Many?   6+
    How Long?   2 hours

    Great for:
    Talk as you walk!
  • It's a Washout!
    Chill or Thrill?  Thrills that help chill!
    How Many?   10-60
    How Long?   60-90 minutes

    Great for:
    Hot days
  • Wide Games
    Chill or Thrill?  Thrills & Spills!
    How Many?   12-80
    How Long?   60-90 minutes

    Great for:
    Involving everyone
  • Offsite & Trips
    Chill or Thrill?  That's up to you!
    How Many?   Any number!
    How Long?   90 mins - whole day

    Great for:
    Planning a treat