Our chocolate making team building events are team days with a difference. Focussed on developing leadership and communication skills within your team in a fun and chocolatey way we use our signature chocolate truffle making activities to bring out the best in delegates at all levels of your business. We work with your team to strengthen the bonds within the team, develop existing skill sets and aim to do this while giving your team an enjoyable break from their everyday routine.
Our half day events consist of a series of chocolate themed and communication themed activities focussed on delivering content as well as encouraging the team to generate ideas, deliver goals and pitch their ideas and products to their colleagues. Working on verbal and non-verbal communication and developing leadership skills within less senior team members our team building events function to make a worthwhile investment for developing more effective communication and performance throughout your business.
Each participant will work together and independently with different colleagues throughout the event to produce a selection box as a team and their own box to take home at the end of the event to share with family and friends. The chocolates will be designed, marketed and pitched to fellow team members and will create a chocolate themed day that your team will remember for years to come.
"The best pre-conference event we've ever staged." "A great way to meet and get to know other editors from other areas." Raring2Go! Jan 2019
Frequently asked questions
How difficult is chocolate making? Do we need prior experience? All corporate team building chocolate making workshops hosted by The Chocolate Shed assume no prior knowledge (unless requested otherwise). Chocolate making is a universally enjoyed activity, accessible to all ages and abilities. (Yes! We have hosted family groups which included toddlers and their great-grandparents all making chocolate together.)
Traveling to The Chocolate Shed The best way to reach The Chocolate Shed is by car (or taxi). We are located at Yew Tree Farm shopping village, a short distance along the A3400 out of Stratford upon Avon. You can read more here. Parking is available onsite to the rear of the shopping village. Disabled parking can be found in the courtyard immediately outside our venue. We are also located a short walk from Wootton Wawen train station- a rural service between Stratford upon Avon and Birmingham.
Do we need to bring with us? No, everything (tuition and materials) will be provided on the day, including an apron. Soft drinks (tea, coffee, squash, water) are available on request, but feel free to bring any other beverage/food to enjoy during the workshop.
Can you recommend a place to have lunch/dinner before/after the workshop? Why not make a day of your visit to The Chocolate Shed? We are located in a beautiful part of the Warwickshire countryside. At Yew Tree Farm Shopping Village there is a lovely array of independent shops and businesses, including The Cowshed cafe (open for lunch) and Yew Tree Farm Shop (excellent take-aways and snacks). Alternatively we recommend The Navigation Inn or Bull's Head in Wootton Wawen or the short trip to either Henley in Arden or Stratford upon Avon, where there is a wide choice of excellent restaurants.
Can you organise refreshments to be served before/during/after the chocolate making activity? Soft drinks (tea, coffee, squash, water) will be available during the workshop. Let us know when you inquire if you'd like us to arrange further refreshments to be delivered on your behalf from our onsite caterers.
I am allergic to .... Unless requested in advance, all participants will be using milk and white chocolate and creating cream-based ganache. We can accommodate most special dietary requirements but will need at least a weeks notice to ensure suitable alternative ingredients are available. (For example, if we know in advance, dark chocolate and a oat-based-cream substitute can be provided for those on lactose-free or vegan diets.) Please note, all our chocolate contains SOY lecithin- a key ingredient which helps impart its smooth, melt-in-the-mouth flavour and texture. If you have any concerns please contact us prior to booking.
Can we use your venue for a business meeting before/after the event? This is certainly possible. Ask us more when booking your event. Please note, however, that our staff will require access to the room for 30 minutes prior to your event and about an hour afterwards, to prepare and then clean up. During this time, you may wish to visit the Cowshed cafe onsite for lunch.
We are a large group The Chocolate Shed can host groups of up to 16 participants. For larger teams there are a number of options and we are happy to discuss which suites your group best on booking: we can travel to a suitable larger venue of your choosing; arrange to rent a local community hall close to us on your behalf for your event; or you may wish to split your group into sub-teams and we host a smaller event for each.
What facilities do you require to host a workshop in our venue? In order to host a chocolate workshop we require access to electricity and hot running water. There must be seating and table/work surface space for all participants to comfortably create their chocolate masterpieces. We also suggest that the venue has wipe clean floors and furnishings since occasionally there are spills and chocolate can be difficult to remove from carpet!
What happens next? After completing the booking form, one of our team will be in touch to confirm possible dates and times with you, discuss themes and activities for your session and answer any outstanding questions you may have. Once you are happy, we ask for a 25% deposit to be paid to secure your booking; the remaining balance is due 7 days prior to your event. Full terms and conditions can be found here. After your booking is confirmed we will send you a health and safety form for each participant to complete. This is just to ensure that our staff are aware of any relevant medical conditions and allergies so that your session is safe as well as fun.