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5 tips for planning your next team away day

It’s been a while since employees have seen their colleagues, some may have even started and worked for the past year without meeting a colleague. While Zoom is useful for bringing people together for meetings, let’s face it, it’s just not the same as meeting in person. However a team away day can help bring your staff back together in an inspiring and casual atmosphere. 

Here are a few tips for planning your next team away day

  1. Start with a goal for your team away day

Perhaps you want to brainstorm ideas for a major project or take time to learn about your coworkers and their skills. Create a goal you want to accomplish with your corporate away day that will give you and your team a sense of purpose for being there – besides having some fun and getting to know one another a little better. 

  1. Get out of the office, and keep the venue inspiring

Getting your employees up from their desks and into a conference room down the hall isn’t necessarily the best way to get everyone excited about an away day. 

Nature-rich venues like The Avon, just a short drive outside of Dublin, specialize in corporate away days and retreats with fun activities, beautiful scenery, and spots to gather and talk. Participate in team building challenges and get the juices flowing in a beautiful venue.  

  1. Give your team plenty of notice to plan for an away day

Remember that people have responsibilities outside of work. Give your team plenty of notice ahead of time, ideally more than a month, to plan for being away from home. 

Tell your team about the activities they may be doing during their trip, any items they should bring, what they should wear, and how they should prepare to make the most of their away day.

  1. Invite outside experts and mentors 

Introduce a few fresh perspectives to the mix by inviting people outside of your usual team along for the away day. 

A guest speaker could give an enlightening lecture over brunch, a sports coach could pump everybody up before a team building activity, or a major client could offer some useful feedback during a drinks reception 

  1. Schedule time for fun team building and important work

A team away day should feel like a productive vacation. Plan enough time to accomplish your goal as well as plenty of time for fun and bonding. Consider staying overnight if the agenda is too packed for one day – the extra time spent together will help your team unwind and lead to great ideas to bring back to the office. 

In Ireland? Consider The Avon for your next team away day or corporate event

Proud caretakers of the Blessington Greenway with access to the beautiful Blessington Lakes and shoreline, The Avon is an unrivaled nature retreat and adventure center. 

The Avon’s corporate packages offer a range of customisable and engaging activities for your team to enjoy away from the office. 

Activities include kayaking, SUPs, bike rides, a team building arena, climbing wall, zip lining, archery, and air rifle shooting.

Unwind at our outdoor spa, refuel from one of our food trucks or relax with a drink at the bar with the most space and best views in Ireland overlooking Blessington Lakes.

Come for one day, or stay for three, we’ll help inspire your team to be healthier, happier, and more productive. 

To Book to Activities and for Corporate Enquiries, Contact Us on 045 900 670 (press #2 for Activities) or activities@theavon.ie

To Book Accommodation and for Food Enquiries, Contact Us on 045 900670 or info@theavon.ie

Learn More Here www.theavon.ie


The Enchanted Garden at The Avon

Opening 4th December – 31st December 2019

(*Closed from lunchtime 24th December, Christmas Day & limited opening 26th December)

If you go down to The Avon today, you’re in for a big surprise!

Ever wonder how the woodland animals spend their Christmas? This year The Enchanted Garden at The Avon plays host to West Wicklow’s most loved woodland wildlife as they gather to dance and laugh and sing and be merry this festive season!

The Enchanted Garden at The Avon will feature eight utterly charming animal sculptures positioned lovingly at this incredible lakeshore setting and illuminated by the twinkle and glow of winter lights; this is where art meets nature this Christmas. Amongst the eight pieces, we are thrilled to feature a magical unicorn and squirrel that have been lovingly handmade from willow by Irish artists Elaine and Ronan Russell of Newgrange Willow Design as well as two 16ft tall willow weave badger sculptures by critically acclaimed UK sculptor Michelle Cain; winner of the Jersey Architecture Design Awards 2017 and whose work has been exhibited as far and wide as Electric Picnic, Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival, to name but a few.

And that’s not all. The Avon hosts a series of performances catering to all the family. From science shows to flamingo guitar, from theatre to dance and much more besides – The Avon is the place to be this festival season!

Friday 29th November onwards

Festive Lunch Menu served in Dockers Bar & Restaurant

Sunday 1st December

Live Music by Flamenco & Spanish Guitarist John Walsh

3pm to 5pm

Saturday 7th December

Science show with RTÉ’s Mark the Science Guy

3pm, Free Entry

Santa Claus – Book Your Lunch, Then Visit Santa for Free

12pm – 4pm

Sunday 8th December

One off performance by the Ruth Shine School of Dance

1pm, Free entry

Santa Claus – Book Your Lunch, Then Visit Santa for Free

December – 12pm – 4pm

Saturday 14th December

Live performance from local singer songwriter Charlie Lawlor

7pm, Free entry

Santa Claus – Book Your Lunch, Then Visit Santa for Free

12pm – 4pm

Sunday 15th December

Ballymore Eustace Band

2:30pm, Free entry.

Santa Claus – Book Your Lunch, Then Visit Santa for Free

12pm – 4pm

Saturday 21st December

Live performance of Marty Moncrieff the Teddy Bear Thief

3pm, Free entry.

Santa Claus – Book Your Lunch, Then Visit Santa for Free

12pm – 4pm

Sunday 22nd December

Afternoon Tea with live music by Ireland’s leading Classical Guitarist Pat Coldrick

3pm to 5pm, €15 per person (includes Afternoon Tea)

Santa Claus – Book Your Lunch, Then Visit Santa for Free

12pm – 4pm

Sunday 29th December

Fresh from a headline gig in Whelans, live performance by Curtis Walsh.

7pm, Free Entry

New Year’s Eve – Tuesday 31st December:
Dockers Bar & Restaurant serving food till 8pm including Family Meal Deal (€30 for 2 Adults + 2 Children), then earlier Fireworks Display at 8pm and Live Music from 8.30pm. Live Music continues + DJ up in Library Bar and then a later Fireworks Display at Midnight

Learn More + Book Here for Santa Visit/Enchanted Garden December Event: https://www.theavon.ie/the-enchanted-garden.html

For all enquiries regarding the Enchanted Garden Woodland creature installations, contact Sorcha on sorcha@eventfuel.ie

For all other enquiries, contact Bernie on 045 900 670 or frontoffice@theavon.ie


Digital Detox Day

Saturday 9th November 20199am to 5pm

At The Avon, Blessington Lakeshore, County Wicklow

In collaboration with Megan Williams of Move Energise & Glow

Digital Detox is a day of social media silence to take place on Saturday 9th November from 9am to 5pm at The Avon, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

It’s a day we all agree to leave social media alone, and leave our phones aside for just one day! Instead we agree to connect, reconnect, and go outside … we “go quietly” for a day in order to promote well-being and mental health for all.

To mark Digital Detox, The Avon in collaboration with Megan Williams, founder of Move Energise Glow will be hosting a well-being day, and encourage you to get active & excited about your health and fitness. Megan Williams founder of Move Energise Glow is Ireland’s largest fastest growing wellness and fitness community delivering Health & Fitness events. Her mission is to transform people’s attitudes to health and well-being and creating that work life balance.


Healthy Breakfast: 9am – 10am

Wellness Session One: 10am -10.45am

In this session, learn how to regain control of arguably your most powerful asset, your attention, with mindfulness. In this introductory workshop, we will look at how mindfulness can help you reduce stress, improve focus and concentration, and encourage a healthier, more mindful, relationship with technology and social media. Included is breath work (30 mins) We are providing space for you to explore the peace that naturally rests within you that you may not witness very often because of a busy mind and lifestyle. It is your opportunity to Unplug & Reconnect

Wellness Session Two: 11.00am-12.15am

Yoga flow

Join Megan & Maura from Move Energise Glow with a beautiful relaxing yoga flow, that focuses on deep stretching flowing into each pose. A gentle class that is suited for beginners. Feel relaxed and rejuvenated after this class.

Healthy Lunch: 12.30pm-1.30 pm

Wellness Session Three: 1.30pm-2.30pm

Vision Board Workshop

With Roisin from Style-Selfology a life coach who specializes in self-esteem and confidence coaching. This workshop will explore the creative, fun tool and show you the power of vision boarding which will guide you towards the life you want and deserve. Very much on trend.

Wellness Session Four: 2.45pm-3.45pm

Tone & Sculpt Pilates with Megan

A full body workout to fire up every muscle group to strengthen, lengthen and sculpt. Finish the day with a fun, upbeat exercise class. Go home feeling energised and refreshed.

Evening Buffet: 4pm-5pm

Your DDD Ticket includes:

• Your Breakfast, Lunch & Evening Buffet + Water + Tea/Coffee

• Mental health workshop (30 mins)

• Pilates Class ( 1 x hour )

• Yoga Class ( 1 x hour )

• Vision Board Class (1 x hour)

• Use of Yoga Mats, Snacks + Note pads

The DDD Team:

Megan Williams– @meganwilliams.ie +@moveenergiseglow

Maura Rath– @yogawithmaura

Rosine– @Style_selfology

Ticket Price: €79 + booking fee

DDD Ticket + Overnight Stay Package :

in a shared Avon Town House (3 bedrooms, sleeps up to 6 persons):

Single Room €139 BB for 1 person (includes 1 ticket)

Double/Twin €258 BB 2 persons sharing (includes 2 tickets)

Book Your DDD Overnight Room and add-on Ticket (which will redirect you back to here to book your ticket seperately) via The Avon website www.theavon.ie

Digital Detox Day is nothing without you and you deserve this much-to-be-relished and-cherished day – so do get involved and snap up your ticket right here!

Don’t forget to tell your friends, and share/tag who you would like to bring along.

#DigitalDetoxDay #DDD


Megan Williams
Maura Rath Yoga
Mandalei Medicine

Christmas and New Year at The Avon


Christmas & New Year Brochure 2019

CHRISTMAS PARTY CHECKLIST – Things you need to think about when choosing your Company Christmas Party destination… Your Numbers, Your Budget per head, Brief from The Boss (!), What would your Team like to do? (Dinner, Drinks, Away-for-a-night, Live Music, Disco, Something Different to the norm?), Distance of venue from company location/where employees live, Menu Choices, Entertainment, Finish Time, After-Party?, Any Accommodation needed that night, How is everyone getting home?

Library Room
Library Room Fireplace

PRIVATE WINTER PARTY NIGHTS – our smaller cosy room The Library Room with its warm wintry tones and real wood fire, caters for up to 120 guests. The larger Russborough Room caters for up to 250 guests. Both rooms overlook Blessington Lake.

Festive Drinks Reception & Mince Pies, 4 Course Banquet Meal + Half Bottle Wine + Late Bar + DJ = €49 per person

FESTIVE LUNCH throughout December – Monday to Sunday 12noon-3pm, Mulled Wine + 3 Course Christmas Lunch + Mince Pies + Tea/Coffee = €32.50 per person

SHARED PARTY NIGHT FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES – Friday 13th December at 7.30pm, Festive Drinks Reception & Mince Pies, 4 Course Banquet Meal + Half Bottle of Wine + Live Music by ‘Barley & The Grape Rag’ + Late Bar & DJ = €49 per person

WHY NOT STAY OVER AT THE AVON?! – stay overnight in on of our 3 bedroom Town Houses, add on an Activity, have Dinner, Drink in our Bar, then all go back to your Town House to carry on the festivities with Breakfast the next day, all in! 6 people sharing = €250, Double/Twin Room = €50 per person sharing, Single Supplement +€50

Zipline in The Avon Arena

FINDING SANTA’ S SECRET STASH! – Add on our festive special activity package to your Christmas Party Night. Make it a legendary Christmas Party Night Out! Your group will need to complete the mission to find Santa’s Secret Stash with the Elves, from racing across the sky on our Zipline to abseiling down the chimney on our Climbing Wall! = additional €65 per person

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER Only Package – Ring in The New Year at The Avon in our cosy intimate Library Room, Drinks Reception on Arrival + Course Banquet Meal +Half Bottle of Wine + Late Bar & DJ = €60 per person

To Book Contact Us on 045 900670 or info@theavon.ie

For More Info, Visit Christmas & New Year on www.theavon.ie


The Rainbow Run 2019

The Avon on Blessington Lakeshore – home to The Avon Arena



The Rainbow Run is back and better than ever in a SPECTACULAR new venue The Avon Arena located along the shores of Blessington Lakes (only 30kms from Dublin)!!! This unique run involves participants of all abilities and ages being doused from head to toe with coloured powder paint while they run, jog or walk. The Rainbow Run is entirely focused on FUN so there is no competitive atmosphere, no recorded times and no age restrictions, all that matters is that you enjoy yourself and finish covered in loads of colour! You can be an Olympic athlete or someone entering a run for the first time in your life, it really doesn’t matter at all. The real winner on the day is the person who has the most fun! Everybody should try to start the race dressed in as much white as possible (although not essential) and at intervals along the route you will be bombarded with different colours until you cross the finish line and enter the colour festival covered in a kaleidoscope of pinks, blues, greens, yellows, purples, reds and every mixture of colours you can think of! Don’t worry though, the powder that we use is a non-toxic and natural corn-starch based product that will not stain your hair or cause damage to anybody. Each ticket includes: Participation in the Pre Run party and Warm Up, 2.5km or 5km run, Post Run Party and cool down, branded sunglasses, number plate, 2x powder packs, water and lots more goodies.

The famous Avon Arena Zip Line & Climbing Wall will be open too and BBQ lunch will be available afterwards at The Avon.

Supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities Ireland


  • General Admission (12 to 100 years old) €15.00 
  • Child (under 12 years old) €5.00                                                     
  • Family Value ticket (1 adult + 1 child under 18) €15.00            
  • Extra Colour Pack (all proceeds of these going to The Ronald McDonald House Charity)€ 10.00 
  • Zipline and Climbing Wall€ 10.00                                                   

Online Tickets available via: www.giv2go.com/therainbowrun2019 or www.theavon.ie

Rainbow Run 2019, 2.5km & 5km routes
Previous Rainbow Runs

Team Building Activities Ideas

If its Team Building you are looking for, we have challenges for Fun, Progressive and Directional Team Building. We have off-the-shelf-packages or you can ‘go bespoke’! 


Wacky Races is a fun and interactive event, especially for those adults who are looking to go back to childhood years! The event is divided into 3 phases: Phase 1 – Teams compete in eight team tasks in order to gain a grid position for the ‘Wacky Grand Prix’. Phase 2 – Teams construct a pedal push Go-Kart, creating their own original wacky design and customising their Kart in an on-location paint shop! Phase 3 – Then its onto the race track in the allocated grid positions. Each team needs to finish 3 to 4 laps, changing driver each lap to try to take to the top spot on the podium. Wacky Races will have you laughing all the way to the finish line.


Our Avon Arena is our exciting new activity space for adults, older children and adults who are still children! There’s lots more still to come in this space and lots currently going on too…


Archery Targets with Training & Supervision. For traditionalists, archery is a chance to go back in history to the “Robin Hood” era. Its more than a sport, its a skill. Theres no guns or noise. Its back to the basics with a bow and arrow.  But the challenge is still there.


Shooting Range with down the line targets of various sizes, using automatic traps. Recoil reducing special cartridges and full instruction is given for all Air Rifle Shooting sessions. Works really well for everyone from first timers to seasoned shooters!


Conquer your fears and scale the heights of our Climbing Wall, with full instruction and always with your safety in mind, enjoy the adrenaline rush, then abseil down, boing!

ZIPLINE at The A  – from the top of the Climbing Wall and down!


An exciting 2–3 hour challenge where teams complete a series of 8 to 10 mental and light physical tasks.

Points are awarded for each task based on performances with bonuses available for humour, determination and team work.

After 2/3 hours our teams get to compete against each other in a final challenge before scores and bonuses are totted up to reveal the winners, who will receive a bottle of bubbly!

We have a great selection of tasks to choose from to suit your group, including the following

  • Rolling raft
  • Gutter run
  • Spiders web
  • Bat n ball
  • Parachute
  • Mindfield
  • Giant Skies
  • Wrist Ropes
  • Tanagrams

You can also customise your avon team bliss by adding one or more of the following:

  • Archery
  • Air rifles
  • Inflatable bungee run
  • Climbing wall

Other popular team building challenges include:

  1. Avon High Octane
  2. Avon Tranquility – Bike & Kayak
  3. Avon Old Skool Sports Day/Celtic games
  4. Avon Pedal Paddle Package
  5. Avon Treasure Hunt – on land/water 
  6. Avon Expedition Package
  7. Kilranelagh Lodge Package – Country Pursuits (minimum numbers 6pax)
  8. Full day team building facilitation  

Our activities team at The Avon would be delighted to assist you in putting a team building package together for you and your team. Get in touch with us today, and we will help you put your next team building package together.

Experience The Avon during Kaleidoscope 2019

28th– 30th June 2019





A tantalizing festival world awaits family and friends, as Russborough House in Blessington swings open its gates for its first EVER festival on the 28th – 30th June. Kaleidoscope Festival will provide three days of high energy, full colour, multi–stage entertainment over 15 stages, designed to entice and enthrall all, from babes in arms to those eligible for a bus pass! 

Born out of Electric Picnic, Kaleidoscope will harness the magic of Picnic’s entertainment and family campsites, tailoring the overall festival experience to the desires of the festival-going family and bringing the essence of Electric Picnic to this brand new festival. Kaleidoscope heralds a new era of programming for the sophisticated taste of modern parents, discerning kids and all-knowing teens.

For the truly intrepid explorers, embark upon a family expedition here at The Avon where professionally managed adventure sports will be at your fingertips including zip lining, climbing and archery – only 6km away from the main festival site at Russborough. Take in the beautiful surroundings of the Poulaphouca Reservoir by water by kayak or look to the bottom of the lake and you might just catch a glimpse of the lost village which now lies beneath the water! Pack up your beloved bikes for the weekend and embark as a family on the Blessington Greenway from The Avon. The trail links the historic town of Blessington with Russborough House, it leads along the shores of the Blessington Lakes and through forest and natural woodland.  All activities at The Avon must be booked in advance and will include a shuttle bus transfer to and from the adventure. You can book your activities here but be quick as they are subject to availability!

We are thrilled to have the first ever Kaleidoscope on our doorstep this year and can’t wait to welcome all its visiting Families & Friends to experience The Avon and our legendary lakeshore activity centre! Lake Kayaking, Rowing Boats, Bike Hire, Climbing Walls, Archery, Pedal Go- Karts, Zipline plus extra Special Kaleidoscope Food Offers to fuel every hungry festival reveller are all on offer…so do Come On Over and Play At The A during Kaleidoscope 2019 – now let the exciting countdown begin!‘ Barry Kilroy, General Manager

Avon Activities during Kaleidoscope 2019

Friday 28th June – Sunday 30th June

Daily from 9am-5pm

Pre-book Online via Activities page on www.theavon.ie or email activities@theavon.ie

Double Kayak Sit-on-Top 2 Seater

€50 per kayak (for 2 persons sharing)

Minimum age 6

2 hours

Rowing Boats for Hire

2 hours

€30 per boat (maximum 4 persons)

From 10am to 6pm

Bike Hire / Cycle the Blessington Greenway 12km return (The Avon/Russborough House)

€15 per Adult, €10 per Child (minimum age 5 years)

1 hour

Avon Arena Combo Ticket

€30 per person  (minimum age 8 years)

1 hour

Archery + Climbing Wall + Zipline (20 mins of each)

Pedal Push Go-kart

€5 per person

1/2 hour  

Food at The Avon during Kaleidoscope          

All-Day BBQ

Dockers Bar for All-day Dining and Pizza

Walkers Cafe for Drinks, Snacks & Ice Cream!

SPECIAL Kaleidoscope Food Offer €5 off €30 Food spend on presentation of Kaleidoscope wristband (t&cs apply)

Lakeshore Hot Tubs 12noon-8pm daily, €5 per person

Yoga at The A – Saturday 11am and Sunday 10am (€10, Kids Yoga at 12noon Sunday 

Park N Ride Facility at The Avon to Kaleidoscope at the 
Russborough site €20 per day return trip for 1 car

Shuttle Bus Service running 8am-6pm daily €5 Return (under 5’s go free)


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Website: www.theavon.ie