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Best Team Building Activities Which Don’t Involve Alcohol

March 30 2023

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As Team Building Activity experts, we often get asked for ideas on how to build team cohesion and foster a positive work environment. For many companies, Team Building may be a way to let loose and have some fun outside of work, which can help to build relationships and create a more relaxed atmosphere. With an increase in venues such as activity adventure bars and unique food outlets, it has becomes commonplace to arrange team events where colleagues can have a few drinks to wind down.

While some may think that alcohol is a key ingredient to a successful team building event, there are plenty of great ideas that don’t involve drinking. In fact, companies are increasingly moving away from alcohol-centered events due to liability concerns, health and wellness initiatives, and a desire to be more inclusive.

The benefits of alcohol free team building activities are numerous. First and foremost, it allows companies to be more inclusive and accommodating to employees who may not drink or who prefer not to be around alcohol. It also promotes a healthier and more balanced work environment, which can lead to increased productivity and job satisfaction.

So, without further ado, here are some of the best team building ideas that don’t include drinking alcohol:


Escape Room - team building activities which don't involve alcohol

Escape rooms are a fun and engaging way to build teamwork and problem-solving skills. Participants work together to solve puzzles and riddles in order to escape the room before time runs out. These activities can be done in-person or virtually and are suitable for groups of any size.

Our Favourite Escape Rooms

  1. VR Escape Room – La Casa Deniro
  2. Pop-Up Escape Game – The Final Cypher
  3. The Sleuth – Escape Room


Cooking Class - team building activities which don't involve alcohol

Cooking classes are a great way to encourage collaboration and communication among team members. Participants work together to prepare a meal or dish, with each person taking on a different role. You can even try your hand at a bit of baking with Great British Bake Off inspired activities. These activities can often be done in-person or virtually, with ingredients and instructions delivered to participants’ homes or shopping lists provided.

Our Favourite Cooking Classes

  1. Ultimate Chef Challenge
  2. Bakeathon
  3. Virtual Team Building Cooking Class


Volunteer Days - team building activities which don't involve alcohol

Volunteering as a team is a great way to build camaraderie while making a positive impact in the community. Companies can organize a volunteer day at a local charity or non-profit organization, allowing team members to work together towards a common goal while giving back.

Corporate Volunteer Days Ideas

  1. The Wildlife Trust
  2. The Trussell Trust Food Banks
  3. Crisis 


Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a fun and interactive way to build teamwork and problem-solving skills. Participants work together to solve clues and complete challenges as they race to be the first team to finish. This activity can be done in-person or virtually, with clues and challenges delivered through a mobile app in some experiences and through a good old fashioned map in others!

Our Favourite Scavenger Hunt Style Activities

  1. TBE Scavenger Hunt
  2. GPS Treasure Hunt
  3. The Gemini Murders Outdoor Adventure Game


Board Game Ideas

Board games are a classic way to build teamwork and communication skills. Participants work together to strategize and compete in a friendly and relaxed environment. There are a ton of different board games you can play and even life sized versions such as Monopoly!

Board Game Classics

  1. Monopoly
  2. Operation
  3. Mouse Trap

In conclusion, there are plenty of great team building ideas that don’t involve drinking alcohol. From escape rooms to cooking classes to volunteer days, companies can choose activities that are engaging, fun, and beneficial to their employees. Team Building Experiences aim to provide a variety of inclusive experiences to suit everybody. So why not give it a try and see how it can benefit your team?