Irish Olympics

A unique opportunity for participants to experience the richness of Irelands’ sporting culture traditions, as well as some novelty challenges. The emphasis is on fun but individuals can draw on their own personal and collective skills to build a cohesive team spirit.

TUG O’ WAR

This true test of team strength gets the team not just motivated but develops that great sense of team effort and bonding. It’s a real experience of what real team work can achieve. straw-rope-making-the-orchard-centre-wicklow

WHEELBARROW RACE

A Ferrari in disguise this vehicle can perform at the very highest level as it negotiates a series of obstacles. Only a real ‘team’ effort between the passenger and driver will give real results. With lots of surprises thrown in this must be the most popular element in this programme. wheelbarrow-race-the-orchard-centre-wicklow

PUC FADA

The ancient game of Hurling has been played in Ireland for over two thousand years and is now part of the cultural and sporting identity of the Irish people. Following a short introduction to the history and heritage of the game, participants will have the opportunity to test their own Hurling Skills. Puc-Fada-the-orchard-centre-wicklow

MEGGARS

Moving on from the pace of the other programme elements this activity is all about concentration and staying focused. Using the correct technique of tossing the horse shoe will also deliver real results for your team. horse-shoe-meggars-the-orchard-centre-wicklow

WELLY THROWING

Ireland’s unique medium of anger management is provided for your team! By placing all that pent up anger and frustration in the welly boot and tossing it away allows the individual to free themselves from these feelings and to be a true architect of change. welly-throwing-the-orchard-centre-wicklow

BALE PUSHING

Let the games begin! The ultimate relay race as team members pair off to push this large round bale of straw through a set of obstacles before handing the ‘baton’ (bale) to their colleagues. bale-pushing-the-orchard-centre-wicklow

Additional Options

For those groups who want to add a little bit of extra time and spice to their activity programme we can offer the following additional activities which take approximately 20 minutes each.

TURF STACKING

The Wicklow Hills are famous not just for their natural beauty but also for their abundance of peat, or locally known as turf. Has your team got the skills to set a new record, currently held by a group of Swedish Engineers of 2.2mtrs, in this challenging event? Not as easy as it looks using Turf! turf-stacking-the-orchard-centre-wicklow

HUMAN SHEEP HERDING EVENT

In the Human Sheep Herding Event the team becomes the working dog and must do the work of herding the sheep into the pen. In the world of farming sheep are known as the most difficult and unpredictable animal of them all. The teams are challenged to outwit the sheep and collect them into the pen in the shortest time possible. human-sheep-hurding-event-the-orchard-centre-wicklow

TYSON THE FARM RAM

Each team is presented with the task of guessing the weight of ‘Tyson’ the mountain ram. As father of the flock he has to be kept in tip-top shape and our guests have to assist with his weekly weigh in.

He has been carefully washed and manicured in preparation for this event – but first you must catch him!

BACK TO TEAM ACTIVITIES

Orchard Antics

Orchard Antics is a series of five hilarious and fun events, full of pace, excitement, and challenges for your team to be really tested. An excellent programme for teambuilding, fun events and staff days. Prepare to be thrilled!!

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GRAND PRIX

This is a testing relay event in which the teams divide into racing pairs driving around the ‘circuit’ in their unique vehicles! Time constraints, pit-stops and various obstacles are but some of the challenges in this enjoyable event.

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WATER CHAIN

In this activity the team is asked to work together to carefully transport a measured amount of water from one destination to the other. A variety of containers are available and obstacles have to be overcome along the journey. The team is under time constraints. The amount of water transported is crucial and will be recorded at the end of the event.

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BALLOON PYRAMID

The Team challenge is to build the tallest free- standing self supporting balloon structure possible. The team must draw on their physical resources and their creativity in producing this unique balloon sculpture.

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HUMAN PIN BALL

The team is provided with a giant board and a ball. They need to communicate clearly and work together to negotiate the ball through wooden panels into the centre point of the board.

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THE ‘STILT’ WALKERS

Each team using a set of wooden stilts makes its way from point A to point B, gathering instructional notes as they travel. They rely on good problem solving skills a sense of fun and physical strength to make this journey a fast and smooth one. Competition between teams makes this a challenging event.

Low Ropes Obstacle Course

The Orchard Centre’s Low Ropes Course is an aerial obstacle course strung among the existing giant Spruce and Beech trees using cables, ropes and beams. Teams will explore risk taking, leadership, communication, problem solving and coaching during this adventure.

The Orchard Centre’s Low Ropes Course is an aerial obstacle course strung among the existing giant Spruce and Beech trees using cables, ropes and beams. Teams will explore risk taking, leadership, communication, problem solving and coaching during this adventure.

 

The elements of the course are close to the ground so the perceived risk is low, but still quite challenging and physically demanding. The team walk along tightropes, negotiating their way through different obstacles, while also climbing a cargo net.

Each member of the team will gradually find themselves expanding their comfort zones and recognising fears that may block their personal and professional achievement. Most elements of the course will require team-mates to actively support and encourage one-another.

The Orchard Centre’s low ropes course programme is designed to focus on personal achievements and ask participants to confront their personal fears and anxieties. Challenges are physical and emotional.

The low ropes programme is designed to explore group interaction, problem-solving, and leadership. In particular the programme can help teams with cooperation, decision making, self confidence, positive risk taking, cohesion, trust, self esteem, leadership, goal setting and teamwork.

 

 

Clay Shooting & Archery

Clay pigeon shooting is a thrilling experience, demanding calm concentration, a keen eye and quick reactions. Perfect your aim and time your shots and soon you will be notching up your ‘kills’.
We have a range of introductory clay pigeon shooting lessons available where you can learn firsthand

CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay pigeon shooting is a thrilling experience, demanding calm concentration, a keen eye and quick reactions. Perfect your aim and time your shots and soon you will be notching up your ‘kills’.

We have a range of introductory clay pigeon shooting lessons available where you can learn firsthand from the experts in a safe and friendly environment. Our all weather range make it a sure hit as even the weather cannot stop the action.

Why not find out if you have what it takes to become a crack marksman in one of Ireland’s fastest growing sports.

ARCHERY

Archery

It’s thousands of years old, and through the years has been enjoyed by kings, queens and even pharaohs in Egypt. Archery is a skilful sport requiring balance, poise, accuracy, vision and timing.

The Orchard Centre’s target archery involves each participant aiming arrows at a target a certain distance away. A full introduction and safety briefing will be given, followed by preparation and aiming for selected targets and ranges, with all necessary equipment provided..

 

Build a Baileys Cow

The lush green pastures of The Orchard Farm are characterised by a magnificent dairy herd of 170 milking cows.These cows produce over 1 million litres of milk each year for Bailey’s Irish Cream and have been carefully bred and selected over many years.

The lush green pastures of The Orchard Farm are characterised by a magnificent dairy herd of 170 milking cows.These cows produce over 1 million litres of milk each year for Bailey’s Irish Cream and have been carefully bred and selected over many years.

Take a trip with their proud owners, Joe and Michael Hayden, to meet these beautiful ladies where you will learn about the specific traits of this herd. Meet a select number of the ladies personally and take care to observe closely! Afterwards, join with your team members to build a replica of your teams favourite ‘Baileys Lady’!

Varied materials will be provided allowing your team to plan, design and build the best Baileys Cow replica possible. On completion, your team must then present your life size cow for approval to Joe and Michael.

A second element to this programme involved the design and building of a transportation system suitable to move your finished Baileys Cow to the milking shed. The final part of this event will see all the teams line their cows up for the grand finale race to the milking shed.

INTRODUCTION TO THE BAILEYS LADIES(COWS)

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