Raft Building

Raft building is a fantastic activity to enjoy as part of a corporate event to strengthen team building skills,  involving planning, design, and ultimately communication to ensure the construction of a sturdy and unsinkable raft.

What's involved

The aim of the game is to build a raft that will last longer than your opponents. It is an opportunity for you to be strategic and show off your team building abilities, but don’t worry, our qualified instructors will be there to give you a hand if required. You will be given a limited number of items to create the raft. The materials will range from items such as barrels, rope and wooden poles, what more could you need?! The first team to cross to the other side is the winner of this outdoor activity in the Lake District. Raft building is also great for fun and silly games if you are looking for a more light hearted approach.

An alternative is a pontoon building exercise which requires the team to retrieve a buoy which is floating on the water.  The team needs to create what is a essentially a floating bridge which connects the land to an object in the water.  Participants are more likely to stay dry on this version, but, it's not guaranteed! 

Raft and pontoon building are perfect if you are looking for a competitive outdoor activity in the Lake District. 


We have our own large pond on our private estate in Ullswater meaning that our facilities are close at hand for any slightly damp raft builders.  However our raft building sessions are mobile and can run on most lakes in the Lake District, so just let us know where you are based and we will find the closest venue.

Raft building inclusions and additions

  • Included:
    • Aims and objectives interwoven into the day’s activities
    • Highly qualified and experienced instructors
    • All technical clothing and equipment including wetsuits, waterproofs and wet shoes
    • Photo memoir of your event
  • Optional additions:
  • Meeting Room for up to 12 delegates on our estate in the Lake District for £15 per hour. Facilities include a 42” screen television and kitchen area, with light refreshments provided.
  • Self-catering accommodation in our Lake District Lodge, sleeping up to 12. The lodge offers basic but comfortable surroundings and has been designed to allow for meeting space.
  • Packed or buffet lunch from £5pp

Alternative options

To discuss your requirements and create your ideal team building event in the Lake District and Cumbria contact us on 017684 86465 or info@distant-horizons.co.uk.

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At A Glance

Price: £20+vat pp

Duration: 2 hours

Dates: All year round

Group Size: 4+

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