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It certainly feels like autumn has arrived here in Manchester this week.  So in looking forward to the days of autumn ahead, we’ll look back to a lovely team outing we had last autumn to Dunham Massey.

Dunham Massey is one of our local National Trust properties on the south side of Manchester, one of our favourite places for a picnic and a walk.  Late last autumn we decided take our team meeting out of the office and enjoy a wintery picnic in a beautiful spot of woodland.

We also had a birthday to celebrate (Steve from our team) and our last intern John had finished his time working with us and we wanted to say a proper thank you for all his hard work.

So we wandered into the picnic area at Dunham Massey laden down with baskets of cake and other goodies.  Charlie had made a lemon drizzle cake wrapped up in brown paper, and Mac and Steve lit a fire in the Kelly Kettle to boil up water for tea.

May and her little girl Isla built a den from branches and blankets, and we all sat around drinking hot tea and munching on cake.

Sophia had made a beautiful hand drawn card for John, featuring all the projects he had worked on during his time with us, and including cartoon versions of each of us.

Afterwards we enjoyed a nice walk around the deer park.  A big thanks for Kate who took all these lovely photos.

This is how we like to celebrate as a team at Pathways – pick a stonkingly hot afternoon, set out some picnic rugs and parasols in May’s garden, chill some drinks, prepare juicy strawberries and lay out cupcakes from a fabulous local cafe.

We tied up bunting, set out the blankets and made up a few jam jars of flowers picked from the garden.

There were scrumptious cupcakes – including a special cherry bakewell cupcake – from And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon in Disbury, which Charlie set out on vintage plates and decorated with herbs and feverfew from the garden.

We were joined by current and past team members, caught up on what everybody had been up to and what our current projects were, ate cupcakes and strawberries, finished with a tiny glass of bubbly and some facepainting from Isla and Mimi.

If you’re looking for an alternative work party or celebration, or want to have a team meeting with a different, do get in contact with us at or on 0161 273 8235 and we’d be more than delighted to discuss it with you.