The Giant Sleepover (20 June)


The Giant Sleepover, which is aimed at children aged from 5-16 years, is HUGE FUN.

This year’s event will take place on the night of 20th/21st June and will see thousands of children across the world raising money as they face a number of fun fundraising challenges.

Around 50,000 children are expected to take part in sleepovers across the UK and beyond in a bid to break at least the Guinness World Record for the ‘biggest simultaneous sleepover across multiple locations’.

The Giant Sleepover is an event for children by children.  It has grown from just one school’s commitment in 2003 to a Guinness World Record of 35,000 participants in 2008. This year the event will take place over the summer solstice.

As well as sleepover events planned by schools and youth groups, special sleepovers are to be held at Warwick Castle, The London Aquarium, Alton Towers, York Dungeons, Sea Life (Brighton, Great Yarmouth, Scarborough, Oban and Loch Lomond), Explosion! Museum Gosport and Trentham Monkey Forest in Staffordshire.

International events are already planned in North America, Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India and Falkland Islands.

What happens?
During the sleepovers children will get the chance to take part in a number of activities including cookery, sports, crafts and story-telling. They will also share a midnight feast, join a treasure hunt and link up around the world for a simultaneous tooth brushing session.

The children will fundraise for a children’s charity of their choice including Save the Children. The money raised for Save the Children will help save the lives of children around the world who are dying from preventable causes such as malnutrition, pneumonia, measles, diarrhoea, malaria, AIDs and neonatal conditions.

To make the world record the children must have their lights out for at least seven hours and not sleep in their own beds!

Where can I have a sleepover?
Have a look here

How do I take part?
If you would like to take part in The Giant Sleepover and need further information:

  • Email [email protected]
  • Call the helpline 0870 240 1640
  • Write to The Giant Sleepover, PO Box 5184, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH3 7XW

Where can I find out more?