Giant Sleepover

A worldwide charity fundraising event for children

Giant Sleepover is an event where tens of thousands of children from across the globe host a sleepover to help raise money for children’s charities. During the sleepovers children 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.


Participants 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. Since it started the Giant Sleepover has raised considerable funds for charity.


An event for children by children, the Giant Sleepover has grown from just one school’s commitment in 2003 to a Guinness World Record holding event. This year the event will take place over the summer solstice between Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June. It is estimated that 50,000 children aged between five and 16-years old will take part to smash the record. The first official Giant Sleepover took place in 2004, setting a Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Sleepover with 8280 participants in 228 different locations. The hottest sleepover recorded was 40C in Delhi, India in 2006. The coldest was in the Falkland Islands at -5C. The scariest sleepover took place in the London Dungeons.


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 Centres, Explosion! Museum Gosport and Trentham Monkey Forest in Staffordshire.

Registration costs £2 per child and from £15 for a group. All participants who sign up before 30 April 2010 receive a Giant Sleepover ‘Goodie Bag’ and Treasure Chest with games, toys and fun things to do on the night.