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The Big Park Sleepover 2016

Funded on Spacehive 26 July 2016 Delivered 27 August 2016

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The Big Park Sleepover 2016

Father Nature By Father Nature

Explore a park at night! This is a FREE summer sleepover camping mini-festival for low income/local families in the heart of London's Myatt's Fields Park on Sunday 28th/Monday 29th August 2016.

Lambeth Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 26 Jul 2016!

We have been holding the ‘The Big Park Sleepover’ at Myatt’s Fields Park, Lambeth since 2011. For some, this is their only holiday of the year, for others it is their first night in the great outdoors ever. Everyone LOVES it! This year we'll be offering 100 low income/local families a night to remember and the chance to experience nature on their own doorstep in the park for one night in summer 2016. With overnight security (thanks to the local Army Reserves & Cadets) we provide everything else - tents, sleeping bags, toilet facilities & lighting, games, hay bales, workshops on gardening, cooking and fire-lighting, professional storytellers and drummers, with dinner and a cooked breakfast thrown in. To find out just how much the Big Park Sleepover provides, we've got some great videos to show you at:

What we'll deliver:

  • Consult with all public bodies to satisfy health & safety and environmental concerns.
  • Film the event and conduct an impact measurement study.
  • Provide accommodation, food and entertainment for 100 low income and local families.

Why it's a great idea:

The Big Park Sleepover isn't just about camping, it provides a unique opportunity for kids and adults alike to make friends with nature and across communities. It's a multi-sensory event that children love and where adults gain a wide range of new life skills. It's important too - independent research indicates that one third of London’s families visit natural places less than once every two months and that one in seven families don't even make a single visit in a year. The statistics are even worse for low income families - the health and educational implications are obvious.

Meanwhile other research shows that camping and outdoor play improves people’s attitudes to nature and builds confidence to engage in further outdoor activities.

Through crowdfunding The Big Park Sleepover you can help shift the attitude and health of low income families by providing a platform for them to engage with nature, outdoor activities and healthy eating, and improve their quality of life.

Steps to get it done:

  • Book the tents, the equipment, the staff, the food and work out a schedule for the activities.
  • Make sure we leave the park even cleaner than we found it!
  • Advertise the event through local media to our target families.

What do I get for my pledge, you ask?

· The first 5 names out of the hat will be guaranteed a place at the Sleepover, each with a 4 birth tent provided. Each winner will be welcome to bring up to 3 companions (family or friends).

· 10 runners up will be invited to join us for supper on the night of the Sleepover.

· 20 runners up will win a ride in Father Nature’s magic milk float.

Good luck!

PS. In the past The Big Park Sleepover has had public funding, but like everyone else, this year we find the well has dried up. Please help fund us to make it a night to remember for our 100 families in 2016. The Big Park Sleepover at Myatt's Fields Park is just the beginning. If Father Nature gets enough interest and support we plan to roll this project out through all the parks in London, and, one day, every big city in the UK. You can help us make it a reality!

Location Lambeth

About the space

Myatt's Fields Park is a 14 acre Victorian park in Lambeth.


London Borough of Lambeth

How will the money be spent?Total £17,858

Tents, sleeping bags, toilets, lighting, food & refreshments etc - £7,025 (39%)
Event organiser, staffing, volunteer expenses, medics etc - £6,800 (38%)
Publicity, insurances etc - £3,275 (18%)
Other - £758 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Tents, sleeping bags, toilets, lighting, food & refreshments etc
Event organiser, staffing, volunteer expenses, medics etc
Publicity, insurances etc
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £17,858

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Posh portaloos (with running water sinks) for 300 people for an 18 hour period.
  • 3 Arc Lights
  • 300 UV wristbands with Sleepover logo
  • 8-10 large fire bowls and kindling
  • Healthy snacks and hot/cold drinks for 250-300 people
  • A couple of small teams of on site medics to cover between 5pm - noon the next day.
  • Fresh high quality ethically sourced/grown food to feed 250-300 people dinner and breakfast.
  • Design and print of 5000 leaflets
  • An experienced photographer/video maker to record the event.
  • 1- 2 professional storytellers to see the little kids, and later the rather bigger rowdy kids to bed with a story round the camp fire.
  • 50-100 Tents (2-3 person and family tents), 150-200 sleeping bags/mats + 35-50sq ft of space to store them (in or near London)! 0R free hire of some or all of the above.
  • Help with fundraising, social media and/or sponsorship, donation of goods/services for the Sleepover.
  • Dry cleaning of 150-200 sleeping bags.

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