Big Sleep Events


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What is a Big Sleep and why be involved? What is a Big Sleep and why be involved?
What is a Big Sleep and why be involved?
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Big Sleep at the Tower of London Big Sleep at the Tower of London
Big Sleep at the Tower of London
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The Big Sleep at Home The Big Sleep at Home
The Big Sleep at Home
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Big Sleep at the Spinnaker Tower Big Sleep at the Spinnaker Tower
Big Sleep at the Spinnaker Tower
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Welsh Castle - To Be Confirmed Welsh Castle - To Be Confirmed
Welsh Castle - To Be Confirmed
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Big Sleep at the Tank Museum Big Sleep at the Tank Museum
Big Sleep at the Tank Museum
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Big Sleep at Salisbury Cathedral Big Sleep at Salisbury Cathedral
Big Sleep at Salisbury Cathedral
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What is a Big Sleep and why be involved?

What is a Big Sleep and why be involved?

The Big Sleep welcomes those who want to take a stand against homelessness. Since 2007 Alabaré has been running Big Sleeps at Salisbury Cathedral and have more recently expanded to other iconic locations so more people of all ages can join the Big Sleep community.

Participants pledge to raise vital funds to support Alabaré homeless projects and Alabaré Homes for Veterans. On the night you will be supported by an experienced team, you will hear from service users who have themselves experienced homelessness and you will be greeted by a warm drink and a breakfast bap in the morning. 

Why

Alabaré supports over 1500 homeless people every year and has over 40 homes across the South West of England, and into North and South Wales. Your fundraising will make a huge difference to those who often have nowhere else to turn.

Together, let's end homelessness.

Big Sleep at the Tower of London

Friday 22nd October - Saturday 23rd October 2021

This is your chance to sleep out at this iconic London venue and wake up to the sights of Tower Bridge and the City.  Never before have members of the public been allowed to stay overnight in the castle grounds so this is truly a unique opportunity, in a single act of compassion to help save lives. 

The event promises to be a bone-chilling, powerful and yet humbling experience. You will sleep rough, in front of the Traitor’s Gate, with a view of Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast (not for the faint-hearted!) providing you with a taste of what it is like to bed down like a homeless person; albeit just for one night, knowing that in the morning you can return to your warm home and comfortable bed.

Sign up registration costs £10 per ticket and is available to those aged 14 years and over (under 18's need to be accompanied by an adult). Full information and frequently based questions are available on our Eventbrite page. 

Click here to find out more and sign up as an individual

Click here to find out more and sign up as a corporate group

 

Big Sleep at the Tower of London
The Big Sleep at Home

The Big Sleep at Home

Friday 8th October - Saturday 9th October 2021

Last year made it impossible for us to hold our regular Big Sleep in-person events, so building on the success of two Big Sleeps at Home we're turning this into an annual event to mark World Homeless Day and inviting younger supporters to join our Big Sleep community. So instead of joining us why not swap your comfy bed for a sleeping bag and grab your blanket and build a den in your lounge, sleep in the bath or truly brave the elements and sleep under the stars!

We will provide some entertainment and reflections to tune into on the night, which may include some well-known faces too! We will be encouraging you to share photos, if you wish, of your unusual sleeping places. Where will you choose to sleep?

Sign up registration is free and is available to those aged 8 years and over (under 18's need to be accompanied by an adult if sleeping outside). Full information and FAQs are available on our Eventbrite page. 

Click here to find out more and to sign up!

Big Sleep at the Spinnaker Tower

Friday 5th November - Saturday 6th November 2021

Alabaré's Spinnaker Tower Big Sleep is a fantastic opportunity to join us and truly sleep amongst the stars. That's 110 metres up Portsmouth’s iconic landmark building sleeping overnight at the top of the tower! As the event also falls on Bonfire Night we are expecting a bird's eye view of the celebrations over the Solent which will add to the overall excitement.

Sign up registration is free and is available to those aged 14 years and over (under 18's need to be accompanied by an adult). Full information and frequently based questions are available on our Eventbrite page. 

Click here to find out more and sign up!

Big Sleep at the Spinnaker Tower
Welsh Castle - To Be Confirmed

Welsh Castle - To Be Confirmed

Welsh Castle - Winter 2021 tbc

The Big Sleep comes to Wales for the first time and will be hosted in an iconic castle!! Think ghosts and historical figures and wind-whipped towers and you will have a flavour of the event on offer. If you are seeking a fundraising activity for your corporate team or school this is a great opportunity to get involved. Please do reach out if this is the case as we can very much build it around your needs. 

The property will be easily accessible from Cardiff, Gloucester or Bristol by car.

Click here to enquire ahead of date launch 

Big Sleep at the Tank Museum

Friday 28th January - Saturday 29th January 2022

For all those big kids among us who enjoy playing with our toy tanks, here is your opportunity to sleep next to a real one!  Join us at The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset for our Big Sleep at this fascinating venue and learn more about tanks from around the world.

All the funds raised from our Big Sleep at The Tank Museum will go to support vulnerable Armed Forces Veterans.

Sign up registration costs £5 a child and £10 an adult and is available to those aged 11 years and over (under 18's need to be accompanied by an adult) Full information and frequently based questions are available on our Eventbrite page. 

Click here to find out more and sign up!

Big Sleep at the Tank Museum
Big Sleep at Salisbury Cathedral

Big Sleep at Salisbury Cathedral

March 2022 - date tbc

Join us to sleep in the beautiful cloisters at Salisbury Cathedral.  Before you bed down on the hard stone floor, we will come together to think about those who have no choice but to sleep rough and give thanks for all of you to take part in this, our annual Big Sleep, to help raise funds to change their lives for the better.  Every year around 200 people take part, creating a thought-provoking, community event.

Sign up registration costs £5 a child and £10 an adult and is available to those aged 14 years and over (under 18's need to be accompanied by an adult) Full information and frequently based questions are available on our Eventbrite page. 

Click here to register ahead of date launch 

How to get involved.

For any event listed above, we welcome individual supporters, school groups or teams from corporations looking to develop their corporate social responsibility. If you look at each listing on Eventbrite you can sign up directly or as part of a team, or alternatively reach out to us at fundraising@alabare.co.uk

 

"It's 7:55, quick time check and then into sleeping bag. Ignore the rock under your hip. Temperature is dropping so try and get into a ball. 1am and traffic noise is finally stopping. Owls hooting. Getting colder. 4 am owls stop and birds take over. 5am and the traffic starts again. 7am time for tea and brekfast. For me one night only - for too many it's just one more night." Steve, Big Sleep Participant

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