You must be aged 16 or over. Those aged between 16 and 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
We ask you to set up a ‘JustGiving’ page linked to our event.
You can opt to sleep either inside the church, or outside the church, either ‘rough’ (e.g. under a tarpaulin)
or in a tent.
You must bring your own equipment (clothing, sleeping bag, mat, tent), appropriate to sleeping out in winter
in your choice of venue, and be responsible for your own comfort and welfare. It goes without saying that
the weather in February can be extremely unpleasant, potentially dangerously so. If we feel that you are
unprepared for the conditions then we cannot allow you to take part.
You must agree to follow instructions from stewards and organisers.
On The Day
Your arrival time on Saturday 5 February will be between 1pm and 7pm, depending on how you plan to sleep out. Please not that there is no access by car to St Giles’, so you will either need to arrange to be dropped off, or use a nearby city centre car park. Some limited transport will be organised by the sleepout team. Look out for the Eventbrite emails for updates on this.
We will have supper at 8pm on Saturday and breakfast at dawn on Sunday, with hot drinks available all night.
There will be at least two supervisors awake throughout the night to help keep you safe.
We ask that you help tidy up the church on Sunday morning before the first service at 9am.
You will be able to use the St Giles’ Church WiFi and mains socket for recharging phones, so please hit social media as hard as you can with news of the event and then perhaps livestream during it!
More details can be found in your info pack which will be emailed to you before the event.
We recommend that you bring:
- Warm sleeping bag
- Something insulating and preferably soft to sleep on
- A way of keeping you and your sleeping bag dry in rain and snow
- A warm coat
- Thick socks
- Extra jumper/top layer
- Thermal base layers (such as long johns/leggings)
- Gloves, hat and scarf
- A sense of humour
If the weather is extreme we will not postpone the event unless travel is deemed dangerous by the authorities.
We do however reserve the right to insist you sleep inside.
Please inform us if you decide to stop taking part in the event, especially if you leave during the event.
You may also want to read this online guide to sleeping outside in cold weather.