RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout: 29 – 31 July 2016

Big Wild Sleepout

On the trail to camping out for nature’s cause.

For its annual Big Wild Sleepout the RSPB is challenging children and their families across the UK to go on a mini-adventure, to sleep under the stars and discover what goes bump in the night with the amazing nocturnal wildlife on their doorstep. Big Wild Sleepout takes place over the weekend of 29-31 July.

For the fourth year running the event takes place over the last weekend in July and with the late sunsets and early sunrises in store, there will be plenty of fun filled hours for people of all ages to set up camp and spend a memorable night in nature.

Whether it be glamping in tents or caravans, getting back to basics in dens and shelters or even roughing it under open skies and a blanket of stars, there will be Sleepout styles to cater for all levels and ages.


Thousands will be having Sleepouts in their gardens and back yards in addition to organised events taking place at RSPB nature reserves across the country, as well as at partner sites for those that would prefer a guided experience teeming with wildlife. Evening activities will vary for each event, but a few of these include stargazing, bushcraft, fireside cooking and fun with stories round the campfire. Some of the more extraordinary Sleepouts in the pipeline include stepping back in time and camping out in a museum, sleeping out under a wind turbine or a kip 600ft underground in a cave!

In addition to spending a night in nature’s home and getting to know the nighttime wildlife around them, those taking part can choose to donate money to help the RSPB give nature a home. The Big Wild Sleepout is part of the RSPB’s ‘Giving Nature a Home’ campaign, which is aimed at inspiring everyone to do their bit for nature, wherever they live and however big their outside space.

James Harding-Morris, Big Wild Sleepout organiser said: “Thousands of people across the UK will be going on a mini adventure and getting closer to wildlife in our fourth Big Wild Sleepout event. Our main aim is to get children and grown-ups connected to nature to help preserve it for future generations and what better way to do this than spending a night under the stars and getting to know the amazing animals around us that thrive in the dark.

Nature is in trouble and by taking part in Sleepout and sharing your experiences with the RSPB, we’re getting a deeper understanding of the wildlife around us, as well as helping to give nature a home.”

Rohan, designer and supplier of outdoor clothing and footwear, has leant its support to Big Wild Sleepout for the second year running.

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Roger Cann, Managing Director for Rohan, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this year’s Big Wild Sleepout again as getting people outdoors, discovering local wildlife and having fun whilst doing so is something Rohan supports. Whether it’s wrapping up warm with base layers or waterproofs to keep the rain out, the RSPB’s novice or experienced naturalists can kit themselves out for a night in the wild, whatever the weather.”

Get a free Big Wild Sleepout pack. Register to take part in the #BigWildSleepout and receive a free pack, including your Night-time Passport and glow-in-the-dark bunting!

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Participants will be invited to let the RSPB know once they’ve taken part and to share their experiences on the website and on social media using #BigWildSleepout.

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