The Midnight Walk

Participants

What is the minimum age?

Participants must be at least 14 years old to take part in The Midnight Walk, and all under 18’s must be accompanied by a participating adult who is responsible for their safety.

Can I sign up on the day?

We advise that you sign up early to secure your space as we have limited numbers this year due to needing to stay distanced and be more spaced out, but if we do still have spaces then you'll be welcome to join us on the day.

Can men take part too?

Yes absolutely, this event is open for everyone to take part in!

Can I take part in a wheelchair?

The route is accessible with no steps so you would be more than welcome to take part in a wheelchair, but please be aware that the 10 mile route is a fair distance and will take a long time to complete and also that the route involves some steep hills up and down, such as Bridge Valley Road. The 5 mile route is flat and more accessible, staying alongside the river.

I can no longer take part, can someone else walk in my place?

No sorry, your registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable so you can’t give your place away to anyone else. Please do let us know if you can no longer come.

 

Timings

What time does the walk start?

Join us at Millennium Square from 8.30pm to check in and enjoy some entertainment at our beach party, with a big team warm up too. The 10 mile walkers will then start at 9.30pm as the sun sets, and the 5 mile walkers will follow at 9.45pm. 

What time would I finish the walk?

The average person walks around 3 miles per hour, so the 5 mile course could be completed within a couple of hours. With the 10 mile course, expect to be taking around 4 hours.

Is there a deadline to finish?

There’s no deadline to finish, we just ask you be mindful that our volunteers will be outside on the route until the last person has gone past.

 

 

Volunteering

Walking is not for me but can I help in any other way? 

Yes! You can help by volunteering on the day to help us with registration, marshalling, and as front/back walkers. We need a huge number of volunteers to make this event possible and are still looking for more help so we really would appreciate your support.

If you would like to volunteer at the event, please do get in touch and email fundraisingvolunteer@stpetershospice.org

 

Where and when is the volunteer briefing for marshals?

The briefing will be in Millennium Square at 8.30pm, please aim to arrive for 8.15pm to be ready for the briefing. You'll receive some further information before heading out to your marshal point.

Event day

When will I receive my event pack?

Your event pack, which will include your pink Midnight Walk t-shirt, will be sent out to you at the start of June. If you've signed up in the week before the event you may be asked to pick up your pack on the day,

Where is the starting point?

We’re really excited to be getting the party started at the iconic venue of Millennium Square. Both the 5 and 10 mile routes will start and end here too.

Where do I park?

The Millennium Square car park is located right underneath the square and is open 24 hours. It costs £9 for 6 hours of parking, or £12 for up to 8 hours, and we can offer 10% off on the night. There are also other car parks in the area such as The Grove or Queen Square which are £5 for the night. Please lift share as much as possible.

Is there anywhere I can leave my personal belongings?

We do not have a bag drop and take no responsibility for any personal belongings. Everything you bring along will need to be carried for the whole event or locked in your car.

Can I walk with my dog?

Dogs are welcome to join you on the route if they are well behaved and can stay on a lead the entire time, and you keep a good distance from everyone else. However in Millennium Square we ask that you stay separate from the rest of the walkers and not go under the marquee, to keep a good distance.

Will there be any water available?

There is a water point at Millennium Square and a refreshment table on the 10 mile route, and we ask all participants to bring enough water to keep them hydrated throughout the walk. Please bring a reusable water bottle if you can.

What should I wear?

Come in comfortable clothing and good walking shoes, plus be prepared for all types of weather! The start is outdoors under the shelter of a marquee to protect from any rain but it may still get cold as the night goes on so do come prepared. 

You’ll receive a Midnight Walk t-shirt in the post before the event to wear with style. Our theme this year is “tropical beach” as we get back to summer and holidays! So dig out your most colourful hawaiian gear but leave the flip flops behind, they’d be a nightmare to walk in! Fancy dress is absolutely encouraged.

Can I change which route I’m doing?

That’s no problem at all, just get in touch with us beforehand or on the day to let us know before the walk starts. 

Will the event have any covid restrictions?

There is enough space for everyone to social distance within the Square, and the event will be fully outdoors in the fresh air so we are confident that everyone will be able to stay safe while still having fun all together. There will be hand sanitiser available at the start and finish, and extra cleaning in place.

What should I bring?

Please bring enough food and drink to keep you energised for the whole walk, comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing, a torch and also some hand sanitiser. 

Why is this the final year of The Midnight Walk?

We've been holding The Midnight Walk since 2010, and have loved every single year with it's unique themes, stories and crazy fancy dress outfits. Over time the walk has gotten smaller and we feel now is the right time to bring The Midnight Walk to a close with one final big celebration, so we can keep our event offerings fresh and exciting. Watch this space for next year..!

Fundraising 

Is there a minimum amount you need to raise?

We have not set a minimum sponsorship amount that you need to raise, but we would encourage everybody to raise as much as possible, because every penny counts. Your entry fee will help us cover the cost of organising the event, so it is vitally important that you raise sponsorship money on top of your entry fee. We would love for each participant to aim to raise £100, that would raise such a brilliant amount to help the local community.

What does my entry fee get spent on?

Your entry fee helps us cover the cost of putting on the event including t-shirts, the venue, first aid cover and general event costs so that all donations and sponsorship money raised can go to helping patients and families in Bristol. 

Why should I raise any money?

St Peter's Hospice is Bristol’s only adult hospice, and are there to support patients and families across the Greater Bristol area from Chew Valley to Keynsham, Fishponds to Portishead. All our services are free and for most of this we are reliant on our wonderful supporters fundraising and giving donations at our events, in our shops and in wills. £50 would pay for an hour of a nurse’s time to support patients in their homes or in the Hospice when they need it most.

 

How can I get the money I’ve raised to you?

There are lots of ways that you can get your wonderful sponsorship money into us. If you’ve fundraised through an online giving page like JustGiving then it will come to us automatically without you having to do anything at all! You can also pay it straight to us through our website and let us know that it’s your sponsorship money, or you can also send us a cheque to the Long Ashton office. Please don’t bring donations in person to Brenty at the moment.

 

How do I set up a JustGiving page?

JustGiving pages are a great and easy way to spread the message about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it! You can make your page here, and then post your page on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email signature and anywhere else you fancy to spread the word. You can also set up a team on JustGiving.