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Big Wild Sleepout

Family Event

RSPB Fairburn Ings, Newton Lane, Castelford, West Yorkshire, WF10 2BH

Tel: 01977 628191

Big Wild Sleepout


Get wild and discover the amazing world of wildlife at night. The RSPB's Big Wild Sleepout is back for our 5th year at Fairburn Ings, giving you an exciting chance to camp out on the reserve with your whole family and join us for a nocturnal adventure!

From bats, moths and minibeasts to late night singers and marvellous mammals. You can let your imagination run free with varied and exciting daytime activities, then get up close and personal with creatures after dark.

There will be plenty of fun for big kids too, with bushcraft, den building, night-time wildlife walks, moth trapping and late night astronomy. Gaze up at the stars, roast marshmallows over a camp fire, and immerse yourselves in nature.

Relax in the morning and share stories about what went bump in the night. Will you be lucky enough to spot a fox or a badger?

Pitch a tent, grab a torch, and get stuck in!

To book this event:

What do I need to bring into the event?

Tent space for all of your family, plus sleeping bag, camping mat, pillows and a blanket.

Torches and spare batteries.

Food and drink, including evening meal, breakfast and any snacks. The visitor centre will be open 9am – 5pm and sells drinks, sandwiches, and snacks.

Camping stove and pots and pans, crockery and cutlery - no barbeques are allowed on the reserve.

Suitable outdoor shoes (walking boots or wellies)

Clothing appropriate for changeable weather: Spare warm clothes and waterproofs, sun hat and light clothing for the daytime (hopefully!)

Camera/ binoculars/ bat detectors

Fancy dress if you want to!

Insect repellent and sun cream.

Your RSPB membership card if you have one

What will the RSPB provide?

Food and drink available to purchase in the visitor centre, free marshmallows & toasting forks for the campfire.

Experienced guides on nature walks, bushcraft session, night walks and moth trapping.

Designated safe camping pitches (two fields, one close to the centre for younger children, one further away for a more wild camping experience)

Toilet facilities, drinking water and washing up station (but please note there are no showers, baths or electricity)

A fantastic adventure!

What age children is it suitable for?

All activities are suitable for children from age 4; younger children are very welcome to attend but may not be able to take part in every activity, their attendance is at parent's discretion. The main event field is difficult for pushchairs, but each guided walk will have an option that is accessible to pushchairs so very young children will still be able to take part.

Will food be provided?

Please bring all your own food to the sleepout including your evening meal, breakfast and any snacks. The visitor centre shop sells hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks and ice cream during normal opening hours (9am-5pm). We will provide marshmallows for the fire. Camp stoves are very welcome but please don't bring a barbeque.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in contact with us in the Fairburn Ings visitor centre on 01977 628191, or email

Terms and Conditions

A full refund will only be offered if the event is cancelled by the RSPB.

All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Tents only. No campervans or caravans.

Marshmallows and toasting forks supplied. No other food, cutlery or crockery provided by the RSPB, although you can buy food in the visitor centre during normal opening times (9-5pm).

We encourage a "leave no trace" approach so please take away everything you bring and leave Fairburn Ings as you found it.

No campfires allowed other than the RSPB communal campfire.

Camp stoves are welcome but please don't bring a barbeque.

No smoking in the camping field or during the activity sessions.

In case of an accident or incident, please inform the designated RSPB event leader.

No pets other than registered assistance dogs.

Overnight camping permitted only for event participants. No camping at any other time.

This is a family event so please refrain from bringing alcohol.

We reserve the right to remove any person who we feel is a danger to themselves or others.

Visitors' cars will remain in the car park, which will be securely locked overnight.

Acoustic instruments very welcome! No stereos/radios/speakers please.

Please note there will be no storage available other than your own tents, please keep valuables to a minimum.

Please bring all medication required with you, including any medication for allergies such as hayfever or insect bites.

Please be packed up and ready to leave for 11am on Sunday morning.

Have fun!

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