Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How long will the early bird price be available for?

We are offering an early bird price of £17.50 for the first 250 participants to sign up so don’t delay and secure your place now!

Can I sign up on the day?

We advise that you sign up in advance to secure your space and get your t-shirt in advance, but if there are still spaces available then you’d be more than 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 will take a long time to complete and also that the route involves some steep hills up and down such as Bridge Valley Road. 

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 the fun in the square from 9pm, with entertainment, music and lots of festival fun. The 10 mile walkers will then set off at 10.30pm, and the 5 mile walkers at 10.45pm.

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 and so only reaching the end at 3am.

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 so don’t spend too many hours at the silent disco!

Event day

Where is the starting point?

This year we’re really excited to be starting the walk from the iconic venue of Millennium Square. The walk will start here after a warm up and some entertainment, and both the 5 and 10 mile routes will 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. There are also other multi-story car parks in the area and the Britannia car park is right next door but slightly more expensive. 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?

Unfortunately we can’t allow any dogs to take part.

Will there be any water available?

There will be water available before and after the walk, but 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 the 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 “festival”, so dig out your most colourful and sparkly festival gear but leave the wellies behind, they’d be a nightmare to walk in! 

How long are the routes?

There are two routes to choose from, either 5 or 10 miles. 

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. 

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 lovely 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. £27.50 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, or bring the cash to the Long Ashton office or to the Hospice in Brentry.

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.

Where can I get a sponsorship form?

Download your sponsorship form here, or drop a message if you would like one to be sent in the post to you.

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, at the finishline and many other important roles. We need a huge number of volunteers to make this event possible so would really appreciate your support. We’re also looking for a volunteer photographer to capture the day on camera. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please do get in touch, fill out the form here or e-mail fundraisingvolunteer@stpetershospice.org