Sleep Out 2023
2nd November 2023

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2nd November 2023

Get ready for Sleep Out 2023, our biggest fundraising event of the year, dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of young people.


Unite for a Common Cause

By Sleeping Out, you will be joining a community of people in Bristol and the South West, who are committed to preventing homelessness. Whilst this night does not seek to replicate the harsh experience of being homeless, it gives an idea of what it could be like.

Together, we can make a difference in young people’s lives.

A young person on stage speaking into a microphone and reading off a phone. They are standing in front of a 1625 Independent People sign and fairy lights.

The Iconic Setting: Lloyds Amphitheatre

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking ambience of Lloyds Amphitheatre at night, located in the vibrant city of Bristol, right on the Harbourside. By choosing this incredible venue, we aim to create a memorable experience for all participants.

Lloyds Amphitheatre at night. A curved building surrounding a fenced off area containing a big white tent and people sleeping in sleeping bags.

On November 2nd, 2023, join us at the iconic Lloyds Amphitheatre in the heart of Bristol to support our mission of preventing youth homelessness. Could you give up your bed and spend a night under the stars to help vital funds?

Last year, our collective efforts raised a massive £28,699. This year, our target is to reach £40,000, but we can’t do it without your valuable support!


Register Now!

Register now for Sleep Out 2023!

For more info, contact our Fundraising team at

By taking part in this transformative event, you can contribute to preventing young people from entering the challenging path of homelessness.

Two people lying in sleeping bags smiling and giving a thumbs up.

Corporate Sponsorship

Sleep Out is our biggest fundraising event of the year but also our most expensive. Are you interested in sponsoring our event and ensuring a greater portion of the money raised goes towards supporting young people? Click here for more information.

Thank you to our sponsors and vendors!





It is advised that participants take their health into careful consideration when opting to sleep outside. If you have any medical concerns or conditions and are uncertain about participating, we strongly recommend seeking guidance from a qualified medical professional.

How do I become a sponsor of the Sleep Out?

Sleep Out is our biggest fundraising event of the year, but it’s also our most expensive. This year, we need your help. Are you able to partner with us this year to the value of one of the following sponsorship packages?


Our £500 Bronze sponsorship package, will include:

  • Put your logo on all 1625ip Sleep Out promotional materials, including our website
  • Include your logo on event emails to c.150 participants across a range of businesses.
  • 2 social media shoutouts on all our channels to thank you and promote your business


Our £1500 Silver sponsorship package, will include everything in the bronze package, plus:

  • Give mentions in any press releases about your support
  • Thank you in our annual Impact Report
  • Invite a team of 5 of your colleagues can come along and enjoy the evening event


Our £4500 Gold sponsorship package, will include everything in the bronze and silver packages, plus:

  • You can present a fundraising prize at the Sleep Out event
  • Arrange a visit for you and your colleagues to 1625 Independent People
  • Invite a team of 10 of your colleagues can come along and enjoy the event


All your support is hugely appreciated and allows us to ensure more vital funds raised on the night can go directly to young people facing homelessness.

Alternatively, if you know of any suppliers who may be willing to partner with us to offer pro bono support for things such as security, portaloos, refreshments, etc. please get in touch with our Fundraising team at

How do I register?

You can register here.

Will there be food and drink available?

Food will be available to purchase from our amazing street food vendors:

There will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options* available.

There will be a bar provided by Bristol Beer Factory, as well as soft drinks. There will be complimentary hot drinks, including tea from Bird & Blend, and drinking water.

You are welcome to bring snacks and bottled soft drinks. We ask you not to bring any alcohol with you onsite. There is a strict no glass policy.

We would also like to encourage everyone to bring their own refillable water bottles and keep cups to help keep waste to a minimum.

*Please note – the traders are unable to cater for customers with Coeliac disease. Please also advise traders of any other dietary requirements before purchasing meals, so they can ensure they can cater for your requirements.

What should I bring to sleep in?

We strongly advise you to dress and prepare appropriately for the event with> layers of warm clothing a warm sleeping bag camping/yoga mat for insulation, ear plugs, an eye mask etc, as this event is held outside.

It is essential to have something insulating and something waterproof to lie on as well as to cover you. A combination of cardboard and plastic sheeting can be used, though we will be providing wax-coated paper sleeping bag covers for you. We advise you to bring a hot water bottle or flask, which you can fill up at the event should you need it through the night.

What happens if the weather is bad?

We do have a wet weather plan, we know how unpredictable the UK weather is!

​Attendees are able to sleep inside the marquee in the case of rain.

Where is the event being held?

The Sleep Out will be held at the Lloyds Amphitheatre in the centre of Bristol.

Address: Lloyd’s Amphitheatre, Explore Ln, Bristol BS1 5LL

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There will not be any parking on site. The nearest parking is Millenium Square Car Park or Trenchard Street Car Park. All bus services to the city centre will stop nearby, and there are also bike locks nearby.


As it is a public space, the event area will be fenced off. Registrations will be checked at the entrance, and re-entry without a wristband will not be allowed. We will have security patrolling the area throughout the night.

What time does Sleep out start/finish?

When does registration begin?

  • Registration opens at 7:00pm.

What time do evening ticket holders need to leave?

  • If you have an evening ticket, the event will conclude at 10:30 PM.

For those sleeping out, when does the event end?

  • For participants spending the night, the event will officially conclude at 8:00 AM on the following morning, November 3rd. However, feel free to depart earlier if you prefer. We’ll have coffee available starting at 6:00 AM to help kickstart your morning.

Why Sleep Out?

1625 Independent People has seen a 30% increase in young people accessing our services. Sleep Out raises vital funds to both support young people and provide these services.


Sleep Out is not intended to replicate the harsh experience of rough sleeping. Instead, it is an opportunity to recognise the impact of your community and join to help prevent homelessness, keep young people safe, and support them to build on their strengths to be the best they can be.

It is a challenging but fun evening which brings together like-minded people who care about young people in Bristol and the South West who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It is also our biggest fundraising event of the year, encouraging individuals and businesses across the area to support our work.

All we hope is that, as you hunker down into your sleeping bag, you will consider some of the experiences you heard throughout the evening from some of the young people we support, our CEO, and other supporters.


What should I pack?

We strongly advise you to dress and prepare appropriately for the event with layers of warm clothinga warm sleeping bag and a camping/yoga mat for insulation. You will be outside, in the city centre, so also consider earplugseye masks, etc.

It is essential to have something insulating and something waterproof to lie on as well as to cover you.

We advise you to bring a hot water bottle or flask, which you can fill up at the event should you need it through the night.

Also, please don’t forget any medications or other essentials you might need for an overnight stay.

Check out our Sleep Out tips for a full packing list.

What happens on the night?

On the night, we will hear from young people in 1625’s services as well as a variety of entertainment. We have two food trucks available on the site,as well as a bar and a tea and coffee station during the night. Something for everyone!

What about Fundraising?

We ask participants to set themselves an ambitious but achievable target which should be a minimum of £200 per person. You should have been sent a link to set up a fundraising page once you had registered. If not, please visit to get started.

You can share this link with friends and family, and through socials. We will also email you some stats and information about 1625 along with some media assets you can share.

If you would like any help with fundraising or don’t know where to start, please free to get in contact with our fundraising team

Click here for more fundraising tips.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Fear not, we do have a wet weather plan – we know how unpredictable the UK weather is!

​Attendees can sleep inside the marquee in the case of rain. If it’s a slight drizzle, feel free to brave it outside still. Tents will not be permitted, but you are welcome to bring umbrellas.

We will keep an eye on the weather in the lead-up to the event. We reserve the right to cancel the event if we think the weather conditions will make it too dangerous.


If you feel unwell before the event, we recommend not attending and contacting 1625 ahead of the event.

If you feel unwell during the event, please inform a member of staff who can then assist you.

Hand sanitiser will be available, and we aim to clean touch points regularly.

You are welcome to wear a mask if you would feel more comfortable doing so.

It is an open-air/marquee event with plenty of ventilation.