Various dates and venues to choose from

Welcome to Messathon - the ultimate family challenge!

Get ready for the perfect family day out. Messathon is the 2.5km obstacle course set in some of the UK's most scenic outdoor venues.

Aimed at families with children aged 4+, it's messy, muddy fun and a chance for families to get out and get active together. Once you've finished the course, you can enjoy the attractions at our spectacular venues.

Registration costs just £15.50 for adults, £9.50 for children and we ask that each team - maximum of 6 people per team - aims for a sponsorship target of £200. Every penny you raise will help us be there for children.

Book your place at a venue below. Alternatively, call 0203 772 9720 or email us for more information.

Our Messathon venues


Date: 29 July, 2017

Closing date: 23 July, 11:59pm

Venue: Blaise Castle Estate, BS10 7QS

Attractions: A 650 acre registered parkland including the castle, museum, picnic area, cafe, children's play area and dairy garden

Registration closed


Date: 19 August, 2017

Closing date: 13 August, 11:59pm

Venue: Aldenham Country Park, Elstree, WD6 3BA

Attractions: Woodland walks, children's educational farm, indoor play barn, adventure playground, pony rides and Winnie the Pooh's house!

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The Messathon course

There are obstacles aplenty on the Messathon course.

Everything you need to know

Facilities and freebies

Each child Messathlete receives a medal for completing the course and everyone, including adults, gets a free Messathon t-shirt.

There's free parking available at every venue and an array of food traders with exclusive kids portions for hungry Messathletes.

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Paying in your sponsorship

You can pay your sponsorship via JustGiving or by downloading a paying-in form. Alternatively, click here, select 'pay in money from a fundraising event', then enter the event location (e.g. Messathon Guildford) in the short description.

If you need any help, get in touch with us via

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Who you're helping

A child contacts Childline every 25 seconds. And it costs £4 to answer their call.

Every penny you raise will make a difference. Your £200 sponsorship could pay for 50 children to get the help and support they need.

Learn more

What our Messathletes are saying...

"My daughter's really looking forward to the obstacle course. She's even doing a sponsored bike ride to raise money!"

"We're fundraising by de-cluttering the garage for a garage sale. So I guess we're cleaning up... to get messy?"

"My son can't wait for the event. We even made some of the messy mudcakes to sell at school. They went down a treat!"

Getting started

Fundraising ideas just for you

It's time to get sponsored!

Whether it's a bake sale or a sponsored silence, we've got loads of ideas to get you started.

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Fundraising materials

Does your sponsorship need a boost?

Order balloons, collection boxes and other NSPCC materials to bring your fundraising to life.

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Interested in volunteering?

Messathon needs YOU! 

We're looking for volunteers to be part of one of the most exciting events of the summer.

Become a volunteer