Murder mystery Fun factor:  Effort:  Money raised:  Prepare your guests for a night of super-sleuthing, examining evidence, interviewing suspects, and exploring motives! Employ the services of a professional company, or contact local amateur dramatics societies. Set a theme (Who Killed the Headmaster?) and start selling tickets. Run the event around a meal, with short scenes acted out between courses. Teams can then discuss evidence as they eat. Award prizes to the teams who guess the murderer and motive. Read our step- by-step guide at

Race night Fun factor:  Effort:  Money raised:  A race night usually consists of six to eight races of horses, snails, dogs, motorbikes... whatever takes your fancy! Before each race, tickets are sold from the ‘tote’ (usually for 50p-£1). When betting closes, the race is shown on a large screen. Announce the results and invite winners to return to the ‘tote’ to collect their share of the winnings.

To boost prots, ask local companies to sponsor each race and run a bar – you’ll nd that the size of bets placed goes up in a line with the amount of alcohol consumed! Many companies offer race night DVD packages with prices starting from around £75. Find suppliers and read our step-by-step guide at

Swishing Fun factor:  Effort:  Money raised:  A swishing or clothes swap party is a great way for your supporters to freshen up their wardrobes while helping you raise money. Invite people to bring unwanted items and swap them for other pre-loved things. Agree the rules, setting out the quality accepted, and conduct the swish on a ‘one-for-one’ basis. Give a voucher to each guest, showing the number of items they contributed, to be checked off at the end of the event. Create a oor plan and arrange for refreshments to be served throughout. Charge an admission fee, and run an auction or rafe to boost prots. Read our step-by-step guide to running a swishing event at

Restaurant night Fun factor:  Effort:  Money raised: 

Going out for dinner can often set couples back a fortune, so offer parents a cost- effective solution! Speak to local eateries about running a set-price buffet on one of their quieter nights, avoiding busier periods such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Aim to make around £3-5 profit per head. Sell tickets in advance

and promote your event through newsletters, posters and social media. Boost profits on the night with a table quiz, 100-square grid or a simple raffle. Get tips on boosting profits at

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In 2015, Juniper Hill School in Buckinghamshire raised £6,500 by hosting a music festival


Pantomime Fun factor:  Effort:  Money raised:  Pantomimes are always a big hit with families and involve minimal organisation. Select a pantomime supplier and book well in advance, as availability can be limited. Speak to your supplier about what they will need and ask if they provide any marketing materials such as posters, yers and letters to parents. Select a suitable space with enough room for both your audience and performers. Set your ticket price to cover your costs and make a small prot (suggested charge of £5-7 per person) – offer discounts for families of four or more. Sell a variety of refreshments during the interval, including popcorn, hot drinks, juice, cakes and crisps. Find pantomime suppliers in our online directory at

Crafternoon Fun factor:  Effort:  Money raised:  Encourage families to get creative together! Order craft materials or ask people to bring along items they wish to recycle and decorate. Set up workstations in your school hall or classrooms, and allocate tables to

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