Things you need to know about Dino Snores for Grown-ups

Read our helpful questions and answers

These questions and answers will help you get the best out of your sleepover and prepare you for your night-time experience at the Museum.

Important information for your event

Can I bring children to Dino Snores for Grown-ups?
No. Dino Snores for Grown-ups is for those aged 18 and over only.

We also run Dino Snores for Kids, a separate event, which is suitable for children aged seven to 11. Please check the website for dates.

Can I add people to my group?
You can modify your booking up to 14 days before the event, subject to ticket availability. After this date we will not be able to amend your booking details. If we have sold out there will be no ability to add adults to existing groups due to health and safety limits.

How do we get to the Museum?
The nearest tube station is South Kensington (on the Piccadilly, District and Circle Lines). There is limited street parking on Exhibition Road. You can find directions on our Getting here page.

When do we need to arrive?
Doors will open at 19.30 and you will enter via the entrance on Cromwell Road. You’ll be given your camping mat on arrival and will need to set up your camp for the night. The event will begin at 20.30 with dinner in The Restaurant.

What do we have to bring?
Please bring a sleeping bag, toothbrush and some clothes to sleep in (but not pyjamas). You may also want to bring a water bottle, a pillow and eye shades for sleeping (some lighting is left on overnight).

We provide sleeping mats, but you can bring your own if you prefer. However for health and safety reasons we cannot allow any inflatable mats or mattresses.

Please note that items that need an electronic outlet/ plug are not permitted at the sleepovers. Also, we do not allow visitors to plug anything into the Museum electrical points.

We strongly recommend you do not bring things with you that are of financial or sentimental value. The Museum takes no responsibility for loss or damage to any items belonging to visitors.

Do we bring pyjamas?
Pyjamas are not allowed. Onesies are allowed. You should bring clothes that are suitable for sleeping in. This is a precaution in the unlikely event that we should need to evacuate the Museum during the night.

Shoes must be worn at all times in the Museum for health and safety reasons, apart from when the group is sleeping.

What will we sleep on?
We provide you with a thin foam camping mat, however you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. We cannot allow any inflatable mats or mattresses.

Can I choose where I sleep?
Early arrival may allow you to choose which part of Hintze Hall (formerly the Central Hall) you sleep in but this is ultimately at the manager’s discretion.

What is the schedule for the night?
19.30-20.30: Doors open, set up camp, drinks in The Restaurant
20.30-22.00: Welcome, dinner and raffle in The Restaurant
22.00-22.30: A short break to get ready for the first activity while enjoying atmospheric music on the Museum’s iconic Fossil Way
22.40-23.20: Stand-up comedy OR science show
23.30-1.00: Edible insect tasting in The Restaurant OR dinosaur-drawing in the Flett Events Theatre
1:00 Bar closes
1.00- 2.30: Special exhibitions open, live harp music and drinks in the Central Café, monster movie marathon begins in the Flett Events Theatre
2.30-3.00: Get ready for bed and bedtime ghost stories in Marine Invertebrates
3.00- 7.00: Sleeping OR all-night monster movies in Marine Invertebrates
7.00- 8.00: Lie-in or tea and coffee in the café outside The Restaurant
8.00- 9.00: Cooked breakfast and quiz winners announced in The Restaurant
9.00-9.30: Pack up camp and wave goodbye to Dippy, Hintze Hall's Diplodocus

Other information for your event

Do we need to bring food?
A three-course dinner and cooked breakfast is included with the ticket price so you should not need to bring food with you. Water, tea and coffee will be served with dinner and other drinks will be available to purchase.

If you have special dietary requirements please email dino-snores@nhm.ac.uk at least five days before the event date to receive the alternative menu option.

Can I drink alcohol at the event?
Responsible drinking is permitted. There will be cash bars open in various locations around the Museum until 1.00. There is no alcohol included in the ticket price for this event.

You are not permitted to bring your own alcohol into the Museum and anybody considered to be acting irresponsibly may be refused service for alcohol or asked to leave the event.

Can I smoke at the event?
There will be a smoking area just outside the entrance doors until 3.00.

Can I bring candles to this event?
No candles are allowed.

What if one of my group falls ill?
We have first aiders at every event.

If an adult attending has any accessibility or health issues they should email dino-snores@nhm.ac.uk and let us know.

What if I need to cancel?
If you need to make amendments to a confirmed booking the following conditions apply:

  • to cancel your tickets or reduce the number of tickets you must tell us at least 14 days before the date of the event
  • we cannot accept cancellations or reductions in numbers within 14 days of the date of the event
  • if cancellations or a reduction of the number of tickets are made within 14 days of the event date those tickets will not be refunded
  • you can increase numbers at any time, subject to ticket availability
  • we are unable to confirm a booking until full payment has been received

Who can I contact if I have more questions?
If you have more questions about the event, you can contact the Visitor Events team on +44 (0)20 7942 5283.

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