Pilgrims Hospice Charity It's A Knockout

Pilgrim’s Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout 2018

It’s with great pleasure that we invite the public to enter teams into the Pilgrim’s Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout 2018 on Sunday May 20th. This will be the eight It’s a Knockout held by Pilgrim’s Hospices and the fourth at Government Acre Recreation Ground in Ramsgate. As you can see from the images here that were taken at last years day, it was glorious weather, and everyone had a ball of a time.

Pilgrim's Hospice Charity It's A Knockout 2018

Pilgrims Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout 2017

It’s a Knockout is a fun-tastic way to support Pilgrims Hospice and help them be there for the next family that needs them. It’s a great team builder for work colleagues, family and friends alike, with laughter and fun guaranteed. Join us for a day to remember in an impressive games arena packed full of colourful, inflatable obstacles to contend with – intriguing when they’re dry and definitely challenging when wet!

Pilgrim's Hospice Charity It's A Knockout 2018

Pilgrims Hospice Charity It’s A knockout 2017

This year we have some new games for you including a new inflatable slide game, a new bubble pit and Kangaroo sumo suits! Fancy having a go yourself? Get your fiends together and enter a team for a great fundraising day.

Event information.

You’ll need a £50 deposit to secure your team’s place and we ask that all teams pledge to raise £500 in sponsorship (just a £50 pledge per person). All team members must be aged 16 or over.

Please Contact Us for details of the day.

Pilgrim's Hospice Charity It's A Knockout 2018

Pilgrims Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout 2017

Place & Time.

Pilgrim’s Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout 2018.
Government Acre Recreation Ground,
Royal Esplanade.
Ramsgate.
Kent. CT11 9NY

Sunday May 20th 2018
Day opens 11.00am

If you can’t make this event, please visit our Events Page for more similar days where the public can enter teams.

Charity It's A Knockout

2017’s Been A Great It’s A Knockout Year

It’s time for us to reflect on 2017 and what a great year it’s been for our Knockout Challenge It’s A Knockout games. As usual, we’ve been the length and breadth of the UK with our It’s A Knockout packages for a variety of different Town and Village shows, Festivals, Gala’s, Charity Fundraising days, Family Days and yes, Team Building.

From April till December (yes December!) our games have been entertaining the masses with fun and laughter, bubbles, water, costumes, inflatables and non-stop enjoyment.

2017 Charity It's A Knockout

2017 Charity It’s A Knockout

We’ve enjoyed 2017 immensely, and it’s been great that our games have helped so many charities raise lots of money for great causes and helped these charities spread their “word” and build bridges.  We do particularly look forward to the public days as the teams really go to town on their fancy dress and the less-competiveness of the teams ads to a more fun event.

2017 Gold Show

A 2017 Gold Show set of games.

This year we’ve ran our games for just a small day of 25 people up to Scout camps with 2,000. And even with the bigger numbers, as usual, every body, in every team took part in every game, No-one was left out. We’ve also noticed many more schools are using us now. When we run school and youth days, we change the games to be more adrenaline based. Some schools are even sharing a day, where we’ll operate the games in the morning for one school, then another are bus’d in or walk over to take part in the afternoon. Many are having a teachers session after school as a sort of team building exercise. Please visit our Schools Page for details.

2017 It's A Knockout Teams

2017 It’s A Knockout Teams.

For more images of teams that took part in in of our 2017 Charity It’s A Knockout’s please visit our Flickr Page.

We can’t sign off this blog without a footnote to our friend Keith Chegwin. We worked with him many times, and it was with great sorrow that we learnt of his death. He was a great guy, always happy, had a wicked sense of humour and we’ll miss him greatly.

Keith Cheqwin It's A Knockout

Cheggers It’s A Knockout.

We’d like to thank all the organisers that put their faith in us for 2017, all the great teams that took part in our games. We hope to see you all next year for an exciting 2018 It’s A Knockout !

Please bookmark our Blog for news of some tightly guarded changes, upgrades, and additions to our It’s A Knockout’s for 2018.

 

 

Santa Run 2017

Inflatable Santa Run 2017

Our inflatables are a great fun addition to a Santa Run course. They are best used when placed in a consecutive line, and as you can guess, we have a wide variety of different shaped inflatable obstacles that we can use. The images in this blog were taken as one such Run held in Cambridge this year where 250 fancy dressed Santa’s took part.

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Our inflatables used as part of a Santa Run.

The course was laid out as part of a 5k run (which was twice round a laid out circuit). The “Santa’s” negotiated the inflatable course twice as part of their run which was held in aid of a local charity.

Santa Run 2017

Inflatable Santa Run 2017.

The course added a great visual element to the event. There was also the opportunity for a Santa Time Trail to find the “Fastest Santa” on the inflatable course. Many charities now hold these events which are a great fundraiser for local causes.

The Santa Run warm-up

The Santa’s warm-up

Above you can see the Santa’s taking part in their pre-run warm-up before setting off on the 5k course.  If you would like details of how our inflatables could be used for an inflatable course, please Contact Us to find out more.

 

 

 

Charity It’s A Knockout Teams 2017

Reflecting over some of the many charity events that we’ve ran this year, and after browsing through the many-many photo’s we have collected along the way. Here is a short blog showing images of just some of the charity It’s A Knockout teams from a fundraising event held in Aberdeen back in August for the Friends of Anchor charity.

charity it's a knockout teams

Charity It’s A Knockout Teams 2017

Around 60 teams took part in the fundraising event with there also being lots of other attractions and refreshment stands present for the viewing public. It’s always great when the teams come in fancy dress because not only is it funny and adds a fun visual element to the day and games, but also it helps us with the scoring of the games themselves.

charity it's a knockout teams

Aberdeen Charity It’s A Knockout Teams

We took our 12 game Gold Show to Hazlehead Park for the event and as you can see from the images, some of the teams had some great fancy dress costumes and ideas. It’s the fifth year we’ve ran the games for Friends of Anchor and it’s always been a great event and well supported affair.

chairty it's a knockout teams

Charity It’s A Knockout Teams

To see some of the great games from our Gold Show, please go to our Gold Show It’s A Knockout Page for details. The 12 games are usually ran in two half’s, with Part 1 having 6 dry games, and Part 2 having 6 wet games, there’s lots of different colourful inflatables, costumes, fun and excitement for the teams to enjoy whilst raising money for charity.

charity it's a knockout teams

Charity It’s A Knockout Teams

Please contact us if you’d like details of how our games can be used for charity fundraising events. Also remember to check out some of our earlier blogs for details of other charity ideas, events and information.

A fancy dressed team at a hospice charity day

It’s A Christmas Knockout Party 2017

An It’s A Knockout isn’t just for outside events in the “warmer” summer months, but can also be ran indoors and for example for a Knockout Christmas Party event as well. Still lots of fun, still using colourful inflatable obstacles and with dressing up games. The only thing missing is the wet/bubble games (obviously, but also read below*).

There are many indoor venues that are capable of accommodating an indoor It’s A Knockout giving a different type of Christmas party for works and also winter and indoor team building events. We can help you find a venue if you don’t have one in mind. Many can also offer food and extra entertainment, some even have accommodation on site making it excellent as part of a multi-day event.

indoor it's a knockout games for christmas party

Indoor Christmas It’s A Knockout’s

Sports halls, leisure centres, indoor sports venues (football/5-a-side/tennis/cricket), there are surprisingly quite a few around to choose from. Please let us know if you need help finding a venue.

Our main criteria for an indoor It’s A Knockout venue, is a step free access to the hall with parking directly outside the hall entrance (most have double-doors access outside), and a tall roof for our inflatables. An Astroturf surface (or similar) is also a nicer surface to play the games on.

* Earlier in this article, we said that indoor knockout’s usually can’t include the water and bubble games associated with outdoor events. However, we once ran a set of games at an indoor arena that permitted limited use of such (because they had a porous flooring) meaning that we could still run some of our bubble games.

indoor it's a knockout

Indoor It’s A Knockout

From 30 to 300 people, our games are great for an indoor Christmas It’s A Knockout event. Please browse our Packages Page to see the type of games we offer and then Contact Us to discuss which set of games best suits your requirements.

 

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Fancy Dressed Charity It’s A Knockout Teams 2017

Ideas for some Fancy Dressed Charity It’s A Knockout Teams 2017.

Over the last few months our It’s A knockout shows have been travelling the UK providing great fundraising events for charity days and town shows alike. Along the way, every now-and-then, we’ve collected a few pictures of the teams that have taken part. So for a bit of fun, we’re going to share some of the great costume themes that the teams have come along as. If you’re taking part in an It’s A Knockout, use them as inspiration for your knockout day out !

fancy dressed It's A Knockout teams

Fancy dressed It’s A Knockout teams.

We love when teams come along in fancy dress. It adds colour to a day and helps us with team identification and so the scoring of the games. Examples shown here include themes such as “Super Hero’s” where the team has simply gone to eBay or Amazon and simply bought some costume attire (or gone to Primark for some Onesies), and other teams where a little more thought and inventiveness has been entered into.

Fancy Dress It's A Knockout teams

More Its A Knockout Teams.

Some teams just simply get specially printed t-shirts made (maybe with a company name on them), and some go way-overboard and create wild and wacky fancy dress along with Joker Cards, Mascots and themed gazebos. Little touches for costumes such as tutu’s, grass skirts, funny wigs and accessories are easy to add.

Fancy Dress It's A Knockout Teams

Fancy Dressed It’s A Knockout Teams.

The things to remember are…

1. It’s got to be functional, you’ll be climbing through inflatables and doing games.

2. No sharp edges please (sorry Pirate teams, but no swords).

3. No full face or full limb face-painting as it leaves coloured streaks on our It’s A Knockout inflatables (Sorry blue Smurf teams and yellow Minion teams).

For more team images and inspiration please visit our Flickr page.

Two chaps having fun in the bubbles

Our Silver Show It’s A Knockout 2017

Our Silver Show is ideal for medium and large events. It is available in two versions, 8 games, which will last about 4 hours and also as a ten game version. The image below shows the eight game version from 2015.

silver show games arena

The Silver Show It’s A Knockout games arena.

The Silver Show is more inflatable based than the Bronze Show.  As an example, the inflatable slide game is bigger on this set of games. Because we need more staff to set up this bigger set of games, it automatically covers up to 18 teams talking part. Other teas can be added. However, after 36 teams we would suggest moving up to the Gold Show.

Silver Show It's A Knockout games

Some Silver Show games.

The eight game version needs about half the size of a football pitch in room and is usually ran in two halves. The dry games in Part 1, then the wet or bubbles games in Part 2. Like all our Knockout’s, everyone, in every team, gets the opportunity to take part in every game. No one is left out.

Ran as an exciting team event and as a great spectator attraction, the Silver Show makes an impressive addition to large charity fundraising events, family fund days, or entertainment events.

Silver Show It's A Knockout games

More Silver Show It’s A Knockout games.

School Activity Days and Youth Events.

Our Silver Show is also great for school activity days and youth events. For these days we change the games a little and make them more adrenaline based. Many schools use our games for end of year activity days, fresher days, incentive and reward events. The most students that our Silver Show can cope with in a single session is 480. However, two sessions can be ran in a day (one AM, one PM) meaning that a school with a thousand children can get everyone involved in the fun and excitement.

Knockout Challenge offer different scales of games for events. From our Mini Knockout for small team building type days to our Gold Show for large events of 36 teams or more. Please visit our Packages Page for details.

A team building game on our Silver Show

The Mini Knockout for team building days

The Mini Knockout is a great addition to a team building day or company activity day.

Often for team building days with small numbers, say 20 to 60 people, having a couple of hours of games after a mornings conferencing is a great way for delegates to let their hair down in the afternoon.  Our Mini Knockout is ideal for this. Six games, with a little dressing-up, inflatables, fun and team bonding. Although the games have some inflatables, there isn’t too much exertion needed from the teams. However, everyone, in every team, can take part in every game if they want to. No one gets left out.

Mini Knockout games

The Mini Knockout games arena

The games can include a little extra fun with water and bubbles on a few of the games or it can all be ran dry. As with all our knockout’s we supply arena bunting, have a small P.A. sound system, games commentator and staffing, prizes and bring our own generator for powering it all. It needs about three to four tennis courts in space to be set up nicely as you can see from the image above.

Mini Knockout games

Images of the Mini Knockout games

Our commentator will narrate the games as they are played our and read out the teams scores to keep the teams enthused to try their best and have a great experience. This set of games is great for up to 8 teams of 8 taking part. Extra teams can be added if required, but we’d suggest if possible then booking one of our bigger shows such as the Bronze Show It’s A Knockout.

Mini Knockout games

More Mini Knockout games

We have some great addition ideas to help complement and team bond everyone, please contact us to talk through ideas and discuss what works best for your day. We have different scales of knockout games which suit different requirements. So please also see our Packages Page for our other sets of games.

The Kings Banquet It’s A Knockout game

Inflatables And Safety At Events

In this blog, we will be talking about the inflatables that we use on our It’s A knockout events. However, as we sometimes get asked about inflatables and safety in general, this will also touch on a few points for anyone hiring bouncy castles or obstacles and a brief explanation of the “Laws” (or official guidance) etc relating to inflatables in general.

Inflatable Obstacles & the “Law”

Our It’s A Knockout inflatables are made in the UK to a standard called BS EN 14960. This 54 page EN Standard sets out how inflatable play equipment should be made. It includes details of the materials to be used, the step up and down height for getting on and off them, potential falling off heights, a calculation for the number of anchor points to be included and a lot more such as wind speeds (which I’ll come to later), the angle at which the pegs or stakes to tie down should be hammered in at, plus the size of the stakes and the roping off a safety area around them.

bronze show inflatables

The Bronze Show inflatables arena

Before any inflatable is open to the public for the first time it should be subject to inspections and checks to confirm its design and manufacture comply with the requirements of the BS EN 14960 standard.

For operators and hirers, there is also a useful seven page guide called the Safe Use & Operation Of Inflatable Play Equipment, Including Bouncy Castles. It can be found at the ADIPS website. This guide was originally of HSE – Health & Safety Executive – origin and is still considered good guidance for the operators of inflatables.

The HSE also stipulates that all inflatables should be tested annually, see the HSE website for details. This, it says, should be carried out by a competent person. To satisfy that we have fulfilled our duty to this, our inflatables are ADIPS tested, the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme. This is one of only two schemes recognized by HSE, the other being PIPA.

Our clients can go to the ADIPS website and “Check a DOC” – Declaration of Operational Compliance – to see if an inflatable has a valid test and can also see an image of the inflatable in question.  The annual test checks for, amongst other things, deterioration of the inflatable, the stitching of the panels, air loss (so it holds its “bounciness”), and the integrity of the anchor points.
Likewise, for bouncy castles registered with PIPA, a PIPA tag (or test) can be checked on their website. This is a reassuring process for clients and event organisers to able to independently check that a document hasn’t been fraudulently concocted.

Safety Mats

The EN Standard calls the area where safety mats (or sometimes called “Crash mats”) should be placed around an inflatable as an impact area. These are primarily identified as, but not exclusive to, intended entry and exit points. Our games are designed to predict a manner of participation from the Its A Knockout teams. This helps us to effectively risk manage the games. The EN standard states that at least a 1 inch mat be used, we use 1.5 inch ones for extra care. The inflatable manufacturer or inflatable tester may specifically advise the position of where mats should be placed. This would then be referred to in a Risk Assessment.

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Inflatables used at an event

Wind Speeds

People ask us whether the rain affects our It’s A Knockout days. Well no, not really, instead of us having to keep a slide wet for an It’s A Knockout game so people can slide down it, Mother Nature is doing it for us. However, wind is a problem. Inflatables made under the EN standard are safe up to Beaufort Scale 6 (which is 25 to 30 miles per hour). This is defined as “Large branches in motion. Whistling heard in telegraph wires. Umbrellas difficult to use”. At this point (25 mph) the use of all inflatables must stop.

We have wind meters on each set of games that we use to measure speeds. Our newest ones emit an alarm sound when the speed reaches 25 mph. At the beginning of each event, we point the wind-meter out to everyone present and explain its purpose. We also check the predicted wind speed online at the start of the day to see if wind will be a consideration.

Further advice and reading can be found on our About Us page.
Event organisers should also refer to the HSE website for Running an event safely.
Our clients can log-in to the Client Part of our website and view our Risk Assessments, Safety Certificates, Health & Safety Policy and Staff Training.

It’s A Knockout

An It’s A Knockout from Knockout Challenge Limited is a great spectacle attraction for events. Our games are fun and exciting and will make you event shine for the right reasons. Great for town & village shows, charity fundraising events, family days, festivals, corporate entertainment and team building. Please visit our Packages Page for details of the different sets of games we offer

Some Of Our New Inflatables for 2017

Here’s just a quick taste of some of our new inflatables for 2017.

Each year we update games and change games around so that the many charities and event organisers that use us year on year get some new and exciting games to play. In this blog we’ll be showing off some of our new inflatables, two that are going onto our Silver Show It’s A Knockout and one on our Bronze Show.

Wedge Inflatable Obstacle

The Silver Show “Golden Balls” game inflatable.

Our new Golden Ball’s Game on the Silver Show uses the Wedge Inflatable shown above. This game can be ran wet (preferred) or dry. This new game is great for all abilities including those with lower body mobility impairments.

Honey Tubes Inflatable

The new Honey Juice Game.

Our new Honey Juice Game on the Silver Show uses the Honey Tubes inflatable obstacle. This water collecting game uses a medium sized inflatable so that lots of “goes” each can be had by the teams.

Penguin game obstacle

The P-P-Penguin Game obstacle.

The P-P-Penguin Game (which uses are 8 feet high sumo penguin suits) has this new obstacle for 2017. Our Penguin Game has been mostly unchanged since it’s inception because it is so popular at our It’s A Knockout’s. For 2017 though we’ve spruced the game up with this obstacle.

If you would like updated games sheets for our 2017 sets of games, please contact us for details.

Our It’s A Knockout’s are ideal for charity fundraising events, town & village shows, public/company/family days and corporate entertainment. Please see our Packages Page for details.

All of our inflatables comply with BS EN 14960 the guidance for inflatables.