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The Silver Show 2018

In this Blog we spotlight some of the great new games and changes to The Silver Show 2018 It’s A Knockout that we’ve introduced for this season.

The Silver Show 2018 as a standard package has eight great games, is about half the size of a football pitch and covers up to 18 teams taking part.  Six of these games use inflatable obstacles that are ran, climbed, squeezed, bashed or slid down making it an ideal set of games if you’re after a WOW-factor for your day. Just to balance the six inflatable games off, the Silver Show also has two slower team-type together games to add a bit of team building into the day’s fun and laughter.

The Silver Show games arena

The Silver Show 2018

With great games such as our re-vamped dressing up sumo suit game “Off To the Beach” game, to the Kings Banquet, Pac Man and Kitchen Kaos, right up to the finale Game 8, the brilliant “Pea Soup” Bubble Pit Game, the Silver Show sets an impressive arena sight of inflatables, games, costumes and props.

The Silver Show games 2018

Silver Show 2018

The Silver Show is also available in a ten game version for even more fun-fun-fun!!!!

The Silver Show for Schools.
We also have kids versions of the Silver Show games for schools, scouts, cubs, guides and youth days. These have had updates and changes for 2018 as well.  The new inflatables and tweaks make it an even better set of games then ever.  Year-on-year more schools are realising that one of our It’s A Knockout’s are a great adrenaline way to keep a year group (or even the whole school) active.  For more information please see our Schools & Youth Knockouts page or Contact Us for details.

As with all our sets of games. Ever one, in every team, takes part in every game. NO ONE IS LEFT OUT !

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.

 

 

Inflatable Flume Slide – One of our New It’s A Knockout inflatables

We’ve taken delivery of and starting using our new Inflatable Flume Slide.  This obstacle is a new addition to our Bronze Show It’s A Knockout. It’s design is a little different from the other inflatable slides we have used and the first of such design that our British inflatable manufacturers have made.

Inflatable Flume Slide

Inflatable Flume Slide.

Seen above in its finished stage on the manufacturers bench, the designing stage took a little consultation to hone the finished look. Not only did the slide have to fulfil it’s usage purpose on how we intend to use it on the games, but it also has to conform with the legal guidelines for inflatable manufacture and usage (Design Review) and then lastly the actual constraints of how to make the inflatable itself. This has all come together to a great finished addition to our It’s A Knockout’s for 2018. We can’t wait to use it properly in the warm months next year !

Inflatable Flume Slide

Bronze Show Inflatable Flume Slide.

This new inflatable forms part of our changes to the 2018 games for our Bronze Show It’s A Knockout. The Show has new inflatables and new costumes making it even better for charity days and fundays and for those clients using us year-on-year. We got new inflatables and changes around for our games in 2018, so please check back to our blogs in the coming months for more details.

In the meantime, please check out our Packages Page to see details of all our It’s A Knockout games packages that we offer.

 

 

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 National Association of Inflatable Hirers 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.

image of inflatables

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.

 

 

 

Schools Its A Knockout

It’s A Knockout for Schools

It’s A Knockout for Schools & Activity Days

Many attractions that are available for hire for school activity events just can’t cope with big numbers, or can’t cope with the temperamental British weather.  However an It’s A Knockout for Schools can easily cope with numbers over 200-300-400 and more, when run in the right manner and can also be run in all weathers or re-located to a schools sports hall. This makes it ideal for schools activity days.

Bubble Pit Game

It’s A Knockout for schools

Colourful Inflatable Games

It’s A Knockout for Schools uses games and inflatables that are colourful, fun and exciting. Also, the bigger the set of games, the more inflatables and adrenaline based it is. At Knockout Challenge we offer three sets of games, graded as Bronze Show, Silver Show and Gold Show. Each set with a better and more exciting set of games using more and bigger inflatables. As an example, our “Bronze” set of games needs just under half a football pitch in room, a “Silver Show” just over half a football pitch, and a “Gold Show” needing a whole pitch.

Activity Day Timings

Knockout can fit into a morning or afternoon school timetable and can even be run in both, with one set of children (or year group) in the morning and a different set in the afternoon.

Children’s It’s a Knockout Teams

There are several ways for the children to be split into teams. The games tend to be designed for teams of around ten with each game using three teams per heat. Getting the children into these teams can be done as follows.

  1. Forms. If a form has around 30 children it can be split into three sub-teams of around 10 in each, with one sub-team in each of the three lanes for a game. The “times” or scores for the three sub-teams are then added together to give a “form time” for that game. The advantage of this is that the form tutor can remain with their class whilst they go from game to game.
  2. Houses. If a house system is being used, groups of ten for each House can play against each other.
  3. Or you can let them group themselves into teams.

Either way we have a points system for the games that we use and each team will have a score card with their scores on at the end which can be used for an inter-house competition etc.

Everyone in every team, gets the chance to take part in every game.  No one gets left out. However, individuals can opt out at any time, it just means that someone else does their go for them. We have wristbands available if requested to help with team identity.

Kids Inflatable game

Schools It’s A Knockout

School Fundraising

Why not use the games as a means of fundraising for the school or a chosen cause or charity?  Each child could be given a Sponsorship Form to pass around family and friends. If each child was asked to raise £5 or £10 what project or cause could your school use this for?

School It’s A Knockout Format

At its full capacity if all the games are active simultaneously, the games arena works like a giant games carousel with teams going from game to game to game. If you imagine the games arena being like a large clock face, with games on each hour hand (as an example) and with the teams positioned on each game. Once a set of three teams have “completed” a game, they then move onto the next game in the rotation (and around the clock).

Inflatable Games Format

Each of our games for It’s A Knockout for Schools has three lanes (red, blue & green), therefore three teams are active on a game. However, we place up to six teams on each game. The first three teams do the game, then the second three, then the six move onto the next game. This gives a sort of “game-on, game-off” method with some time doing the game, followed by a little rest and cheering time.

As an example of a large games/activity day, our Gold Show, which has twelve games, with six teams on each, can easily cope with 720 pupils (if in teams of ten). A games circuit like this could last from two to three hours (or more), but the times can be altered to suit.

Water, Bubble Games and The Weather

Usually knockout has wet and bubble games. Dry games can be run if desired, and the games can carry on even if it’s raining. Unlike other activities that you can hire, “It’s A Knockout” will carry on come rain or shine. If you have a sports hall, it can also be ran indoors. The decision can be taken upon our arrival as to “indoors or outdoors”.

An indoor It’s A Knockout

If you would like some wet games, we only need access to a hosepipe on arrival (laid on to the games area, and until the start time). Two to three hundred gallons of water (about 15 dustbins worth) is all we need for a fantastic effect.

Great Atmosphere, Great Games

We have our own sound system and play party music whilst the games are being played out. Plus with the commentary and all the noise the children are making, “Knockout” makes a great entertaining and colourful event.

For more images and details about It’s A Knockout for Schools please visit our Schools “It’s A Knockout” Page.

Schools Its A Knockout

Schools Its A knockout

one of our new inflatable obstacles

New Inflatables for 2015

It’s A Knockout is pleased to announce the arrival of some great new inflatables for 2015. We’ve spent over £20,000.00 adding new and fun inflatables to our collections. We hope you’ll like them and look forward to seeing you at a Knockout Challenge soon.

The Slide of Doom

our new inflatable slide 

A new inflatable in our Bronze show. Teams will compete to see who can collect the most inflated rings in the shortest time!

Off To The Beach

one of our new inflatable obstacles

New Bondi Bash Inflatable

A new addition to complement the existing ‘Beach Huts’ in the Bronze show, where teams dash through the inflatable, dress a team member in a Bikini Babe Sumo Suit and accessories, then a dash rush back down the inflatable for the dressed up person.

Castle Chaos

The Castle Chaos Game

New Silver Show inflatable obstacle

 

The new bubble pit inflatable for the Silver Show. A chaotic, wet ‘Bubble Pit’ game where teams in relay collect different coloured balls from amongst the foamy bubbles.

Manic Mangles

Manic Mangles Inflatable

Another new attraction in the Silver Show, this is a great game where teams squeeze through the mangle slots on this fun inflatable. Collect stickers on a padded Velcro jacket as you go.

If you are interested in trying out any of these fantastic inflatables, then talk to us about organising a Knockout Challenge or joining one of our Public Events or contact us to organise you own Charity Knockout Challenge Day.