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Organising Your own Quiz Night

Quizzes are a great way to bring people of all ages and abilities together for a bit of healthy competition. Our team is here to support you with all the advice and tips you need to make your quiz night a success.

We’ve even written four rounds of quiz questions, answer sheets and answer questions to help, but feel free to add your own questions if you prefer. Remember to tailor it to your audience and have different themes for rounds.

Preparation

Download our quiz pack

Click here to download your quiz pack or if you would like one posted, please email our fundraising team

Choose a quiz date

Give yourself a few weeks to plan your quiz and when you are choosing a date, try to go for a date that doesn’t clash with any other major events or occasions.

Decide where to host your quiz night

Are you going to hold your quiz virtually or in person? If it’s safe to do it in person you want to hold your quiz at a venue such as a pub or community centre, make sure you book your venue as far in advance as possible. Charity rates may be available at some venues so don’t forget to ask and often pubs may give you the space for free if you can guarantee a minimum spend at the bar on the night.  If you are doing a virtual quiz, think about which platform you will host it such as on Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp or Teams (if you are doing it at work) .

  • Zoom can be used on a laptop, desktop computer, tablet or mobile phone. Zoom have advice on setting up a meeting here. Zoom is limited to 40 minutes on meetings with a free account, but that can always be worked around by setting up two meetings.
  • Skype can be used for up to 50 people, and you can download the Skype app for your computer, smartphone or tablet, no matter what platform your participants are using. For more advice on Skype click here.
  • WhatsApp  is available on smartphones, tablets, and through your computer (provided you have already set up an account using a smartphone).
  • Teams is great platform to host your quiz in your workplace. Teams have advice here for setting up on both Desktop and Mobile.

Decide your ticket prices for your quiz night

We suggest charging £5 per person to take part in the quiz but you can change this to a different amount or charge per team.

Invite people to your quiz

You can choose how many people are invited to the quiz but the more the merrier as this will boost your fundraising total! If you are holding your quiz in person, make sure you don’t go over the venue capacity and make sure you follow current social distancing measures.

Spread the word

Think about asking your friends, family, and wider network to spread the word and gather teams. Advertise the quiz at your local groups, clubs, and pubs to get the word out even further. Advertise your quiz on social media and if you are running a virtual quiz, you can even make a Facebook event and invite people to join.

Run through your whole quiz before the night

It’s a good idea to read the questions and answers and make sure you understand them in advance. Double check your answers and be prepared to reference your sources if your answers get challenged at all during the quiz.

On the night

Refreshments

If you are holding it in person, think about refreshments. Could you include a drinks token in the price of the ticket? Some venues might allow you to bring your own food or snacks, so you could even charge a bit more per ticket to include food.

No Phones

Stress a ban on the use of mobile phones during rounds –whoever wins must win fair and square!

Bring extra pens and paper

Come well stocked so you don’t run out on the night.

Know your venue

Identify the best spot in your venue for you or your quizmaster to ask the questions and give the answers. Know where the toilets are and where you can get extra chairs and tables if needed.

Announcing your winners

Once the quiz has ended and scores have been counted, you can announce the 3rd, 2nd and 1st place and award prizes (try to get these donated by local businesses if you can).

Thank all your supporters

At the end of the night, make sure you thank everyone for taking part and donating to Changing Lives.

Let the participants know how much has been raised once you know. Once you send in the funds raised to Changing Lives, we will post you out a certificate which you can proudly display a the quiz venue or on your social media if you did the quiz virtually.

Sending your funds to us.

You can send any funds you raise to the address below:

Central Office,
Unit D13 Marquis Court,
Tenth Avenue West
Team Valley
NE11 0RU

Please do not send cash in the post.

Alternatively you can send funds to us via bank transfer. Bank name: The Cyrenians Ltd. Sort Code: 20-60-03. Account Number: 90892084. Please put the reference as “Fundraising”.

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