Our Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, Outdoor Gardens and Core education centre are now open to visitors. All visits must be pre-booked online.

Sleep Out is a nationwide event organised by the End Youth Homelessness (EYH), a national collaboration of grassroots charities and companies that provide vital support to homeless young people across the UK. The EYH are continually working to raise crucial funds for as many of the 86,000 young people who experience homelessness every year as possible.

Get involved

Would you be willing to swap your bed for a sleeping bag and cardboard mat to spend a night sleeping outside for one night? You, your friends and your colleagues can be a part of it. 

Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate homelessness, but it does show you some of the realities – the cold, the damp, the noise and the difficulty of carrying on your day with little sleep. It’s not easy – but we’ll tuck you in with a night of music, food and good company before bedtime.

The event helps to raise awareness of the issues around homelessness but also raises valuable funding and support for local grassroots organisations who are taking direct action to support homeless people to get back on their feet and turn their lives around.

We're asking participants to sign up (small, non-refundable registration fee applicable) and to commit to fundraise as much as possible. As places are limited, we ask that participants aim to raise at least £200. The event is open to people aged 16 and over.

You will be provided with a cardboard mat to lie on and a ‘Sleep Out Bag’ but please remember to bring a sleeping bag. You will be sleeping outside but there is cover overhead so that the event can take place whatever the weather.

Details of the charities

Eden has linked up locally with two South West charities, St Petroc’s Society and the Amber Foundation (EYH). When registering you will be able to select one to fundraise for; these deserving charities will be extremely grateful for any monies raised. 

St Petroc’s Society

St Petroc's Society exists to end street homelessness in Cornwall and they provide a diverse range of services for the single homeless, who, more often than not, fall outside the responsibility of statutory authorities. The Society provides accommodation, support, advice, training and resettlement services to single homeless people in Cornwall. Within resources available, they strive to provide the best quality of service possible. Their primary aim is to provide these services to people aged 16-65 years and for whom no provision is made within the community, either statutory or otherwise.

Amber Foundation

Amber Foundation is an independent charity that helps homeless and unemployed young people in crisis to positively turn their lives around. They offer a temporary safe place to live with 30 other young people at one of three residential centres, including at their centre in Devon. They provide a mix of support, structure, new experiences and accredited training that builds young people’s motivation, self-discipline and skill set.  They support residents to overcome their personal challenges and move on to education or employment and safe, sustainable accommodation.


There will be a selection of activities to join in with throughout the evening as well as hot food, and hot drinks to keep you warm. You will be able to hear talks and stories from representatives from each of the charities we will be supporting.