Coming Soon To A Screen Near You: The Big Smoke Video


Everything becomes a lot clearer when you see something first hand. You get that “oh yeah” moment when something finally clicks, and you ‘get’ what everyone has been ranting and raving about for the past half an hour. So, the Big Smoke team have been thinking how we can create an “oh yeah” moment when it comes to our events; how we can show you just how good our scavenger hunts are.  It’s all well and good taking our word for it or trusting what your best friend’s mum’s uncle told you about us, but sometimes that isn’t quite enough. We understand you might need just that little bit more to appreciate what you are signing up to and getting involved in – and to get a feel for the fun that the Big Smoke team have every day.

So, watch this space for the upcoming Big Smoke video! It will feature everything, ‘warts n’ all’, from the briefing, the challenges to the final awards ceremony and of course what previous ‘hunters’ thought about their day. We hope it will help you decide if it’s the right activity for you, whether you’re organising a hen party, corporate away-day, birthday party or retirement do, hopefully it will be the event for you!  Prepare yourself for the Big Smoke video coming to a computer screen near you!

A Birthday Bash to Remember

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Your bestie is gearing up for a big birthday – maybe it’s the 21st, 30th, 40th or even the 80th!!!! So, what to do to celebrate? Most of us have a total mix of friends, some are sporty, some love history and others enjoy a few drinks and never take themselves too seriously, so finding something everyone can enjoy can be difficult. By the time you are organising the next few dos to celebrate the milestones you really need to come up with something that everyone will find fun!

That’s where something interactive, challenging and fun, without breaking the bank (nor, most importantly, breaking any life-long friendships!) can fit the bill.  Needless to say, we think our Scavenger Hunt can tick all the boxes – and we’re not alone.  Here’s what Julie from Clapham said to us after her Hunt.

“We had a simply fantastic time. Since we were in our teens, my best friend and I have organised something special for our respective birthdays and now we’re in our late 20’s we were both beginning to run out of ideas as you can imagine! But a scavenger hunt was a perfect solution. Not only did our usual gang all turn out, we included partners – and parents too! Such good fun.” 

We can top n’ tail our events with beers and prosecco, tea and cakes – whatever you want to make the day more special… Why not get in touch to find out more and make the next birthday bash one to remember!

Make the Break and get out of the Comfort Zone

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So, you’re tasked with organising the birthday party/hen weekend/office summer get-together or Friday night booze-up? We say, DO NOT be tempted by the same-old-same-old; the “safe bet”’ or “the usual”. This is your chance to shine, to make it big in the organising stakes, to get out of the comfort zone, which we all know is good to do once in a while and organise something that is SERIOUSLY GOOD FUN!

If running around your favourite part of London undertaking some crazy challenges against the clock with a bunch of mates (or soon to be best friends), then a Big Smoke Scavenger Hunt could tick all the right boxes for you. 

If brain-teasers and impersonating a mannequin in Top Shop’s window or mental-maths (don’t worry, we do the simple stuff), whilst squeezing as many of you as possible into a phone box sounds like a pleasant change from sitting in the pub garden just hoping the sun stays out long enough to warm your larger,  or popping yet another bottle of prosecco (ok, you can do that too), then make the break and book the hunt!

At £25 per person its original, it bonding and it’s bloomin’ good fun- and it’s not going to break the bank! Click here to book now!

Sports Day to the Work Place - It All Comes Together in a Scavenger Hunt

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Now, some of you might be a bit older than me, some of you not, but I remember sports day at primary school as being “all inclusive”. Unfortunately, this didn’t mean unlimited sweets and fizzy drinks all day, it was all about being part of a team.  My headteacher’s slogan was “it’s taking part that counts”; winning the race hardly seemed to matter! 

However, it was all change by the time I got to secondary school with the introduction of the “hybrid” sports day - team work with a competitive edge.  It suddenly became alright to win, in fact we were now actively encouraged to run the fastest, throw the furthest, jump the highest – all for your team’s glory.

And that’s pretty much how life then turns out to be once you hit the working treadmill; you often need to develop a competitive streak whilst being a team player – and to be honest, it’s this skill, fine-tuned in our formative years on the sports field that shines through with our corporate group scavenger hunts – having a healthy, competitive approach not only adds to the fun of the challenges, most often it’s the most competitive teams who really get the best out of the day!

Approaching the scavenger hunt challenges as you would a game of rounder’s, a new client presentation or an on the job training session undoubtedly helps you as an individual build confidence and skill; but just like sports day, it’s taking part that really counts.

Another Great Scavenger Hunt in the Bank

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Another great hunt with satisfied customers safely delivered, but a first for our new friends from NatWest Mobile (hence the banking pun – a bit weak I know!), but we’re pleased to say they had a brilliant, action-packed afternoon of competitive team building whilst having a lot of laughs and fun too.

This group of 15 split perfectly into three groups of five and my goodness, didn’t these guys have a competitive streak!  Our bespoke hunt comprised 30 challenges for the teams to complete in a two-hour window, with teams taking photos and video footage along the way for the final presentation and prize giving at The Warwick in central London.

“It was just so much fun and great way to really get to know colleagues” Sophie, NatWest Mobile event organiser.

We are delighted they had a good time! The benefits of a Scavenger Hunt for corporate clients are many (it’s a great opportunity to bond with colleagues, it’s something everyone can participate in; it’s cost effective, safe – the list goes on), but what is often most important to us at Big Smoke is that everyone has a good time and enjoys themselves – and NatWest Mobile certainly did just that!

For more information about our corporate scavenger hunts please click here, or if you want to see some pictures from the day follow us on Instagram @thebigsmokeevents

When a Challenge Fail Goes Wrong

You may have seen it, you certainly would have laughed at it but yesterday when we hosted a scavenger hunt for Tesco we were not expecting such an epic fail from one of our challenges. When James Moss took on the challenge of “pretending” to swim into the Thames he didn’t realise he would in fact be taking a dip!! Caught perfectly on camera by his team mates, we witness one of the best falls ever at The Big Smoke Events. But this video didn’t stop there, oh no, it has now gone viral, with The Evening StandardThe Sun and the Daily Mail both publishing an article about the hilarious fall, Lad Bible posted it to their Facebook page, which received over 3 million views and the clip has almost reached 81,000 retweets and over 170,000 likes on Twitter!! We can’t quite believe it! It will have you in fits of laughter, well I certainly was. If you want to have this much fun you know where we are.

Discovering your City

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Most of us know our local environment based upon where we live, our commute to work, or where we socialise, but we often become so familiar and comfortable in our surroundings that we tend not to notice what is right in front of us and the location we call home starts to become a little like wallpaper! Our city can become boring; we’ve seen all the tourist sites, trouped around the same old pubs every weekend, walked the same walks – it can all get a bit repetitive and we often run out of inspiration! Faced with “what shall we do this weekend?” can be one of the most difficult questions to answer! What on earth is there to do that’s fun and different?

In a vain attempt to add some variety we often splash the cash to escape the norm but what you might be looking for could be literally on your doorstep, and it needn’t break the bank!  It’s all about seeing your city in a new light, perhaps even getting lost in the place you thought you knew or discovering places you never would have gone to before, or even knew existed! 

What is this great activity I hear you ask…It’s a Scavenger Hunt! The ultimate way to really get under the skin of the city; to find something new or rediscover an old favourite haunt and seeing things and places in a different light. So, how does this all work?  You choose the location; we set the challenges: ten videos, ten photos and ten items to find. Together with family, friends, work colleagues or perhaps your yoga class, dog walking group or knitting circle. It is for anyone and everyone! But most importantly, it’s a great way to reinvigorate your interest in your city and rediscover the town beneath your feet!

To find out more, please contact us here.

A New Family Tradition

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Most families have them; one of ours is going to the beach on New Year’s Day, no matter how bad the weather, no matter how bad the hangover! Some people have day-long Monopoly tournaments and I even have a friend whose family organise a super competitive annual sports day with trophies and everything! So whatever shape your family get together takes, or if you are looking for something different to add to the calendar, or perhaps just to start a new tradition – a Scavenger Hunt could tick all the right boxes.

It’s our special combination of friendly competition, physical challenge (don’t be put off, its basically walking around town or using public transport, we don’t expect you to scale Nelson’s column!), and brain teasers – just to get the grey matter into gear too – that makes this an activity where there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.  From toddlers to teens, mums to granddads we can tailor-make an event to suit your family profile; suit your location and suit your budget.

It’s also great fun! Two hours of entertainment and laughter, and with a medal at the end too, who could want for anything more?! But seriously, getting together as a family is really about being together and creating special memories – and we hope at Big Smoke we can help families achieve just that!

To get in touch contact us here.