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Santas on the Run Eden Project 2021 3.30pm

Sunday 5 December 2021
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Eden Project, St Austell
Fun runs
Event organiser:
Adult £10, Child £5, Under 2's free
Sponsorship Target:
£15 per person, £60 per family

Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle is back!

And we can’t wait to see you again in person!

The most tree-mendous 2k is back at the Eden Project for 2021, but it’s not all about Santa… this year it’s going freestyle! 

It’s time to go Christmas crackers with your festive fundraising... and your costumes!

  • When – Sunday 5 December at 3.30pm (other time slots are available for this event)
  • Where – The Eden Project
  • How – run, jog, skip or walk in the costume of your choice
  • Why - for local children living with a life-limiting condition this Christmas

To reduce the impact on the environment of single use Santa suits, this year we’re asking you to create your own costume. So, dig out the tinsel, find your furry antlers, recycle your Santa suit and spread festive cheer in your Christmas gear.

There will be surprise stations along the route to keep the whole family entertained and our special 30th Anniversary medal and festive treat for you at the finish!

Your registration fee also includes free entry to The Eden Project for the day for you and anyone who participates with you. 

Join our Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle Facebook group

Join the Santas Facebook group so you don’t miss anything about the day and ideas on how you can fundraise, and help to raise £30,000 to mark our 30th Anniversary!

So what are you waiting for… we've got limited places, sign up now!

Kindly sponsored by

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We put our customers first by supporting them when they are unable to work, when they become ill or when they lose a loved one. And as a mutual, we re-invest our profits into better customer service, more affordable premiums and payment of claims.

Festive fundraising for local families!

Fundraising with Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle is a festive way you and your family can raise vital funds to ensure that local children and families can continue to receive the care they need this Christmas and into the future.

To mark our 30th Anniversary we are challenging participants at The Eden Project to raise £30,000 – here's how you can help!

We're asking participants to raise a suggested sponsorship of just £15 and bring proof of this with you on the day in exchange for a festive treat!

Your fundraising pack with your runner number and everything you need will be sent to you in the post in November, but you can kick start your fundraising early by:

  1. Setting up an online giving page and sharing with friends and family on social media
  2. Collect coins on our coin collection card
  3. Collect sponsorship in our gingerbread house
  4. Print off a sponsorship form and ask friends and family to pledge sponsorship
  5. Set up Visufund page and ask work colleagues to donate in lieu of a Christmas card
  6. Join our Facebook group for festive fundraising ideas

Hold your own virtual event to raise sponsorship

  • Virtual festive bingo - email Kiley for information on how to organise one!
  • Virtual Christmas quiz – we can send you our template!
  • Christmas cookies and cake sale
  • Decorate your house in external Christmas lights and ask for donations! Your supporters can simply donate on your online giving page.
  • Organise a festive hamper raffle
  • Ask your child’s school to do a festive dress down day and bring in a donation.

Your fundraising makes a real difference to the 550 families we're supporting this Christmas – every penny counts so no coin is too small.

Santas on the Run FAQs

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Need help?

If you would like to find out more about this event just click the ask a question button to send us an email or give us a call and we'll be happy to help!

Call Kiley on 01726 871 800
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Other times

There are two further events times to choose from at The Eden Project this year.

Santas on the Run Eden Project at 10.30am

Santas on the Run Eden Project at 1.00pm


The Eden Project, Boelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG 

We are so excited to be welcoming you back to the Eden Project this year for Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle and a truly memorable way to kick start December with your friends and family.

Read our FAQs

Wave 3 - 3.30pm

  • 10.00am-2.00pm:  Arrive early at Eden to gain free entry- come to the sign in area outside The Gallery with your runners numbers. Enjoy the Eden Project’s festive activities and why not even pre-book their Santa experience, ice skating or zipwire to make it a full festive day out to remember!
  • 3.00pm: Best festive costume competitions
  • 3.20pm:  Festive warm up
  • 3.30pm: Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle – Wave 3 begins
  • 3.30pm- 4.00pm (ish):  Complete the 2k circular route as fast or slow as you wish enjoying the Snow, Selfie, Song and Sweets station as you go along! As you cross the finish line you will collect your medal and festive treat.
  • 4.00pm onwards:  Enjoy the rest of the Eden Project’s festive activities and why not even pre-book their Santa experience, ice skating or zipwire to make it a full festive day out to remember!

When you get home

  • Add your photos from the day to the Facebook group so we can judge the best photos captured from our Santas on the run weekend.
  • Watch our special pre-recorded story “ Santa is coming to Cornwall”

Festive fancy dress ideas

This year we are not supplying Santa suits as a part of your registration fee and have therefore reduced the entry fee to reflect this. This is to reduce the impact of single use Santa suits on the environment and also give you the opportunity to choose whether you want to be a Santa, reindeer, Snowman, Christmas Tree or just creative with any other festive attire.

We can not wait to see what festive fancy dress you decide to take part in so here are some ideas below to get you thinking:

  • Get creative with Christmas face paints
  • Sleigh it like Santa – dress up in red and decorate your Santa beard
  • Rock it like Rudolph- make reindeer ears with baubles!
  • Twinkle like tinsel – create your outfit with Christmas decorations and lights!
  • Sock it like a snowman
  • Find a white t-shirt and decorate it with festive pictures!
  • Make your own Christmas flag to carry

Important information

General CHSW event terms and conditions | Participant safety brief | FAQs

What are your Covid-19 entry requirements?

As a hospice care provider and working with the most vulnerable children and families (some of whom may be taking part) we will be putting in place extra measures across our events to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.

Following Government guidance and local city council requirements, we'll be asking all participants and staff members over the aged of 16 to bring with them proof of their NHS Covid Pass or NHS App which will be checked upon entry to the event village at each Santa venue.

You must be able to provide one of the following:

  1. Proof of negative lateral flow test taken 24 hours before arriving on site or attending the event
  2. Proof of double vaccinations or single dose of Janssen vaccine
  3. Negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test within the past 24 hours
  4. Positive PCR test within the past 180 days showing natural immunity following a COVID infection

We hope you understand why we would like to keep everyone including the families that we care for, our wonderful volunteers and yourselves safe. We will be keeping this under review alongside any changes in government guidance.

Everyone is being encouraged to take rapid Covid-19 tests at home twice a week to help stop the virus from spreading. This includes people who have had their vaccinations. This is not compulsory, but we're hoping that in order to protect everyone at the event, you will recognise the benefits of getting involved in testing to reduce the spread of the virus.