Bingo is a fun game for all ages. It's very simple - a series of random numbers are selected from a sack or by a bingo machine. Players have cards (all unique) containing a set amount of numbers. If a number is called which matches a number on their card they can cross it off. The first to cross off a full line of number, two lines of numbers or all their numbers (called a full house) wins a prize.
A number of games could be played throughout the evening, with entertainment, food and music in between.
Where to host your event?
Church and community halls, school halls or social clubs are ideal. But you could even organise a small Bingo night at home with a barbecue. Bingo can be played anywhere!
It is good to include some sort of refreshment to make a real night of it. Most bingo nights will include some form of refreshment so you need to think about catering facilities and a bar if you require one. Often tickets for the Bingo Night can be sold to include some kind of meal. Perhaps serve food that could be cooked by volunteers in advance and then reheated at the venue.
You will need to offer some form of drink, be it soft drinks, alcohol or simple teas and coffees. With alcohol sometimes it’s easier to perhaps offer food but allow the venue to supply the bar. Another simple option is to have a BYOB (bring your own bottle) system; this also can get you around licensing requirements.
How to fundraise
You can charge for the bingo night in various ways - some prefer an all-in price for the evening which will include a card for every game and refreshments; others prefer to charge per game. It's always best to offer the option to purchase extra game cards too - this way you can make more money.
What you need
To organise a top bingo night you will need
- Bingo cards and equipment (widely available online)
- Pens or bingo dabbers for participants
- A bingo caller (someone to shout the numbers out)
- A microphone & speaker (or a bingo caller with a loud voice!)
- Prizes for winners
Make it fun
Why not have a theme for your bingo night and have all your players wearing fancy dress? Perhaps prizes could be awarded for the best dressed!
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