8th March 2022

More than 60 primary schools are taking part in the record-breaking bid to play the Largest Game of Musical Bumps (multiple venues), with more than 7,000 pupils estimated to take part.

An official Guinness World Records adjudicator will be present at one school venue, with witnesses and stewards collating evidence at all other schools. Layla Moran, a former children’s party host and the current Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, will also visit one of the schools taking part, while the Mayor of Witney will also be involved in the challenge too.

BBC Radio Oxford are planning on broadcasting their Breakfast Show live from one of the primary schools taking part, and there is the chance for musical bumps winners at each school to be on the radio with David Prever’s Breakfast Club.

Thousands of children, aged four to 11, are expected to be involved in the Guinness World Records attempt, which is set to take place at 9.30am on March 18 - the day Red Nose Day is aired on BBC One at 7pm. The event aims to raise funds for Comic Relief.

Craig Glenday, Editor in Chief of Guinness World Records, said: “This is a phenomenally fun record! The adjudicator, witnesses and stewards will have their work cut out monitoring the bumps amid the organised chaos in the schools. Well done to BBC Oxford for proposing the event and helping to raise the vital funds for Comic Relief. Good luck to the Oxfordshire pupils - I am sure they will be Officially Amazing!”

Musical bumps is a popular children’s game a bit like musical chairs. Music is played and everyone taking part has to sit down on the ground as soon as it stops. In each round the last person to reach the ground is eliminated from the game until there is only one player left to be crowned the winner.

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls in Cheshire broke the single venue title for the Largest Game of Musical Bumps in September 2019, when 1,276 staff and pupils took part in the children’s game.

The event is being coordinated by Lottie Garton, a journalist and producer at BBC Oxford. She said: “Red Nose Day is one of the fun days everyone looks forward to at school – so we wanted to make it even more fun, bringing together children across Oxfordshire to join in a gigantic game of musical bumps!

“The work Comic Relief does is one of the reasons I love working for the BBC – the difference they make to young people not just here in the UK but across the world is astonishing, and it will be a privilege to raise money for them. There is something very special about children here working to raise money that helps make valuable changes to people their age across the world. Most of all, we hope it’s going to be loads of fun!”

Money raised by Red Nose Day will help people in the UK and around the world live free from poverty, violence and discrimination, and support people with their mental health. Donations will also help to fund organisations providing essential support for people in Ukraine affected by the terrifying conflict and the mass displacement of people in many parts of the world.

Samir Patel, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, says: “What’s so special about Red Nose Day is that it brings people from all over the UK together to make a big difference. We are so thankful for the incredible support from our fundraisers because whatever you do, big or small, helps people live free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

“This includes funding organisations that are supporting people right now in Ukraine, and on the borders. So whether you buy a Red Nose, bake cakes, smash a challenge or simply pick up the phone to donate, you have the power to change lives across the world and in the UK.”