Are you a teacher, a chaplain, a vicar with links to a local school, or a keen parent looking to organise a fun event for Pancake Day? Then why not have a Big Pancake Party with your local school! We’ve come up with some fun and helpful ideas to get your party started.

To flip or not to flip - Coppull Parish School in Chorley have had the wonderful idea of combining their Big Pancake Party with World Book Day, which happens to fall two days after Shrove Tuesday, on the 2nd of March. We recommend Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley or Pancakes Pancakes by Eric Carle, and we’d make a joke about reading Peter Pan-cake but that just seems childish…

Around the world in 80 pancakes - Now we've all heard of the French crepe, and seen those big fluffy stacks of American pancakes, but they're just the tip of the iceberg! Why not use your Big Pancake Party to introduce the children to some international pancakes like the Austrian Kaiserschmarrn, the Venezuelan Cachapas, or the South African Pannekoeke? Take a look at our recipes.

A Pancake Picasso - Recently we learned that pancakes are no longer confined to being wonderfully tasty big round blobs, as former Great British Bake Off contestant, Benjamina, taught us her method for an intricate lace pancake. Why not run a competition at school for the children to come up with their own pancake design on paper, and the winner could attempt to make it a pancake reality? 

Being thankful for what you have - Of course, we want your Big Pancake Party to be all sorts of fun, but it's important to encourage the children to think about some of the wider issues around food; being thankful for what you have, and thinking about others who don't have as much. We've come up with some free resources for use in an assembly or in the classroom that you can download here.  

And a few final top tips for your Big Pancake Party!

  1. I think I speak on behalf of all adults when I say… we like pancakes too! Don’t be afraid to ask parents and carers to join in with your Big Pancake Party.
  2. If you’re worried about the dreaded sugar rush, pancake toppings don’t always have to be unhealthy and fresh fruit can still make a delicious topping!
  3. Supermarkets can be open to supporting causes by donating some ingredients to help on the day. You never know if you don’t ask!

If you have any questions or need any more information, please do get in touch on 0207 898 1090, or send us an email to hello@cuf.org.uk. For those of you who are inspired to get involved, you can register for your fundraising pack here!