The Big Jar Adventure

Have you found a jar? Do you want to be involved in a quest? Of course you do!

The aims of The Big Jar Adventure
We’re trying to achieve two things with The Big Jar Adventure.

Firstly, we’re trying to release a jar in every single city in the UK. 14 cities have already been jarred & there are only 52 left to do.

Secondly, we’re going to see how far around the world we can spread the jars and how many different countries we can get. Let’s see how far a single jar can travel!

What do I do?

Firstly, you need to have found one of my jars. Secondly, you need to be prepared to release it.

If you decide to release a jar, please do the following:

Check the city list to see which cities still need a jar. If possible, arrange to release your jar in one of the remaining cities.

Leave the jar somewhere safe. I avoid high or uneven walls, the walls of schools or nurseries and anywhere jars may cause injury. Personally I also avoid war memorials and graveyards but I won’t be upset if you do leave one there. I’ve found that jars which are partially concealed are more likely to be reported them.

Photograph your jar after you’ve released it and make a note of where you’ve left it – taking photos of the street name is the easiest way.

Send me your photographs and details of where you’ve left the jar.

If you release a jar that ‘tags’ one of the cities we’re trying to get, you’ll get a mention on the Big Jar Adventure page and earn the title ‘Jar Star’. You’ll also be mentioned on the blog. There are no special prizes, just the kudos of having taken us nearer to our goal.

Do I have to release my jar?
No, you don’t. Releasing jars can be hard – I found it very painful at first. Even if you’ve found lots of jars, you’re under no obligation to release a single one. You are the only person who can decide whether you’re ready to let go of a jar and I don’t want anyone to feel pressured to do this.

Is it OK to release my jar somewhere that’s not on the city list?
Of course. It would be super helpful if you can release a jar in the remaining UK cities or take a jar to another country but you can choose to release the jar anywhere you please, even in Bristol. It’s entirely up to you.

I’m not planning a trip anywhere, do I have to walk the jar myself?
No, you don’t. Jars can be posted to friends or volunteers in other areas of the UK or anywhere around the world. If you’re posting a jar, please package it carefully and make sure that your recipient wants the responsibility of walking a jar.

I’ve not found a jar, can I still be involved?
Yes, you can volunteer to receive and walk a jar by leaving a comment on this page. Please make sure you leave some way for the Jar Finder to contact you, i.e. an email address, Twitter name or a link to your blog.

But I’m desperate to be involved. Please, please will you post me a jar?
I’m sorry but I can’t. According to the rules, I have to walk and release every single one of the jars myself, so as much as I’d like to I can’t post a jar instead of releasing it. The only people who can send you a jar are people who’ve found one. You’ll just have to hope that a generous Jar Finder will contact you and then you can hash out the details between yourselves.

I’ve found a jar and I’m willing to send it to a Jar Fan, what do I do?
Please contact your chosen Jar Fan directly using the information they’ve left in their comment. If that doesn’t work, please contact me and I’ll try to sort it out but please note that I’m already drowning in project admin and I don’t want to get too involved in organising jar swaps. You will need to decide on postage costs and details between yourselves.

44 Responses to The Big Jar Adventure

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  2. I’m up for releasing a jar in Salford (and Manchester, which isn’t on the either the “done” or “todo” lists)

  3. Hello K and all Big Jar Adventure Fans,

    I’d be delighted to release a Jar in Sunderland and one in Durham. Please get in touch if you’d like to send me one. :)

  4. Sarah says:

    I already re-released mine in Bristol! I’m going to London at the weekend so I’ll look extra hard over the next few days :)

  5. Celia says:

    Not sure what you are counting as a city but I’d be delighted to release one in Winchester – it is a city, albeit a small one!

  6. Sheri Ponzi says:

    I’d love to release one in Historic Uptown Kingston, NY, USA. The first capitol of New York!

  7. If someone would like to post a jar to me, I would be happy to release it somewhere in San Francisco California USA.

  8. LaVonne says:

    Count me in for San Diego, California USA!

  9. Marie says:

    Hi, happy to release one in Scotland for you. If a jar finder wants a Scottish release pal. I fairly easy for me to do a release in Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow. Great idea to spread the jar love.

  10. Cindy says:

    So cool! I’d love to release a jar in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, USA!

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  12. On second thought, if you would prefer somewhere else in the Los Angeles metro area I am happy to oblige: for example,

    beautiful downtown Burbank!

    I love this project and would be delighted to support it. :)

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  17. Holly Bendezu says:

    I would love to hide one in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  18. wendy says:

    How about sending one over to Japan–would love to hide it somewhere around here!

  19. Angelique says:

    I volunteer myself to release one in Austin, TX

  20. caroline says:

    I live in Wotton under Edge and would be happy to collect a jar from Bristol and re release it in Bath.

  21. Jessie says:

    If anyone wants to post one to Denver, Colorado I would happily release a jar into the wilds of the Rocky Mountains. Feel free to contact me on twitter @no_pinch.

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  23. Courtney Dentel says:

    Hi – I am a high school art teacher in Newark, NY (between Syracuse and Rochester), U.S.A.

    I would love to be involved in this somehow with my students. Any thoughts?

    • kirsty says:

      I’ll see what I can do, Courtney. Perhaps you could drop me an email to let me know what would work for you?

  24. Lucilla says:

    I live in south Wales and I’d be happy to receive a jar to be placed in either Exeter or Plymouth. So if any Jar Finder is ready to part with a jar please get in touch.

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  28. Allison says:

    Please get in touch if you can release a jar in a location on the city list. I have some jars that I am willing to rerelease.

  29. Thea says:

    Hi. I’m in Swindon, but I occasionally go to London, and can put one in the city of London or Westminster, might not be straight away though.

    Allison – I have a contact page on my blog, Theo’s jar would be awesome, as it’s similar to my name.

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  31. Allison says:

    Just letting you know that I’ve just sent off 2 jars to Thea. She is going to release them in Westminster and the City of London.

  32. I don’t live in a city but I live very close to John O Groats – so I can release a jar into the wild as far north on mainland Britain as it can get. x

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  34. Angela says:

    Hello from Downunder! I am in Brisbane, Australia & if anyone would like to send me a jar I would be more than happy to take it for a walk. Also, if anyone would like to get involved in a simillar project we have blogging here in Australia, please check out –

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