Children’s summer activity: Drawing Money Competition

Looking for creative things to do over the summer holidays? Enter our free drawing competition for 5 to 11 year olds.

What to do

Our banknotes have many details on them that celebrate places around the UK. They include Big Ben in London, a lighthouse in Kent and a factory in Birmingham. 

We want your child to draw a note that celebrates the city, town or village where they live. We would like to see lots of colour and interesting details.

Elizabeth Tower, Winchester Cathedral and Margate Lighthouse from our current notes


Competition winners will get a selection of goodies from the museum shop and see their drawing published on our website and Facebook page.

Competition rules

Please read our competition rules carefully before you enter.

  1. The competition runs from Monday 13 July to midnight on Friday 14 August.

  2. The competition is open to UK residents aged 5 to 11 and has three age categories: 

    5 to 7 years old
    8 to 9 years old
    10 to 11 years old

    A responsible adult should enter on a child’s behalf. Please only submit one design per child.

  3. Drawing should be one side of a banknote (not a coin), and include the name and features of the city, town or area where your child lives. 

  4. We cannot judge an entry if it is not a drawing of a banknote, a copy of an existing note, shows anything offensive, or has anyone visible in the photo.

  5. If your drawing looks like a real bank of England note, you may need to follow our reproduction conditions. For example, if your design looks very convincing, you might need to write ‘SPECIMEN’ across it.

  6. By submitting an entry, you give consent for your child’s drawing to be publically displayed on our webpage and Facebook if it wins. We will include their first name, age, and the town they live in. 

  7. The winning entries displayed on our Facebook and website reflect the judges’ final decisions.

How to enter

You can either take a photo of the drawing or scan it. The image should be in jpg or png format. Please make sure it is in colour and the file is less than 5 megabytes in size.

Take the photo in good light, against a flat surface, and make sure the drawing is clear. A dark, blurred or grainy image will reduce the chance of winning.

Attach the file to the entry form on our Facebook page (you do not need a Facebook account to do this).

We will contact the winners by Friday 4 September, and ask them to provide a postal address. Please add to your contacts list so our email does not end up in your spam folder. If we don’t hear back from you in five working days we will choose another winner.

How we use your personal information

We will only use personal information and contact details for the purposes of the competition. We will delete them after we have announced the winners.

This page was last updated 28 July 2020
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