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Trips & Residentials

Festivals, residentials and more

Throughout the year, there are plenty of Christian events taking place, from workshops and retreats to festivals and residentials, that children and young people can take part in. In terms of planning the visit, do refer to A Safe Church for guidance. Here’s just a few:

Big Church Day Out (May) www.bigchurchdayout.com

CYFA Ventures www.ventures.org.uk

Fellowship Afloat Christian Adventure Holidays http://www.fact.org.uk/  (Essex)

Fort Rocky, YFC residential programmes http://www.yfc.co.uk/what-we-do/residentials/yfc-residentials/

Greenbelt (August) www.greenbelt.org.uk

Go MAD in Tanzania www.gomakeadifference.co.uk

New Wine (July/August) www.new-wine.org 

Pentecost Festival (based in South London) www.sharejesusinternational.com/tbbpe

Soul Survivor (Mainly summer, but there’s plenty going on all year round) www.soulsurvivor.com

Spree, Urban Saints summer camp (high octane) http://www.urbansaints.org/spree

Spring Harvest (Easter) www.springharvest.org

Youthwork, The Conference (November) www.youthworkconference.co.uk

RockUK Carroty Wood Adventure Centre (Tonbridge)  http://rockuk.org/centres/carroty-wood 


For those interested in pilgrimage, the following websites provide useful information:

Taize (France) www.taize.fr/en

Iona Youth Festival (Scotland) http://iona.org.uk/resources/youth/bellahouston-grafitti-project (NB the URL bears no relation to the content of the page)

Walsingham www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/education/youth_pilgrimage.htm

Venues for Weekends away

Ashburnham Place, In East Sussex is set in beautiful grounds and is a place of retreat, rest and connection with others. To find out more, go to: www.ashburnham.org.uk

St Mary’s Abbey, West Malling This is being developed to incorporate a Rochester Diocese / St Augustine's College of Theology training centre. The Abbey partially reopens Easter 2016, full opening not expected until September 2016 at the earliest). For more information, go to: www.mallingabbey.org

Wychcroft - the Diocese has a Training Centre in Wychcroft, Surrey which can be used for study groups, conferences and retreats www.wychcroft.org

Youth Hostels, hire and use a Youth Hostel for your own weekend away http://www.yha.org.uk/ 

Arethusa Venture Centre (Rochester) http://arethusa.org.uk/