WHAT? WHERE? WHO?
What are the dates? Thursday 22nd - Monday 26th August 2019
Gates open at 2pm on Thursday 22nd August. The festival kicks off at 7pm that evening and will finish at 2pm on Monday 26th August. Guests will need to leave the site by 5pm on Monday evening.
Where will Walsingham Summer Festival take place? The National Catholic Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham. The festival site is opposite the premises of the Catholic shrine. It is just 15 minutes drive from the seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea and 2 and a half hours from London (via the M11). Look out for the big top tent!
Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham, Houghton St Giles, Little Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6AL
Who can come to the Walsingham Summer Festival? Anyone between the ages of 16 - 35, or families with parents or children in this age-range, are welcome.
Where do I sleep?
Can you tell me more about camping? Please bring your own tent! There are 4 campsites: Men, Women, Family and U-16 Groups.
Facilities: Toilet, shower blocks & fresh water points
Are under 18’s allowed to camp without a parent/guardian? Anyone under the aged of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or group leader who is responsible for them.
NO CARAVANS/MOTORHOMES on our festival site. Due to the where the festival is hosted we are not able to accommodate any caravans or motorhomes.
Can I choose to stay offsite? You are very welcome to choose a local B&B or campsite that facilitates for caravans/motorhomes and travel in for the day programme. Please ensure all your group members register in the normal way and you will receive your festival band on arrival which will grant you access to the site. The nearest private accommodation will be 1 mile away in the village of Little Walsingham, the Catholic Pilgrim Bureau is a good place to start. There are several campsites nearby along the coast, a 10-15 minute drive away.
What about food?
Does my ticket cover meals? Yes! Our catering facility offers you a simple breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the festival.
What about dietary requirements? Our amazing volunteer catering team cater for: vegetarians, gluten free, dairy free and vegans. You can't miss the 'dietary requirements' serving station in the catering tent.
Are there other places to eat on site?
ACTS Café serves hot drinks and tasty snacks in the warm environment of the cafe tent.
The Tuck Shop offers cold drinks and snacks throughout the day.
***Contactless payment is available on site***
Just off site there is the Shrine Cafe which serves hot meals, drinks and snacks. 1 mile away in the village of Little Walsingham there are several pubs, restaurants and a small shop.
Can I have a BBQ or campfire? Unfortunately due to health and safety, we cannot permit BBQs or campfires on site. If you are found with a BBQ or campfire you will be asked to let it out or have it removed.
How to book?
Can I register and pay on site? Yes, on-site registration will open at 2pm on Thursday 22nd of August and will be open until 10pm Thurs-Sat and 8pm on Sunday. Please be aware that an adult full gate ticket will be £150 and there are a limited amount of tickets. It is advisable to book early to get the early bird discount and avoid disappointment! When you arrive on site you will be issued with a wristband which will give you access to the festival programme.
I’ve been before and I want to come but I can’t afford the ticket price! Historically youth 2000 has always run on a ‘donation only’ policy, unfortunately this has led to the event becoming unsustainable. We have always said we never want money to be a barrier between you and our event and if that’s you, you can apply for a sponsored space here. Before you do so, please ask your family. friends, parish and other people who might love to sponsor you to come. So many older people are wanting support young people in their faith journey. The more money you raise for your place the more people we are able to help to come! Thank you so much!! IF YOU’RE A FIRST TIMER GO BACK TO THE BOOKING PAGE.
Can I sponsor an extra place? Yes please! Sponsored spaces allow young people who can’t afford the full ticket price a chance to experience the festival for the first time at no cost.
Can I just support the mission? If you’re not booking on but want to support Youth 2000 please give a general donation here.
I can’t make the event, can I get a refund? Unfortunately, as stated on our ticketing Terms & Conditions, we’re not able to refund or change tickets once purchased. We get so many requests that we have to be quite strict and as the cost of putting on the event far exceeds the income that we generate from tickets, giving refunds really does have an impact on the event.
What’s the best way to get there? Due to the venue being in the deep countryside we strongly recommend you drive and if possible car- share.
From the A148, turn towards the B1105 (Fakenham Road) towards East Barsham where you will cross over the River Stiffkey and take a sharp turn left. Follow this country road until you reach the festival site on your left hand side, just before the Slipper Chapel building.
Will there be coaches going this year? Currently Youth 2000 will not be putting on any coaches ( this may change). If you are able to organise a coach from your local area we will be happy to help promote it.
Can I get a train? You can but the nearest station is Kings Lynn which is still a good 30 minute drive from the festival site. We are looking into getting a shuttle bus service but currently cannot offer any transport from the station.
Can I park next to my tent at the Walsingham Festival? To make everyone on-site as safe as possible, our campsite is vehicle free. When you arrive at the Walsingham Festival, you will be directed into our designated car park. You'll need to carry your luggage from there to your camping pitch. We will have a welcome team with giant wheelbarrows to help you get all your camping essentials from your car! Before finding a place to pitch you’ll need to visit registration to collect your wristbands, pick up a programme and ask any questions. Please note that arriving later may mean a slightly longer walk to get to the campsite.