Our indispensable guide to the summer's most exciting and inspirational festivals and conferences.
I don’t think it’s too much of an exaggeration to declare that this winter has been going on for about 85 years. Who could have predicted that we’d still be allowing for snow in mid-March or that April showers would feel more like April washout? But there are rumours of a heatwave this week. So whilst I’m not packing away my boots in favour of flip-flops just yet I am ready to look forward to the summer and with it, an influx of fantastic Christian festivals and conferences.
If you haven’t booked a ticket yet, check out our guide to what’s going on around the UK.
Deep in the heart of the beautiful Lake District, this perennial Bible week is always popular and boasts serious teaching in its own convention centre. There are three weeks to choose from, the speakers may change, but the views remain the same.
Week 1: July 14th - 20th
Week 2: July 21st - 27th
Week 3: July 28th - August 30th
Featured speakers include Christopher Ash, Steve Brady, Tim Chester, Krish Kandiah, Chris Wright and David Cook. With music from Stuart Townend, Colin Webster or Alanna Glover and Philip Percival.
It started off as an Anglican affair, but soon branched out, and now all kinds of people head to a New Wine celebration each summer. The two weeks take place in sunny Shepton Mallet.
Week 1: 28th July - 3rd August
Week 2: 5th August - 11th August
Speakers include Pete Greig, Miriam Swaffield, Rachel Gardner, Andy Hawthorne and much more.
Best to get your tickets soon, week 1, in particular, is already filling up fast!
Gathering together 1000s of people across four events in Scotland, Stafford and Peterborough. Word of mouth suggests that wherever you are in the world, you’re never very far from a Soul Survivor event.
The speaker lineup yet to be announced but expect large-volume, loud worship, powerful stories from missionaries and much more. All accompanied by buzzing sports venues and hot chocolate mountains.
Scotland: Kinross - 21st - 25th July
Week A - Stafford - 4th - 8th August
Week B - Peterborough - 18th - 22nd August
Week c - Peterborough - 24th - 18th August
The newest addition to the Soul Survivor family. Naturally Supernatural is an event for the whole church that focuses on spending time in God’s presence and making plenty of space for his Holy Spirit to move among us.
Stafford - 28th July - 2nd August
Book before 1st May to save £10 on the ticket price.
New Day brings together young people in their teens and early 20s to learn about and worship God. Initially formed to service the Newfrontiers network of Churches, the event now attracts groups from all Churches up and down the country.
Norfolk Showground, near Norwich - 30th July - 4th August
Creation Fest offers something for everyone: Music, Bible, Skate, and Family all in the beautiful Cornwall. Creation Fest is FREE to attend!
Expect Bible teaching and worship alongside comedy nights, art workshops, a sports programme, a silent disco and fireworks.
Royal Cornwall Event Centre, Wadebridge - 4th - 10th August
David’s Tent is a 72-hour Christian worship festival hosted on the Wiston Estate in the West Sussex, England. The 3-day gathering features international and local musicians leading non-stop worship, onsite camping, break-out sessions with guest speakers – plus fellowship, picnicking, prophetic art, and lots more!
Guests include Steffany Gretzinger, Jonathan and Melissa Helser, Jon Thurlow, Sean Feucht, Graham Kendrick and many more.
Wiston Park, Sussex - 24th - 27th August
Without a doubt the most famous Christian arts festival in the UK. Greenbelt has a reputation for provocative speakers and top-rated musicians. They provide a full programme for the whole family, a relaxed ‘festy’ vibe.
This year’s eclectic line up includes Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, Food blogger and activist Jack Monroe, Paula Gooder, Writer and broadcaster, Simon Mayo, Vicky Beeching and more.
Boughton House, Northamptonshire - 24th - 27th August
Book before 30th April for additional discount.
Otherwise called, “the festival formerly known as grapevine!” A Christian festival for all the family.
Seminars from Pete Atkins, Jarrod & Vicky Cooper, Carl and Sarah Belcher and more.
Lincolnshire Showground - 24th - 28th August
Rocknations takes place at Life Church in Bradford and is for young people and their leaders.
The current announced line up includes Micahn Carter and Rachel Gardner with more to be announced soon.
Life Church, Bradford
Conference One: 6th - 8th August
Conference Two: 9th - 11th August
Faith Camp is an action-packed, fun-filled week for all the family at the Peterborough Arena. Faith Camp has a full-on afternoon seminar programme as well as morning and evening preaching & teaching. There’s something for all the family including 5 groups for 0s-18s.
Peterborough: 28th July - 4th August
Reduced prices until 31st May.
A grassroots, independent festivals featuring over 30 UK based bands, across 3 stages, over 3 days in 33 acres of exclusive parkland.
Moggerhanger Park, Bedfordshire: 10th - 12th August
ONE DAY EVENTS
If you fancy a day out in the capital that won’t eat into precious annual leave then why not join 40,000 people of all ages at the Emirates Stadium to hear a transformative message of Good News.
The idea is you attend and invite ‘just one’ friend to come along too!
Canon J. John will be sharing the message.
Emirate Stadium, London: 8th July
Gospel Rave Summer Party
A mix of hip-hop, R&B, afrobeat, SOCA and house music, the lineup includes Faith Child, True Praise and Chris Da Ambassada. Plus an evening BBQ.
London: July 8th - Tickets are only £10
Encouraging Christians from East London and Essex to meet, share, worship and find resources together. Festival-goers can enjoy worship, bands, speakers and activities in the beautiful grounds of St Peter’s Church and the home of the Othona Community.
Bradwell on Sea, Essex: 7th July
An outside creative worship event to gather people from across many different churches. Set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside with space for exploring woodland and a campfire. Arrive from 7.00pm there will be a few things for you to do including getting to know others and socialising, prayer, worship, and creative activities. The evening will then finish all together with a campfire worship time.
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk: 15th July
These are only some of the fantastic events going on this summer – there are many others if you're going to one we’ve missed – please add it in the comments below. And don't forget you can order talks from Christian conferences across the country, some of which even date as far back as 50 years ago, from our Talks department.
If, like me, part of the holiday fun is in the planning and preparing, check out our ‘festival essentials’ packing guide.
April 19th, 2018 - Posted & Written by Laura White