The Youth Pilgrimage

2018 Youth Pilgrimage:

Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August

Generation Hope: Into God's Future with Mary

Pilgrimage led by Bishop Philip North

For the first time in years, the 2018 Walsingham was blessed with glorious sunshine and nearly 600 young pilgrims and their leaders gathered for five days of lively worship and teaching, prayer and devotion mixed with fun activities and the chance to make new friends in England’s Nazareth.

Pilgrims to Walsingham have been reflecting this season on the title of ‘Mary, Star of Hope’ which inspired the YP2018 theme of “Generation Hope: into God’s future with Mary”.

Bishop Philip North and his teaching team helped pilgrims to reflect on the hope we are given through faith in Jesus Christ, and how Mary helps us by her example and prayers to place our hope and trust in God. “Do not be afraid” are the words spoken to Mary by the angel, and Bishop Philip reminded us that they are words we hear again and again in the Bible. Christians can look to the future with hope, knowing that God is with us and that his love will never let us go.

To get a flavour of the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage, see the photographs available on the Shrine’s Photo Gallery or follow the link below to view the WYP2018 Highlights video.

Next year’s Youth Pilgrimage: Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August 2019

WYP 2018 - Generation Hope - Into God's Future with Mary

Click here to watch a short video of the 2018 Youth Pilgrimage. Read also a report by one of the young pilgrims present at 2017's YP - further down this page. Visit the Photo Gallery for a full range of images of the WYP week of August 2018.


Click here for a PDF information and booking form

Click here for the Youth Pilgrimage Code of Conduct

Click here for the Youth Pilgrimage Health & Safety Guidelines

Click here for a sample Risk Assessment Form

Click here for a copy of the Shrine's Safeguarding Policy

Click here for a copy of the Clergy sign-up sheet

Click here for a DBS Clearance Confirmation Form

Click here for a Parental Consent Form


In 2018, hundreds of young people were able to make the journey to Walsingham for the annual Youth Pilgrimage because of the prayers and financial support of hundreds of 'Godparents' - pilgrims and friends who raised £16,000. If you would like to support young people in this way in 2019, click here for further information on how to make a donation.


Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage: The Stats

  • Camp with hundreds of other young Christians in the village of Little Walsingham - minutes from the Shrine
  • Mass in a Big Top with the amazing band CJM
  • Bible Studies
  • First night BBQ & Disco
  • Wednesday All-Night Liturgy
  • Tread in the footsteps of pilgrims from the past 950 years on the Holy Mile
  • Workshop afternoon with crafts, dance, sport, drama, music with CJM - and inflatables!
  • Chill out in the café
  • Photos of the 2018 Youth Pilgrimage can be found in the Shrine Photo Gallery

Who Do You Think You Are? - The 2017 Youth Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage - Rain soaked tents, drawing in the sand and learning the power of self

This article was written for The Church Times by Sophia Laycock, a member of the St. Albans Cathedral group.

The Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage has been such an uplifting experience. Although there have been flooded tents and rainy days, our campers (while soaked) had one of the best weeks of their lives; meeting new people, learning about their faith and embracing everyone’s beliefs with joy and enthusiasm.

A part of this trip we all enjoyed was the music (played by CJM in the big top tent) both within services and at the discos. It played a large role in uniting the pilgrims in prayer as well as friendship.

All the pilgrims also loved day trips out. Our St Albans Cathedral Group visited Norwich and Cromer. We went to the sea, drew our names in the sand and visited Norwich Cathedral. Some of the other pilgrims visited Wells-by-the-Sea on the ‘Enchanted Railway’ which they assured us was a delight.

Above all we have learned so much. Our theme at Walsingham this year was: “Who do you think you are?”

Within this theme we explored our identities and how modern-day society may have influenced how we perceive ourselves with a particular focus on social media.

I found it impressive that we looked at how this affects real people and having a speaker (Bishop Phillip North) explaining how he found his identity through his faith really made me marvel at the love, kindness and forgiveness people feel through God in everyday life.

And that is what Christians really strive to; to feel God’s love for them, to treat people with kindness and forgiveness, and to share the Good News.

However, above everything else we are so grateful for being given the opportunity to come on this Youth Pilgrimage. It wouldn’t have been possible without all the volunteers, our leaders and our ‘God Parents’ (individuals who donated money so we could attend this pilgrimage). We are so thankful we could all share in this experience and learn so much while having fun with friends old and new.

A full range of photos of the 2018 Youth Pilgrimage can be found in the Photo Gallery on this website (About/Photo Gallery).