2018 Youth Pilgrimage dates:
Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August
Generation Hope: Into God's Future with Mary
Pilgrimage led by Bishop Philip North
New for 2018 - Catering Option for Youth Pilgrims
For the first time ever, the Shrine is able to offer a catering option during the annual Youth Pilgrimage. Instead of having to do all the shopping and transport cooking equipment, for those who opt in for the Catering Option, two meals a day (lunch & supper) will be provided by outside caterers and served in a special dining marquee. No more cooking or washing-up on site! All groups will need to do is provide breakfast for themselves.
To book the Catering Option please use the booking form below. The cost of the Youth Pilgrimage with Catering Option* is £140 per person. Provide your own food and do your own cooking - the cost is £80 person (if booked before 1st June; after this date - £90).
*includes Monday BBQ, plus lunch & supper on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.
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
In 2017, 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 2018, click here for further information on how to make a donation.
WYP 2017 - Who Do You Think You Are?
Click here to watch a short video of the 2017 Youth Pilgrimage. Read also a report by one of the young pilgrims present - further down this page. Visit the Photo Gallery for a full range of images of the WYP week of August 2017.
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
- Last night disco and karaoke Photos of the 2016 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 2017 Youth Pilgrimage can be found in the Photo Gallery on this website (About/Photo Gallery).