Arrange a Pilgrimage

Contact the Hospitality Department

Please check with the Hospitality Department that there is availability for the time you want to visit. Any of the team can offer you help and advice. Please note that bookings for 2020 are now being taken. Booking for 2021 opens on March 1st, 2020.

Decide on your dates - then either:-

  • Telephone the Hospitality Department on 01328 820239;
  • Email us on accom@olw-shrine.org.uk
  • Write to: The Hospitality Department, The Milner Wing, The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Common Place, Walsingham, NR22 6BP

Publicise your Pilgrimage

A PDF of the 2020 Pilgrimage will be available in February for display in your church.

Grants towards the cost of pilgrimage are available from the St John’s Guild for those registered with a sight impairment and their carers. Click here to find out more.

Before you leave - Preparing your People for Pilgrimage

Parish priests should give careful thought to how pilgrims will be prepared spiritually and practically for the experience. Some parishes will organise a meeting before departure for pilgrims, others will celebrate the Mass or provide an opportunity for confessions. Pilgrims should certainly be encouraged to think of a particular intention for prayer for their pilgrimage and those unable to come should know that their needs and thanksgivings will be offered in prayer.

Planning a Programme

The first matter to consider is when to come on pilgrimage. The full season runs from Easter until the end of October and a slightly modified pilgrimage programme is offered from February until Easter and throughout November. During Lent there is a special Lenten programme which focuses on the cross and on penitence. The majority of groups come for a weekend; however increasing numbers are opting for a midweek pilgrimage which offers a little more space and tranquillity. The full programme is offered on Tuesday and Wednesday.Most groups arrive on the Friday evening; this allows plenty of time for pilgrims to settle into their accommodation, socialise on the Friday evening, make the Stations of the Cross on Saturday morning and go for a local visit on Saturday afternoon (Wells-next-the-Sea, Sandringham House and Estate, and Blickling Hall are popular destinations.) However, it is possible to arrive on the Saturday and still take a full part in the weekend programme.

Shrine Services for all Pilgrims

Before departure pilgrimage organisers will want to construct a programme for their group. There are two areas of input for this programme, the first of which is the timetable of worship that the shrine offers for all pilgrims. The fixed points of the full season are -

Saturday

5.00 pm Shrine Prayers
6.00 pm Pilgrimage Mass
8.15 pm  Sermon, Procession of OLW and Benediction

Sunday

11.00 am Parish Mass (at S. Mary's Church)
 2.30 pm Sprinkling, Laying-on of Hands and Anointing
4.00 pm Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction & Last Visit

Tuesday

8.15 pm Sprinkling at the Well, followed by Ministries of Healing & Reconciliation

Wednesday

11.00 am Pilgrimage Mass
8.15 pm Sermon, Procession of OLW and Benediction

For the full list of services which take place daily in the Shrine Church and to which all pilgrims are welcome, please see the Services page. Many pilgrims will wish to attend the daily Evening Prayer and Shrine Prayers.

Services for your Pilgrimage Group

The second area of planning input is the worship that a group will organise for itself. This may include The First Visit, Stations of the Cross (usually made on the Saturday morning), Intercessions in the Holy House, a Mass celebration for the group and a visit to the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady. The daily Sacristy Meeting (Sunday - Friday 5.45 pm; Saturday 5.00 pm) is the time for Pilgrimage Priests to request an altar for Mass, be allocated a time for Stations etc. For further information, please contact the Sacristans (email: sacristy@olw-shrine.org.uk; tel: 01328 824202).

The usual weekend departure time from Walsingham is at 1700 on the Sunday (1530 in the winter months); midweek pilgrimages arrive on the Monday or the Tuesday and leave on Thursday or Friday.

Day Pilgrimages - Saturdays

If you are unable to stay with us residentially, you can also book to come on one of the Shrine's Day Pilgrimages. These happen on a Saturday once a month and more information can be found by visiting www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/visit/daypilgrimages/