The Youth Pilgrimage

What is the Youth Pilgrimage?

The Youth Pilgrimage is a week of lively worship, teaching, fellowship and fun for 11-18 year olds.

The traditional pilgrimage devotions are presented in an up beat, lively and enjoyable way which makes them relevant for our young people in today’s world. Over 500 young people gather in Walsingham for the week from all over the UK and internationally, giving them a chance to meet other Christians and explore their faith in a safe environment. Over the years it has changed the lives of countless young people who have never forgotten their week in Walsingham and many of them have come to love the Shrine and to make the pilgrimage ever since.

The week includes:

  • Daily Mass in the Big Top
  • Fantastic music provided by CJM
  • BBQ and disco
  • Lively worship
  • Late Night Liturgy
  • The Holy Mile Walk
  • Crafts, Sports, Music and Inflatables
  • Fun, friendship and football!
  • A variety of Workshops
  • Free afternoons to explore or visit the beach
  • And lots more!

You can choose from self-catering or our fully catered option and this year, we are pleased to announce that tents, sleeping bags, airbeds and even pillows are available to hire if you would need to.


This year’s Youth Pilgrimage is called ‘Homeward Bound’

At the heart of the Shrine Church at Walsingham is the Holy House, a replica of Mary’s home in Nazareth. It was there that the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that God had chosen her to be the Mother of Jesus.

Our pilgrimage this year will explore the different ways that we can build homes around us: locally, internationally and spiritually. We will rejoice that here at Walsingham, Mary welcomes us as pilgrims, and we will give thanks for the way that she invites us to share her home and to make it our own. We will consider what we need to do to build good homes around us and we will think about how the World is our common home and what we need to do to care for it.

Finally, we will reflect on how we can make a home for God in our hearts, so that we can share his love when we return home.

For further information and details of how to book, please click on the image below

Youth Pilgrimage information booklet 2022

If you have already booked, you can find all the required documents and information you will need at the bottom of this page. 
Visit our Photo Gallery for a full range of images of the WYP week of August 2019.


No tents? No problem!

This year we have teamed up with Z-I-P Pre-Pitched Tent Company who can provide high-quality tents and even airbeds, sleeping bags and pillows if required. The best part is they will pitch them for you and have everything ready for your arrival. You don't even have to inflate your airbeds!

Your tents will be pitched in the Z-I-P area.

These will need to be booked in advance and separately via their website but please remember to book with the Shrine first before booking your tents! Just select 2022 tent hire events and then click on the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage event. You can then select how many tents you need and add in extras such as airbeds, sleeping bags and pillows. These must be booked by the 1st June to ensure availability.

For further information on hiring tents please visit the Z-I-P website by clicking on the image below.

To get a taste of what is on offer click below to view the video and photo gallery of the 2019 pilgrimage:

Read the online Press Release about the experiences of the young pilgrims (& their bishop!) from the Diocese of Blackburn - click here



Support our Young Pilgrims – Godparents

In 2019, 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 over £13,000. If you would like to support our young people in this way in 2022, please click here: Become A Godparent for full information about our Godparents Scheme and how to make a donation.


Financial support available

If you have Young Pilgrims in your parish who are unable to attend due to financial constraints, we may be able to offer assistance. We are also able to provide grants to help with transport costs for your group.

Please get in touch with Caroline Ward, Director of Education, by email for further details:

Please note that all applications for funding will need to received by Monday 1st June 2022.



"To do our part in helping the pilgrimage as a whole to run smoothly, and to witness so many young pilgrims learn of Walsingham and of God’s love for them as wonderfully-made people is, and was a profoundly moving experience. To be on the Ministry Team is such a privilege, and I would encourage any young pilgrims (18+) to think seriously about getting involved - you won’t regret it!"

Joe Allen (Ministry Team 2019)

The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham is looking for volunteers (18 years+) to assist with the 2022 Youth Pilgrimage.

We need a number of volunteers for both our Ministry Team and our Crew.

As part of the ministry team, you will take an active part in preparing lively, stimulating worship for our Young Pilgrims. You must be available from Sunday 24th July until Sunday 7th August 2022 which includes a preparation week. All meals, accommodation and travel expenses are provided. This will be in the Shrine accommodation for the preparation week, but you will need a tent for the actual Youth Pilgrimage. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in Young People's Ministry.

As part of the Crew you will assist with stewarding or in the Hub Cafe area. You will play a vital role in providing a memorable pilgrimage experience for our Young People. You will need to be available from Sunday 31st July until Friday 5th August. All meals, training and travel expense will be provided, but you will need your own camping equipment.

For further information about both of these roles or to apply please contact Caroline Ward, Director of Education on or call 01328 824205.

The closing date for applications is Monday 19th April 2022.

Volunteer at last year's Youth Pilgrimage





Already booked?

If you have already returned your booking form to us, you will find below the documents and information that you need:

Youth Pilgrimage 2022 Information Booklet

Letter to Leaders

Required Forms

Parental Consent Form

Safeguarding and Risk Assessment Checklist

Risk Assessment Template

Draft Programme

Safeguarding Policy

Health and Safety Guidelines for Group Leaders