World Youth Day  

World Youth Day was established in 1986 by Pope St John Paul II. Every three years or so, the Pope hosts an international gathering of youth in a different world city - hundreds of thousands (often millions) of young people turn up from all corners of the globe to join in this celebration of faith. Previous locations have included Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Kraków and Panama. In between these gatherings, the Pope invites us to celebrate World Youth Day once a year in our Dioceses. From 2021, he has asked that this date be moved to the Feast of Christ the King in November and that there be a special event.


World Youth Day East Anglia 2021

***NEW FOR 2021*** In response to Pope Francis' invitation to run a special event, the NEW World Youth Day East Anglia celebration this year will be held at St. John's Cathedral, Norwich on Saturday 20th November 2021 from 12 noon to 8pm. (Please arrive from 11:30 for a noon start). Young people in school Year 7 and up are invited to join us for live music, inspiring talks, powerful prayer times and special guests - including comedian Tony Vino. Ending with a vigil Mass with the Bishop and refreshments as we welcome in World Youth Day 2021. Cost £6.50 per person.

Click here to register your parish or school group

Individuals attending as part of a parish or school group should sign up with their group leader and not on this website.

Click here to register as an individual (who is not part of a group)


For information on national initiatives for the annual World Youth Day, including the World Youth Funday event for schools, then please visit




The next international World Youth Day pilgrimage will be to Lisbon, 1st-6th August 2023. A group will travel from our Diocese and more information will be announced in early 2022. Keep an eye on our website, and in parishes, to find out more when the time comes!


For more information about WYD Lisbon head over to:


Pictures and blogs from previous international World Youth Days, including Kraków 2016 and Panama 2019, can be viewed below, as well as on our 'News & Blog' page.


World Youth Day - East Anglia Pilgrims July 2016
Photo gallery of the East Anglia group at World Youth Day 2016, which was held in Poland.