Upcoming Youth Events 2019

Below are a list of events from around the Diocese of East Anglia, the majority are run by the Diocesan Youth Service but some may be run by other organisations operating in the Diocese.


Saturday 23rd March 2019: Glow, Peterborough

For all those aged 12+ who want to grow in their faith and relationship with God. The day will include dynamic talks, interactive workshops, activities, food and prayer – and all for free!

At St. Oswald’s Church, 933 Lincoln Road, Walton, Peterborough PE4 6AE. The day will begin at 10am and end at 5pm, but you are welcome to come as and when you can if you can’t make it for the whole day.

If you are under 18 you will need to bring a signed parental consent form along with you to the day, for a PDF copy please click here, or for a Word document version please click here.



Friday 29th March to Sunday 31st March 2019: Ignite Lite Discipleship Weekend

Come and join the Ignite Lite group in Walsingham for a weekend of discipleship, prayer and fellowship. Over the course of this weekend we will be spending time in prayer, reflection and formation, as well as helping the Ignite Team with preparations for upcoming events, in particular, the Ignite Festival! If you would like to join us for the whole weekend, accommodation is available in Walsingham (prices TBC).

The event is open to those aged 16-35. To book a place or register your interest contact Catherine Williams: igniteteam@rcdea.org.uk.



Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2019: Ignite Festival

Annual bank holiday weekend festival for those Year 8+ featuring live music, quality speakers and plenty of opportunities to encounter God in a new and profound way.  Most participants then stay on to join the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham on the 6th. 

Visit www.ignitefestival.co.uk for further information and to book – Day Tickets are £17, Weekend Tickets £27 and Weekend+Walk tickets are £29.

Further details of this year’s festival will be released on ignitefestival.co.uk as and when they are confirmed.




Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June 2019: Celebrate East Anglia

A family conference run over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of June in Bury St Edmunds with separate ‘streams’ for children and young people, some of which are run by the Ignite Team.  More information can be found on Celebrate’s official website: www.celebrateconference.org



Saturday 15th June 2019 (TBC): Burning Lights

Day of faith, fun, food & friendship for those aged 8 to 12. Including music, games, prayer & loads more. More details to come soon.



Friday 5th – Thursday 11th July 2019: ECHO Theology of the Body Retreat, Walsingham

Exploring the riches of Catholic teaching on love, masculinity & femininity and our awe-inspiring vocation to live that teaching out. This event is being run for young adults by the American group ‘Dumb Ox Ministries’, at Walsingham in July.

For more information or to register your place go to: www.dumboxministries.com/echo.html



July 2019 – Annual Youth Summer Pilgrimage

Each summer we take a group of young adults (aged 18-35) on pilgrimage. Plans for 2019 are still being drawn up but previous destinations have included Santiago de Compostela, Fatima, Taizé, Lindisfarne and Iona.



Thursday 22nd – Monday 26th August 2019 – Youth 2000 Walsingham Summer Festival

One of England’s biggest Catholic events takes place each year at Walsingham in Norfolk. Run by Youth 2000 and aimed at 16-35 year olds with high-quality talks, praise & worship music, workshops and 24 hour Adoration. It’s a summer festival, but Catholic! Visit www.youth2000.org for more information.



Monthly – ‘1061′ Young Adult Formation Retreats

Run by the National Shrine of Our Lady & Youth 2000 at Dowry House in Walsingham for 18-30s exploring prayer & sacraments, scripture & tradition and radical generosity. Visit www.youth2000.org/1061 for more information.



Please check back for updates about each event or for more information email us at igniteteam@rcdea.org.uk



The Ignite Team also runs various events within parishes and schools including retreats, school missions and youth Masses. For more information on what the Ignite Team can offer to parishes and schools click here.


Glow Days: these are retreat days the Ignite Team can come and run in your parish and/or deanery for young people in your parish who are interested in growing in their faith.  The day is composed of dynamic talks, interactive workshops, activities, music and opportunities for prayer and reflection.  If you would like to have your parish host one of these days, or would like to find out more, please contact the Ignite Team Leader (Catherine Williams) for more information: igniteteam@rcdea.org.uk.

Our next Glow Day will take place at St Oswald’s in Peterborough on 23rd March.


Discipleship Days: these are similar to our Glow Retreat Days but are aimed at people aged 16 – 35, exploring areas of our faith in greater depth and also enabling us to grow together in fellowship.  The day is composed of times of prayer, both communal and personal, talks, discussion and workshops.  If you would like the team to come and run a Discipleship Day in your parish/deanery please contact Catherine Williams: igniteteam@rcdea.org.uk.