All our events are designed to introduce more people to British pilgrimage, raise funds for the BPT, and to help establish a network of British pilgrim sleep-spots.
Come along, have a special time, and support the revival of British Pilgrimage.Click to see all our Events on Eventbrite
Saturdays, November 2021 to February 2022, 10am-2pm – A mini pilgrimage experience from Patrixbourne to Canterbury – 4 miles, 4 hours. Discover the essence of pilgrimage in our four-hour experience on the North Downs Way with either Faye Smith or BPT’s Dawn Champion. Starting at St Mary’s church, Patrixbourne, you will set your intention before following the footsteps of the pilgrims of old along the Via Francigena, connecting the holy sites of Canterbury to Rome.
Exploring all three parts of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, you’ll experience ancient pilgrim rites, from circling spiritual places, forgotten songs, and tasting holy waters; to the joy of barefoot walking, wild folklore, kneeling on the pilgrim steps and lighting a candle at Becket’s shrine. Use your complimentary Pilgrim Scrip, a traditional bag, to collect meaningful items which symbolise the stages of your own personal journey, as your expert guides inspire you to find your own resonance with stories of saints and pilgrims. Ticket includes paid entry to Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey.More Info & Book
Thu 6th Jan / Tue 1st Feb / Thu 3rd Mar – 9am-4.30/6pm – A London Pilgrimage from Tower Hill to Westminster Abbey – 5 miles, 1 day, £70 for single pilgrim ticket, £60 for joint pilgrim ticket (£10 per ticket is donated to the churches). With BPT’s Guy Hayward and route creator/historian and author Jason Goodwin you will delve into the heart of England’s story in the modern city, listening to tales, songs and practising being a pilgrim. From the early 14th century until the reign of Charles II, a procession would be led for each coronation along this ancient way from the Tower to Westminster Abbey (where the intact shrine of Saint King Edward the Confessor is in place) in time to listen to Choral Evensong at the Abbey if you wish. The route passes through the portal (now marked by the Temple Bar) between the commercial City of London and the political and priestly City of Westminster. There are many beautiful historic churches, places of sanctuary and peace, as well as holy wells, ancient stones and a Roman Temple. The concentration of pilgrim places is particularly high in the City of London, where the churches are only open on weekdays. A fresh urban approach to the ancient art of pilgrimage.More Info & Book for Thu Jan 6th 2022 More Info & Book for Tue Feb 1st 2022 More Info & Book for Thu Mar 3rd 2022
14th Dec – 10.30am – 6.30pm – A Silent Pilgrimage: Stoughton to Chichester – 8 miles, 1 day. Guided by BPT’s Trustee Abigail Rowe, pilgrims will be invited to privately set their own intention at the beginning of the day and will have a silent walk in order to focus on their intention, and to have a day in nature away from the chaos of Christmas. We will receive a pilgrim blessing before leaving St Mary’s Stoughton, journeying in silence up the steep path to the top of Kingley Vale with its Bronze Age tumuli, and breathtaking views of the South Downs and the English Channel. Wandering through the yew grove called the ‘Ancient Watchers’ we take time for reflection in the trees and onto West Stoke Church. From here we will walk on to explore Brandy Hole Copse and then follow the Centurion Way. We will arrive at Chichester Cathedral in time for our silence to be broken by a carol service with the local community of St Mary’s Almshouses. We will arrive in Chichester in darkness so torches will be necessary. A deeply contemplative approach to the ancient art of pilgrimage.More Info & Book for Dec 14th 2021
If Covid forces the event date to be cancelled, we will transfer your ticket to a postponed date in the future. But we are also offering full refunds in this scenario too, should you wish for that.
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