When
1-2 July 2017
Starting 10:30 am
Where
Bradwell-on-Sea
St Peter's Chapel, Othona Community

About Bradwell Festival

Find out more and promote!


Bradwell Festival is an opportunity to connect and celebrate with other Christians and take that joy back to our communities.

The Festival returns for a second year in 2017! It takes place on the first weekend in July and builds on the legacy of the Bradwell Pilgrimage.

Festival-goers will be able to enjoy a variety of worship, activities, food and drink throughout the day and evening. The beautiful, unspolit site incorporates the historic St Peter’s Chapel as well as the home of the Othona Community. There are stunning views across the Blackwater to the North Sea.

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BRADWELL FESTIVAL 1-2 JULY 2017

Time to get excited and invite others


Coming up This Year

Things to look forward to


Amazing speakers to inspire as well as lots of stallholders and representatives from charities and campaign groups to give us ideas...
We’re booking an exciting line-up of speakers for 2017. Watch this space for updates.
There is a wide range of music at both the Performance Cafe on the Othona site and on the Main Stage in the Chapel Field...
There will be a great mix of talented musicians at the 2017 event. We’ll post details here as they are announced.
Want to make a weekend of it? Camping is offered onsite. The sunrise over this stunning landscape is a must...
  • Camping space offered on site
  • No need to rush off
  • Chance to get the most out of the festival

Decided to come?

Book your free tickets now!

This will help us know how many are coming…

Our speakers

We will announce the 2017 speaker line-up very soon. Meanwhile, why not connect with last year’s fantastic speakers?


Faq – Festival Essential Guide

Getting ready for Bradwell Festival

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The festival takes places on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July.

The musicians, speakers and stalls will all be there on the Saturday 1st July. The focus of Sunday 2nd July will be worship, morning and evening, and an opportunity to spend time in the stunning landscape and the beautiful village of Bradwell-on-Sea.

Free! Totally free! If you do want to contribute something to the day there is a suggested donation amount when you book your tickets. We are grateful for all donations which will go towards making the festival as superb as possible. Don’t forget to book your free tickets though by clicking here.

The festival takes place on the sites of St Peter’s Chapel field and the Othona community site. As festival sites go, it’s pretty compact so don’t worry about having to walk too far once you get there!

If you are leaving from St Thomas Church, please park at the village hall (CM0 7QJ). Please note that the car park field will be locked overnight so if you are leaving late but not staying overnight, please ask to park on the hardstanding area.

If you are leaving from The Green Man, please park at the Marina (CM0 7RB). This car park will be left open.

Parking is free at both sites.

Remember, if you are taking a minibus, please come to St Thomas Church. Minibuses will drop off at both sites in the evening and the following day.

There are two options: you can either walk the Pilgrimage route from the village (this will take between 40-90 minutes depending on which route you take) or you can take a minibus from outside St Thomas Church. If you are camping and have a lot of stuff to bring, you might want to get the minibus.

Please note that this is a remote site without public transport.

There will be a minibus shuttle service throughout the day which will run on an ad hoc basis according to need. Please remember to bring everything with you that you will need for the day. Minibuses will also run after 11pm.

There will be a minibus shuttle service on the Sunday, and will run as needed but may be more limited than Saturday’s service.

Yes – you can use the minibus service to get to and from the festival site. Please note that the festival site is rural and while every attempt has been made to ensure pathways are clear, there may be areas that are uneven.

One route will start from St Thomas Church on the corner of East End Road and the High Street (CM0 7PY) and will go through the village. This will take around 40/45 minutes. The other will start from The Green Man pub on Waterside Road (CM0 7QX) and follow the sea wall. This will take between 60-90 minutes. Please note that this route may be uneven in places.

The pilgrimage taking the sea wall route will start at 10.30a.m. The pilgrimage walk through the village will begin at 11am.

The festival starts at 12 noon on Saturday 1st July with the Daily Office in St Peter’s Chapel and a gospel choir on the main stage. There will be a variety of bands and musicians and speakers to watch and stalls to visit throughout the day. The Saturday programme will finish at 11pm.

The schedule will be posted on our site as speakers and artists are confirmed. You will receive a printed programme when you arrive either at one of the pilgrimage routes or at the festival site.

Activities for young people are run by a team of volunteers from local churches and youth organisations. We’ll include activities on the site as they are confirmed

You are welcome to bring your own food but why not buy something from one of our food vendors? We have a pizza van and an ice-cream van in the chapel field, and there will be burgers and jacket potatoes available at Othona too.

Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear are essential! And feel free to bring something to sit on. If you are staying late, bring a torch if you plan to walk back to your car.

There are camping places available for tents onsite – you will be directed to the exact location once you arrive. There will be a toilet in the camping area and water available from Othona but there is no electricity.

St John’s Ambulance will be providing first aid on throughout Saturday at the Othona building.

Yes. Prepare for the weather, it’s been very hot in past year. So pack some suncream and bottles of water. Also follow the Health and Safety Advice (on noticeboards and in the Service Book) as you walk along the path and while you are at St Peter’s.

Programme schedule

The 2017 programme is coming soon… in the meantime here’s everything we offered last year


Folk On
You Knows It

Folk On

  16:00 Main Stage and 18:30 Performance Cafe
The finest comedy Folk band to come out of the South West since 'The Hay Bale Boys'...and who remembers them?
The Famous Potatoes
An Old Time, Good Time, Every Time

The Famous Potatoes

  14:45 and 18:30
The Famous Potatoes have been entertaining audiences for over 30 years, and have notched up well over 1500 barn dances and shows – we are still going strong!
Andy Flannagan
Singer-Songwriter. Rouser of Rabble

Andy Flannagan

  19:30
Andy Flannagan is a London-based, Irish singer-songwriter who was previously a hospital doctor but whose proudest moment as an Irishman was captaining England’s Barmy Army during the Ashes in Australia. His campaigning songwriting dragged him into the political arena, so he can often be found annoying MPs around Parliament.
Annique
Singer

Annique

  13:30
Raised in a musical family, Annique was singing before she could even speak, and began composing harmonies with her sister when she was just five years old. She now is a singer songwriter in her own right and has worked with some of her favourite artists such as Gorillaz and Mike Skinner.
Dirty Faces
Mod-glam-rock-soul'n'folk covers band

Dirty Faces

  21:00
The Essex-based mod-glam-rock-soul'n'folk covers band that offers a crash course for the ravers!
+ Stephen Cottrell
Bishop of Chelmsford

+ Stephen Cottrell

  15:00
Stephen Cottrell is Bishop of Chelmsford and was formerly Bishop of Reading. He has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s evangelism team...
Jane Dolby
Author of 'Song of the Sea'

Jane Dolby

  14:00
SONG OF THE SEA is the true story of one woman’s love and loss, and after years in which grief stole her ability to sing, she finds her own voice again...
Brenden Thompson
Brenden Thompson
Coordinator at Catholic Voices

Brenden Thompson

  13:00
'How to defend the faith without raising your voice'.
Melanie Smith
Melanie Smith
URC Minister and Social Justice Campaigner

Melanie Smith

  16:00
Melanie is URC Minister and Social Justice Campaigner in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. She will be speaking on Migration and the Refugee Crisis.
Richard Syms
Richard Syms
Actor and Anglican Priest

Richard Syms

  18:30
Actor and Anglican Priest will be speaking on Community
Nicholas Henshall
Nicholas Henshall
Dean of Chelmsford

Nicholas Henshall

  19:30
The Dean of Chelmsford on 'Christopher the Dog Headed and other stories….'
Folk On
You Knows It

Folk On

  16:00 Main Stage and 18:30 Performance Cafe
The finest comedy Folk band to come out of the South West since 'The Hay Bale Boys'...and who remembers them?
Dave Walker
Founder of Cartoon Church

Dave Walker (Speaker)

  14:30
Dave Walker is the founder and main artist of 'CartoonChurch.com', famous for its clever and cheeky cartoons that appear in such places as The Church Times. Dave is one of the main speakers of our Festival this year. Stay tuned to find out more about his talk...
Daisy Bowlers
Delightfulness eminates from their music

Daisy Bowlers

  13:00
Everywhere The Daisy Bowlers perform people start to film them and take photos. They call their friends and hold the phone up so that they can hear. Something special happens with their natural banter, real wooden strung instruments who have stories of their own, sweet vocal harmonies, lyrics to make you laugh and cry and mellifluent voices that carry the tune on its way...
Phil Underwood
Cajun music

Phil Underwood

  15:30
Phil Underwood is a British folk/roots singer/songwriter . He performs folk, cajun, blues, appalachian, french and his own traditionally influenced songs and tunes.
Open Mic
Open Mic
A chance for you to shine

Open Mic

  19:30
You be the star! Bring along your instrument or turn and sign up at the Performance Cafe.
Christian Aid

Christian Aid

  Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
Folk On
You Knows It

Folk On

  16:00 Main Stage and 18:30 Performance Cafe
The finest comedy Folk band to come out of the South West since 'The Hay Bale Boys'...and who remembers them?
The Famous Potatoes
An Old Time, Good Time, Every Time

The Famous Potatoes

  14:45 and 18:30
The Famous Potatoes have been entertaining audiences for over 30 years, and have notched up well over 1500 barn dances and shows – we are still going strong!
Andy Flannagan
Singer-Songwriter. Rouser of Rabble

Andy Flannagan

  19:30
Andy Flannagan is a London-based, Irish singer-songwriter who was previously a hospital doctor but whose proudest moment as an Irishman was captaining England’s Barmy Army during the Ashes in Australia. His campaigning songwriting dragged him into the political arena, so he can often be found annoying MPs around Parliament.
Dave Walker
Founder of Cartoon Church

Dave Walker (Speaker)

  14:30
Dave Walker is the founder and main artist of 'CartoonChurch.com', famous for its clever and cheeky cartoons that appear in such places as The Church Times. Dave is one of the main speakers of our Festival this year. Stay tuned to find out more about his talk...
+ Stephen Cottrell
Bishop of Chelmsford

+ Stephen Cottrell

  15:00
Stephen Cottrell is Bishop of Chelmsford and was formerly Bishop of Reading. He has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s evangelism team...
Daisy Bowlers
Delightfulness eminates from their music

Daisy Bowlers

  13:00
Everywhere The Daisy Bowlers perform people start to film them and take photos. They call their friends and hold the phone up so that they can hear. Something special happens with their natural banter, real wooden strung instruments who have stories of their own, sweet vocal harmonies, lyrics to make you laugh and cry and mellifluent voices that carry the tune on its way...
Jane Dolby
Author of 'Song of the Sea'

Jane Dolby

  14:00
SONG OF THE SEA is the true story of one woman’s love and loss, and after years in which grief stole her ability to sing, she finds her own voice again...
Christian Aid

Christian Aid

  Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
Annique
Singer

Annique

  13:30
Raised in a musical family, Annique was singing before she could even speak, and began composing harmonies with her sister when she was just five years old. She now is a singer songwriter in her own right and has worked with some of her favourite artists such as Gorillaz and Mike Skinner.
Dirty Faces
Mod-glam-rock-soul'n'folk covers band

Dirty Faces

  21:00
The Essex-based mod-glam-rock-soul'n'folk covers band that offers a crash course for the ravers!
Phil Underwood
Cajun music

Phil Underwood

  15:30
Phil Underwood is a British folk/roots singer/songwriter . He performs folk, cajun, blues, appalachian, french and his own traditionally influenced songs and tunes.
Open Mic
Open Mic
A chance for you to shine

Open Mic

  19:30
You be the star! Bring along your instrument or turn and sign up at the Performance Cafe.
Brenden Thompson
Brenden Thompson
Coordinator at Catholic Voices

Brenden Thompson

  13:00
'How to defend the faith without raising your voice'.
Melanie Smith
Melanie Smith
URC Minister and Social Justice Campaigner

Melanie Smith

  16:00
Melanie is URC Minister and Social Justice Campaigner in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. She will be speaking on Migration and the Refugee Crisis.
Richard Syms
Richard Syms
Actor and Anglican Priest

Richard Syms

  18:30
Actor and Anglican Priest will be speaking on Community
Nicholas Henshall
Nicholas Henshall
Dean of Chelmsford

Nicholas Henshall

  19:30
The Dean of Chelmsford on 'Christopher the Dog Headed and other stories….'
Tim Fox
Tim Fox
Landlord and Hymn Master

Beer and Hymns

  17:00
This one's for you if you like Beer and like singing Hymns.
Tim Fox
Tim Fox
Landlord and Hymn Master

Beer and Hymns

  17:00
This one's for you if you like Beer and like singing Hymns.
Folk On
You Knows It

Folk On

  16:00 Main Stage and 18:30 Performance Cafe
The finest comedy Folk band to come out of the South West since 'The Hay Bale Boys'...and who remembers them?
The Famous Potatoes
An Old Time, Good Time, Every Time

The Famous Potatoes

  14:45 and 18:30
The Famous Potatoes have been entertaining audiences for over 30 years, and have notched up well over 1500 barn dances and shows – we are still going strong!
Andy Flannagan
Singer-Songwriter. Rouser of Rabble

Andy Flannagan

  19:30
Andy Flannagan is a London-based, Irish singer-songwriter who was previously a hospital doctor but whose proudest moment as an Irishman was captaining England’s Barmy Army during the Ashes in Australia. His campaigning songwriting dragged him into the political arena, so he can often be found annoying MPs around Parliament.
Annique
Singer

Annique

  13:30
Raised in a musical family, Annique was singing before she could even speak, and began composing harmonies with her sister when she was just five years old. She now is a singer songwriter in her own right and has worked with some of her favourite artists such as Gorillaz and Mike Skinner.
Dirty Faces
Mod-glam-rock-soul'n'folk covers band

Dirty Faces

  21:00
The Essex-based mod-glam-rock-soul'n'folk covers band that offers a crash course for the ravers!
+ Stephen Cottrell
Bishop of Chelmsford

+ Stephen Cottrell

  15:00
Stephen Cottrell is Bishop of Chelmsford and was formerly Bishop of Reading. He has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s evangelism team...
Jane Dolby
Author of 'Song of the Sea'

Jane Dolby

  14:00
SONG OF THE SEA is the true story of one woman’s love and loss, and after years in which grief stole her ability to sing, she finds her own voice again...
Brenden Thompson
Brenden Thompson
Coordinator at Catholic Voices

Brenden Thompson

  13:00
'How to defend the faith without raising your voice'.
Melanie Smith
Melanie Smith
URC Minister and Social Justice Campaigner

Melanie Smith

  16:00
Melanie is URC Minister and Social Justice Campaigner in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. She will be speaking on Migration and the Refugee Crisis.
Richard Syms
Richard Syms
Actor and Anglican Priest

Richard Syms

  18:30
Actor and Anglican Priest will be speaking on Community
Nicholas Henshall
Nicholas Henshall
Dean of Chelmsford

Nicholas Henshall

  19:30
The Dean of Chelmsford on 'Christopher the Dog Headed and other stories….'
Folk On
You Knows It

Folk On

  16:00 Main Stage and 18:30 Performance Cafe
The finest comedy Folk band to come out of the South West since 'The Hay Bale Boys'...and who remembers them?
Dave Walker
Founder of Cartoon Church

Dave Walker (Speaker)

  14:30
Dave Walker is the founder and main artist of 'CartoonChurch.com', famous for its clever and cheeky cartoons that appear in such places as The Church Times. Dave is one of the main speakers of our Festival this year. Stay tuned to find out more about his talk...
Daisy Bowlers
Delightfulness eminates from their music

Daisy Bowlers

  13:00
Everywhere The Daisy Bowlers perform people start to film them and take photos. They call their friends and hold the phone up so that they can hear. Something special happens with their natural banter, real wooden strung instruments who have stories of their own, sweet vocal harmonies, lyrics to make you laugh and cry and mellifluent voices that carry the tune on its way...
Phil Underwood
Cajun music

Phil Underwood

  15:30
Phil Underwood is a British folk/roots singer/songwriter . He performs folk, cajun, blues, appalachian, french and his own traditionally influenced songs and tunes.
Open Mic
Open Mic
A chance for you to shine

Open Mic

  19:30
You be the star! Bring along your instrument or turn and sign up at the Performance Cafe.
Christian Aid

Christian Aid

  Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
Folk On
You Knows It

Folk On

  16:00 Main Stage and 18:30 Performance Cafe
The finest comedy Folk band to come out of the South West since 'The Hay Bale Boys'...and who remembers them?
The Famous Potatoes
An Old Time, Good Time, Every Time

The Famous Potatoes

  14:45 and 18:30
The Famous Potatoes have been entertaining audiences for over 30 years, and have notched up well over 1500 barn dances and shows – we are still going strong!
Andy Flannagan
Singer-Songwriter. Rouser of Rabble

Andy Flannagan

  19:30
Andy Flannagan is a London-based, Irish singer-songwriter who was previously a hospital doctor but whose proudest moment as an Irishman was captaining England’s Barmy Army during the Ashes in Australia. His campaigning songwriting dragged him into the political arena, so he can often be found annoying MPs around Parliament.
Dave Walker
Founder of Cartoon Church

Dave Walker (Speaker)

  14:30
Dave Walker is the founder and main artist of 'CartoonChurch.com', famous for its clever and cheeky cartoons that appear in such places as The Church Times. Dave is one of the main speakers of our Festival this year. Stay tuned to find out more about his talk...
+ Stephen Cottrell
Bishop of Chelmsford

+ Stephen Cottrell

  15:00
Stephen Cottrell is Bishop of Chelmsford and was formerly Bishop of Reading. He has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s evangelism team...
Daisy Bowlers
Delightfulness eminates from their music

Daisy Bowlers

  13:00
Everywhere The Daisy Bowlers perform people start to film them and take photos. They call their friends and hold the phone up so that they can hear. Something special happens with their natural banter, real wooden strung instruments who have stories of their own, sweet vocal harmonies, lyrics to make you laugh and cry and mellifluent voices that carry the tune on its way...
Jane Dolby
Author of 'Song of the Sea'

Jane Dolby

  14:00
SONG OF THE SEA is the true story of one woman’s love and loss, and after years in which grief stole her ability to sing, she finds her own voice again...
Christian Aid

Christian Aid

  Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
Annique
Singer

Annique

  13:30
Raised in a musical family, Annique was singing before she could even speak, and began composing harmonies with her sister when she was just five years old. She now is a singer songwriter in her own right and has worked with some of her favourite artists such as Gorillaz and Mike Skinner.
Dirty Faces
Mod-glam-rock-soul'n'folk covers band

Dirty Faces

  21:00
The Essex-based mod-glam-rock-soul'n'folk covers band that offers a crash course for the ravers!
Phil Underwood
Cajun music

Phil Underwood

  15:30
Phil Underwood is a British folk/roots singer/songwriter . He performs folk, cajun, blues, appalachian, french and his own traditionally influenced songs and tunes.
Open Mic
Open Mic
A chance for you to shine

Open Mic

  19:30
You be the star! Bring along your instrument or turn and sign up at the Performance Cafe.
Brenden Thompson
Brenden Thompson
Coordinator at Catholic Voices

Brenden Thompson

  13:00
'How to defend the faith without raising your voice'.
Melanie Smith
Melanie Smith
URC Minister and Social Justice Campaigner

Melanie Smith

  16:00
Melanie is URC Minister and Social Justice Campaigner in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. She will be speaking on Migration and the Refugee Crisis.
Richard Syms
Richard Syms
Actor and Anglican Priest

Richard Syms

  18:30
Actor and Anglican Priest will be speaking on Community
Nicholas Henshall
Nicholas Henshall
Dean of Chelmsford

Nicholas Henshall

  19:30
The Dean of Chelmsford on 'Christopher the Dog Headed and other stories….'
Tim Fox
Tim Fox
Landlord and Hymn Master

Beer and Hymns

  17:00
This one's for you if you like Beer and like singing Hymns.
Tim Fox
Tim Fox
Landlord and Hymn Master

Beer and Hymns

  17:00
This one's for you if you like Beer and like singing Hymns.

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Festival locations

Here are the main spots…


Bradwell Festival Map 2016
St Thomas' Church
St Thomas' Church

St Thomas' Church

This is one of our starting off points, the other is going from the Green Man pub on the marina, and taking in the unique landscape of the Blackwater EstuaryMore about St Thomas'
St Peter’s Chapel
St Peter’s Chapel

St Peter’s Chapel

Worship will take place outside St Peter’s Chapel as people arrive and the Northumbria Community will be leading the Daily Office in the Chapel over the course of the weekend.More about St Peter's
Othona Community
Othona Community

Othona Community

The festival site incorporates the home of the Othona Community, festival-goers will be able to enjoy a variety of worship, activities, food and drink throughout the day and evening.More about the Othona Community

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  • DATE

    1-2 July 2017
  • LOCATION

    Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex
  • PERFORMERS

    Accomplished artists
  • SPEAKERS

    Outstanding speakers

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