Bradwell Festival
Gathering the Fragments

To help you get ready for Bradwell Festival here are our frequently asked questions

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Festival Overview

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.

How much does it cost?

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.

Where is the festival?

The festival takes place on the sites of St Peter’s Chapel, the Meadow 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!

Where do I park?

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 hard-standing 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.

How do I get to the festival site?

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.

How do I get back to my car?

There will be a minibus shuttle service throughout Saturday 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.

Is there disabled access?

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

Where do the pilgrimage routes leave from and at what time?

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.

What time does the festival start and what happens when I get there?

The festival starts at 12 noon on Saturday 1st July with 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 is posted on our site as speakers and artists are confirmed. You will receive a printed programme when you arrive at the festival site.

What’s on for children and young people?

Messy church, bug safaris and street dance are all included in the day. The details are in the programme.

What about food?

You are welcome to bring your own food or buy something from one of our food vendors. We have a grill van and an ice-cream van in the Meadow Field, and there will be jacket potatoes available at Othona too.

What should I bring?

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.

First Aid provision

There will be a qualified first aider on site throughout Saturday at the Othona building.

Any other advice?

Yes. Prepare for the weather; it’s been very hot this year. Pack some sun cream and bottles of water. Also follow the Health and Safety Advice as you walk along the path and while you are on site.