1-2 July 2017
Starting 10:30 am
St Peter's Chapel, the Meadow Field, and Othona Community

About Bradwell Festival:

Gathering the fragments

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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 can enjoy a variety of worship, bands, speakers, activities, food and drink throughout the day and evening. The beautiful, unspoilt 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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Coming up This Year

Things to look forward to

Amazing speakers to inspire as well as stallholders and representatives from charities and campaign groups ...
A wide range of music at both the Performance Cafe on the Othona site and on the Main Stage in the Meadow Field...
Want to make a weekend of it? Camping is offered onsite. The sunrise over this stunning landscape is a must...

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Our speakers and musicians

We have an outstanding line up of speakers and bands including: Cham Kaur-Mann, Jonathan Cox, Rev Simpkins and the Phantom Notes, Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Bishop Qampicha, Dire Pitan, The Edi Johnston Bit, ECHO, Kingsland Community Gospel Choir, Sally Stephenson, Richard Attew, Dan Pierce, Jam ‘n’ Toast and The Pink Hippos along with youth and children’s activities provided by Megan Broadly, Messy Church and Essex Wildlife Trust. Go to the programme section for more details and timings.

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, 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!

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Programme schedule

Kingsland Community Gospel Choice
Kingsland Community Gospel Choice

Kingsland Community Gospel Choir

12:15 - 12:45
Throughout the year the choir has opportunities to sing at events in the local community, on special occasions at Colchester church services and events, at Lost In His Presence, and now at the Bradwell Festival.

Dire Pitan – Singer/songwriter

14:15 - 15:00
Dire Pitan is a London based singer/songwriter breaking into the UK music scene with his distinct blend of soulful simplicity, funk and pop.
Rev Cham Kaur-Mann
Rev Cham Kaur-Mann

Rev Cham Kaur-Mann – Speaker – Stories that Cross Boundaries

17:30 - 18:30
Cham has over 25 years leadership experience, in the church, charity and voluntary sectors, and mentors and supports leaders from a variety of sectors. She is the first (and currently only) Asian woman minister within the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

The Edi Johnston Bit – Singing, props, jokes, quizzes

15:00 - 15:45
The Edi Johnston Bit is not just a player of songs, but puts them alongside some typical English silliness, too. Props, jokes, quizzes, audience participation and bingo all add up to a daft experience going beyond just singing some songs. The Edi Johnston Bit is a chance to catch up with the daftness of life, […]

Rev Cham Kaur Mann – Speaker – Crossing Boundaries with Nehemiah

16:00 - 17:00
Rev Cham Kaur-Mann has nearly 20 years leadership experience, in the church, charity and voluntary sectors and is a mentor and coach to leaders. She is the first (and currently only) Asian woman minister within the Baptist Union of Great Britain. Cham is Co-Director of Next Leadership and also works with the Cinnamon Network as the […]
Tim Fox
Tim Fox
Landlord and Hymn Master

Beer and Hymns

  17:00 - 17:45
This one's for you if you like Beer and like singing Hymns.

Dan Pierce

19:00 - 19:45
Dan Pierce is a husband, dad, priest, singer and songwriter.
Band from East London

ECHO – Band

20:00 - 20:45
ECHO is a seven-piece band of experienced musicians and singers with a heart for people, building bridges and reaching out to those outside the church. The band’s aim is to bring worship into the streets and are busy doing just that, mostly out of church and to wherever there are people.The band is based in […]
Megan from Red Balloon Family
Megan from Red Balloon Family
Street Dance Workshop

Street Dance Workshops

13:15 - 14:15
Megan works for a charity called the Red Balloon Family Foundation, in Epping Forest. As well as running youth groups and hanging around with amazing young people she runs a worship dance group called the Vault. “The style is Hip Hop/street dance and the aim is to express our love for God with something we […]

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Festival locations

Here are the main spots…

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 there will be worship and reflective activities 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

    Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex

    Accomplished artists

    Outstanding speakers



Bradwell Festival is supported by Essex RAYNET