Founded by the Lady Richeldis in 1061, destroyed by Henry VIII in 1538, restored in 1922 by Father Hope Patten, the Anglican Vicar of Walsingham the Shrine has had an eventful history across nearly a thousand years. This medieval place of pilgrimage, which rivalled Canterbury as a destination, was visited by thousands of pilgrims from all across Britain and Europe. It became known as Englands Nazareth because of the nature of the vision which the Lady Richeldis experienced. Today, after 350 years of post-Reformation neglect, the past 95 years have witnessed the dramatic restoration of pilgrimage to Walsingham.
2018 Youth Pilgrimage:
Monday 30th July Friday 3rd August
Pilgrims over the age of 11, with their group leaders, are invited to join the Shrine team for the 2018 Youth Pilgrimage with the theme: Generation Hope: into God's Future with Mary
What does the future hold? Is it something we look forward to or something we dread? We cant see into the future, but we can try to be like Mary and look to the future with hope, because she believed in God's promises and in the words of Jesus her Son: trust in God and trust in me. Bishop Philip North and his team will be leading the pilgrimage and helping us to explore in Walsingham the Christian message of hope, and how to look forward to God's future with Mary
Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage: The Stats
- Camp with hundreds of other young Christians in the village of Little Walsingham - minutes from the Shrine
- Mass in a Big Top with the amazing band CJM
- Bible Studies
- First night BBQ & Disco
- Wednesday All-Night Liturgy
- Tread in the footsteps of pilgrims from the past 950 years on the Holy Mile
- Workshop afternoon with crafts, dance, sport, drama, music with CJM - and inflatables!
- Chill out in the caf
- Last night disco and karaoke