FAQs

General

How much does it cost?
New Dawn has a donation-only policy because we want all people to receive the Good News of Jesus Christ free of charge (1 Corinthians 9:18)! However, since New Dawn relies solely on donation, we kindly ask those who are able to please support us. Your donations are needed to fund the Conference. Our estimate costs are approx. £200,000. Suggested donations are therefore:

– £150 per adult (18+) or £30 per day
– £50 per child (5-17) or £10 per day (large family discount donate for your first 2 children only)
– £100 (over 65’s) or £20 per day
– Free (under 5’s)

I would prefer to pay on arrival. Is this possible?
Yes, the registration team will be able to take payment by card, bank transfer, cash or cheque. However, many of our suppliers require deposits before the Conference and so we really need pilgrims to register and donate before they arrive! We do understand the difficulties many face in the current financial climate and so ask those who are able to please donate what they can pre-Conference.

Can I come for just one day?
Yes, although it would be great if you could come for more. When you register for the Conference just select which day you would like to attend.

Will this year’s Conference be different?
The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns have had significant effects on planning for this year’s Conference. Several of our suppliers are no longer in business or have been forced to operate differently. Consequently, infrastructure and delivery costs have risen sharply. If we were to put on the same Conferene as 2019, it would cost in excess of £300,000. This year’s Conference will therefore be a smaller footprint with less tents and workshops. The Conference will be much more simple but greatly blessed because God cannot be outdone in generosity and blessing!

Will we be in the big tent?
Yes. Originally, we did plan not to use the big tent and for the main Conference to take place within the Shrine grounds. However, this is no longer possible and we have reverted back to the big white tent on the farmers field. Some parts of the programme will take place within the Shrine grounds such the Candlelight Procession.

Can I volunteer or help with anything?
YES! This year we urgently need volunteers to help with security, stewarding, children’s ministry, youth ministry and more. Without enough volunteers, these ministries could seriously be affected and we may not be able to gurantee them. If you are interested in helping us please email admin@newdawn.org.uk as soon as possible.

What is the limit on numbers for the Conference?
In previous year’s New Dawn has placed no limit on numbers. However, much has changed over the past three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Several of our suppliers are no longer in business or have been forced to operate differently. Infrastructure/delivery costs have also risen sharply. With this in mind, we ask pilgrims to be prepared should we need to put a limit numbers.

Are pets allowed onsite?
No, only Guide Dogs are permitted onsite.

I am a Priest/Deacon/Religious, do I need to do anything to exercise my Ministry at New Dawn?
Yes, Priests, Deacons and Religious who wish to exercise their Ministry at New Dawn will need to provide a testimonial from their Bishop or Superior so that we can submit it to the Diocese of East Anglia. For further information contact admin@newdawn.org.uk.

Registration

How do I register?
To register you can request our interim online registration form here. Otherwise our official online registration system will be up and running very soon. Once our official online registration system has gone live we will communicate this via our social media pages – Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

Can I register when I arrive?
We strongly encourage pilgrims to register before the Conference. Pre-Conference registration will not only ensure your place (should there be limited capacity), but will also help us ensure that the required infrastructure/facilities are in place for your arrival. However, if you are unable to pre-register the registration will be available from 11am on Monday 1st August 2022.

Can I register my family or a group?
Groups of non-related individuals (i.e. church/parish/prayer groups) must complete individual registrations.

Meals

Is there facility to purchase food onsite?
This year we will not be using a private catering company. However there will be several food bars onsite. At this stage, we cannot gurantee that these food bars can provide healthy-food options. Alternatively, there are several  supermarket stores nearby including Morrison’s (Clipbush Lane Fakenham NR21 8SW) and Tesco’s (Oak St Fakenham, NR21 9DX) which are approx. only 5 miles away from the Conference site. We are exploring several other food options so please keep this in your prayers!

Where can I eat offsite?
There are a number of cafes, restaurants and pubs in Little Walsingham. For more information go to https://www.walsinghamvillage.org/eat-drink/.

Do you cater for special diets?
We are currently exploring various options for this but cannot gurantee.

Will there be a social tent onsite?
Yes! There will be a social tent onsite for pilgrims to sit, relax and enjoy fellowship with other pilgrims. Although not guranteed at the moment, we hope to provide a coffee shop within the social tent for pilgrims to buy hot drinks etc.!

On the day of the Procession/Priory Mass, can I have lunch in the village of Little Walsingham instead?
Yes, there are many places in Little Walsingham to eat, but it can be very busy on the day of the Priory Mass and people often struggle to get a meal.

Camping

When can I get onto the camp site?
Full access to the camp site will be available from Monday 1st August 2022. Minimal camping will be open for those who can only arrive on the Sunday evening (31st July 2022). However, infrastructure such as toilets and shower blocks cannot be guranteed until the Monday. Furthermore, since registration will not open until 11am on the Monday, we do strongly advise that pilgrims do not arrive for the camp site until the Monday.

Must I pre-register for camping?
We advise those wishing to camp to pre-register online as we cannot guarantee space for those that turn up on the day. Registration for the Family Camp will be open from June.

I’m under 18. Can I camp on my own?
There are special rules concerning 16-18’s who are not camping with their parents.

Can I reserve a particular pitch on the site?
No. When you arrive you will be directed to the next available suitable space by the camp organisers.

But I want to camp with my friends who are arriving later!
In this case, please arrange to arrive together; saving of spaces cannot be accommodated. We ask that this decision be respected by all campers.

Can I plug in my electric hair straighteners, phone charger, etc.?
No, this is not a permanent camp site and so we are unable to allow this for risk assessment and health/safety reasons. The electricity supply is only permitted for Conference needs with equipment that has been electrical safety tested.

My husband/wife/friend etc. can’t come to the Conference but want to come beforehand to help set up my tent/deliver the caravan. Do they need to register?
No, they only need to register if they will be onsite during the Conference itself (Monday – Friday).

What is permitted on site?
Tents, caravans and motorhomes are permitted on site (caravans and motorhomes will be located in a separate designated area).

What facilities will the camp site include?
Toilets, washrooms/shower blocks, breakfast tent with fridge/freezers and waste bins.

Can I park my car/vehicle/motorcycle next to my tent?
No, cars/vehicles/motorcycles are permitted on site for drop off/pick up only. There is a separate designated car park for all cars/vehicles/motorcycles. This is a requirement of our safety regulations.

Does New Dawn take responsibility for loss or damage to vehicles on site?
No, all vehicles are parked in the designated car park at the owners own risk.

Can I bring my pet?
No, pets are not permitted on site (except for Guide Dogs).