Salt & Light Advance are attending together, as a family of churches, Wildfires and Big Church Day Out (BCDO) 2022, both events on the Wiston House estate in West Sussex.
Some people may want to do both, or one or the other. The choice is yours! If you book for Wildfires, BCDO is free – two festivals for the price of one!
We will camp together for each event, and are exploring whether it is viable to have an ‘Advance marquee’ as a community hub/village hall.
DON’T book directly on the Wildfires or BCDO websites, rather please use these special booking links, which will enable us to camp as a group:
- To book for Wildfires (tickets include BCDO):
- To book for BCDO only:
Find out more about the events
Why are we going as S&L Advance to these events?
We last camped together as Advance in summer 2019 for ‘Supernatural Advance’. Many of us are keen to gather again, in a festival/camping environment, to allow us to reconnect relationally, and to worship God together.
With all the uncertainties of the pandemic we have not been able to plan ahead with any certainty to organise our own event, and the suggestion was made that we go together to a larger event.
What is Wildfires and BCDO – and how do the 2 different events flow together?
Wildfires is a 3-day ‘Bible week camp’ organised by 24-7 Prayer with other partner churches/streams. There are groups for children and young people. The programme for 2022 includes Maverick City Music, Jonathan and Melissa Helser, and leaders from 24-7 and other partner churches. They are expecting 3,000 people in 2022.
BCDO is a 48 hours Christian music festival organised by Tim Jupp, formerly of Delirious? Artists already booked to appear include Matt Redman, Maverick City Music, Jonathan and Melissa Helser – there are 8 tents/stages, so see full list at www.bigchurchdayout.com/line-up. They are expecting 30,000+ people in 2022.
The two events run back-to-back in the spring half-term, including the extended bank holiday for the Platinum Jubilee.
Wildfires tickets include free entry and ongoing camping/caravan for BCDO.
Should I come to Wildfires, BCDO, or both?
You’re free to book for one, the other, or both. If you’re hoping to come with others from your church you may want to check in and agree plans with them 😉
Will it be like previous S&L Advance or S&L UK summer camps?
Wildfires is more like our own summer camps, with worship, teaching, prayer and children and youth activities. Some details of camping are different. The site is entirely car-free, for safety reasons. For that reason, caravans are on a different campsite. People from the same group (for us that will be Advance) will camp or caravan together.
BCDO is a very different event, more of a family festival than a Bible week. Lots of people from our churches have been, and had a great time, so why not talk to one of them, or check out the BCDO website www.bigchurchdayout.com
For both events there are a plethora of stalls serving street food for all tastes throughout both events for those who may not wish to cater for themselves.
How will we get together as Advance during Wildfires/BCDO?
We will camp together, and that gives us unhurried time to eat, drink and chat together! As a special concession with our large group, the organisers have very kindly made it possible for those us camping for Wildfires and for BCDO (or both) to camp in the same area.
We are planning to have an Advance community hub/’village hall’ comprising some gazebos and central facilities.
Caravans will be in a slightly different area, as there are no cars allowed, at all, on the tent camping areas, but this Caravan area is also close our designated tent camping area. Hookups are available for caravans only, and only for the BCDO part of the event.
We can attend BCDO/Wildfires sessions together with friends from our own church or other Advance church groups.
I’ve already booked for Wildfires or BCDO – how do I get to camp with the rest of you?
For existing BCDO bookings who now want to also do Wildfires please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your BCDO order number, quoting “Salt & Light Advance group booking”. These will be refunded (minus the service charge) and you will then need to book Wildfires tickets.
Unfortunately it’s not possible to refund existing BCDO bookings but the BCDO office can assign your booking to our group. Please email email@example.com with your BCDO order number, quoting “Salt & Light Advance group booking”.
What about future Advance events?
2022 is a bit of an experiment to see what it is like going together as Advance to a larger event. We will then consider what we do in future years.
We are also planning to run an Advance Celebration day in November 2022, in Oxford, as well as our annual leaders conference (February 2022) and other small events. For details please visit our event page.