Diocesan Summer Camps

The Living Your Faith camps take place annually and cater for the young people of Clifton Diocese. They are held over two weeks during August: the first week for 7-11 year olds (Years 3 to 6) and the second week for 12-16 year olds (Years 7 to 11). All young people are welcome to attend.

In 2018 the Summer Camps are moving to Viney Hill Christian Adventure centre in the Forest of Dean. This exciting change in location, gives the summer camps a new dimension as we are able to take advantage of the excellent outdoor facilities and trained staff at Viney Hill. Click on the Viney Hill logo to visit their site.

The weeks are underpinned by a sharing and living of our Christian Faith.

Each week has a mix of:

  • Guest speakers & Catechesis
  • Small group work and reflection
  • Games and fun activites
  • Outdoor activities led by Viney Hill instructors (Climbing wall, Archery, Raft building, Mountain biking)
  • Prayer, Mass, Liturgy of the Word and the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Campfire
  • Great food and accommodation

Each year the children and young people leave after our final Mass full of life, full of confidence for who they are, their own faith and the courage to be young disciples of Jesus. ‘Living Your Faith’ means so many things, and to live it is a challenge we enjoy and fully participate in during the weeks at the Summer Camps and continue when we return to our Parish communities.

We make every attempt to cater for any additional needs, dietary requirements and other reasonable requests. Please make any medical condition or additional requirements clear on your booking form.

Cost for the 2019 Summer Camps is £200 per person. A non-refundable deposit of £40 is required with the completed booking forms to secure a place.

This includes:

  • Accommodation (including bedding)
  • All meals, drinks and snacks
  • All activities including Viney Hill led outdoor activities
  • Summer camp T-shirt

A payment schedule and breakdown of cost is available on request.

The Summer Camps team fundraise throughout the year to keep costs as accessible as possible to all. We are grateful to all those parishes and organisations who contribute so generously.

Bookings for the 2018 Summer Camps has now ended.

Bookings for the Summer Camps will be available in January 2019

When are the camps?

In 2018, the first week of camps (for pupils in years 3 – 6) are being held between Monday 13 August and Friday 17 August.
Week number two, for pupils in years 7 – 11, is being held between Monday 20 August and Friday 24 August.

The provisional dates for the 2019 camps are 12th – 16th & 19th – 23rd August 2019.

How much do the camps cost?

For 2018, the camps cost £195 per child. This covers all costs such as accommodation, food and activities.

Where are the camps held?

In 2018, the camps are being held at the Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre in the Forest of Dean. More information can be found on their website:

Who leads the camps?

The camps are led by Stephen Spurrell who is into his seventh year as leader. He has a wonderful team of volunteers who help to run the camps and create the family atmosphere. All volunteers and leaders are DBS checked.

The camps have the full backing and support of the Diocesan Coordinator of Youth Ministry.

If you have any further questions that arent answered here, please email us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

The camps are led by an experienced team of volunteer children and youth workers, with the support of the Diocesan Coordinator of Youth Ministry and the Diocesan Health & Safety Coordinator. All volunteers have current DBS checks in place and follow the Diocesan Safeguarding policies and procedures. All activities are fully risk assessed.

If you would like a copy of the risk assessments please email the Diocesan Coordinator of Youth Ministry:

For a copy of our Diocesan Safeguarding policy and procedures, click here

A small bursary fund is available to help families wishing to send their children to our Diocesan Summer Camps.

To access this bursary please write to, or email, outlining:

  • The name(s) of children or young people attending the Summer Camps and on which week
  • Your families current participation in Parish/Church/Community life.
  • How as a family, you will communicate the Gospel message of the Summer Camps
  • How this Gospel message has contributed to the formation of your children.
  • How you will communicate this to your Parish/Church/Community.
  • Please mention which Parish or Christian Church you attend as a family.


Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Alexander House 160 Pennywell Road,

Bristol. BS5 0TX