Festival 2018

Welcome to the Cliff Festival pages, on the Cliff College website.

We are really excited about Festival 2018 and look forward to you joining us in May 2018 for a really wonderful weekend with an amazing title: Ablaze.


The Festival Team for 2018 is led by Ashley Cooper, the College Principal, with Andrew Harper overseeing the logistics and Ian White looking after the programme. They are working with a gifted and creative team to put on our great annual weekend event especially for YOU here at Cliff College. Find out more about the theme, attending and volunteering below!

Festival 2018 – Ablaze

Theme – our theme for next year is Ablaze, and we will be looking at the work of the Holy Spirit. The word Ablaze comes from a book written by Samuel Chadwick, former Principal of the college, called ‘The Way to Pentecost’, in which he said, Spirit filled souls are ablaze for God…  So the title is Ablaze, and we will be focussing on ‘Life in The Spirit’, and what The Spirit can do in our lives today.

Joining us will be a great list of speakers and contributors! Who are the Big Tent preachers at Festival 2018, you ask? We are excited to welcome President of the Methodist Conference Loraine Mellor, Exec Director of Hope Together Roy Crowne, President of the Girl’s Brigade England & Wales Rachel Gardner, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance Steve Clifford, and our own Ian White, who kicks us off on the Friday evening! The Word will be on Fire!

Who is to be leading our Bible Studies in the sparkly Big Tent this year? Yes, it’s our very own new Principal Rev Ashley Cooper! Delighted that he is going to be exploring the ‘Ablaze’ theme  of the Spirit over the three mornings.

After Hours at Festival ’18 welcomes the highly talented Daughters of Davis to Cliff for the first time, our great friends Play it by Ear drama company to take the stage by storm, and the amazing EAGA gospel choir who were so popular that they filled the place last year, just had to be invited back – which is why After Hours moves to the Big Tent @ 9.30 pm!

And of course there’s our great friend Bob Hartman, the ever popular Funky Sunday, the Storytelling Tent and lots seminars and workshops all over the site for children, young people and adults too! Look out for the programme with all the timetable details.

New for the Festival this year – a new venue in the Orchard – The Orchard stage and canopy! A new age stream – the 18-30’s will be able to share in the new Radiate programme! A new name for the 15-18’s work – welcome to Furnace! New venues for the Awesome children’s work, and Ignite youth work (don’t worry, the map will get you there!). We are also launched a book linked to the theme – edited by our old friend Howard Mellor, and some on-line study materials linked to the Big Top Bible Studies by Ashley Cooper. And we haven’t even mentioned the pizza van yet…..

Dates – Festival 2018 is Friday 25 – Monday 28 May. Have you booked them into your diary yet?

Admission fees

Booking is open, and we are filling up!

Head to the Book page to get the booking form…

£36 – Adult
£24 – 16 and 17 years (plus over 65s, disabled and those on benefits with proof)
FREE – 15 and under

Day rate
£14 – Adult
£10 – 16 and 17 years (plus over 65s, disabled and those on benefits with proof)
FREE – 15 and under

Over the last 3 years we have managed to hold entrance prices, but unfortunately this year we’ve had to increase them, simply to allow us to keep putting on a great event without having a negative effect on some of the other work of the college. We hope you understand and can continue to support us!


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