Festival 2016 - 27th-30th May: HOLY GROUND

Welcome to Festival 2016, and to Holy Ground here at Cliff College!



Hi, I am Ian White, one of the tutors at Cliff, and I am the 2016 Festival Co-ordinator, working with a creative team to put on a great weekend especially for YOU here at Cliff College.



Holy Ground? Yes, ‘Holy Ground’ is our theme for 2016, and we want you to come and join us for a weekend of teaching, worship, laughter and friendship as we tread across the Holy Ground of this incredible site, and explore what it means to encounter a Holy God, be a Holy People, and live a Holy Life. It’s a weekend for everyone. We want the place buzzing with new friends discovering God’s blessing here on site at Cliff, but also want to invite old friends back (I know most of them, I’ve been here so long!) to revisit the place of God’s blessing in their lives.

Book NOW! This year we have changed the pricing structure. Many people have already taken advantage of the Super Early Bird rate, and while that offer is now closed, we are still really pleased to offer the Early Bird Rate. Download your form now – beat the rush, and book your room or camping plot now! There are still deals on campsite groups, and subsidies on the entrance fees are available for those on benefits. These great price are only available until 31st January 2016. So – get the word out…. Book NOW!

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What is happening at Festival 2016? Well, speakers so far invited include Steve Wild, Steve Chalke, and Mark Dunn-Wilson. Nomad & Stance from YFC will be on site bringing the football cage, and their dance skills, as will our old friend Bob Hartman, the Master Storyteller. The Awesome kids work will be headed up by Lianne Smith from Scripture Union, and of couse Funky Sunday and the famous Festival Sing-a-long will be in the programme, courtesy of Pete Sheath and Helena Kittle. Ignite and Pulse will be rocking in a new Youth Zone, and we are developing a new Storytelling venue headed up by Laura Smyth, where stories will be shared throughout the day. Play it by Ear will be being dramatic again, and look out…..the One Way UK puppet team are coming! And of course for the active we will have Adventure + taking us to new heights on the climbing wall! This year we are also planning a big fundraiser for those less fortunate than ourselves, and we are going to be working with a local homeless charity and Food Bank to ensure nothing is wasted. 2016 will see the return of The Bog Squad, and we have plans for a reflective labyrinth around the Cliff Cross. We have invited 35 Chapel Walk to host a dramatic art installation across the orchard, and the programme is going to include a Prayer Mountain session on Monday led by Ashley Cooper, one of the new Festival Pastors. The Market Village is expanding – so lots to be inspired by, and also to spend some of your money on! As always, lots of great preaching, worship, seminar teaching, coffee, ice-cream – yes, there will be music, and dancing, and lights, and fun – but above all this will be the place for a real encounter with God. Holy Ground – a weekend that could change your life.


Want to know more? Then keep an eye on this page to see Latest News, sign into the Cliff Fest Facebook page and ‘Like’, or contact Cathi Thacker, the Festival Administrator on festival@cliffcollege.ac.uk to be added to the Festival email list.

Looking forward to seeing you here at Festival 2016!

God Bless, Ian

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What’s Festival?

We are so glad that Festival is loved by those who come that many keep on coming year after year. But we’re perhaps even more delighted when Festival is discovered for the first time by people who have never been before. Maybe that’s you! And here you are, on the Festival webpage, trying to find out what the Festival weekend is all about – well, you’ve come to the right place.

Festival is a 4 day Friday evening to Monday evening event focused around the Christian story. Our vision is to introduce people to the loving God as encountered in the Biblical story of Jesus Christ, as well as to encourage and equip the church – from the youngest to the oldest – for loving and serving God more effectively. Along the way, there are workshops and seminars, worship and prayers, meetings and get-togethers, with some great leaders from different organisations together with the team of staff, students and volunteers that help make Festival such a great event.

What is the vision of Holy Ground?  Quite simply……….

  • Come to Holy Ground – discover a place of God’s blessing
  • Come back to Holy Ground – revisit the place of God’s blessing
  • Go from Holy Ground – to be God’s blessing
  • Go to Holy Ground – to share God’s blessing

Sounds exciting? We hope so…

So – what’s Festival? It’s simply a great weekend that might just change your life! We hope to see you at Festival 2016 next May!

Call: +44 (0) 1246 584200


Cliff College,
Calver, Hope Valley,
Sheffield, S32 3XG

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