Festival 2018

Welcome to the Cliff Festival pages, where you can explore the theme, discover the programme, be introduced to the team, book, and offer to volunteer!

Look out for the Festival Schedule which will be available to download very soon!

We are really excited about Festival 2018 and look forward to you joining us over the Bank Holiday weekend 25-28th May for a really wonderful weekend with an amazing title:


Festival 2018 – Ablaze

Theme – our theme for this years Festival  is Ablaze, and we will be looking at the work of the Holy Spirit. The theme 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 our 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 good friends Play it by Ear drama company to take the stage by storm, the brilliant Harry Baker and Chris Read rap and play 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 old storytelling friend Bob Hartman, the ever popular Funky Sunday, the Storytelling Tent and lots of seminars and workshops all over the site for children, young people and adults too! Look out for the programme with all the timetable details.

Talking of friends…..we are delighted that Roy Searle, and other members of the Northumbria Community are again joining us in the college Chapel to lead Bible studies and seminars, and share their rhythm of daily prayer. Look out for a Northumbrian fire to gather around in the newly decorated chapel!

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 launching 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?

Festival Co-ordinators 2018

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. For info on joining this great team of volunteers go to Serve.

Admission fees

Booking is open, and we are filling up fast…

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.


The good news is that if you can offer some time as a volunteer for us, we can offer you something in return – depending on how many hours you can offer this could include site pass, meal vouchers or even free camping – as well as the opportunity to serve God in an exciting way! Head over to the Serve page for more information and to download an application form.

Children and Youth Venues

All our fabulous Children and Youth venues are listed below. If you want to book kids in for the Awesome programme (ages 3 to 11) we have to register those. To speed this up, please fill in the Awesome Registration form – either as part of your main booking (it’s included in the booking form) or if you’re just visiting for the day/live locally, please just fill in the Awesome Registration form – available here!


Our lovely crèche team look forward to welcoming babies and toddlers – and their adult carers – to play in the Haddon Room every morning between 10.00 and 12.45. There is also the opportunity to book a baby bathing slot between 5.30 and 6.45, where you will be provided with warm water, bathing equipment and towels. From 6.45-9.00 the crèche room will be a designated quiet play and rest area for accompanied babies, and for children who attended Little Awesome in the morning (who do not be accompanied).


Little Awesome

Children between the ages of three and five will be welcomed to the Broadbelt/Eagles building every morning between 10.00 and 12.45 for a fun-filled session of play, singing and activities, looked after by our wonderful team of volunteers. Please provide children with a labelled drink and nut-free snack for mid-morning. In the evening, children are welcome to snuggle down (in their PJs if they wish) in the Haddon Room between 6.45 and 9.00.



Awesome is simply that… an awesome time getting to know our awesome God even better. If you are aged between 5 and 11, it is the place to be between 10.00 and 12.45, and 6.45 and 9.00. Our awesome team of volunteers can’t wait to meet you and find out just how awesome you are too! Please provide children with a labelled drink and nut-free snack for mid-morning.



Back again for 2018 is Ignite – and we are getting bigger and better as the years go by! Led by Tim and Lauren Rossell, the 11-14s will be congregating in their new venue situated on the terrace lawn. Expect to enjoy a vibrant and electric atmosphere as we worship alongside ‘The Sense’! As we delve into the word, we have the pleasure of being joined by a fantastic team to aid us on our journey in learning about the Holy Spirit.



Our specific programme aimed at young people aged 15+ (Y10 and up) is back with a fresh look. Furnace has been designed to help you engage more with God, have a laugh with your friends and live life as a radical follower of Jesus. Sam Lomas is leading the venue, with worship led by Gaz Simmonds. The weekend is packed with amazing speakers, incredible worship and some great Bible studies.

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