The Holy House of Walsingham has been a place of pilgrimage since 1061 when Lady Richeldis received a vision from the Blessed Virgin Mary to build a replica of the Holy House of Nazareth where she had received the news from the angel Gabriel that she had been chosen to be the Mother of God. From that day onwards pilgrims from all over the country (and the world) have made pilgrimage to England’s Nazareth.
The Holy House draws us closer to the intimate love of God. It is a reminder of our calling to respond to God with the same faith and courage of Mary, so that we may echo her ‘Yes’ to God and give birth in our hearts to Christ who is ‘God with us.’ In the Holy House we are invited to be at home with God and one another, and to experience the Lord in the fabric of our lives so that, returning home, our faith will be strengthened and renewed.
Through a rich timetable of worship and prayer, preaching and teaching, relaxation and fun, we will experience the holiness of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and be renewed and refreshed, challenged and changed. At the heart of each day will be a celebration of the Mass, but there will also be opportunities to celebrate the ministry of healing and reconciliation, to receive the holy water from the well, study the bible, pray together in the Holy House, walk the way of the cross, and lots more. There will also be plenty of free time to relax and socialise!
Whilst some people choose to make their own way to Walsingham, most people travel in comfort on one of the many coaches we provide! We use a reputable local coach company (Edwards Coaches) who provide 49 seater, executive air conditioned coaches.
The pick up points are usually determined by where the majority of pilgrims are travelling from. There is usually a coach from the West (Neath, Port Talbot and the M4 corridor), a coach from the valleys and from Cardiff. This may may mean that you will have to travel to your pick-up point. Details of times and places will be available closer to the date of pilgrimage - as soon as we have an idea of where everyone lives!
Accommodation is provided by the shrine (although sometimes, when we have a large number of pilgrims, some people may be accommodated in other guest houses in the village). Many of the rooms are shared rooms and it helps when booking if you can state if you or others are willing to share with pariticular people. Single and ensuite rooms are limited and these are usually reserved for those who require them for genuine reasons (which we ask you to state on the booking form). Many of the rooms are accessible by lift and there are rooms suitable for people who use wheelchairs or who require easier access. Family rooms are also available. You can find out more about the type of accommodation available on the Shrine's website. However, it's important to remember that the Accommodation, although wonderfully upgraded and developed over the years, is not a hotel and, since many of the rooms are situated in rather old and interesting buildings, there is a certain charming characterisitic to some of them!
Full board and accommodation is provided with breakfast, lunch and supper. If you prefer half board then please state this on the booking form.
Transport and Full Board: £245
Full Board Only: £185
UNDER 16S or FULL TIME EDUCATION
Transport and Full Board: £120
Full Board Only: £100
Children under 5: free
Download a PDF version of our Booking form for our Pilgrimage in 2014 by clicking on the logo
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Our pilgrimage timetable for 2014 will be available soon
Visit the website of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and discover more about its history, spirituality, mission and ministry.
Download a PDF version of the Poster for our Pilgrimage in 2014 by clicking on the logo
You can download a simple savings card to help parishioners to save throughout the year for the pilgrimage. Click on the logo!