9 things at Big Church Festival kids went wild for
and why bringing your family to Big Church Festival is the best idea of the year!
"Big Church Festival brings to life the gospel and the wonder of the kingdom of God. It's a slice of heaven, full of people who love Jesus"
Would Big Church be Big Church without busloads of children spending time with their families, enjoying music, unity, and the presence of God without having to be dragged in? Absolutely not!
We love family, and really love that the demographic at Big Church Festival truly reflects the big and beautiful Church and the importance of family. We are proud that we are a family-friendly festival and provide a holistic festival experience for you and the kids without the need to shelter them from the wrong things.
If you are looking for a family getaway, or want that festival experience as a family in a love-filled and life-giving environment, then we know that Big Church is perfect for you! It’s a safe and exciting environment, spread out over specifically created areas for your children to encounter the joy of Jesus and learn about community and creativity. Brimming with attractions, music, crafts, and stories of the bible told in a brilliantly engaging way.
The truth is that kids go WILD for Big Church!
Jesus says to become like children. What did he mean by that? Perhaps one of the things is that children often see things with a sense of awe and wonder. At Big Church Festival we want to create a space that is full of wonder for everyone too!
Big Church Festival brings to life the gospel and the wonder of the kingdom of God. It’s a slice of heaven, full of people who love Jesus. We were once told by a parent that after a wonder-filled weekend at Big Church their child asked, “Is this what heaven is like? ”, and that is what it is all about! Giving people a taste of the Kingdom of God at any age, being filled with wonder by experiencing the goodness of God from childhood, what a gift to the next generation!
We love that through the weekend their first memories of church events are threaded with technicolour thrill and delight in coming together to worship God.
Maybe you are a church leader who needs a weekend of quality time with the family, or perhaps you have noticed the kids disengaging with Sunday school. Or, maybe getting your teenagers to any Christian event feels like an impossible weekly mission? If so, you are not alone!
Understandably, you may ask what’s in it for you, as we are sure you would love to be roaming the festival and not be confined to one child-friendly area. The good news is that most areas are family-friendly and exciting enough to keep your kids entertained hour on hour wherever you are on site. With so much to do, the only problem may be not getting around it all!
THE FACT IS THEY WILL LOVE IT AND SO WILL YOU.
Inflatable assault course
Who doesn’t love a huge inflatable activity!? The kids can go round and round and will definitely be burning some energy!
You may have noticed but there was always a little crowd of giggling humans hanging in the hammocks on the wiggly path a fantastic way to encourage a little rest stop in an ultra-cool way.
Giving your kids the real camping experience may just be the highlight of their weekend! Hanging out with Mum and Dad, plus the wider church, gives kids such a joyful time. The support of the wider family can also take the pressure off you. If you are nervous about camping and struggle to put up a tent, there will be loads of camping fanatics who could lend a helping hand.
GIANT STRAW PYRAMID
Kids just went wild for this. Let them climb to the top and feel like true kings and queens of the castle!
Leap of Faith
An attraction that encourages boldness and faith. This is a brilliant one for the older kids to get that adrenaline pumping! Get their confidence up and watch them feel on top of the world as they take the great leap who knows, seeing them jump may inspire you to take the plunge.
A great way to get all the laughs as a family! Kids loved bashing into each other without any fear and let’s be honest fun for the adults too…
Superbook Kids Tent
From praise parties to hula hooping and Cheeky Pandas, the kids go wild for the Superbook Kids’ Tent! A non-stop, fast paced programme of Jesus filled, fun activities will impact your little ones for a lifetime!
Kids love seeing older ones engaging and participating in the message of the gospel in such a cool way. Let them jump in and join the party!
A thrilling experience for kids as they feel on top of the world up there! (with all the ropes to keep them secure so no sweating for you!)
What's coming up
What can I expect at the field of fun this year?
The Field of Fun has been specially created for kids and adults to be a place of wholesome activities for all ages, but with little ones at the forefront of the design. You can find out more about that here.
Whilst our attractions change from year to year with some staying the same, we have tons to look forward to in 2023! You can expect huge things from the Field of Fun with water zorbing & bumper boats, henna and glitter stations, zorb football, brand new inflatables and much more to be confirmed!! CBN’s Superbook Kids Tent will be back after such a success last year with the Big Church kids! Plus, one for the adrenaline junkies, we have a new extreme sports arena with Parkour, BMX, mountain bikes & basketball freestyle displays, and workshops to get those little jaws dropping. Whatever they love doing, you can be assured that your kids will have a fantastic time at Big Church Festival and that we have them covered.
All you need to do is get the tickets, load up the car, and come on down this May with the whole family, and perhaps even some families from your local Church or community. What an opportunity to get a group going and get your discounted tickets! However you do it, give your whole family that sense of wonder for Jesus and his Church this May.
My husband and I came to our first-ever BCF last year with our 10-month-old daughter. We were very impressed by how family-friendly the event was. Our daughter loved the music and the buzz, and we loved worshipping God and dancing with her! There were so many activities for children across the festival, we kept saying how amazing this would be as she got older too. Being around so many families with young children enjoying God and the music was encouraging. Everyone was very friendly and understanding about the buggy and having a baby around, which made us feel welcomed and relaxed. I’d definitely recommend the festival for children of all ages, what a lovely thing to do as a family and help encourage each other's faith.
"BCDO IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR YEAR. SPENDING TIME IN THE BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS, SURROUNDED BY LIKE MINDED PEOPLE, CELEBRATING GOD AND GROWING CLOSER THROUGH POWERFUL WORSHIP. WE CAN’T WAIT TO VISIT AGAIN."
“A GREAT EVENT THAT ALLOWS ALL TO WORSHIP IN THEIR OWN WAY BUT ALSO CORPORATELY WITH ONE VOICE. AN AMAZING TIME SPENT WITH YOUR CHURCH FAMILY, BOTH YOUR OWN AND GOD'S BIG CHURCH..”
"WE JUST LOVED BCDO. IT WAS THE FIRST CHRISTIAN FESTIVAL WE’D GONE TO AS A FAMILY AND WE WERE BLOWN AWAY BY THE ATMOSPHERE, THE WORSHIP & THE WELCOME. OUR BOYS GOT TO WORSHIP WITH MANY OTHER YOUNG CHRISTIANS, MASSIVELY IMPACTFUL AND INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE. 2022 CAN’T COME QUICKLY ENOUGH, WE NEED IT."
"WE ARE REMINDED, EVERY YEAR, JUST HOW BIG THE CHURCH REALLY IS. BCDO LEAVES US FEELING REFRESHED AND ENCOURAGED WITH LOTS OF MEMORIES TO CHERISH. LAST TIME WE CAME I WAS PREGNANT AND WE CAN'T WAIT TO INTRODUCE OUR NOW 2 YEAR OLD TO THE BCDO FAMILY. WE HAVE MISSED YOU! "