Open to all those in year 9 and above, our Autumn Youth Gather this year will take place on Saturday 23rd October in the beautiful grounds of our retreat centre Walsingham House at Abbotswick, just outside Brentwood.


What will the day include?

The day will include inspiring talks and thought provoking workshops from our incredible guests John Pridmore and Leila Bousbaa, alongside the chance to try out some exhilarating physical tasks on a variety of outdoor adventure equipment!

There will be drinks and a tuck shop providing refreshments to purchase throughout the day, but we do ask that you provide a packed lunch to eat during the day (in the spirit of Leila’s talk, it would be great if you could think about using reusable or recyclable products!)


Who will the speakers be?

We are so excited to welcome back John Pridmore and Leila Bousbaa to the BCYS to speak to our young people this Autumn.

John has spoken to young people all over the world about his incredible conversion from a life of organised crime in London’s East End. His inspiring talks bring hope and teach us we are all capable of changing our futures.


Leila will lead a discussion and workshop about Climate Change and how we can use our voice to build a better future.


When will this take place?

This year, Youth Gather will be a one day event, taking place on Saturday 23rd October 2021.

All those attending will need to make their own way to Walsingham House at Abbotswick on Saturday morning, to arrive between 10:15 and 10:45am. You can be dropped off in the car park, or there are regular buses which run from Brentwood Station to Navestockside.

We will run an exciting and full day of activities, due to finish with Mass at 4pm, and concluding the entire day by around 5pm.




These inspiring speakers make a wonderful addition to any confirmation programme or youth group.

If you are a catechist or Youth Leader and wish to book for a group to attend the event, please email directly.



If you are a leader (school leaver, age 18+) and would like to attend, please email directly.