It sounds fun but I don't know anyone else who's going - will it be okay?

Lots of people come on Venture on their own, and it can be a bit daunting. But it's not that scary, because a lot of the Venture happens in dorm groups - so you'll get to know a small group of other young people and leaders very quickly. There are plenty of organised activities, so you won't be left on your own.

I want to come with my friend - can we share a room and be in the same dorm?

There's a space to request this on the form, and we'll try to accommodate it where we can. Even if you don't end up in the same dorm, there will be plenty of time to spend together during the week.

Can I bring my youth group?

It depends on spaces, but probably yes. We already have several youth groups who come to Sedbergh each year, and we'd very much welcome more. The best thing to do would be to get in touch with overall leader Jonny on the Contact page.

I'm not a Christian - will it be weird?

No - lots of the people who come on Sedbergh each year aren't Christians and they have a great time. The Bible teaching will probably get you thinking, but we don't think you'll find it weird.

How easy is it to get there by train?

Very easy. All you need to do is get yourself to Oxenholme station on the West Coast Mainline, which is less than 3 hours from London Euston. On the arrival and departure days we do shuttle runs to the station, which is only about 20 minutes' drive from the site. You'll receive information nearer the time on how this will work.

What about pocket money?

The Venture fee covers everything you'll need throughout the week. This includes food, accommodation, and activities. You don't need to spend any more money than this. But it's a good idea to bring a bit of pocket money for things like the bookstall, the tuck shop, and optional 'extras' on certain activities, like extra paintballs or extra bits of pottery to paint.

What do I need to bring?

  • Clothes and toiletries for the week
  • Bible (if you have one), notebook and pen
  • Sensible, sturdy shoes for outdoor activities
  • Complete change of old clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting very wet or muddy
  • Swimming costume (if you want to go swimming)
  • Waterproof coat
  • Towels (it's a good idea to bring two - one for showering and one that can get dirty)
  • Sleeping bag or bedding (a plain mattress and pillow is provided)

Is it good value for money?

The Venture fee of £285 works out at just over £30 per day. We think it's fantastic value for such an exciting holiday. Part of the reason it's such good value is that the leaders and helpers are all unpaid volunteers, and in fact most make a personal contribution towards the cost of the Venture to help make it more affordable for you. The double bonus is that the leadership team is made up of people who really, really want to be there and help you to have a great time.

Can I get any help with the costs?

We don't want the cost of the Venture to stop anyone from coming, and if that's the only thing preventing you from signing up there are a few options available.

  • CPAS bursary
    CPAS pays 1/3, your local church pays 1/3, you pay 1/3.
    Subject to approval by CPAS and your local church.
  • Sedbergh bursary
    CPAS pays 1/3, Sedbergh Venture pays 1/3, you pay 1/3.
    Subject to approval by CPAS and Sedbergh Venture.
  • New church discount
    Discount of £75 per member if you're part of a church that hasn't sent any members on any CPAS Ventures in the last two years.
    This can be combined with one of the bursaries above. Other conditions also apply.

For more information on any of these options, please get in touch with overall leader Jonny Lee.

Is it safe?

We take safety very seriously on Sedbergh Venture - both on and off-site. We use qualified instructors for our outdoor activities and carry out risk assessments for anything that's potentially dangerous. Our high ratio of leaders to members helps us to keep an eye on everything that's going on, which helps to keep the fun sensible. If you get on a mountain bike we can't guarantee you won't fall off, but if you do have an accident you can be sure that there will be someone nearby who will know what to do.