North Downs Way Pilgrims Festival Wye

The North Downs Way Pilgrims Festival 2018 is a week-long series of events in Wye celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the North Downs Way.

We welcome you all to join us; for a short walk or a mighty journey; for those who love nature and our countryside or want to learn more about cultural heritage. We have drama, literature, film, food, drink, and much, much more.

Journey as Concept

Monday 24th September, 7.30pm 

Location: St Gregory and St Martin’s Church, Wye

Celebrated Musician Matthew King and Choral Master Mark Deller will be treating participants to a musical reflection on pilgrimage and journey.#


Tuesday 25th September, 10.30am to 12pm

Location: St Gregory and St Martin’s Church, Wye

A pleasant coffee morning for pilgrims past and present to meet and discuss their experiences and memories and bring along any pilgrim mementoes they’ve collected along the way. No booking required, please contact for further details.

Wye Arts Association – Le Grand Voyage

Tuesday 25th September, 7.30pm
•£5, booking required
•Location: St Gregory and St Martin’s Church, Wye

Le Grand Voyage is a 2004 film written and directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi portraying the relationship between father and son as they embark on a religious pilgrimage trip by car. The film won the Golden Astor for Best Film at the 2005 Mar del Plata International Film Festival, also was shown at the prestigious 2004 Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals. Proceeds go towards Pilgrims Hospice and the fabric of Wye Church.

Author Talk – Pilgrimage and the Journey Within

Wednesday 26th September, 3-5pm
•Free, booking required
•Location: St Gregory and St Martin’s Church, Wye

A pilgrimage is more than just a walk in a landscape. When we walk, especially when that walk is imbued with meaning, we can experience profound and lasting change.
Three recently published memoirs have explored this idea. At this unique event, their authors will read from their work and answer questions on how pilgrimage can be transformational in a variety of ways.

A Literary Journey – An Evening of Pilgrimage Tales

Wednesday 26th September, 7-9pm
•Location: St Gregory and St Martin’s Church, Wye

Experience an evening of pilgrimage through three literary works – Chaucer’s The Millers Tale performed by the Dover Players, Harry Bucknall’s account of his journey on foot from Canterbury to Rome in Like a Tramp, Like a Pilgrim and a look at the history behind the Pilgrim’s Way, a route from Winchester to Canterbury, in Derek Bright’s The Pilgrims Way: Fact and Fiction of an Ancient Trackway presented by Mandy Bright.

Labyrinths: An Experiential Pilgrim Pathway

Friday 28th September, 2-5pm
•Free, no booking required
•Location: St Gregory and St Martin’s Church, Wye

Explore the newly created labyrinth in Wye with the Diocese of Canterbury.

Kent – England’s Holy Land: Tales of the Kent Saints and Pilgrimage

Friday 28th September, 7.30pm-9pm
•Free, booking required
•Location: St Gregory and St Martin’s Church, Wye

Andrew Kelly of the Augustine Camino gathers historical experts for an exploration of key figures in Kent’s rich pilgrimage history.

Pilgrimage Fair

Saturday 29th September

Morning and Afternoon Walks
•Location: In and around Wye
•Free, booking required

Join us on for a variety of beautiful guided walks finishing in Wye followed by a Pilgrims Feast in the Church followed by a choral harmony pilgrim duet. Choose from a variety of pilgrimage-related themes: British Pilgrimage Trust; Refugee Tales; Ash Pilgrimage; Map Reading; Mindfulness; Augustine Camino. There are different lengths and grades of difficulty to suit all needs and interests.

North Downs Way Anniversary Celebrations

Sunday 30th September
•Free, no booking required
•Location: In and around Wye

The main event on Sunday 30th to mark the 40th Anniversary of the North Downs Way will see us leading a community parade from the Church to the Wye Crown to cut the cake and toast the trail. Later in the afternoon we will launch The Ale Trail with a beer festival in the riverside beer garden (weather dependent) at the Tickled Trout . You can sample a variety of official North Downs Way beers and collect your beer passport and map to start your journey.


In and around St Gregory and St Martin Church, Wye

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