Big Church Day Out and Wildfires Festival are two back-to-back events at Wiston House, Steyning over the late May Bank Holiday weekend (25-29th May 2019).

For us at Arun Church it is a chance to be part of something amazing, joining with our friends from 24-7 Prayer as we look to join their Boiler Room Network later this year. It is also right on our doorstep in the South Downs, meaning it’s easy to travel each day if you don’t want to camp.

We will not hold a church service on the 26th May, instead encouraging everyone to go the events. While you can attend each separately, we want to be part of the combined events, creating a 5-day church week away for a reduced cost.

You can find out more about BCDO and Wildfires below.


The Big Church Day Out (BCDO) is the UK’s largest annual gathering of the wider church that creates a space for all denominations and ages to gather each year for two exciting days of worship and celebration.

Artists confirmed for this year include Rend Collective, Elevation Worship and Hillsong Young and Free. Then there’s the fairground rides and juggling jesters to wonderful puppets and amazing owls. Wander away from the large crowds and join families from far and wide as you explore all the fantastic entertainment BCDO has to offer including the Big Church Kids Tent, where you’ll find an explosion of worship, dancing, fun and games.

The Big Church Day Out celebrates four great passions:

  • TOGETHERNESS: The Big Church Day Out draws together tens of thousands of Christians from all over the UK and Europe to worship and celebrate all that is good. It’s a one-of-a-kind expression of church unity that’s as vibrant and varied as its wonderful guests.
  • MUSIC: Music is the life-blood of the Big Church Day Out, bringing together the most popular line up of Christian artists and worship leaders from all over the globe. All musical tastes are satisfied here, so find your perfect Big Church Day Out soundtrack as you explore five stages, with five unique line-ups.
  • FAMILY: The Big Church Day Out is like one huge playground, bursting with activities and fun for all ages. From our Big Church Kids tent and Field of Fun to the relaxing Tea Tent nestled in the beautiful gardens, you’ll be sure to find your favourite spot and make memories that will last a lifetime.
  • FEASTING: Food brings people together, and the Big Church Day Out is all about togetherness. Pull up a trestle table, choose your dinner from a truly delicious line up of handpicked food vendors and take a moment to soak up the extraordinary atmosphere as you connect with family and friends.


Wildfires is a three day festival launched in 2018 as a joint adventure between 24-7 Prayer, Worship Central, Pioneer, Fusion, Big Church Day Out and Tearfund.

Over the course of 3 days, thousands gather from different church expressions and communities to unite in prayer and worship, to deepen friendships and community, to learn, to party and to encounter God.

And from the Big Top sessions to the silent discos, the skate parks to the pizza trucks, we’re committed to leaving space for God to change our plans every step of the way.

The culture of the festival is built on 3 key principles…

  • CAMP FIRES: Building family and community through camping villages and all age activities.
  • HOLY FIRES: Experiencing the power of worship, the prophetic and world-class Bible teaching.
  • WILD FIRES: Investing in mission and learning together to step into the world to make a difference