The sun is shining, exams are out of the way, the holidays are upon us, and it is often the time young people like to gather at music festivals across the country – V festival, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, Blackpool Rocks, Tea in the Park, Kendal Calling. Why are these events so popular with young people? It’s seems to be the combination of not showering, living off pot noodles, living the hippy lifestyle, good music and being with friends and meeting lots of new people, great atmosphere. How good it is that there are now events within the Church which capture the best sides of these events and link them with the best side of our faith. There are no shortage of events and young people from our diocese this summer will be travelling to the Faith Movement’s Summer Conference at Woldingham (3-7 August) and to the Youth 2000 international festival at the country’s national shrine at Walsingham (27-31 August), this year entitled, ‘The Promised Land’. For five days, one thousand young people will be camping in the fields of Norfolk, gathering for dynamic talks, live-band worship, powerful prayer times, fun social activities, creative workshops, in-depth discussions, evening entertainment and loads more, with top speakers from the USA and all over the UK. In addition, the Youth Service here at Castlerigg is organising WYDFest (11-14 August), bringing something of the World Youth Day experience to our own corner of the world. And, finally, to round off the summer, the Big Walk, setting off from Castlerigg on 4 September and arriving at the shrine of Our Lady at Cleator on 6 September. So, there is plenty going on: if you are 15 and over, please contact us to find out what is going on, stock up on pot noodles, and come along! Contact team@castleriggmanor.co.uk