St. Mary's with St. Peter's

Bury St. Edmunds

Tel: 01284 754680

Parish Weekend Away

Our next Parish Weekend Away will take place on Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July 2018 at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre in Ditchingham near Bungay. Our speaker for the weekend will be Bishop Bill Musk.


Why go?

Take time for refreshment: to think, to explore your faith, to share with others, to be quiet and simply relax.

This weekend is for all the family and is an opportunity, wherever you are on your Christian journey, to enjoy the company of friends and make new acquaintances; to share in stimulating times of input and discussion; and for reflection. There will be sessions each day for adults and for our young people.

Our guest speaker will be Bishop Bill Musk. The theme for the weekend will be ‘Breaking Out’ as Bishop Bill seeks to inspire, encourage and equip us to share the Christian message with those around us. Bishop Bill has recently retired from being Assistant Bishop for North Africa and Rector of St George’s, Tunis. He is married to Hilary and has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. He has many years of ordained Anglican ministry in Egypt and the UK, and is author of several books about Islam and how Christians relate to Muslims.  As well as the sessions which Bishop Bill will lead, there will be groups and activities for children. There will also be informal activities for all ages.

The weekend begins any time after 5:30pm on Friday 13th July and finishes after lunch on Sunday 15th July.


Belsey Bridge Conference Centre

Those who have been before will know that Belsey Bridge is an excellent venue with comprehensive facilities for all ages. It is set in extensive and attractive grounds and provides a warm welcoming atmosphere with plenty of space for socialising or a quiet walk.

It is fully catered, thus providing the opportunity to spend quality time together with no practical tasks required.


Activities and space for all ages

Activities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, two tennis courts, play equipment (swings, climbing frames etc) in a nearby fenced area, plus a five-a-side football pitch. There is also a shop selling books, cards and confectionery.



There is a variety of rooms, including:

The majority of the rooms are modern, en-suite with shower and toilet. All the rooms are under the same roof and all ground floor rooms are accessible by wheelchair. All rooms have their own tea-making facilities.

Note: The availability of double and twin rooms is very limited so couples may be allocated single rooms. If you are a couple willing to have single rooms, please indicate on the booking form. If children from different families wish to share, we will do our best to ensure that parents are close to their children.



The food  is superb and all meals are included: buffet breakfast, morning coffee and biscuits, cooked lunch, afternoon tea with home-made cakes and a cooked supper. Special dietary needs can be catered for. Please indicate on booking form.


The Cost

Adults: £160

Early Bird Offer: £150 for bookings with deposit received by Easter Sunday (1 April 2018)

 Young People ages 6-15: £40; ages 16-18: £75

If you would really like to come but would struggle to afford the full cost, do speak to Nick or Jackie, who may be able to arrange a discretionary subsidy. A deposit of £40 per person is payable at the time of booking. All cheques should be made payable to ‘St Peter’s Church’ and given to Jackie Post in the Parish Office. All bookings must be received by 31 May 2018.


Gift Aiding

If you can afford to pay a little more, above the basic fee, you may like to donate towards the running of the weekend. Only these donations may be gift-aided, and so will need to be paid separately.  Donations should be placed in an envelope clearly marked ‘DONATION FOR PARISH WEEKEND’ and given to Jackie Post in the Parish Office. If you are unable to come on the weekend, you may like to make a donation to help others to attend. Thank you!


Day Visitor

We would prefer you to come for the whole weekend, but day visitors will be welcome, space permitting. Please book on the enclosed form. Day visitor cost £40 per adult (accompanied children free).


To Book

Please click here for a booking form.