Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the Bradwell Pilgrimage and Gathering

Can I download this year’s programme?

Yes. Click here to download the programme which includes service orders, a map and running order of the day. We will have printed copies available on the day.

Travel – Can I get there by public transport?

Due to the remote nature of the site it is easiest to travel by car however if you need to use public transport we hope this information will help.

By Train
The nearest station is Southminster.
Trains leave from London Liverpool Street throughout the day.
Some are through trains, so you may have to change at Wickford.

Usually the trains are platformed, so the transfer is relatively easy and accommodated in the timetabling. Please choose a train that links to one of the buses listed in the By Bus section below.

By Bus

There are buses from

Southminster to Bradwell-on-Sea (for train connections from London)

Chelmsford to Maldon and Maldon to Bradwell-on-Sea (for coach connections and train connections from the East Anglia Trains)

If you can’t get the direct bus from Southminster, you can get here via the other busses mentioned with a change at Latchington.

Please consult Traveline web site for the latest information.

By Coach

Chelmsford is our nearest town.
Please check the By Bus section for the time tables.

By Taxi

Taxis from Southminster station cost approximately £20, but must be ordered in advance

Local taxi cab numbers are:
Gemini – 01621 786963/0796 7033769
A2B – 01621 773421/07756 083360

Will there be food & drink available on site?

Yes! – We will have a tea, coffee & cake stall near the chapel along with an ice cream van and hot food (probably jacket potatoes) will be available at the Othona community. You will require cash for these as we won’t be able to accept card payments on site.

Is there seating on site?

We will have some hay bales on site however you may wish to bring a picnic chair.

I need mobility access…what should I do?

The Chapel site is remote and for safety on the day we have limited access to the small chapel car park and are advising people to park at the village hall and either join in the pilgrimage walk or use the shuttle bus service we will be operating.

However, we understand that for some people even the short walk to the chapel from the chapel car park (where the mini bus will drop-off) may be too much.

If you have severe mobility issues please contact us in advance and we can arrange access via the Othona community directly onto the site. Please email

Who are the speakers?

We have a variety of speakers and activities happening at Bradwell Pilgrimage and Gathering. Our main talks will be delivered by:

Rt Revd Alan Williams (Bishop of Brentwood)
The Venerable Ruth Patten (Archdeacon of Colchester)
The Rt Revd Peter Hill (Bishop of Barking)

Will there be activities for children and young people?

Yes – We are planning to have a whole variety of activities for the whole family. We’re still confirming the details of these so watch this space.

Can our church bring a coach?

Yes! – If you require more information please get in touch.

What time will it start and finish?

The Bradwell Pilgrimage and Gathering will begin at 10:30am at St Thomas’ Church in Bradwell-on-Sea. We anticipate the day finishing around 3:45pm at St Cedd’s Chapel.

How much does the Pilgrimage and Gathering cost to attend?

The Bradwell Pilgrimage and Gathering is free to attend. A collection for (optional) donations will be taken on the day.

Do I need to bring lunch or will there be food on site?

You’re welcome to bring your own lunch and eat it on the Chapel field however there will also be stalls selling some light-lunch options, tea & coffee and ice cream on site.

Is there a mini-bus available?

Yes! – We will be operating a shuttle-bus service throughout the day between the Village Hall car park and St Peter’s Chapel. We will also have a pick-up point along the journey between the two for those who wish to walk part of the journey.

What parking is available?

We recommend that you park at the village hall in Bradwell-on-Sea. This can be found at: South Street, Bradwell-on-Sea, CM0 7QJ. Shuttle busses will be operating between the village hall and St Cedd’s chapel throughout the day for those less able to walk the distance to the chapel.

How long is the pilgrimage walk?

The Pilgrimage walk from St Thomas’ Church to St Peter’s Chapel is approximately 2 miles along tarmac’d (mostly) flat roads and paths.

What happens at the Pilgrimage & Gathering?

The Pilgrimage and Gathering will include the pilgrimage walk from St Thomas’ Church to St Peter’s Chapel, times of worship and a variety of talks and activities for the whole family.

For full information on the programme for the day please visit our about us page and keep an eye out on social media for speaker announcements