UK Ultreya 2021

The BAC national gathering is hosted this year by Norwich Anglican Cursillo on behalf of the British Anglican Cursillo Council (BACC). Based at the beautiful Norwich Cathedral, take advantage of this great opportunity to meet up, in-person no less(!), with many Cursillistas from across the country; a truly joyful and uplifting experience for all.

Full information about the day is contained below, and there is a downloadable version to take with you to the day.

Don't delay booking your place - the deadline for bookings is Sunday 28th August!

Outline Programme

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09.00Registration / Refreshments - (Cathedral Cloister)
10.00National Ultreya Begins - (Cathedral)
12.00Break for Lunch - (Cathedral / City)
13.30Gather for Banner Procession - (Cathedral)
14.30Eucharist - (Cathedral)
16.00Goodbyes - (Cathedral)

In order to help keep you and everyone attending as safe as possible we recommend that, if possible, all Ultreya GB attendees take a COVID rapid lateral flow self test during the 24 hour period before the event and only attend if the result is negative.

These self-test kits are available free of charge from your local Chemist or Pharmacy and each kit comes with full instructions for how to use it.

Booking Your Place

Attendance at the Ultreya is free, but booking in advance is essential to enable Norwich Cursillo to manage numbers and prepare registration packs for the event.

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Getting to Norwich

In these hopefully post-Covid times we offer this advice in good faith. To avoid disappointment we would advise intending visitors to take the most up to date advice from travel providers prior to travelling.

By Road

Best approached by either M11 & A11 from the south, or A47 from west/north after leaving the A1 at Peterborough.

We have secured the use of Browns Meadow car park within the Cathedral close for Saturday’s event. There are 135 spaces available, a slot can be secured via your booking from. The cost of car parking, all day, is £5. From the car park the Cathedral is easily accessible via user friendly slope onto Ferry Lane and turn left. Ferry Lane, if you turn right, leads down to Pulls Ferry, perhaps somewhere to visit during the lunch break as it is not too far to walk.

Alternatively, use the Park and Ride bus 501 from Thickthorn (GPS NR9 3AU) into the city centre is convenient for both A11 and A47. Alight at Upper King Street /Tombland for the Cathedral. (Please note that the Costessey P&R on the A47 does not go to the City Centre.) Full details of Norwich Park and Ride facilities may be found on the Norwich P&R website

Parking is available in the city centre at various locations but can be quite expensive for a whole day. (up to £15 in some cases)

Long distance buses serve Norwich from several centres in the UK. The Bus Station is located about a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral. See the National Express website for details.

By Rail

From the South: A fast, direct service from London Liverpool Street is available but be aware that on-going engineering works on this line can affect reliability, especially at weekends. An alternative service from either Liverpool Street or Kings Cross via Cambridge and Ely has proved to be more reliable and can be cheaper but takes slightly longer than the above. These train services are provided by Greater Anglia and full details can be found on their website.

From the North & West: Norwich is served by trains that pass-through Peterborough on the East Coast main line. Interestingly the Norwich line trains travel to and from Liverpool Lime Street and stop at several intermediate points such as Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham. Please be aware that these are not high-speed trains and do not have buffet facilities, so come prepared. You may also have to change at Ely. John Betjeman would just love it! These train services provided by East Midland Railways and full details can be found on their website.

Trains terminate at Norwich Station which is within a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral.

By Air

Norwich has an international airport and is served by flights from a number of UK locations such as Edinburgh, Exeter and Manchester. Prices can be competitive with rail fares if booked early enough. Please bear in mind that Norwich Airport is a staging post for oil and gas rig personnel travelling to and from the platforms. The Edinburgh and Aberdeen flights can be particularly busy on Fridays. Details can be found on the Norwich Airport website.

A Park and Ride bus service (No 501) runs from the Airport to the city centre. Alight at Tombland adjacent to the Cathedral.

Accomodation and Eating Out

There is a variety of accommodation available in the city and its surroundings as well as eating opportunities within the area surrounding the Cathedral. The Visit Norwich website is particularly helpful.

We have found that the most economical and convenient hotel for the Cathedral is the Premier Inn, Norwich City Centre, which is in Duke Street and is within a 10-minute walk to the Cathedral. There are other hotels within the city centre and surrounding areas, as well as Guest Houses and B&B accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets.

Hotels on Prince of Wales Road may be nearer but are in close proximity to Friday and Saturday night's lively night life.

The Venue

Our venue is the historic Norwich Cathedral. The building dates back to the 11th Century and has been a house of prayer and a spiritual centre for a thousand years.

This year the Cathedral is also host to a prehistoric guest as part of the Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure tour. Dippy the Dinosaur is currently on a tour of the United Kingdom and will be visiting Norwich Cathedral from 13th July until 30th October. Those with an interest in natural history will have an opportunity to visit the Dippy exhibition.

More information about the Cathedral is available on their web site.

Following Norwich 2021, the next UK Ultreya gathering will take place in central London on 3rd September 2022, hosted by London and Southwark Cursillos. Canterbury will be hosting in our 2023 gathering.