What? Where? Who?
What are the dates?
Focus 2018 registration will open from 3pm on Thursday 26 July. The full programme and main celebrations will start on the evening of Friday 27 July and will finish on Tuesday 31 July.
Guests need to leave the site by 10am on Wednesday 1 August.
Who can come to Focus?
Focus is a church get-away with your church family and the wider HTB church network.
Where will Focus take place?
Focus 2018 is taking place at Somerley Estate which is a 7,000-acre private estate in Ringwood in the New Forest district. It is just 20 minutes from the seaside town of Bournemouth and 2 hours from London (via the M3).
How do I get there?
Follow the Focus AA road signs for ‘Guest Entrance’ on Nea Drive from the A31 directing you to Focus.
If you are driving, you need to collect a car permit from Registration. This must be on display in your car all week.
Trains depart from London Waterloo to Bournemouth and take approximately 2 hours. For more information or to book, please contact National Rail at nationalrail.co.uk or call 0845 748 4950.
By bus from Bournemouth Station
The nearest bus number is X6 and stops 3–4 miles away opposite Ebblake House, BH31 7AS.
A taxi to Somerley will cost approximately £20–£40 from Bournemouth & Southampton.
A taxi from Salisbury will cost approximately £25–£35.
Coaches are running from London to Somerley on Thursday 26 July and returning on Wednesday 1 August.
Coach tickets are available to purchase through our booking system when you book your tickets and accommodation.
Coaches will depart from outside the V&A Museum in South Kensington on Thursday 26 July at 1pm and 2pm.
Coaches will leave from Somerley on Wednesday 1 August at 9am and 10am.
You need to arrive at the collection point 30 mins before the departure of the coach. Prices are £30 per person for a return ticket and are non-refundable.
When are my payments for Focus due?
Once you have completed your booking form and selected your accommodation, payment is required to confirm your booking.
When do I collect my passes for Focus?
When you arrive on site you will be issued a wristband which will give you access to the programme for the days that you have booked to attend.
How do I book on?
Book your place here. Select your pass, pick your accommodation and make a payment to confirm your booking.
How do I cancel my booking?
If you need to cancel your Focus booking for any reason, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team will be able to help you.
Please note that if you cancel your booking before the 27 March 2018 no cancellation fees will be charged and 100% of the price of the booking will be refunded.
Cancellations made between the 27 March 2018 and the 31 May 2018 will be subject to 50% cancellation fees and only 50% of the price of the booking price will be refunded.
Cancellations made after the 31 May 2018 will be subject to 100% cancellation fees and 100% of the price of the booking will be forfeited.
No fee is applicable for transfers of event tickets to another individual known to you if you can no longer attend. We would encourage you to transfer your event ticket in this way to avoid losing any percentage of the price you paid.
Can you tell me more about camping?
Guests must provide their own tents unless one is pre-booked through our Focus approved supplier, Tent2Hire.
There are two types of pitches, those without power and those with power.
Guests can only have power to their tent if they book an electric pitch. Electric pitches for tents will be in a separate area and cannot be placed amongst tents without power.
Please note there are no cooking facilities provided, only a space for washing up.
You will be allocated space for your tent in an area with your service or church.
- Toilet & shower blocks
- Fresh water points
- Washing-up areas
Can I bring my own caravan?
Yes, you can bring your own caravan. If you would like power to your caravan then you will need to book an electric pitch. You can place your caravan amongst the tents if it is properly secured, but please note you will not able to have power. All the electric pitches will be in their own area on the campsite.
Please note if you book an electric pitch for your caravan you are unable to use an awning for extra sleeping accommodation due to health and safety regulations.
Can I bring my own motorhome?
Yes, you can bring your own motorhome. All motorhomes will need to be parked on an electric pitch.
What if I choose to stay offsite?
If guests choose to stay offsite then they need to book on in the normal way and select tickets for everyone in their party. Guests are responsible for finding and booking their own accommodation.
For a list of local B&B’s, hotels and guest houses please email us.
If you would like to stay at a holiday park we would recommend Sandy Balls which is just under a 20 minute drive away from site.
Can I be near friends and/or family?
Absolutely! If you have booked the same type of pitch then you can be placed next to or near other friends/families. Even if you have booked different types of pitches the campsite is not large and it will be around a 5 minute walk to a different type of pitch. Camping pitches are allocated by church and so if you want to be with someone else from another church you will need to decide which church to camp with.
Can you tell me more about other onsite accommodation options?
Check out our accommodation page.
Can I buy food onsite?
Yes, there are lots of options onsite including hot meals and supplies for camping. In The Village, there will be a mix of coffee stalls, light snack stalls, smoothie stalls and full meal stalls.
Can I have my dinner catered for me during the week?
Many churches provide catered camping to their community. This can be a great cost saver for you and your friends/family. Please ask your church if they are offering catered camping at Focus.
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These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music - and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this.
For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit www.prsformusic.com or call 0800 068 4828