When? Where? What? Who?
What are the dates?
The Focus 2019 dates are Thursday 25 July until Tuesday 30 July 2019. The full programme and main celebrations will start on the evening of Friday 26 July and finish on the evening of Tuesday 30 July.
Guests need to leave the site by 10am on Wednesday 31 July 2019.
How much is Focus?
Focus is the cost of your ticket and accommodation, plus food and travel. We offer discounts for Focus first-timers and people who volunteer on teams. We also offer a deposit scheme on our super early bird ticket price. See ticket prices here.
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 takes 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).
Where can I get the talks?
Every year at Focus, we hear from speakers on a wide range of subjects, helping us grow in our Christian faith and as a church family. The Focus talks are available here.
When is the Summer Youth Event taking place?
Find out more here.
How do I book my ticket for 2019?
You can book your ticket by clicking the button below.
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.
If you have not paid a deposit:
Cancellations made before 1st March 2019, 100% of the price of the Event Tickets will be refunded and £50 Cancellation Fees will be charged;
Cancellations made between 1st March 2019 and 31st March 2019 will be subject to £50 Cancellation Fees and only 50% of the price of the Event Tickets will be refunded;
Cancellations made after 1st April 2019, 100% of the price of the Event Tickets will be forfeited
If you have paid a deposit:
Cancellations made before 1st March 2019, 100% of the price of the Event Tickets will be refunded (excluding the non-refundable £50 deposit paid);
Cancellations made between 1st March 2019 and 29th March 2019 50% of the price of the Event Tickets will be refunded (excluding the non-refundable £50 deposit paid);
Cancellations made after 1st April 2019, 100% of the price of the Event Tickets 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
Where do I sleep?
We want Focus to feel like a home away from home. We appreciate that each of us have different budgets and one type of accommodation doesn’t it all. So we’ve sourced a variety of accommodation options, from basic camping to electric pitched and live-in vehicles, to enable everyone to find something to suit them at Focus. If none of these work for you, there’s also the option of finding local accommodation offsite.
Head over to the accommodation page for more information.
Can I shower if I’m staying on site?
We would love you to,and we’re sure your fellow campers would too! There are several toilet & shower blocks, fresh water points and washing-up areas across the site that will all be clearly marked on the site map.
Which camping pitch fees do I need to pay?
There are different pitch charges, depending on which accommodation type you go for. All of these can be booked and paid for at the same time as booking your event ticket.
There is a £20 camping pitch fee per person staying on site in a tent
There is a £100 caravan pitch free per ver if you are bringing your own caravan to site, but not requiring an electrical hook-up.
There is a £300 electric pitch fee per tent/caravan/motorhome if you require an electrical hook-up.
If you need any further help, please get in touch with our team.
Can my motorhome be pitched in my church’s campsite?
All live-in vehicles with an engine (including campervans) cannot be pitched alongside tents in the main campsite. You will need to book either an electric or non-electric motorhome pitch to ensure that you get allocated a pitch as close to your church as possible.
We have distributed electric pitches across the whole campsite this year so you won’t be too far from your church group.
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.
Can I have food delivered to the campsite during the week?
If you're running low on supplies but don't want to leave the action on site, you can do your shopping online and arrange for it to be delivered to you!
You'll need to make sure you've provided the supermarket with a mobile number, the contractor entrance postcode (BH24 3PL) and which colour cluster you are in, as they'll call you when they have arrived on site so that you can come and collect your purchases. There will be a delivery point at the entrance of each cluster where your food will be dropped off. Please do arrange to be free during the delivery slot so that you can pick up your shopping promptly, and bring some muscle with you to get your food back to your camp!
What to pack
Here's our recommended kit list of what you should be bringing with you to Focus.
Warm sleeping bag
Roll mat/air bed
Stove (and gas!)
Hot water bottle
Shampoo & Shower gel
Phone charger & portable battery
Reusable coffee cup & water bottle
Games/ Pack of cards
What are the site rules?
Please read and follow the site rules below to keep everyone safe and happy at Focus.
Valid event wristbands must be worn (around your wrist!) at all times whilst you are on site – they are the only way to get access into the venues. There is a charge to replace lost or broken wristbands. Please make sure under 18s are wearing the correct colour wristband.
After arrival, all vehicles must be moved to the designated car parks in order to comply with fire and safety regulations. Only emergency vehicles or ones with a valid disabled badge are allowed on site.
No speeding. When arriving or leaving the site, please honour the 10mph speed limit. It may be painfully slow but it's important that we keep everyone safe. No driving lessons are allowed either.
Motorhome engines must not be operated while the vehicle is static.
Generators are not permitted on site. If you need a power supply, please speak to the team in the Info Hut. We offer a limited number of electric pitches, which are available for a fee.
Only guests aged 18 or over may purchase and drink alcohol from the Somerley Bar in the Walled Garden. You will need to show the bar staff valid ID.
Smoking is not permitted inside any of the buildings, marquees or individual tents and caravans.
No swimming or fishing in the river.
Please be aware of the overhead power cables onsite. No flags or poles should be erected near them and no-one should be camping directly beneath them. Please stay away from the conveyor that runs around the outside of the site.
The only pets allowed at Focus are registered assistance dogs (please pop along to the Info Hut when you arrive).
Please be respectful of people's privacy by not taking photos or videos during ministry times.
Drones are not to be used on site, except by the official Focus media team.
If you have any questions, please get in touch or visit us on site at the Info Hut.
How do I keep up with the latest Focus news?
If you need help from our team, please drop us an email.
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