Young people travel from across the globe to camp in Norfolk

The Newday Christian youth event at Norfolk Showground. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

The Newday Christian youth event at Norfolk Showground. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Young adults from across the world have made their way to Norfolk to join in with one of the largest summer camps in the country.

The Newday Christian youth event at Norfolk Showground. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

The Newday Christian youth event at Norfolk Showground. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Newday 2017 has brought more than 7,000 young people to the area to take part in a week of activities, games and talks focused around community and Christianity.

Children and young adults aged from 12-19 from all walks of life have headed to the Norfolk Showground for a week away from their parents.

Adam James from the NewDay team said: 'This is the biggest Newday in six years with just over 7,000 people on site, 10p/c more than last year.

'We have a number of new venues on site with one called the Depot which is a book shop and research area to go and chill out with a coffee from the cafe.

The Newday Christian youth event at Norfolk Showground. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

The Newday Christian youth event at Norfolk Showground. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017


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'We also have a cinema and the big blue tent is the Big Top with morning and evening meeting in there with a mixture of music and talks.

Campers are treated to a host of speakers and seminars which allows them to learn more about their religion and debate key issues.

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Adrian Holloway, 48, a itinerant evangelist, travels the country doing faith healing and discussing issues with people of different faiths, he said: 'I used to be a reporter but I gave that up to work for a church.

'Since then I try to connect with people who wouldn't go to church or may have objections. What I'm really interested in are the views of people who aren't Christian or have no experience of Christ and how they can find it accessible, so one thing I do is invite people to respond to God.

Among the mass of events are a number of sporting tournaments for all ages with football, volleyball and skate competitions on offer.

These events would not be able to run without the help 700 volunteers.

Volunteer Will Louis said: 'It's all about friendly competition and we hope that people are able to have fun.

'Some people just think that the showground is for the Norfolk Show and cows but this a real community and young people are able to enjoy the freedom.

Jacob Wells, head of the Newday internship programme said; 'We get 650-700 adult volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, from the civil service to the church'.

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