Big Church Day Out 2019

I am sure some of you will already have heard via the Big Church Day Out directly or via social media that BCDO have made the very difficult decision to cancel BCDO North in 2019 and beyond. Please see the communication below from Tim Jupp and the BCDO Trustees.

Big Church Day Out 2019 and Beyond to be Cancelled


It is with enormous sadness and disappointment that the trustees and team at the Big Church Day Out are announcing that BCDO North will be cancelled in 2019 and beyond. Having recently met to pray and discuss at length the future viability of continuing with the Big Church Day Out North, the Trustees have come to the conclusion that to continue with the event would create such a level of financial uncertainty for the charity that it would be irresponsible to put the charity in such a position if we were to move forward with BCDO North.


First, we want to say the most enormous thank you to all those in the North West that have shared our vision and journeyed with us over these past two years to help create two amazing events that we know impacted many lives. The commitment and support from those that came was incredible, and we are so grateful to the many that invested both practically and financially into a vision for the church that we had every hope and intention of being around for many years to come. We were excited that in year one 12,000 attended, and almost the same number again in 2018. However, as many of you know, the Big Church Day Out is a hugely expensive event to put on, and whilst we have never looked at tickets sales to cover all of our costs, we do nonetheless need a certain critical mass to offset the other income streams, one of which is the incredible amount of donor funding that has been so generously given in an attempt to create a sustainable event that we had intended to be around for a long time.


The projected numbers that were needed to build the event longer term, were 15,000 in year one and then a healthy increase in year two. Unfortunately, we only achieved 12,000 in year one and then very surprisingly to us and many others, we did in fact have a few hundred less in year two and saw no growth. We are very aware that events the size of BCDO need a few years to grow to a sustainable level but sadly because of the lower than projected numbers in the first two years we have not been able to afford the luxury of having enough time to keep building.


If you have already purchased a ticket for BCDO North 2019, we would love to see you at BCDO South in 2019, and we will be in touch with all ticket holders to discuss whether you like to come to BCDO South or receive a full refund for the 2019 event.


The team and trustees remain more committed than ever to the original vision of BCDO, that through creating a space for unity, worship and evangelism, the Big Church Day Out might be a light on a hill for the church in the UK for a long time to come. We will be throwing all our efforts into developing the site at Wiston House over the next few years, which has the capacity to double in size, and look forward to welcoming people from all over the UK on the May Bank Holiday weekend each year.


Once again, we are truly sorry for having to publish this very sad news and want to thank you in advance for your understanding.


With a grateful heart


Tim Jupp and the BCDO Trustees


For those who might want to know more, here are some the questions others have asked which we hope might be helpful:


Did BCDO set its sights too high by projecting 15,000 to attend?


We don’t believe this was an unrealistic number to project as over the last 5 years we have sold more than 20,000 tickets to people within a reachable drive of Capesthorne Hall. These have included Big Church Live events in Birmingham, West Bromwich, Stoke, Liverpool, Manchester, Huddersfield, Bradford, Harrogate, Durham, Teeside, Pontefract, Lincoln, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle. We have also met face to face with more 1000 church leaders in the last 2 years with one on one meetings, churches together meetings, denominational and network meetings, as well as having a presence at many other events. In addition, unlike a brand-new event, there is also considerable awareness and trust in the BCDO brand built up over the last 10 years.


Are you stopping because it was hard to get artists to come to 2 BCDOs?


No. In fact it has been easier to book artists having two events as no international artists want to come to Europe for just one event and having two large anchor events for them made it easier for them to commit.


Could you not just put up prices to help cover the costs?


Our vision is to make the event as inclusive to as many as possible. Whilst we pride ourselves in being one of the best value national Christian events available, we did put up prices more than any other year in 2018, which subsequently contributed to the lack of growth at BCDO North in year two, rather than creating growth and more revenue.


Could you just run a cheaper event in the North West?


We very much didn’t want to short change anyone and create a lesser experience for those in the North than BCDO South. Also, many of the costs remain very similar whether you have 10,000 or 20,000 on site and so reducing costs significantly is easier said than done.



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