Family Fun

There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to experience all that’s on offer at the Big Church Day Out! We absolutely love having families at the Big Church Day Out, and want to make sure you and your little ones have the best time. 

From fairground rides and juggling jesters to wonderful puppets and amazing owls, wander away from the large crowds and join families from far and wide as you explore all the fantastic entertainment BCDO has to offer.



The Avenue is an iconic area of the Big Church Day Out that takes people's breath away year after year. Every guest treads this enchanting pathway to get to the Main Stage; just follow the billowing flags and festoons, try your hand at rock climbing or bounce on an inflatable, take a ride on the fantastic ferris wheel to get the very best views. It’s a path you’ll want to wander up and down a few times to explore all the amazing activites.



We absolutely love helping families worship together at the Big Church Day Out, and want to make sure you and your little ones have the best time. Join Chip Kendall and his amazing team in the Big Church Kids Tent, where you'll find an explosion of worship, dancing, fun and games.

There'll be two morning celebrations in this fantastic venue, one for ages 4 -7 and another for ages 8 - 11. Then one MASSIVE family celebration for all ages in the afternoon! Check out the timetable when you buy a programme at the event.

We have some very exciting activities for 2018. Check them out below!


ARCHERY TAG (£3 per go)

One of your favourite' is back for another year - archery but with a twist! If you haven't yet tried it, make sure you have a go this year!



Bubble football is exactly what it says on the cover, playing football in bubbles! The fun twist on the sport results in heaps of laughter! Get all of your mates together and be sure to bubble it like Beckham!



How could we not invite the chocolate fountain back again for another year?! Taste the chocolatey goodness and create some other chocolatey treats whilst you’re there.


CREATIVE (50p - £3.50)

Between dancing to your favourite tunes and eating some yummy festival food, make sure you head over to our amazing Creative tent! Creative allows children to roll up their little sleeves and get creating. No experience necessary so it’s perfect for everyone.



Take control of the skies in your very own plane! Go and see the experts from MAF to check out their spectacular simulators. What’s not to love?!



NEW for 2018! Who wouldn’t love a giant puzzle!? At BCDO 2018 we will be having two giant floor puzzles brought to you by South Downs National Park Authority. One puzzle will be showing the different habitats of the National Park by day, and the other by night. Come and see if you can help us complete the puzzle!


FACEPAINTING (£3 per face painting)


Let our fabulous facepainters take you on a wild adventure transforming you into something totally fun and unique. Anything from Batman to a tiger: our amazing facepainters can do it all!



Don't forget to bring your swimming cozzie and a readiness to feel relaxed because the hot tubs are coming back to the Big Church Day Out!



Learn to climb - Check
Try some bushcraft - Check
Ride a BMX - Check
Take up archery - Check
Have a good time - Check



At BCDO, it’s not just about the grown-ups - we want all of our little festival-goers to have a ball! Make sure you head over to our inflatables and fairground rides and swing as high as you can on the beautiful vintage swingboats or bounce with all your energy on our inflatable castle. Our favourite festival rides will be providing non-stop fun for the whole two days!


LASER TAG (£3 per go)

NEW for 2018! Grab your mates and experience the fun of zapping your friends in a super exciting game of Laser Tag! It will be mega fun!


FERRIS WHEEL (£3 per go)

Tower above the bustling crowds in daylight, or after an incredible fun-packed day at the Big Church Day Out, watch the sun go down from high in the sky on our famous ferris wheel! You are sure to get the best views!



It isn’t often that you get to be up close to an owl, but at the Big Church Day Out 2018 we are offering an amazing opportunity for you to meet some incredible owls! Make sure you come and visit them!


MASSAGES (Pay as you feel)

With there being so much to do at BCDO, you will have SO much fun but sometimes it's nice to sit back and have a relax. And that is exactly why we have a massage therapist! Go visit Peter, his shoulder massages will help you escape the busyness for a short while!


SOFT PLAY brought to you by Mothers’ Union (FREE!)

We love all of our mini BCDOers! Back for 2018 is the Soft Play Tent which will be full of fun and games for all your little ones to get stuck into. The teeniest tots, tallest toddlers and coolest kids aged 0-7 years can all find something to entertain them. There will also be a space for baby changing and feeding in this tent.



Take a break from watching your favourite artists and chill out in a beautiful flower hammock! This year, the hammocks are brought to you by the wonderful children’s charity, The Children’s Society



The amazing One Way UK will be at Big Church Day Out again this year! They will be bringing their extraordinary selection of different characters and putting on a show that you will definitely not want to miss!



Come and hear some amazing, interactive bible stories delivered by Open the Book, in a way you’ve never heard them before. Full of props and plenty of colourful puppets and costumes, the whole family will absolutely love it!    



Jimmy the Juggling Jester will be bringing buckets of fun to entertain Big Church Day Out’s youngest to oldest festival goers with amazing circus tricks and skills! Come and learn how to impress all your friends with diabolo, flower stick, poi, plate spinning, hula hooping, juggling, stilt walking, pedal wheels and perhaps even unicycling! Go and check out Jimmy the Juggling Jester to learn some very impressive skills! 



NEW for 2018! Hidden around the site will be five decorated tables, carefully created and placed by Care for the Family. Take your kids around the site to see how many you can find, take some crazy pics and then go and meet the Care for the Family team and learn all about their Kitchen Table Project in their tent!



What’s that in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope – it’s one of Trinity Balloon’s incredible hot air balloons! Keep one eye directed to the sky so you don’t miss the special appearance.