FOCUS

Focus is our annual church holiday where we join thousands of people from churches in the HTB Network for an exciting time of worship, teaching, and community. Not sure what to expect? Find all of the info below.

FAQ

When is Focus?

The Focus 2024 dates are Thursday 25th July until Sunday 28th July. The full programme and main sessions will start on the evening of Thursday 25th July, and finish late in the evening on Sunday 28th July. Guests need to leave the site by 10am on Monday 29th July.

How do I get there?

Focus takes place at Newark Showground. It is a two-hour drive from Fabric Church, and parking is available on-site.  The nearest train station is Newark North Gate or Newark Castle, which are both just a five-minute drive from the Showground. The easiest routes on the train from Manchester Picadilly are via Doncaster or Leeds.  Where possible, we would love to team up and offer lifts so do ask around or let us know if you need any help with this.

Address: Newark Showground, Lincoln Road, Coddington, Newark NG24 2NY

Is accommodation included?

There are a few different accommodation options available at Focus to meet different budgets and requirements. Where possible we recommend camping with Fabric Church! When booking you can add a 'free camping pitch', or you can add extra camping pitches or electric pitches for an additional cost.

You can bring your own tent or hire a tent from Tent2Hire, who will pitch it for you in the Fabric area! To hire a tent, head to https://tent2hire.co.uk/product/focus-2024/

If you want to camp but feel nervous about the setup or practicalities there will be lots of people around on site when you arrive to help you pitch your tent and get setup (Mark promises to put up your tent!)

What do I need to bring?

You are free to bring whatever you think will help make Focus fun and easy for you! Here are some essential and optional items you can bring:

Tent
Roll mat or airbed (+ pump!)
Sleeping bag and pillows
Ear plugs and eye mask
Picnic blanket
Camping chair
Clothing (and warm layers for night time!)
Hot water bottle
Portable chargers
Toiletries
Flip flops for the shower
Snacks
SUN CREAM! 🙏

What is the arrangement for food?

Throughout Focus there are various food vendors, cafes, and coffee points where you can purchase food. There is also the option of signing up for the Fabric Meal Deal - covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from Thursday evening to Sunday evening (available via https://fabricchurch.churchsuite.com/forms/ivduwwhk).

What facilities are available on site?

There are several toilet and shower blocks, fresh water points and washing-up areas across the site which will all be clearly marked on a site map (available via the app).

Throughout Focus you can buy refreshments from food vendors, cafes and coffee points.

How much does it cost, and are there ways that I can make it cheaper?

An adult ticket costs £240 for the full event (including a free camping pitch). If it's your first time to Focus you can book for a discounted rate of £200, student tickets are £160, youth tickets are £150 and kids (aged 1-10) can book for £120.

If you want to come but the ticket price feels like a stretch, there are lots of options to join the volunteers who make the event run smoothly. There are full-time and part-time team options including kids, youth, cafes, Big Top stewarding, venue hosting, production and media. Follow this link to find out more about Focus Teams and how to sign up  - https://focus.htb.org/team

I want to come but can't afford it, what are my options?

The first thing we would love you to consider is joining one of the Focus Teams (via the link above).

If joining a team doesn't work for you, and if money is an issue, please speak to Mark or Nakita in-person on a Sunday or email nakita@fabric-church.org to find out about bursaries.

What can I expect?

Throughout Focus there is a full programme, but you are free to join in with as much or as little as you'd like. Each day in the morning and the evening everyone gets together in the Big Top (a big tent!) for worship, teaching and ministry. We’ll head over to these sessions together! As well as these main sessions there are loads of other labs/ seminars on a range of topics, and social events including networking, function bands, karaoke, and movie nights - there really is something for everyone! All of the program details are available on the Focus 2024 app, which you can download before you arrive, or @htbfocus on Instagram posts up-to-date info!

Over the weekend we will all camp, eat and hangout at the Fabric community pitch, so there’ll be lots of time to chill and spend time together too!

Will I be lonely if I come on my own?


We are going to Focus as a Church family, and that’s what we want to be when we are onsite! We understand the Focus site is big and it can sometimes be hard to find your people, because of this there will always be someone hanging out at the Fabric Community pitch and we’d love you to join our ‘Fabric at Focus’ WhatsApp group

Join the WhatsApp group here - https://chat.whatsapp.com/DfSBiZPOBcCGBV0L7IqUUT

What about the environment?

We appreciate that large scale events are known for being notoriously difficult when it comes to sustainability and looking after our environment. To find out about some of the changes Focus are making to the event centrally by 'going green', you can head to the green page at https://focus.htb.org/focus-green

When it comes to Fabric getting to Focus, we're making an effort to buy equipment to last where possible, instead of hiring. We're aiming to avoid using single use plastic, and all of our crockery is biodegradable. If you would like to bring your own reusable keep-cup or crockery you are so welcome to do so!

How do I book?

You can book your ticket online at https://focus.htb.org - all ticket types (and team application) are available here! Don't forget to select 'Fabric Church' when booking, and add your free camping pitch!

Anything else?

We would love to help you get to Focus so if you have any other questions or need any additional support then please do reach out to Nakita, in-person or via email - nakita@fabric-church.org