About us


The first Bloxham Festival of Faith and Literature took place over a weekend in October 2011 at St Mary’s Church, Bloxham. It was the idea of Sir Tony Baldry, then MP for North Oxfordshire and the Second Church Estates Commissioner, who lives in the village, and was hosted by the Revd Sarah Tillett, who was then Priest-in-charge of Bloxham with Milcombe and South Newington.


In 2013 the Church Times took on the running of the Festival in the congenial surroundings of Bloxham School.  


We remain very grateful to all our friends and volunteers from the Bloxham community who have been so generous in their support over the years.


Now the Festival has a new home at the University of Winchester and Winchester Cathedral.


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Read about previous festivals in the Church Times:

2013: Devices and Desires

2014: War and Peace 

2016: All the World's a Stage

2018: Building a New Jerusalem

2020: The Power of Love


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Patron and Founder

Sir Tony Baldry

Festival Director

Sarah Meyrick: sarah.meyrick@hymnsam.co.uk

Contact us

General enquiries: events@hymnsam.co.uk


Ticket booking line: +44(0)1603 785925 (Monday - Friday, 9.00 – 16.30)
Tickets booked by phone will be sent by post and a £1 delivery charge added to your order.


Follow the festival on Twitter: @faithlitfest

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/faithlitfest


Cancellation refunds policy

We offer 100% refunds on the ticket costs for Hymns A&M events up to 3 months before the event is due to start, and a 50% refund up to 4 weeks in advance.

You will need to return all tickets to our Norwich office to process this refund.

After this date, refunds will not be possible.


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Disclaimer: the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by speakers and participants at conferences and events do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Hymns Ancient & Modern, its staff, trustees or subsidiaries and divisions.


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