Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Emmaus Youth Village

Emmaus Youth Village

Situated in the rolling hills of the Derwent Valley and surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, the Youth Village is at the heart of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. It is the home of the Youth Ministry Team, a group of international volunteers living in community, who provide a variety of youth ministry opportunities across schools and parishes throughout the diocese. The Youth Village has recently been voted as one of 20 Centres of Excellence in Youth Ministry across all denominations within the British Isles. Young people visiting the Youth Village will enjoy a retreat programme in state of the art facilities and purpose-built amenities. The Youth Village is an excellent choice for weekday or weekend retreats for young people of any age group and offers a spacious and attractive camping facilities.

Photos of the Village

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Retreat Programme

The Youth Village is a residential facility offering unique retreat experiences for young people. It was voted in 2008 as a 'Centre of Excellence in Youth Ministry' within the UK as it offers high quality faith experiences. Residential retreats allow time to offer a truly holistic experience which creates a lasting impact on those who participate. The programmes are tailored towards the relevant age and unique experiences of the young people who come.  Activities are varied and interactive using the up-to-date multi-media facilities that the Youth Village offers. These help the young people to explore relevant life-issues and encounter very fruitful and enriching experiences.

"I thought today was very good with lots of things to do and a good message. It has had a big impact on my life" (Year 10 pupil)

"All the young people had a great day. It was lovely to see everyone taking part in the activities.  They all commented on the bus on the way back what a great time they had.  Thank you for a fantastic day. It was all great!!" (Secondary School Head of Year) 

"Today made me realize that I can make a difference." (Year 9 pupil)

Residential and audio/visual facilities

Housed in a converted barn, the Youth Village auditorium and dining hall are equipped with the latest audio-visual and catering facilities. Its purpose-built residential centre is furnished with twin and triple shared en-suite bedrooms and a spacious lounge with large windows over looking the Derwent Valley.  The Youth Village offers accommodation and catering facilities for up to 90 students  and accompanying staff. Guests can also enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the Youth Village on its playing and camping fields and spaces provided for prayer and reflection. A dedicated international team of staff and volunteers will ensure that your stay at the Youth Village will truly be an excellent one. Groups wishing to use the facilities for their own educational programmes or conferences  may contact the office.

Key Facilities

• Large Capacity Auditorium and Dining Hall
• Retreats for 90 students
• Twin/Triple En-suite Bedrooms
• Space for Prayer and Reflection
• Playing and Camping Fields
• Wireless Facilities
• Audio-Visual Facilities
• Disabled Access            

Contact Details

Emmaus Youth Village, Pemberton Rd, Allensford, Consett, Co. Durham DH8 9BA
Tel: 01207 592244
Fax: 01207 592245