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New Horizon

Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, Derry/Londonderry, BT52 1SA
People attending New Horizon in the big blue tent
  • People attending New Horizon in the big blue tent
  • New Horizon at the Ulster University Coleraine


New Horizon is a seven-day Christian festival that takes place every year on the Ulster University campus in Coleraine, set on the picturesque north coast of Northern Ireland. It exists to provide a space and time in which thousands of people of all ages can be taught from the Bible, be inspired through worship and story, develop a missional heart, and engage with relevant and challenging issues. The event has been running in NI since 1989.

People of all ages attend a multi-faceted programme of events. New Horizon does not attach an up-front cost to the adult events as we seek to be as accessible to as many people as possible. We rely solely on the generosity of all who give through gifts and offerings and draw in people from a wide variety of church backgrounds.

The event this year runs from Saturday 5th to Friday 12th August. It is non-residential – so apart from pre-registration for the Children/Youth programme you can just turn up. Each year we build a 'tented village' on the edge of the university campus with a 'Main Tent' that seats 3,000 people.

The Evening Celebrations start at 19:30 (Sat-Fri) and the morning Bible Teaching starts at 10:00 (Mon-Fri), both in the New Horizon Main Tent. From 11:45 -12:45 a number of NH Explore seminars take place in various locations in the tented village. Alongside the morning programme there is a range of programmes for children and young people from 0-18 years old.

The theme for the 2023 event is "Joy from the ashes". Joy mingled with sorrow has marked God's people in every age. We are a people learning to "rejoice with those who rejoice" and "mourn with those who mourn". At any time, our churches will include people in both groups. Our varied experiences of loss and learning through the global coronavirus pandemic only accentuated this dynamic. Our mainstage speakers will be Archbishop Ben Kwashi (Nigeria), Tony Horsfall (England) and Ariana Walker (England).

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Season (5 Aug 2023 - 11 Aug 2023)
Monday - Friday10:00 - 22:00
Saturday - Sunday19:30 - 22:00

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