About Lighthouse Burnham

What is Lighthouse?

Lighthouse is a holiday club for children run by Christians from local churches. We aim to introduce the children to God, explore the Bible with them and help them look to Jesus as their special friend - all in a fun-filled week with sport, craft, performing arts and music.

A Christian holiday club which gets the summer holidays off to a great start.  Lighthouse began in Great Missenden and Prestwood in 1987. There are now 15 Lighthouses - Beaconsfield, Cressex, Great Missenden, Haddenham, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Langley, Loudwater, Mansfield, Marlow, Princes Risborough, Safe Harbour (was Bourne End),  Shelswell, Water Eaton (was Bletchley South) and of course, Burnham!

What goes on at Lighthouse?

At the start and finish of the day everyone joins together in the Main Stage for a time of ‘Discovery’, drama, singing, dancing, prayer, lots of fun and the occasional messy game or gunging! For the rest of the day, the children experience sport, drama, craft and ‘Discovery’ time to explore the bible theme of the day plus group time in the afternoon with fun books. The ‘Agents’ (10 and 11 year olds) have a more free programme with a choice of workshops throughout the day.

Where and when?

Lighthouse Burnham will run from 29th July to 2nd August at PHOENIX RFC, Institute Road. Taplow, SL6 ONS (Located on the sports field between Taplow WI, & Taplow Scouts)

What are the timings?

4s- 11s: 09.30 am – 2:30 pm

Who can register my children in the morning & collect in the afternoon? 

At Lighthouse Burnham we request that an adult (16+) registers & collects children from the site. 

One of my children is volunteering, can they bring their sibling onto site before registration at 10am?

Volunteers are requested to be on site by 9am & unfortunately we are only able to accept helpers children (not siblings) before 9.30 am whilst preparations are being made for the day including team meetings & briefing session. 

Who is in charge of the children?

Lighthouse Burnham is run by volunteers.  Children are in year groups, which are broken down into smaller ‘Lighthouses.’ Each Lighthouse has a Lighthouse Keeper to lead the group with the assistance of Lamplighters. Specialist teams organise and lead the craft, drama and sport sessions.  ALL of our volunteers attend Lighthouse Training which includes child protection and safeguarding, we also collect references for all helpers and obtain DBS certificates for adults.


Year groups are based on a child's age on 31 August. If you ask in advance, it may be possible for a child to join a younger age group to be with a friend or sibling. Friends arriving together on Day 1 have the best chance of being in the same ‘Lighthouse.’
There will be 4 groups -  age 4 & 5, age 6 & 7, age 8 & 9, age 10 & 11

Children with special needs

We welcome applications for children with special needs. We look at each child application on an individual basis as to whether we are able to offer them a place.  We will do all we can to accommodate such applications but in order to ensure the appropriate support is in place it is essential that you tell us well in advance if your child has additional help at school or has an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).

How much does it cost?

To run Lighthouse Burnham costs £55 for each child. (which we think is fabulous value!).

Although we do not charge a set amount for children to attend, (as we do not want to deny any child a place) we do rely upon your donations and those of local churches, businesses and other generous benefactors so Lighthouse can continue each year.  Details of how you can support Lighthouse Burnham will be sent with tickets and you can look at our donations page Please donate here.

We want to provide a great experience for your child. Please support us. Every donation, great or small, makes a difference. Thank you!

What happens next?

Volunteer registration will open in March

Only volunteers' children, grandchildren or volunteers’ younger siblings are guaranteed places. After this, places are given on a first come, first served basis. We will write to you in late June as soon as we have allocated places.

Lighthouse Burnham is a registered charity No. 1136793