Frequently Asked Questions

What happens next – answering your questions

We are looking forward to creating a wonderful event for all registered attendees for 2022 and welcoming you to Canterbury. However, in the meantime, we know that there will be many questions from our event community about this announcement.

Here are some key updates that you need to know now:

  • If you are registered to attend the conference in 2020, your registration will now be carried forwards until 2022.
  • Any new bishops that take up their post before 2022 will also be invited to register.
  • As far as possible, arrangements for the Big Hello (the conference hospitality programme) will also be carried forwards.
  • If you are contributing to the conference programme as a plenary speaker, seminar host or have been invited to lead a Eucharist or Evening Prayer service – we will be in touch about planning for 2022.
  • If you are supporting the event as a volunteer or steward, we invite you to work with us in 2022.
  • We recognise that some bishops due to attend will be retiring by 2022. Please contact our conference team for more guidance here.


What date has the conference been rearranged to?

As well as a face-to-face meeting in the British summer of 2022 (dates will be confirmed nearer the time), the Lambeth Conference team will be delivering a wider conference programme that runs before and after the event. More information will follow soon.

Will my conference ticket get refunded?

With the conference being rescheduled to the British summer of 2022, your registration fee will still be valid for the future event. In order to minimise your time and administration on re-registering for the 2022 event, the Lambeth Conference Company will retain your registration and booking fee and carry it forwards. This also assists the conference team with planning for the postponed event. The Lambeth Conference Company do understand that in certain cases - this will not always be possible or appropriate. In such instances and where a refund is requested there are two options open to delegates:

1. Leave your registration(s) for the conference in place with the deposit of 10% (£495 per delegate). The balance of fees would be returned to you.

2. Cancel your registration(s) and receive a full refund. Register again in due course. Refunds will be made in Pounds Sterling less an international wire charge of £15 per transaction. (Depending on currency exchange variations you may not receive back the same amount as you paid in local currency).

Will there be any changes to ticket costs if the event happens next year?

The conference fee will be the same.

I am a bishop and was going to retire after the Lambeth Conference in 2020 - will my ticket still be valid for 2022?

We will be operating a refund / transfer policy for bishops that have registered to attend but are due to retire before the British summer of 2022. Retiring bishops will be invited to send their successor or to have their registration fees applied to that place instead.

I don't think I can attend in the British summer of 2022 due to other commitments. What do I do?

We recognise that rescheduling the conference presents some implications on plans and commitments in 2022. As a significant event in the life of the Anglican Communion, we invite bishops and spouses to make every effort to attend the new conference in the British summer of 2022. If commitments make this impossible, please contact the Lambeth Conference Team for advice.

I am on the Lambeth Conference bursary scheme. What will happen with my flight arrangements?

Where delegates are in receipt of a travel bursary and the Lambeth Conference are responsible for your flight booking, we will be taking steps to secure the most flexible refund option available.

I have booked my flights independently - will I get a refund?

We are conscious that delegates will need to make decisions about flight bookings that were in place for summer 2020. We would encourage bishops to secure the most flexible refund option through their travel agent.

When should I make plans to get a visa?

Visa planning should continue, with the new date in mind. We will issue new visa invitation letters with the new dates in due course.

Will the conference take place in the same venue?

The Lambeth Conference in 2022 will proceed in the venues of the University of Kent and Canterbury Cathedral.

Can you be sure that the conference will definitely happen in 2022?

We are in unprecedented times and facing a global health crisis. The conference has been set for the British summer of 2022, to allow enough time for global responses to the pandemic to have been undertaken. At the time of writing, the view is that by 2022, the pandemic will be under greater control and governments will have issued updated advice on travel plans.

Will there be anything organised between now and the rescheduled conference dates in 2022?

The Conference team are looking into ways to engage with conference delegates in the run-up to the conference in 2022. We will send information out to all conference delegates in due course and keep our website updated.

Media questions

Can my media accreditation application carry through until 2022?

Anyone that has applied for media accreditation will be considered for 2022. We will keep in touch with all media applicants about the plans for the conference in 2022.

The Big Hello Hospitality programme

I am a Big Hello coordinator. What do I do about any bookings that I have made for accommodation or travel during the hospitality period?

We are hoping that you will be able to carry forward the plans you had made into 2022. The Lambeth Conference team will be in touch with you directly in order to confirm your revised programme and arrival date in order to inform flight bookings.

I am a visiting event attendee - will my host arrangements be the same in 2022?

We are working to carry over arrangements for your host location in to 2022. New arrival dates will be confirmed in due course in order to inform rebooking flights.

Will my hospitality placement still be in the same location?

As far as possible, the conference organisers will be working to ensure that the hospitality arrangements and locations arranged for 2020 are the same in 2022. If people are still planning to book their hospitality placement this can be arranged for 2022. Contact our hospitality team for guidance and information.

Volunteers and stewards

I am a volunteer / steward and still want to work for the conference next year. Does my volunteer application still stand?

We are grateful to all the applicants who were planning to be a part of our brilliant volunteers and stewards team for Lambeth 2020. We anticipate that we will still need a team of stewards and volunteers to support the Conference in 2022. Once our requirements are clearer we will be in touch with existing applicants to confirm their ongoing interest in and eligibility for these teams.

Conference contributors and programme participants

Do you still need me to be involved in the conference programme in 2022?

If you are contributing to the conference programme as a plenary speaker, seminar host or have been invited to lead a Eucharist or Evening Prayer service – we will be in touch about planning for 2022.

Resource Centre

I was registered to exhibit, does my application still stand?

If you have registered and been accepted as an exhibitor in the Conference Resource Centre, we will look forward to welcoming you at the event in the new date in 2022. To simplify the registration process for the future event, the Lambeth Conference Company will carry forward deposits and will keep you up to date with more information as soon as we can. However, if you would prefer to organise a refund and rebook nearer the time, please do contact the Lambeth Conference Company for assistance.

I was hoping to exhibit at the Resource Centre, can I still apply for 2022?

The Lambeth Conference Company will review any pending and new applications as soon as they are able to do so.

General queries

How can I keep up to date with the latest news and information for the Lambeth Conference?

All new information and updates about the conference will be issued via the conference web site. In addition, emails will be sent to conference delegates that are registered to attend. The social media channels of the ACNS and ACO are also in use.