New Horizon, as we know it, started on the Coleraine Campus of the University of Ulster in 1989, and comes from a rich spiritual tradition. Its roots lie over fifty years ago in the 1954 Billy Graham Harringay Crusade. One of the ‘problems’ which was raised through thousands coming to faith, was the need to provide ministry to help these new converts grow spiritually. Lindsay Glegg led the Movement for Worldwide Evangelisation (MWE) in establishing a Christian Holiday Crusade in the Butlins Camp in Filey, and so ‘Filey Week’ was born.
Each year from 1955, in the second week of September, some 7,000-8,000 people enjoyed the then unique blend of holiday fun, good Bible teaching, and rich fellowship. But in 1983 Butlins closed their Filey Camp and so the week had to transfer to Skegness, at the same time changing name to ‘New Horizon’, though still drawing large crowds. However in 1987 after re-vamping their facilities, Butlins yet again changed the available week into the month of October. This was not suitable for most of the New Horizon clientele so, with the emergence of Spring Harvest, the Committee decided that after 33 years the Lord’s purposes for it in that form had been accomplished.