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Thurrock 100 Festival 2021

T100 INVITATION - Please click here

Beach of Dreams

26 June-1 Aug 2021

500 Miles 500 people 

500 Dreams 500 silks

A collaborative 500 mile walk from Lowestoft to Tilbury

Beach of Dreams is an epic journey to discover the hidden gems of the East Coast of England, inviting collaboration from communities and artists along the way in Suffolk, Essex, Southend, and Thurrock.


Kinetika’s Artistic Director, Ali Pretty, and Guardian journalist Kevin Rushby are walking the entire route, joined by artists, writers, scientists, and local residents.  Together, guided by strong environmental themes and the challenges of our current time, they will consider the question “How can we creatively reimagine our future?”


Get involved, share a location, and share your dream!  


When the Beach of Dreams reaches Thurrock it will be part of the 2021 Festival - T100 Dreaming. 

This year we are inviting ourselves, our neighbours and our communities to Dream. The Festival aims to celebrate and share the individual dreams collected as part of the Beach of Dreams project as a collective community dream; for a sustainable, creative, and cohesive future for Thurrock.


I will be in touch again soon with more details about how you can get involved with the T100 Dreaming Festival this year but for now, we would love you, your family and friends, local groups to join the journey and get involved by signing up to one or more of the 500 miles as the walk travels up the Thames Estuary from Shoeburyness to Tilbury. 


Everyone is invited to choose a mile to walk, submit an image of the landscape, a drawing and a few words about your connection to it and your dream for its future.  All words and photos sent in will contribute to a new digital story map of the coastal path, reflecting and recording the narrative of the walk as it unfolds


You can sign up and download the beautiful activity pack which contains clear guidelines and lots of wonderful resources. Here are the links. To sign up for a mile go to the walks page, select the day where your mile is and follow instructions.




Activity Pack/page:




Images submitted by 9th April 2021 will be used as inspiration for the design of 500 silk pennants illustrating the beautiful coastal landscape and its challenges.  These pennants will be hand painted using natural dyes by the Kinetika Design Studio and form spectacular installations during the event.  


If you would like to meet Ali Pretty and understand more about taking part you can join a Beach of Dreams Inspirational Workshop here:


Topic: Beach of Dreams - Participants Zoom 1 Southend to Thurrock

Time: Mar 15, 2021 01:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting


Topic: Beach of Dreams Workshop Southend to Thurrock

Time: Mar 15, 2021 06:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting


Topic: Beach of Dreams Workshop Southend to Thurrock

Time: Mar 18, 2021 11:00 AM London