Grays Spring Clean
Grays to Grays Beach
31st July 2021 1.30pm-4pm
Starts: Thameside Theatre, Grays
Ends: Grays Beach
There will be echoes of the town taster walk from 11th June as we retrace our steps, this time collecting beautiful silk flags that represent the Grays community, culminating in a colourful procession from the High Street to Grays Beach.
At Grays Beach there will be an opportunity to enjoy community and creative workshops and river-front fun. Perfect chance for a picnic too!
Carrying our Spring Clean message through to 2021 we will work with the Thameside Theatre, Riverside Community Big Local, The Lightship Café and Thurrock Yacht Club to clean up the foreshore as we celebrate belonging to Grays.
The day will end with the Beach of Dreams silks setting sail as we reflect on our aspiration of a plastic free beach-front and a clean future for our great great grandchildren.
This walk joins with Beach of Dreams walk 34.
Please bring a packed lunch to enjoy at Grays Beach, and plenty to drink.
- 1.15pm: Meeting Point: Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, RM17 5DX
- 1.30pm: Walk Begins
- 1.30pm – 2pm: High Street procession, gathering flags
- 2pm: Walk ends: Grays Beach Riverside Park, RM17 5JP
- 2 – 2.30pm: A look at the design on each of the new Grays flags and the local groups they represent
- 2.30 – 3.30pm: A fun workshop on your vision for the future and aspirations. Picnic-time! The Café will be open too.
- 3.30 – 4pm: Head to the foreshore to see a river-front performance from the amazing Kinetika Bloco and to watch flags sailing away on boats from Thurrock Yacht Club.
- 4pm onwards: Yacht club are hosting activities.
- Duration: 0.5 hr walk (then 2 hours creative activities and river-front fun)
- Distance: 1.2 miles
- Grading: Easy
- Terrain: Pavements – A mixture of paved and unpaved paths.
- Access: this walk is suitable for wheelchair and pushchairs.
- Walk Leaders: Sarah Doyle and Lisa Meehan
View the walk route on Wikiloc (opens in new tab)
The nearest station at the start & end: C2C Grays Station, High Street, Grays, Essex, RM17 6NQ
From Grays station, walk along the pedestrianised High Street and turn right into Orsett Road where you’ll find us just 200 metres on the left.
Purfleet – on – Thames: 44
Route 44 – Ensign Bus Company – Click here for the timetable.
Grays bus station is directly opposite the railway station, just 5 – 10 minutes walk from the Thameside Complex and Grays Beach.
Multiple bus routes go via the this station – 5A, 5B, 22, 33, 44, 66, 73, 83, 88
There are lots of car parking options in Grays all within walking distance of the start and end of the route. Grays Multi storey car park is central for both the start and end points if you wish to attend all day. The multi storey car park is free for the first 3 hours.
The closest to the start is behind the Thameside Theatre on Cromwell Road, the closest to the end of the walk is near Grays Beach is on Thames Road.
Parking Charges can be found https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/car-parks/off-street-car-parks
On-street in the immediate area, with no charge after 6pm.
This walk is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. This walk takes place mainly on Grays Highstreet where there are wide accessible pathways. It does cross roads and go down some smaller alleyways but they are wide enough for a wheelchair or a single pushchair.
Read the Covid Safety information here.
A face covering is essential for this walk. Whilst you will not be required to wear your face covering on the walk there are lots of shops, food outlets and public toilets in Grays Town Centre, all of which require you to wear a mask to enter. For some workshops at Grays Beach you may be required to wear a face covering if a 2m distanced cannot be maintained, event staff will advise you of this and all activities are optional.
READ MORE on walking safely
Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything!
Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear- best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home. Make sure you bring a packed lunch if necessary, and plenty to drink.
You need to choose walks within your capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take your word that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen. T100 walks are of different lengths and on different terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and others mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven. If one walk doesn’t suit you, there is probably another one that will.
Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however Kinetika, the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes, especially unsupervised. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
We will be taking photographs and video of this event to promote and celebrate the project in print and online. If you do not give consent to be photographed or filmed, that’s absolutely fine, please let a member of the Kinetika team know on the day.
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