Saturday, October 1, 2022

Tilbury Docker is getting ready for the Port of Tilbury Open Day


THE Tilbury Docker puppet made his grand entrance at the Tilbury Cruise Terminal on Friday 22 June when he joined in the Port’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush. He will be heading back to the Cruise Terminal on Saturday 21 July for the Port’s Open Day and will lead a procession to the Port.

The Tilbury Docker will walk from Tilbury station to the Cruise Terminal accompanied by carnival dancers from Elite Dance Academy, BB’s Dance Academy, and Thurrock 100 walkers. At the Cruise Terminal, the Docker will take part in performances to accompany Chilean arts organisation, Teatro Container’s La Cocina Publica, the public kitchen which will cater for 200 people at a community feast.

The community feast will feature recipes gathered from the local Tilbury community through a series of workshops run by Kinetika and Teatro Container. It will also mark the launch of Kinetika’s new two year project, Kitchen Table which aims to bring people together through shared memories and traditions of food.

The Dance the Docker to the Port walk is the 13th of this year’s Thurrock 100 Recipes walks. The Thurrock 100 walking festival runs from 7 July to 22 July and features walks in Southend and Thurrock plus routes in Dartford and Gravesend. The walks are free and open to all. Please go to for full details and to register for the walks.

Kinetika was commissioned to design and make The Tilbury Docker by the Tilbury on the Thames Trust. The puppet marks the start of a process to revive the Tilbury carnival. Kinetika and the Trust hope to stage a carnival in the town in 2019.

Help Kinetika find recipes

Every family has its own special recipes, different communities have their individual traditional foods and everybody has a favourite food such as granny’s sponge cake. Kinetika and Teatro Container want to hear from people across Thurrock who have recipe and stories about food to share. Free workshops will be held to help create the menu for the community feast.

To find out more about the workshops and how to get involved, please go to

To find out more about Kinetika’s work, please go to or follow Kinetika on facebook, twitter or Instagram.


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