Thurrock100 set to launch May Mandalas ahead of walking festival in September


IN light of government advice, Thurrock100 had to postpone the T100 Walking Festival until 12-27 September this year.

T100 continues to grow each year, gaining new walkers, new routes and new partners to support the programme.

What began as a celebration of Thurrock, 10 miles, 10 walks, 10 days, has developed into a project stretching along and across the estuary, into Southend and over to Kent, hence the name change to T100.

The theme for this year’s festival is ‘T100 Calling’ and Thurrock100 are inviting you to creatively re-imagine our future by making a series of mandalas with us.


When the walks take place in September, mandalas will be created over the various locations along the walk routes.

Mandalas in Hinduism and Buddhism are artworks of various geometrical designs and repeated patterns symbolising the universe. We aim to use them to bring communities together; to reflect on the issues they face and potential solutions whilst collectively making beautiful pieces of art from locally sourced materials.

Despite the postponement, it doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to still get involved.

A new online programme of activities and events called May Mandalas is now in development in preparation for the walking festival in September.

These are key dates for the schedule, as reads the Thurrock100 website:

Sun 13 Sept: Shoeburyness Beach – Tide Turning. We will be making a beach mandala exploring themes around respect for the Earth and the natural landscape in which we live, climate change, coastal erosion and flooding.

Sat 19 Sept: Grays Beach – Spring Clean. Using plastic that has been taken out of the Thames by local litter picking group, working in partnership with Thames 21, we will create our mandala whilst performances from local groups take place as part of the Thurrock Festival.

Sun 20 Sept: Tilbury Foreshore – Make Do and Mend. Reclaiming public space, making a glistening mandala from ceramics and glass collected form the foreshore.

Sat 26 Sept: Little Belhus Country Park – Renewal. Working with Rural Arisings on the creation of a new insect habitat, using recycled brick, concrete and cement, to make a permanent mandala on a capped landfill site that is being transformed into a country park. It will become the basis of a new rock garden and will be designed with support from the local school and community.

Sun 27 Sept: High House Production Park, Purfleet
– Grow Your Own. Working with the Royal Opera House Community Chorus, local community and in partnership with developers PCRL, we will be curating a celebratory event focused on the theme of sustainable communities, including food production and distribution. The mandala will be made from produce, locally grown within a 15mile radius of Purfleet.

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