- How do I select a mile?
- Can I change my mile?
- I can’t join the walk, can I still select a mile?
- I want to walk, but I’m not creative, can I still join in?
- Can I bring friends?
- Is there a waiting list for miles already taken?
- How do I submit my photos and writing?
- When will my submitted work show up on the map?
- I have missed the deadline, can I still submit my work?
- Can I help to make the silk pennants?
- When will I be able to see my finished pennant?
- Can I keep a silk pennant?
- Are there walks suitable for wheelchairs/ pushchairs?
- How are you ensuring Beach of Dreams is Covid-Safe?
- Other questions?
This page is for people who have questions about participating in the Beach of Dreams project.
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How do I select a mile?
Each day of the 500 mile walk has its own page, and a booking form for the one-mile sections that occur on it. The booking forms are at the bottom of the walk pages.
For example, to book a mile on the Jaywick walk you would go to the Jaywick walk page, find the mile number on the map (all the one-mile markers show their numbers when clicked), and fill in the form at the bottom of the page specifying the number. Once a mile is booked it disappears as a choice on the form, so it can’t be booked twice.
If a mile is not listed on the form, then it has already been booked by someone else.
If there is no booking form at the bottom of the walk page, all miles have been taken and the bookings closed.
If you booked your mile via the form but didn’t receive a confirmation email, it is likely that you entered your email address incorrectly. In this case please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I change my mile?
Please be careful when making your selection that you are choosing the right mile. If an incorrect mile is booked by mistake, please book the correct mile you want and email us on email@example.com to restore the incorrect choice for someone else to select.
Can I select a mile and submit photos and words, but not join the big walk?
We would like as many people to join the walk as possible, but we also understand that people enjoy taking part in different ways. If you want to take part, please select your mile on the website and submit your photos & writing like everyone else. If you cannot join the walk, there is a place to tell us on the mile selection form.
I like walking but I am not very creative. Can I just join the walk and not submit photos or writing?
We are not looking for great works of art or professional photographs. This is about sharing precious details of the landscape around us with the wider world. If you can take a photo on your phone, then you can join in! However, we do understand that people enjoy taking part in different ways. If there is space, we will release a limited number of ‘walk-only’ places for the big walk which should be bookable via the website towards the end of May.
I would like to take part with a friend or group, is that ok?
Yes, for the creative part certainly! We are obligated to limit numbers for the walks due to restrictions imposed by Covid19, so we are only currently allowing one person per mile to walk. However, there is space on the select-a-mile form to tell us if you wish to bring friends should the restrictions be relaxed.
Someone else has booked the mile I would like. Can I join a waiting list in case it becomes available?
We have 500 miles of route from Lowestoft to Tilbury so if your first choice is not available why not choose the next one along? No waiting lists will be created until all 500 one-mile sections of the route have been taken.
How do I submit my photos, writing and drawing?
A link is emailed to everyone who has registered their mile on the website, directing them to the upload form. Please use this method of upload if possible, it helps us keep track of all the submissions. For reference the link is here: UPLOAD FORM
When will my submitted work show up on the map?
All submitted media is checked, and in some cases reformatted, before adding to the map. This is time consuming, so please expect a considerable delay before it appears on the map.
I have missed the deadline, can I still submit my work?
It is unlikely that images submitted after 12th April will be included in the flag designs. However, all submitted media can still be uploaded to the story map, so you are encouraged to send your images and writing in as soon as they are available, even if after 12th April.
Can I help to make the silk pennants?
Social distancing rules make this difficult, but if you live near to Purfleet, please contact the studio (firstname.lastname@example.org) and there could be opportunities to help with the waxing process in late April.
When will I be able to see my finished pennant?
In Lowestoft, all 500 pennants will be displayed on the beach as a special installation for First Light Solstice Celebration on 26th June, the day before the 500 mile journey begins.
The pennants will be displayed all together at other special events along the route such as in Harwich and Tilbury.
You can also see it on your own one-mile stretch of the journey.
Who do the silk pennants belong to when the project has ended? Can I keep one?
The pennants will remain with Kinetika, the company who made them, and who created the Beach of Dreams project. All 500 flags need to remain together as a set, a record of the 500 places along the journey. If you would like to make your own, silk is available for purchase in the Kinetika online shop.
Are any sections of the walk suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs?
The route sections along roads and pavements in built-up areas are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The route sections along coastal paths and in the more remote areas where we will be walking over fields and uneven ground, are not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. When all of the walk routes have been thoroughly reccied, accessibility information will be added to each walk page to make this clear.
How are you ensuring Beach of Dreams is Covid-Safe?
Please refer to our page on Beach of Dreams Covid-safety
Have another question?
Please contact us on email@example.com