On 3rd and 4th of July Refugee Tales walkers will be gathering in Canterbury and across the world. We will walk and share tales, we will celebrate our world wide community and we will continue to take steps towards our collective destination: a future without immigration detention.
There are many ways you can take part in this event. Whether you are walking in Canterbury or joining us in solidarity elsewhere, thank you, and welcome to Refugee Tales 2021.
The theme of this year’s walk is Steps, so please post on Twitter using #RTStepChange to connect with us in the build-up to the July walk. All pictures and reflections on the theme of steps, staircases, feet, and footsteps are welcome!
In Canterbury there will be groups of 30 people led by Christina Fitzsimons and her team of experienced walk leaders, some of whom are Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group visitors. Instead of our previous linear walks we will be making various ‘Petal’ shaped walks out and back to the city.
At the end of the first day, Saturday 3 July, food will be served by Nic Eadie of ThaiAngle from his mobile catering van for us to enjoy outside for Covid safety.
Overnight accommodation is available to book at the University of Kent for the nights of Friday 2nd July and/or Saturday 3rd July. All rooms are double ensuite and Refugee Tales walkers have been offered a discount price of £58.50 per room per night including breakfast on insertion of a discount code on booking. The code is: REFTALES
Information about booking accommodation is available HERE
On Sunday after the walks, there may be the opportunity to watch a film of Tales and music in a large hall, socially distanced, at the University of Kent. (This presumes that indoor gatherings will be permitted at that time).
Walk booking is now OPEN!
The link for booking your place on the Walk of 2021 on July 2 & July 3 is
Details of the costs are on the booking page.
We’ll have packs of information and advice to help everyone feel connected to the Canterbury walk and to take on the role of ambassadors of Refugee Tales to raise awareness of our work and also the horror of immigration detention, worldwide.
The Refugee Tales walk planners are out now in May around Canterbury with maps, compass, satnav and sextant. *
The routes for July are being walked, notes made, stops explored and hazards assessed. By July, there will be a change to the countryside, the blossom will be transformed to swelling fruit and all the trees will be in full leaf. Kent is the garden of England and these photographs show its beauty: oast houses, apple orchards – old and new, almshouses, wells and ancient churches. The Great Ouse flows gently through water meadows and the great Cathedral is visible in the distance.
There are walks for everyone including those with limited mobility.
The longest walk is 8 miles (c.13km).
*Not all of this statement is accurate!