The Commons Way

Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021

The Commons Way

Artist Lora Aziz relays contemporary concepts around ecology, women, plants, land and rent informed by ancient practices and collaboration with The People of 1381 academic research programme. Calligraphy using ancient techniques of foraged inks on handmade papers, estuary walking encounters, and plant knowledge combine with multimedia elements created by videographer and soundscaper Marley presented in cottages at Wat Tyler Country Park.

As Wyrd Flora, Marley & Lora will be encouraging community involvement via plant exploration, group walks and workshops during the festival including along rebel routes and the Thames Estuary Trail from Lesnes Abbey Woods to Southend.

Workshops and events along the route include:
Lesnes Abbey Woods - Saturday 29 May
Wildcrafting Adventure 10:00-12.30  BOOK ONLINE Advanced booking, limited numbers.
Experimental Calligraphy workshop 14:00 –16:30  BOOK ONLINE Advanced booking, limited numbers
Thameside Nature Discovery Park - Wednesday 2 June
Wildcrafting Adventure 12:00-15:00 BOOK ONLINE Advanced booking, limited numbers
Wat Tyler Country Park 12 & 13 June
Wildcrafting adventure: Consumable Art 15:00-17:00 BOOK ONLINE: Advanced booking, limited numbers


Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021
11:00 - 17:00


Located in Blunts Cottage, near the Village Green, Wat Tyler Country Park
Pitsea, Basildon
SS16 4UH


Nearest railway station Pitsea (C2C).


Step free access is available from street level to all platforms at Pitsea Station. The artwork is located in the ground floor of Blunts Cottage with step-free access.

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Estuary 2021 is made possible by

Principal Partners

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Major Partners

ecc uok thurrock thames_gateway selep medway  thames estuary   ebbsfleet    Ebbsfleet mayor locatekent kentcc gravesham uoe bas_coun   south_coun Here for Culture

Commissioning Partners

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Festival Partners

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Festival Supporters

essex_diversity SouthEssex1 UniversityCentre1 Churches International Exeter Wales Ramm Artist Grand