Who can enter?

Absolutely anyone of all fitness levels can take part. A Night to Shine is an opportunity for you to come together with friends, family or colleagues and stroll under the stars, at your own pace, for fun, fitness or in memory of a loved one. Completing the 5 mile distance may be more challenging for some, but the route is designed to be as accessible as possible for those with different levels of mobility.

A Night to Shine is a family event and there is no lower age limit for taking part. If you're under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied by a participating adult and have a signed parental consent form.

  • Early Bird entry: Adults £12, Under 18s £8 (closes 04/8/19)
  • Standard entry: Adults £15, Under 18s £12 (closes 15/9/19)
  • On the night entry: Adults £20, Under 18s £15

Children under 3 go free no matter when you sign up.

(Entry includes Event T-shirt and finisher's medal)

Much of the entry fee goes towards running the event and making sure that you have an enjoyable and safe experience. We’d love you to raise sponsorship for your walk (after all, not everyone would walk this far) but its not essential. If you'd rather not ask your friends and family to sponsor you, we hope you might consider making a personal donation towards the care we provide. This can be done during the online registration process or at any time on our website (orange button above), at our hospices in Ashford, Canterbury or Margate, or on the day of the event.

It costs Pilgrims Hospices £14 million a year to provide skilled and compassionate care to our community, and events like A Night to Shine help us to continue caring for local people as they near end of life. Please download a sponsorship form, set up your own online fundraising page with JustGiving or call 01227 812 609. Don’t forget to encourage your sponsors to tick the Gift Aid box if they’re eligible to do so; for every £1 donated we’ll be able to claim an extra 25p from the Government at no cost to you or your sponsors. It makes a huge difference.

There are 3 Night to Shine walks happening at locations across east Kent on 20th September, all of which are 5 miles.

A Night to Shine Ashford will start and finish at:

  • Julie Rose Stadium, Willesborough Road, Ashford TN24 9QX.

A Night to Shine Broadstairs will start and finish at: 

  • The Pavilion, Harbour Street, Broadstairs CT10 1EU.

A Night to Shine Canterbury will start and finish at:

  • Canterbury College, New Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3AJ.

Registration desks will open at 5:30pm. Please do not arrive before this time.

All walks, regardless of locationwill begin at 7pm.

Participants can check-in between 5.30pm - 7pm.

On arrival please give your name to the registration desk volunteer who will check you off and issue you with a walker identification number. You should complete any relevant medical information on the back and fix to your clothing with the safety pins provided.

Even if you've registered in advance you'll still need to check in with our registration team.

Please note: If you are under 18 years of age and your accompanying adult is not your parent, you must bring a signed parental consent form in order to take part.

On the day registrations

If you haven't registered in advance for the walk, you'll need to visit the 'on the day' registration area. On the day entry is: Adults £20, Under 18s £15, Under 3s go free and registration closes at 6.45pm.

Walk completion

All participants must have completed the walk and checked back in by 10pm. 

Faster walkers will be around in about 90 minutes. It may take around two and a half hours at a slower pace. Please ensure you have finished and de-registered by 10pm.

No, the routes use public footpaths and pavements, often alongside roads. Walkers must be vigilant at all times when navigating these sections, especially if you have children with you. There will be marshals at key positions, such as road crossings. However, these marshals are not empowered to control traffic and you must take full responsibility that it is safe to cross before doing so.

We advise walkers to wear items of fluorescent or reflective clothing and our signature flashing accessories to assist with being seen.

The routes for Pilgrims Hospices A Night to Shine 2019 will be announced in the summer.

The walk will be signed using bright orange way-markers throughout the route. There will also be event marshals positioned at key points along the route to assist.

If you change your mind about which distance you wish to complete, this can be done by letting the registration desk know during check-in.

Yes. We have checked the routes and there are friendly marshals at all key points to assist if necessary.

There is one narrow alleyway on the Ashford route. If your wheelchair is wider than 3ft, please call the Ashford fundraising team on 01233 504102 before 20th September.

A Night to Shine is a walking event. Due to event logistics and participant safety on route we advise against jogging or running the route.

It isn't a race. A Night to Shine is about walking together in support of local hospice care. Come and walk among friends, and make new ones along the way!

Yes. A Night to Shine is an opportunity to remember loved ones in a positive atmosphere, among others who have experienced similar feelings. During the signing-in period before the walk begins, we will have paper memory lanterns available. These can be personalised and placed into the memory wall area within the start venue.

You can also download a 'I'm shining for...' poster template from www.pilgrimshospices.org/shine to pin proudly on your T-shirt for the walk.

There will also be a memory wall in the registration area where you can place messages and photos of loved ones.

The routes are accessible and well paved. Water and chocolate will be available to keep you hydrated and for that boost of energy to get you round. First aiders and medical response vehicles will be positioned to respond in case of an emergency.

If you have any health concerns please consult your GP before taking part. If there is a medical emergency you should call 999. The emergency services are aware that the event is taking place.

We're looking for volunteers to help with our registration areas and route marshalling at each location. Contact the fundraising team at your local hospice or email shine@pilgrimshospices.org for more information.

Ashford fundraising team: 01233 504111

Canterbury fundraising team: 01227 812621

Thanet fundraising team: 01843 233934


  • Event centre facilities
  • Medical support
  • Full route marshalling
  • Free water and chocolate
  • Event T-shirt
  • Finisher’s medal

Yes, If you wish to collect your T-shirt ahead of the walk, you can do so during our two T-shirt collection days. T-shirts will be available from your local Pilgrims Hospice reception during the following timeslots:

  • Friday 6th September (2pm - 6pm)
  • Friday 13th September (2pm - 6pm)

Everyone will be given a walker number that identifies them as a participant. You must attach this number visibly to your clothing so that you're easily identifiable. You'll also be given a Pilgrims T-shirt to wear to be identifiable as an event participant.

Please collect and send in your sponsorship by 1 November 2019 so we can announce the grand total raised from the walk and thank you for all of your fundraising efforts.

You can either hand in your sponsorship at your nearest Pilgrims hospice or send sponsorship to:

  • Supporter Relations, Pilgrims Hospices, 56 London Road, Canterbury, Kent CT2 8JA.

Any walker under the age of 18 on the day of the event must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult walking with them.

If the responsible adult is not a parent or guardian, a parental consent forms must be completed and brought with you to check-in. They can be downloaded from our website or completed on the day during sign-in.

You’ll receive your A Night to Shine T-shirt on the night. Please wear sensible footwear and clothing for the evening temperatures and weather on the day. Bright colours, fancy dress, pyjamas and onesies are encouraged!

We will have our famous flashing accessories available for purchase at the event as well, so make sure to accessorise your outfit and shine even brighter!

No, unfortunately, we don't allow dogs to take part in A Night to Shine as we can't cater for them along the walk and it can be difficult to manage on the route, especially during busier or more crowded sections of the route. However, we do think dogs make for great training companions!