Social distancing measures introduced by the government (16th March), prohibiting by law all public gatherings of more than two people, and telling the population to avoid all but essential travel and contact, remain in place and are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
We have therefore made the decision to cancel the Pyjama Walk that was scheduled to take place on Saturday 11th July 2020.
While we understand that this decision may come as a disappointment, we hope that you will agree that it is a necessary one in the fight to delay the spread of the coronavirus in our community and save lives.
In light of the event's cancellation, we will be refunding all entries to participants via their original payment methods. If you wish to receive this refund, there is nothing you need to do at this time.
All refunds will be processed on the 29th May 2020 deadline.
Absolutely anyone of all fitness levels can take part. Pyjama Walk is an opportunity for you to come together with friends, family or colleagues for the biggest pyjama party in Kent before stepping out under the night sky, 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.
Pyjama Walk 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. Children under 3 years of age can come for free.
Early bird entry (closes 31 May 2020)
- Adults: £10
- Under 18: £8
Advanced entry (closes 5 July 2020)
- Adults: £15
- Under 18: £12
On the night entry
- Adults: £20
- Under 18: £15
Children under 3 go free no matter when you sign up.
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 in public in their pyjamas) but it's not essential.
If you'd rather not ask your friends and family for sponsorship, you might like to make a personal donation towards the care we provide. This can be done during the online registration form 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 the Pyjama Walk help us to continue caring for local people as they near the end of life. Please download a sponsorship form, set up your own online fundraising page with JustGiving or call 01227 812609. 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 Pyjama Walks happening at locations across east Kent on 11th July, all of which are 5 miles.
Ashford Pyjama Walk will start and finish at:
- McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, Kimberley Way, Ashford, Kent TN24 0SD.
Ramsgate Pyjama Walk will start and finish at:
- Ramsgate Sports Centre, High Street, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9TT.
Canterbury Pyjama Walk will start and finish at:
- Canterbury College, New Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3AJ.
Registration desks will open at 8pm. Please do not arrive before this time.
Participants can check-in between 8pm - 9.45pm.
The Pyjama Walk, regardless of location will start at 10pm.
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 so they are aware you are in attendance.
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 Pyjama 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 9.45pm.
All participants must have completed the walk and checked back in by 1am.
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 1am.
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'll have our signature flashing hair and accessories available to buy during the pre-walk pyjama party which also helps with being seen.
Yes. We have checked the routes and there are friendly marshals at all key points to assist if necessary.
The Pyjama Walk is a walking event. Due to event logistics and participant safety on the route, we advise against jogging or running.
It isn't a race. Pyjama Walk is about walking together in support of local hospice care. Come and walk among friends, and make new ones along the way!
Absolutely! Many of your fellow jim-jimmers will be coming together with family and friends to remember loved ones in a positive way. During the signing-in period before the walk begins, there will be a memory wall available for you to add photos and messages to. We love you sharing the people who have motivated you to support Pilgrims Hospices.
What happens if I have a problem on the route or I do not think I can finish the walk for any reason?
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 and inform the event organiser via the details on your walker number. The emergency services are aware that the event is taking place.
We're always looking for friendly volunteers to help with all aspects of the event, from registration areas to route marshalling at each location. Contact the fundraising team at your local hospice or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ashford fundraising team: 01233 504111
Canterbury fundraising team: 01227 812621
Thanet fundraising team: 01843 233934
- Access to the biggest Pyjama party in east Kent
- Event centre facilities
- Full route marshalling
- Free water and chocolate out on the route
- Medical support
- Bespoke finisher’s medal
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.
Please collect and send in your sponsorship by 22 August 2020 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.
Pull on your pyjamas and onesies and step out in your favourite cozy costume for the Pyjama Walk.
During the pre-walk pyjama party, we'll be holding a costume competition to find the walkers with the best jim-jams out there!
Please wear sensible footwear and layers for the evening temperatures and weather on the day. Bright colours, fancy dress, pyjamas and onesies are encouraged!
We will have our signature flashing hair and accessories for sale at the event as well to take your PJs to the next level!
No, unfortunately, we don't allow dogs to take part in Pyjama Walk 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. The walk is a family event and we would encourage dog owners to consider those with small children that may be afraid of dogs.