Hidden Gems Thurrock

Welcome to the Hidden Gems Festival programme. There’s something for everyone here and it’s all FREE! Come and try something new in Grays on Saturday 17 March as we launch the Hidden Gems Community Conversation, part of the national Get Creative Festival week!

We’ve got a whole host of taster workshops between 10am and 2pm. Then join us for a free showcase of Thurrock Talent at our showcase at Thameside Theatre at 3pm followed by FREE tea, coffee and cakes.

There is no need to book for any of the activities – just turn up and join in the fun! Absolutely no experience is needed and all activities are open to anyone of any age!

Check out our handy festival map to see where our activities are taking place.

If you would like to share your own Hidden Gem in Thurrock, whether it is a place, person or organisation, please Click here to download a template and send your Hidden Gem to hiddengems@creativeblastcompany.com.

Thurrock Adult Community College

10am & 11am | Drama

10am & 11am | Singing

10am – 12 noon | Lacemaking & Crafts

12noon – 1pm | Tutor Recruitment

TACC are looking for tutors to join their team, could that be you?


Creative Blast Studios (Thameside Complex)

1 – 2pm | Street Dance


Grays High Street

12noon – 1.30pm | Circus Skills


Beehive Resource Centre

10.30-11.30 | Visual arts

11.30 – 1.30 | Spoken Word w/ John Akinde

Grays Library (Thameside Complex)

10 – 11 | Storytelling for families

11 – 12 | Creative Writing


Community House

11.30-12.30pm | Mandala Drawing

12.30-1pm | Commedia Dell Arte - Drama Workshop

1pm – 2pm | Marbling


Thameside Theatre

3pm | Performances from Creative Blast,

Thurrock Golden Voices, John Akinde, Anna-Marie Childs, Kage Solitaire, George Green and John Dockrill. Live Painting from Becky Bowden.

Free Tea, Coffee and Cakes after the show.


Lightship Café, Grays Beach

11am-2pm | Craft Activities including Knitting, Crochet, Paper Crafting, Jewellery Making, Macramé. Free Tea and Coffee will be available.

Thurrock CVS have been fortunate to be awarded funding from the Home Office’s ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together’ (BSBT) programme, which supports organisations in working to create more resilient communities.


Thurrock CVS have teamed up with Creative Blast, and together are giving people the opportunity to experience a number of different creative opportunities at the Hidden Gems Festival taking place on Saturday 17 March in Grays Town Centre.

The aim of the Hidden Gems project taking place across Thurrock, is to bring people together to share stories and conversations through the use of music, history, arts and culture; encouraging people to identify common shared values of differing cultural backgrounds. We want localpeople to identify the ‘gems’ or assets located within a community such as people, places, buildings, groups etc.

100 photographs will be taken of local people identifying their hidden gems, and these photos will be used for an exhibition showcase that will tour a number of venues across Thurrock.