20th June 2015 at Midnight

Join us for an all-night tramp through London and raise funds for Cardboard Citizens, the UK’s leading homelessness theatre company.


Help us to stamp out homelessness

Can you tramp all night through the streets of London?

Setting off at midnight on Saturday, you’ll spend a night on London’s streets, walking 8 miles through the city until dawn on Sunday.

Throughout the night, our talented members, all of whom have had experience of homelessness themselves, will show you our city in a whole new light through compelling storytelling and immersive pop-up theatre performances.

Led by the experienced walking guide Henry Eliot, allow yourself to be transported back through London’s history, reliving George Orwell’s ‘Down and Out’ woes of vagrancy; visiting the church where Charles Dicken’s famously stumbled across ‘houselessness’, and viewing the dosshouses where Welsh Super-Tramp and poet W H Davies once sought shelter from the darkest streets of London town. As the night draws on and hunger invades, we’ll be gratefully met by a Soup Kitchen in Bloomsbury, a chance to rest and recuperate for the journey ahead. The final leg of our journey will lead us to the Kennington Workhouse, where Charlie Chaplin lived as a child. Here, with breakfast and a screening of his short film The Tramp, our walk will come to an end.

In London alone, homelessness has increased by nearly a quarter in the last five years. Help us to change that.

Wow! Sounds great – when is it?

The Big Tramp will take place on Summer Solstice (Saturday 20th June at midnight until dawn Sunday 21st June), adding an extra air of magic and mystery to the night.

What’s the cost?

Entry fee costs just £39 (£30 for students and concessions).

Because this is a Fundraising event, we ask that participants pledge to raise a minimum of £250 for Cardboard Citizens. This amount will make a real difference to our work, helping us to change the lives of homeless and at risk people through theatre and the performing arts.

We will support you every step of the way with all of your fundraising endeavors, and help you set up a fundraising page via JustGiving.com

Awesome! How do I sign up?

You can register for the event here, or by clicking the big red button on the left of this page – be quick, because there are a limited number of places available.

Once we’ve received your entry fee we’ll send you more information on how to fundraise, including setting up your own online fundraising page and ways to raise money. If you’d prefer not to ask friends and family for sponsorship, you can simply make a donation to Cardboard Citizens yourself.

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For more about the event (including FAQs), please read this document. Alternatively, if you have any questions you can get in touch with Molly Courtice, Development Assistant on email or phone: 020 7377 8948. We look forward to meeting you!

Important info

Date: 20th – 21st June 2015

Distance: 8 miles

Start location and time: 11pm – Cardboard Citizens HQ, 77A Greenfield Road, Aldgate East, London, E1 1EJ

End Time and Location: 7am at Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, Kennington, London SE11 4TH

Registration fee: £39/ £30

Minimum age: 18

About your guide: Henry Eliot is a writer and literary walker. He is co-editor of Curiocity, a map-magazine of unusual experiences in London, and is currently co-writing an Alternative A to Z for Penguin Books. He has led guided walks through London for Google, the City of London, City Lit and the cheese shop in Leadenhall Market. In April 2012 he organised a recreation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, raising over £10,000 for the National Literacy Trust, and in September 2013 he ran a mass pilgrimage for the National Trust, from Southwark to William Morris’s Red House in Bexleyheath.

Sponsorship target: £250