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Festival, from 19 Aug 2018, £37-£260

Archery at the Mersea Island Festival

Archery at the Mersea Island Festival


The Mersea Island Festival is an annual event each August on the Essex coast. The camps bring together young people and adults with or without a physical or learning disability and are ideal for families with disabled young people as well as Inclusive clubs, Phab and Gateway clubs and Youth Groups. They provide an opportunity to try out new activities, make new friends and have loads of fun!!! Over 300 people come from all over the UK and sometimes abroad.
Essex Outdoors Mersea is an established outdoor centre on Mersea Island, 10 miles from Colchester on the Essex coast. The centre provides a residential experience with a wide range of inclusive activities in 65 acres of open countryside with access to the beach.
Both camps include a wide variety of activities that are fun and exciting but also challenge and stimulate, helping to build the confidence and feelings of self worth in participants. Each year the Festival has a different theme and the programme is planned around this. Activities may include archery, inflatable fun, zip wire, climbing, dancing and music workshops, circus skills, swimming, speedboat, fishing, art activities including pottery, carving and tie-dye, pitch & putt, discos, karaoke, live music, big screen cinema and quad bikes.
Accommodation is mostly under canvas but we do have some beds in cabins for those who find it impossible to sleep in a tent.Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the dining hall and we aim to meet individual dietary requirements. Other snacks and drinks are also available and a bar is open during the entertainment each evening.
Our team of volunteers are on hand to make sure everyone can have a fun and great experience, whatever their ability. Unfortunately they are not able to provide one-to-one support or personal care. If personal assistance is needed we ask that campers come along with a friend, buddy or support worker, who will also take part in all the activities.
Please contact us to discuss any individual needs you may have so we can make sure you get the most from your stay. For further details visit

Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 19 - Fri 24 Aug 2018
Fri 24 - Mon 27 Aug 2018
Campers arrive at 5pm and leave after lunch on the last day. Day visitors arrive for 10am.


Week: Adult £260/U18 £234
Weekend: Adult £156/U18 £140
Day Visitor £37

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 23 Jul - Fri 31 Aug School Holiday Activity Days
Sun 19 - Fri 24 Aug Mersea Island Festival
Fri 24 - Mon 27 Aug Mersea Island Festival


Festival Coordinator

01206 383226


Rewsalls Lane,
East Mersea,


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Map reference: TM 039135  Lat: 51.78298 Long: 0.95467


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired