water skiing climbing archery fishing enamelling painting encoustic art dog agility African drumming circus skills signing judo dancing DJing karaoke zip-wire speed boat wheelchair basketball live bands talent show fancy dress discos Maldon Brightlingsea ten pin bowling swimming
* activities supplied dependant on date.
Where is it?
Essex Outdoors Mersea is an established outdoor centre on Mersea Island, 10 miles from Colchester on the Essex coast.
Who can come?
The camps are open to everyone, with or without a disability and they are ideal for Inclusive clubs, Phab and Gateway clubs, Youth Groups and families with disabled young people. There is a limited number of places for individuals who will have a great time and soon make new friends but if they need any assistance we do ask that they come along with a friend, buddy or support worker.
What do we do?
There's a wide variety of activities that challenge and stimulate, helping to build self-confidence and esteem in participants. Each year the Festival has a different theme and previously we’ve been Pirates, Romans, Superheroes and Cowboys! See our Activities page for further details. We can’t promise them all and what goes in the programme depends on availability.
Where do we sleep?
Accommodation is mostly under canvas but we do have some beds in cabins for those who find it impossible to sleep in a tent. These are in great demand so please contact us as soon as possible if you may need one. We can provide a tent with a groundsheet and thin mattress, but campers are welcome to bring their own. Just let us know!
What do we sleep on?
In a tent we provide a groundsheet and mattress as standard. We do have a limited supply of fold up beds and hospital beds for those who have difficulty sleeping or getting up from the floor. In a cabin there are bunk beds with mattresses.
Where do we eat?
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the dining hall and we aim to meet all individual dietary requirements stated on your medical and consent form. Other snacks and drinks are also available and a bar is open during the entertainment each evening.
How accessible is the site?
The whole site is on one level and the halls, bar, toilet and shower blocks are wheelchair accessible.
What medical support is provided?
First Aid cover is provided by qualified instructors and volunteer nurses. We will send you a medical and consent form prior to the Festival so you can let us know about any specific needs you may have.
What personal support is provided?
Our team of volunteers are on hand to make sure that everyone can have a fun and great experience, whatever their ability. Unfortunately we are unable to provide one to one personal care so if this is needed we do ask that you come along with a friend, buddy or support worker.
What should I bring?
You can see a suggested kit list here
How much is it?
See our booking page for prices
Not sure if it's right for you? - Give us a call and we will talk it through with you. Contact us