Mersea Island Festival

The Mersea Island Festival brings together children, young people and adults with and without a  disability.  Families, inclusive clubs and youth groups are also all welcome.

The festival takes place every August, with a different theme.


The activities on offer help to challenge, build confidence and feelings of self-worth.  Activities may include:

  • archery
  • inflatables
  • zip wire
  • climbing
  • live music, discos and karaoke
  • circus skills
  • swimming
  • speed boating
  • fishing
  • art activities
  • pitch and putt
  • big screen cinema
  • quad bikes


Usually, people sleep under canvas tents. If individuals are unable to sleep in a tent then there are some cabins available.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in a dining hall.  The staff aim to meet individual dietary requirements. Other snacks and drinks are also available and a bar is open during the entertainment each evening.

Staff support

The team of volunteers are not able to provide one-to-one support or personal care. If personal assistance is needed, they ask that people come along with a friend, buddy or support worker.

Who the service provides for

The Festival brings together children, 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.

Hours of operation

9 days in August

How the service is accessed

Direct booking can be made to the Festival via the website or email address

Phone number

01206 383226

Operational locations

  • Colchester


Essex Outdoors Mersea
Rewsalls Lane
East Mersea