The Mersea Island Festival returns this year from Sunday 19th to Monday 27th August 2018 on the Essex coast. It’s the 38th year of the Festival – a week and weekend of inclusive activities and entertainment which bring together children, young people and adults with or without a physical or learning disability.

Each year the Festival is attended by families with disabled young people, members of friendship groups and inclusive clubs, providing an opportunity to try new activities, build self-confidence, make new friends and above all have loads of fun! Places are available for the day, the weekend or the whole week.

The programme includes a wide variety of activities including assisted climbing, zip wire, adventure course, archery, trampolining, art activities, circus skills, dance and band workshops, judo, quad bikes and even being rescued by a Newfoundland Dog. Offsite there’s an opportunity to visit a farm, play golf and go fishing. In the evenings there are live bands, discos, a big screen cinema and the Festival’s own talent show.

The Festival is operated by the Mersea Island Festival Trust, a registered charity.

The Mersea Island Festival is an opportunity for all young people to try new activities

Tom Brennan, Chair of Mersea Island Festival Trust said: “Each year we aim to by providing a thrilling selection of sporting and leisure activities for the young at heart of all abilities.

“Wheelchair users moving up a climbing wall and then down a zip wire, having a go on the trampoline or being pulled through the water by a Newfoundland Dogs.

“Whatever your interest, even those you didn’t know you had, you can be one of our many guests each year who say ‘I’d never get to do this if I didn’t come to Mersea Island Festival”, said Tom.

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