Mersea Island Festival returns for its 40th year in August

A POPULAR festival turns 40 this summer, with sports and leisure activities available for all ages and abilities.

The Mersea Island Festival, which started in 1981, will take place in August after being canceled two years in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event lasts more than a week, starting on Sunday August 21 and ending on Monday August 29 with activities offered to able-bodied and disabled people.

It is estimated that over 300 campers, day visitors and volunteers from across the east of England will be in attendance during the eight days of festivities, with friendship groups and clubs often making the trip to take part in everything what is offered.

Assisted rock climbing, archery, adventure trail, art activities, circus arts, music workshops, judo, zip line and trampoline are just some of the new things people can try, with places available for the day , the weekend or a whole week.

Evenings feature live bands, nightclubs, a big-screen cinema and a talent show hosted by Mersea Island festival organizers.

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The chairman of the Mersea Island Festival Trust is Tom Brennan, who organizes a group of around 60 dedicated volunteers.

All 60 are working on all fronts at camp to ensure the eight-day event runs smoothly and everyone gets the most out of their time in Mersea.

Discussing the event, Mr Brennan said events like the Mersea Island Festival are ideal for people to discover interests they never knew they had.

He said: “Each year we aim to provide an exciting selection of sporting and leisure activities for the young at heart of all abilities.

“Wheelchair users try their hand at trampolining or climbing a rock climbing wall and then descending a zipline.

“Whatever your interest, even ones you didn’t know you had, you can be one of our many guests every year who says, ‘I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t come to the Mersea Island Festival’. ”

Further information about the festival can be found via [email protected] or by calling 01206 383226.

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