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Mersea Island Festival May Fest

MIF May Fest  Friday 22nd May to Monday 25th May 2015

Inclusive activities and entertainment for all!!!!

Based the Mersea Island Festival that takes place each August, MIF MayFest is another opportunity for those with disabilities, their family and friends to have lots of fun while trying new activities and enjoying some great entertainment.

Who’s it for?
The weekend is open to those with and without a disability – and to all ages. A great weekend for families and groups, anyone under the age of 18 should be accompanied by a responsible adult. There’ll be people on hand to help on activities but those needing help at other times should be come with a friend or supporter.

What can we do?
Activities, all on the Mersea site, may include climbing, zipwire, adventure course, archery, circus skills, boat rides, trampolining, swimming, caving and a band workshop. Qualified instructors will be on hand to help everyone have a go and in the evenings there’ll be discos, live bands and a big screen cinema.

Where is it?
MIF MayFest is at Essex Outdoors Mersea, south of Colchester on the Essex coast

Where do we sleep and eat?
There’s plenty of tented accommodation plus some indoors for those who find it impossible to sleep under canvas. You can also bring your own. We have specialist equipment including portable hoists and fully accessible toilet and shower facilities.

Main meals are provided from dinner on Friday to lunch on Monday, with any special dietary requirements catered for. Snacks and drinks are also available and a bar is open each evening.

How much is it?
The price per person is £130 including all activities and entertainment, main meals and accommodation. A limited number of funded places are available for those supporting children and young people aged 8 to 18 and from within the Essex County Council admin area. Please contact us for further details.

How do I book?
Download a booking form, complete your details and send it in with a deposit of £30 per person.

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