Getting to the Festival
Greater Anglia trains
The nearest station is Colchester Town Station; this line goes to and from Liverpool Street which, is a 50-minute journey. This train also goes to Walton-on-the-Naze, which is a 40-minute journey. You can then get a taxi or a bus to the festival site. There is a possibility of a shuttle bus going from Colchester Town Station. On return, you will need to depart Colchester North Station, the last train leaves at 23:01. The last train from Colchester Town to Walton-on-the-Naze is 23:07.
Mersea Island is accessible by car however, during high tides the Strood will not be crossable for approx. an hour each side of the high tide. Do not try and cross if the Strood is covered.
If driving, the only place to park will be the festival car park.
Spaces need to be booked in advance and are £5 per car – Book Tickets here
This is located next to the festival field, your car park ticket will be scanned to allow access to the car park.
If you require a bus to and from Colchester you need to purchase a Colchester to Mersea Island return bus ticket. This will pick you up from Colchester Town Station (outside Magistrates Court) and will depart at 11.15 am, this will drop you at the site for the start of the festival at 12 pm. It will then collect you from the site when the festival finishes (11 pm) and drop you back at Colchester Town Station (Outside Magistrates Court) (11.45pm). You will need to bring your bus ticket with you to be scanned on the bus and keep this ticket to be scanned back on the bus on the way home. Please read our bus terms and conditions for more information
There are a couple of bus services to Mersea run by First Bus that runs for most of the day. This will take you into the centre of Mersea island and you can then get on the free shuttle bus to and from the site all day, once on Mersea. Please note the last bus back to Colchester leaves the Centre of West Mersea at 11.23pm (#68) but this could be busy.
The number 67/ 68 bus, will be able to take you onto Mersea from Colchester. Buses depart from Colchester every half an hour to go to Mersea. This is a 45/50 minute journey. The last bus departs West Mersea High Street at 22:55 to take you back to Colchester. The nearest bus stop is on Dawes Lane which is 0.3 miles from the festival site, the road leading down to the festival does not have any paths or lighting and it is not recommended to walk along this route. Alternatively, get the bus to West Mersea High Street and then wait for the complimentary shuttle service to the festival site and vice versa on return.
Here are the routes you can use.
If you’re living on Mersea, there will be a complimentary shuttle service running to take you to and from the festival site. This will be covering the majority of West Mersea, the full route can be seen by clicking the image below.
Victory Pub: 01206 382907 (can get the shuttle bus to the High st)
Mersea Island Vineyard: 01206 385900 (would need to arrange your own travel)
Air BnB: There are currently only two options for the night of the festival on Mersea Island at £123 per night. Book early to avoid disappointment.
There are a number of holiday parks on Mersea that offer the option to camp or bring your caravan/ motorhome. Some also allow you to hire static homes or camping pods. To explore these options:
Mersea Island Holiday Park: Holiday Park Essex | Mersea Island Caravan Park | Away Resorts (Camping, Caravan, Static Homes or camping pods)
Coopers Beach: Coopers Beach Holiday Park, Essex | Parkdean Resorts (Camping, Caravan or Static Homes)
Waldegraves: Waldegraves Holiday Park | Family Caravan & Camping Park in Essex (Camping, Caravan or Static Homes)
Fen Farm Caravan and Camping Site: Fen Farm (Camping or Caravan)
Waldegraves and Mersea Island Holiday Park are all within walking distance of a pick-up point for the shuttle service. If staying at Coopers Beach or Fen Farm
it would be advisable to book the car park or a taxi.
Holiday Inn: Hotels Near Colchester Zoo: Holiday Inn Colchester (ihg.com)
Marks Tey Hotel: Home | Marks Tey Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
St Nicholas Hotel: Hotels in Colchester Essex UK – ST Nicholas Hotel (suryahotels.co.uk)
Wivenhoe House Hotel: Wivenhoe House Hotel: Luxury Country House Hotel Colchester, Essex
Five Lakes Hotel: Spa & Golf Hotel in Colchester – Five Lakes Resort
Most would require you to make your own way to the festival, either by taxi or car. If staying at St Nicholas Hotel, you will be able to take a short walk to the
shuttle bus from Colchester Town Station, at extra cost. Prices of rooms range from £90 – £170 per night around the festival dates.
You will need to book in advance to avoid disappointment and the journey time is 20/25 minutes, there are two taxi companies available on Mersea:
M’s Taxi Service: 07703 293427
Ace Services: 07411 731257
Alternatively, you can contact a number of Colchester taxi firms:
Five Eights: 01206 588888
Panther Cabs: 01206 525525
Five Sevens: 01206 577777
All the 8’s: 01206 888888
Roman Cars & Coaches: 01206 521521