Castaway: Welcome notes to campers
Thank you for booking your Castaway camping tickets. We hope you'll enjoy your stay with us on Northey Island. The note below explains a few things about the event, and serves to help you enjoy your stay with us as much as possible while protecting your environment.
The island is exactly that – an island, and because of that you’ll need to take care while you’re here with us. We’ve done a lot of work to make the event as safe as possible, but there are a few things you need to bear in mind, to make sure you have a great time. The event itself will be centred around the house, garden and in the camping field next door on the island. We recommend that you stay in these areas at all times, unless you are attending a guided walk around the sea wall. If you want to walk on the sea wall that is fine, but please stay on the path. The area outside the sea wall is a saltmarsh and, while it may look solid enough to walk on, some areas are very soft, and the whole marsh is criss-crossed with channels of varying depths. The mud in these channels is very deep and very sticky, so please stay away from the saltmarsh for your own safety.
One of the reasons we’re holding the event is to give you the chance to experience the island at high tide – something that most people are unable to do, as we’re normally only open to visitors at low tide. While the tide is in, you will be unable to leave the island. The times for the tides are in this link. Once your car is on the island, you won’t be able to leave until Sunday morning. If you wish to leave before then, please let us know, so that we can make arrangements for you.
Items to bring or leave behind
- Sleeping bag
- Plenty of warm clothes
- Insect repellent
- Wellies or waterproof boots
- Appropriate footwear for paddling, if you intend to go in the water
- Suntan lotion
- A container to carry your dirty dishes or a refillable bottle to carry water as there is no ‘washing area’ – you will experience camping on the wild side!
- Dog poo bags if you bring your dog
- Download the CITiZAN smart app and become a coastal surveyor for the weekend
- Explorer fancy dress for the kids (adults as well if you like to dress up!)
To avoid high tide, when the island is cut off, we look forward to welcoming you onto the island on Friday 31 August from 12 noon to 2pm or 6.30pm to 9pm. Please bear with us whilst we get you all positioned and parked. You must leave the island by 12 noon on Sunday.