To Our Campers (Updated 26th February 2021)

We hope you're staying safe and well, and surviving lockdown wherever you are!

We're pleased to say we can reopen from Monday 17th May 2021 (provided all goes to plan with the government's Roadmap plan!) We're unable to open earlier than this due to our shared shower block facilities.

If you have a booking before 17th May, you should now have heard from us. If not, please do drop us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. As Tom is still working full time in his other job, it's just Jo responding to emails and calls while undertaking all of our winter maintenance on the campsite - plus looking after Ollie! Therefore, if it's a couple of days before you hear back from us, please do bear with us!

Here on Bryher, we've been enjoying some spectacular winter storms over the past few weeks, but we're definitely ready for spring and summer now! Winters are always a beautiful and peaceful time here, but we can't wait to welcome our guests back - the island just isn't the same without you.

You can now make new bookings through our website, and our calendars are up to date with our live availability. Below, we've outlined what to expect when you come in this era of the (hopefully temporary) "new normal". Clearly this is all likely to change and we'll keep it up to date as we know more.

We can't wait to welcome you back to Bryher; we'll see you very soon!

Jo, Tom & Ollie x

Travelling to Scilly

Please do not travel to the islands if you or anyone in your household has experienced Coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days or been told to isolate by NHS Test & Trace.

Face coverings are mandatory on all transport to - and around - the islands. This includes onboard the Scillonian and Tresco Boat Services, and on quays. You must supply your own face covering and will be unable to travel without one, unless exempt.

All the travel providers have provided their own detailed information on what to expect on your journey to the islands. Please view the relevant advice before you travel:

Scillonian/Skybus | Penzance Helicopters | Tresco Boat Services

Luggage

Please only bring essential luggage this year; weight limits are being strictly enforced to reduce handling. Camping equipment will be carried as excess luggage only if booked in advance. Please keep all bags below 20kg unless unavoidable (e.g. air tents). Heavy Frame/Bell Tents should be broken down to make handling easier.

Please label all items of luggage clearly with your name, contact details and Bryher Campsite before you leave home, to save time on Penzance Quay. At the quay, please attach a green Bryher label to every item.

Isles of Scilly Travel will not accept food in your luggage, so please buy this on the island (you can pre-order food from Bryher Shop). Please email us in plenty of time to let us know what gas you require so we have plenty in stock. We don't make any money on gas and charge you the price we pay.

View full information from Isles of Scilly Travel

Arriving on Bryher

Sadly we will have to forego the usual hugs, but it will be smiles all round when you arrive on Bryher - we're so looking forward to seeing you!

Luggage must be unloaded from the inter-island ferry by a human chain, and you will be asked to help in the chain as usual. Please keep your face-covering in place throughout and bring hand sanitiser for use before and after handling luggage.

All our staff will be wearing PPE and we will be sanitising the trailer regularly. Please ensure all bags are very clearly labelled to reduce excess handling.

Shower Block

We are cleaning all shared facilities using a Virucidal cleaner, and we're cleaning more regularly and more thoroughly.

As we cannot clean in between every user, sanitiser spray will be available in the shower block for you to sanitise facilities before and after use. Under 11s must be accompanied in the shower block this year, due to the chemicals and to ensure that facilities are cleaned and sanitised effectively.

There's also hand sanitiser provided for you to use on entry and exit, and face coverings must be worn in the shared facilities. For hygiene, teeth must be brushed at your tent (not at the sinks) and to reduce queues we're also asking that shaving, makeup and hair is done at your tent.

We've also reduced the number of people able to use the shared facilities at any one time. We apologise for any queues, but last year, everyone actually found the new system worked better than normal!

Around the Campsite

Please adhere to all government guidance on social distancing, including contact with people from outside your household and 'social bubbles'. This year, please do not bring friends or relatives to the campsite if they are not staying with us. Tents should be pitched with guyropes at least 2 metres apart. The Games Field will be closed to allow additional camping space if needed.

We provide hand sanitiser, soap and sanitising spray for use in our facilities only. Our supplies are limited; please bring your own cleaning and hygiene equipment for use in your tent and out and about.

Freezers are available but are for ice packs only. The swap shelves are not available this year. The charging points will be available and this year we will have individual lockers so devices are separated and secure.

At the end of your stay, we will email your bill (or print on request). You can pay online by card or BACS, or see us in person to pay with cash.

If you are renting one of our Bell Tents, please be sure to bring a sheet and/or mattress protector. Tents and all equipment are thoroughly cleaned between guests. We have removed the coir matting and rag rug this year to enable more thorough cleaning.

Food & Activities On Bryher

Inevitably, things are a little different on Bryher this year, but the warm welcome is the same as ever. Remember: there may be new rules and signs in place, but you are very welcome!

We ask that you do not bring food this year. It will not be accepted on the Scillonian, but more importantly, our island businesses need your support more than ever.

Last year, most Bryher businesses were operating, including Bryher Shop, Fraggle Rock, Island Fish, Samson Hill Pizzas, Olivia's Kitchen, Hillside Farm Stall, Bryher Bake Box, Golden Eagle Studio, Bryher Gallery, Hut 62 and Isles of Scilly Boat Hire. Tresco Boat Services offered a reduced schedule of inter-island boating. The Crab Shack was closed and Hell Bay Hotel was not open to non-residents. Bryher Community Centre was closed and there was no Bryher Fete. We will confirm details of what will be open through the season as soon as possible!

Health on the Islands

Please remember Scilly is an isolated location. Our medical facilities on the islands are excellent but limited. Our nearest acute hospital is Treliske Hospital in Truro on the mainland.

Should you develop symptoms during your stay, you must self-isolate and inform us immediately so we can provide assistance, and so we can deep clean all shared facilities. You will receive a test and while waiting for the results you and your group will be isolated on the campsite. We will make you as comfortable as possible, but while we will make toilet facilities available, we cannot provide showers during your isolation.

If you test positive, you will be cared for by the Council of the Isles of Scilly's Local Incident Response Team, who will provide help and assistance. For further information on the response to Coronavirus on the islands, please see the Council website.