To Our Campers (Updated 27.6.20)

We hope you are staying safe and well.

We plan to reopen on Saturday 4th July 2020 and we are so looking forward to welcoming you back to the island.

If you have a booking with us this summer, you should now have received an email update from us regarding your booking.

If you are hoping to make a booking, we are currently fully booked for the school summer holidays so cannot accept new bookings (or additional people on existing bookings) for this period. We do not operate a waiting list but any new availability will be advertised on our website and Facebook page. We have good availability throughout September and you can send an enquiry via our booking page.

Inevitably this year, there will be additional measures and some changes in place on the campsite, around the islands and on your journey to keep everyone safe. We've outlined what we know so far below, but please do check back regularly, as we are evolving our plan as we receive additional guidance.

We want to be honest that camping on Bryher this year will be a very different experience to normal. Above all else, the health and wellbeing of our campers, our team and the islands is the most important thing to us. Please do contact us if you have any questions, or wish to discuss your booking.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bryher soon, and in the meantime, stay safe, and thank you for your support.

Tom, Jo & Ollie x

Travelling to Scilly

You must be medically fit to travel to the islands. Please do not travel if you have symptoms of Coronavirus, have had symptoms within 7 days, share a household with anyone who has had symptoms within 14 days or have been contacted by NHS Test & Trace. Please remember Scilly is an isolated location. Please consider whether you wish to travel at this time, particularly if you are in a ‘vulnerable’ group.

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. This includes details of how social distancing will apply on travel services to the islands and you should pay particular attention to this, as full social distancing will not always be possible.

You must view the advice from your travel operator here before you set off:

Scillonian/Skybus | Penzance Helicopters | Tresco Boat Services

Luggage

Luggage limits are being strictly enforced this year to reduce luggage handling, both at Penzance and on the islands. Camping equipment will be carried as excess luggage if booked in advance. Even if you have booked excess luggage, Isles of Scilly Travel is asking that you please only bring essential items this year, such as tents, sleeping bags, cookers, tables and chairs.

Food will not be accepted; please purchase this on-island from our excellent island shop. The Scillonian will only carry refillable gas containers this year (e.g. 904/907/Calorgas etc). Single-use canisters (such as CP250, 206, 470s etc) can be purchased on Bryher. Please let us know what you are likely to need so we can ensure we have sufficient stock. Isles of Scilly Travel will not accept boats, kayaks, inflatable SUP boards etc this year.

No single item of luggage should weigh more than 20kg if at all possible. All items of luggage must be clearly labelled with your name, contact number and Bryher Campsite, and you should attach a green Bryher label to every item (available on Penzance Quay).

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 again!

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 keep all bags below 20kg wherever possible and ensure all bags are very clearly labelled to reduce excess handling.

Shower Block

Government guidance asks us to make you aware that use of shared shower and toilet facilities does present an increased risk. We are doing all we can to minimise risk by cleaning more regularly and more thoroughly, using a Virucidal sanitiser. We cannot clean in between every user, so sanitiser spray will be available in the shower block for you to sanitise facilities before and after use.

Social distancing will restrict the number of people in the shower block at once, and inevitably this will mean queues (outside) at busy times. To reduce queues, showers will be limited to one token. Please brush your teeth and do hair, makeup and shaving at your tent. The hairdryer and hand dryer will be out of use.

There will be hand sanitiser outside the doors. Please use this on entry and exit to the shower block. Face coverings should be worn in the shower block. Shower tokens will be sanitised before they are re-distributed. Please do not bring solar showers; these cannot be used on site.

Under 11s must be accompanied in the shower block due to the chemicals and to ensure that facilities are cleaned and sanitised effectively.

Around the Campsite

Please adhere to all government guidance on social distancing, including contact with people from outside your household. 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 will 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.

With regret, the Charging Facilities and Swap Shelves will be closed this year. We recommend you bring a solar/battery charger or similar. The washing up sinks will be closed, except to draw water; please bring a bowl and wash up at your tent. The freezers will be strictly for ice blocks only this year.

Our office will be closed but we will be available around the site and by phone if you need us. At the end of your stay, we will email your bill (or print on request) and ask that you provide card details or pay by BACS before departure.

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 this year, things will be a little different on Bryher, but our empty beaches, wide-open spaces, stunning landscapes and endless seascapes are the same as ever! Please check back regularly as we'll update this page as we get more details.

Please do not bring food with you. Not only will it not be accepted on the Scillonian, but our Bryher businesses need your support more than ever this year.

Bryher Shop will be open with social distancing restrictions, so is likely to be extremely busy. We strongly recommend you place an order for all dry/ambient groceries to last your stay before you arrive (this will be available to collect on your arrival). You can then just visit the shop for fresh goods as and when required or place another order to collect while on island.

Fraggle Rock and Olivia's Kitchen plan to open with a mix of takeaway/delivery and eat-in options. Samson Hill Pizzas will reopen for 2020, offering takeaway pizza a couple of times a week. Hillside Farm will not be stocking their stall but will offer online ordering for their fresh fruit & veg. Island Fish and the Veronica Farm Fudge stall will be open, plus the new Bryher Bake Box! Hell Bay Hotel is closed to non-residents and The Crab Shack will be closed.

Hut 62 will be open for hire of kayaks, SUP boards, sailing boats and other equipment. Bryher Gallery will be open by appointment only. Richard Pearce's Golden Eagle Studio will be open as usual. Tresco Boat Services hope to offer a very limited schedule of inter-island boating. Bryher Community Centre will be closed, and sadly there will be no Bryher fete this year.

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. Please carefully consider whether you wish to travel at this time, particularly if you are in any way medically vulnerable.

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 moved to temporary accommodation in Bryher Community Centre. We will make you as comfortable as possible, but while there are toilet facilities, there are no showers.

If you test positive and have mild symptoms, you will need to return home to the mainland using private transport to self-isolate. Please see this very important document from Council of the Isles of Scilly - Frequently Asked Questions: Visiting Scilly During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Please ensure you have plentiful supplies of any medication you require as it is not always possible to get this on the islands.