FAQ

When is the Condom Rally in 2014?
What is happening at the next Condom Rally?
How do I ask about having my stall or band involved in the Condom Rally?
Can I bring my kids and/ or pets?
What transport links are there?
Can I bring a Camper Van?
Can I bring a car?
What about my disability?
Where is the nearest cashpoint?
Where is the nearest off licence?
Can we bring our mini-moto?
Are there any campsite site rules?
What should I bring?
Problems during the weekend?
Can I rent a cabin for the weekend/ how do I book one?
What is Booking In?


When is the Condom Rally in 2015?

The 29th Condom Rally will be held on Friday 2nd October 2015 until Sunday 4th October 2015.
The gates open at 3pm on the Friday for early-arrivals.  We need time to get it all set up and there are often clients on-site until after lunchtime, so the site isn’t officially handed over to us until 1pm. There is strictly no entry before 3pm as our insurance does not cover our use of the site until then and Essex Outdoors Mersea often has children on site leaving the day of our event.
So that we can clean up properly, please be sure to leave the site on Sunday by 1pm.

What is happening at the next Condom Rally?

Check the News Page or Facebook group for up to date information on what entertainment is going to be at the Rally.

Stalls: We have a range of stalls come to us offering you the chance to buy your stocks of new leathers, jewellery and momentos – the usual stuff you find at rallies.  We also have food stalls – in fact the discussion surrounding the subject causes the most debate within the committee. Each year, we try to get the tastiest grub available in a catering wagon, with such stalls as possibly a Wood-Fired Pizza Wagon and Tara’s stall that sells everything from tasty healthy wraps to a lovely greasy sausage egg and bacon bun.

Music: Bands on Friday night, Saturday night and that boring bit on the Saturday afternoon between one hangover going and working on getting a new one. With Dj’s in between.

Silly games: Weather permitting. Get involved! Be your own entertainment!
Bike Show: What it says on the tin. With a Trophy Ceremony on the Saturday evening.

Raffle for Charity: All the money raised in the Raffle is always dedicated to a charitable cause. If you would like to offer a prize for the raffle, please contact us and we’ll be pleased to phone you to discuss your donation.  We are pleased to now be able to offer you a full sponsorship package including additional advertising and promotion of business or brand. Where a business has given us a prize, there’s a link to their website.  Please check them out as they’re all good kind people!

If you end up buying something from them, please let them know that you found them through the Condom Rally website, as it’s good for them to know that giving a prize to our rally is worth it.

How do I ask about having my stall or band involved in the Condom Rally?

You need to contact the relevant organiser to deal with your request. Please do NOT contact Martin. Organiser details can be found on the Home Page.

Can I bring my kids and/ or pets? 

Please bear in mind this rally is directed at entertainment for adults so children (aged under 16) are welcome on the understanding that the children must not enter the main hall in the evening and that you take responsibility for them (are always sure where they are on the site and that you know that there is a responsible adult with them). If your children cause a problem due to being left unattended you will be found and asked to leave the site.

Young people aged between 16 and 18 are welcome to come along and join in, so long as they have a responsible adult (aged over 18) who will take full responsibility for their actions whilst on site.  Young people between the age of 16 and 18 are charged at full price and can book in.

Young people under the age of sixteen are admitted free and receive a different type of wristband. Anyone not paying full ticket price is not able to book in – so no sticker, badge or condom.

Pets that you bring on site are also your responsibility. We do not encourage you to bring them and if you do then you must make sure to provide adequate care for them while on site. Pets causing a noise nuisance or damage to the site will result in the expulsion of their owners.

What transport links are there? 

If your bike is off the road right now and you need to get to us by public transport, then you have several options.

If you’re coming from abroad, you could take a plane to Stansted Airport, then get on the Stansted Air Coach and get off at Colchester North Train Station.

Alternatively, you could take a ship in to Harwich Port and grab a train to Colchester Town Station (it used to be called “St. Botolph’s Station”).

If you’re coming by train from anywhere else in the UK, you’ll end up at the Colchester North Station.  Grab any bus that’s heading towards the town.  You’ll need to come out of the train station and cross the road under the railway bridge and take the bus from there.

The bus station situation in Colchester is quite confusing so it’s best to check online for up-to-date information on bus stops, but you need to get the No 67 bus to Mersea.  If you arrive at Colchester Town Station, you just need to cross the road outside the station, keeping the roundabout on your right.  Just on the opposite side of the road is a bus stop at which the No 67 bus stops.

Now you’re all on the No 67 bus, you need to travel to the last stop before the Strood (road crossing to the Island of Mersea).  If you’re not sure, ask the bus driver when you’re buying your ticket.

Now just follow the directions for the rally site – but be warned! It’s a couple of miles’ walk to the site.

Can I bring a Camper Van?

The Mersea Outdoors site has limited hard-standing and the camp site area cannot accommodate camper vans.  If you travel in a camper van because you are a blue-badge holder, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to find an area of hard-standing for you.  Any camper vans entering the site that do not have a blue badge will be required to park in the car park of the site – away from the main camping site – and will be charged for parking.  Parking costs £20 – subject to sufficient space.

Can I bring a Car? 

The Condom Rally is a bike rally at heart and hard stand parking space is limited to our disabled visitors.  We therefore encourage arrival on two or three wheels.  We do understand, however, that there are times when your bike is off the road, you want to bring some friends/ family and/ or a car is the only option.

There is a car park for attendees, it is used at your own risk and any camping equipment will need to be carried onto the site. We do not allow people to drive onto the site to “drop off” as far too many then leave the vehicle and refuse to move it. The only exception is disabled, which we allow to park on the hard standing near the gate but not onto the actual camp site.

Parking for able-bodied is currently only permitted on the side field next to the rugby field.  Access to the main camping area is easy from the car park and isn’t that far and we are working on having the car parking next to the suggested camping area.

We ask you to think really hard about bringing a car, but if you need to, then please bear in mind that we will charge you £20 for weekend parking and that there is no negotiation on this price (this price is applicable for short stay, one night and full weekend).  We are working on reducing the price of our car parking and it may come down before the weekend.

Please remember that Car Parking is NOT allowed on the campsite at any time, so your car will be some distance from your tent.

What about my disability?

Of course, if you come to our Rally in a car because of a disability or an injury preventing you from riding, we will not charge you for your parking!  Please ensure you have your blue badge on display and let the committee secretary know at least two weeks in advance so that we can let the gate team know that you are coming, not to charge you and to try and make sure there is enough hard-stand parking for you.

Where is the nearest cashpoint? 

West Mersea has a Barclays Bank, along with cashpoints at the Co-operative supermarket.

Where is the nearest off licence? 

West Mersea has a number of local shops, as well as the Co-operative supermarket selling alcohol. We have been asked to pass on the request that no glass is used on site. The site is primarily set up for the use of disabled and disadvantaged children, discarded glass has the potential for serious injury to vulnerable people.

Can we bring our mini-moto? 

No. It is site policy to not allow mini-motos.

Are there any campsite site rules?

We do our level best to provide a weekend of fun for people attending the Condom Rally. In order to keep costs down and make things easier for us we ask people to observe some simple requests from the Condom Committee.

We ask that people camping use the designated field at top right side (as you enter the site) as it makes policing the site a lot easier and eases strain on our manpower, we had an incident of theft from a tent outside of the designated area a couple of years ago and don’t want a repeat of this. If you insist on camping outside of the designated area please be aware that you do so entirely at your own risk and you are not covered on our insurance for this.

If you decide to leave without your tent at the end of your stay we ask that you let it down so we know it’s been vacated!

Please try and keep the site free of litter. There are black bin bags available from the Rally Stall in the marquee. The  Condom Committee are responsible for the clean up and well being of the site during and after the event.

No glass on site. The site is used throughout the year for children. As such we need to keep the risk of broken glass to a minimum.

What should I bring?

Yourself
Your bike or trike
Your Tent
Your sleeping mat (the ground is a bit lumpy in places)
Your sleeping bag
A torch as it’s dark when going back to your tent
Your wash-bag (we’ve got hot showers in the toilet block so well worth it) and towel
Spare change(s) of clothes as it can get a bit muddy if it rains
Your booze
Money for stuff on the stalls, the canteen and in the bar

Problems during the weekend?

We operate a Rally Stall in the marquee. Any problems or questions during the event can be directed here or to anyone wearing a brightly visible armband.

We operate a Lost and Found from the Rally stall in the marquee.

Can I rent a cabin for the weekend/ how do I book one? 

We are working on a fairer system to replace the “rollover deposit” system we have had in place to give everyone equal chance of getting a cabin. Should you wish to be considered for a cabin, please contact the secretary before 31 of May. Please note that a number of the cabins are reserved for disabled persons, the remainder will be drawn out of a hat and contacted. There will be a limit on the time to get a deposit in otherwise we will redraw until all cabins are taken.

What is Booking In? 

After you’ve paid for your wristband and pitched your tent, you should take a visit to Booking In which is in the main marquee. There is the booking-in book, where you can fill in the distance you travelled. There are prizes awarded on the Saturday night for the furthest distance UK female and male, longest distance non-UK female and male and biggest club turnout and we get this information from the booking-in book.

If you leave us a legible name, address and email address we may send you information on future Condom Rallies (although we tend to leave you to check this site and not bother you).

Booking In means you get given a Condom Rally sticker (the design changes every year) a condom and a pin badge (depending on stocks remaining).  We sometimes have other goodies available, but this depends what we’ve got in stock and whether you’re one of the first to book in.

Under-16s and day ticket visitors cannot book in – sorry!