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Facilities : Corf campsite is closed from 1st December to 1st April each year. During this closed period only The Mattinson Centre is available

The Corf Scout campsite on the Isle of Wight
can offer a great variety of facilities, not least an opportunity to explore the island.

  • The Corf Campsite is located near Shalfleet, Isle of Wight, PO30 4NT, National Grid Ref. SZ 419 897. Shalfleet is on the Southern Vectis number 7 bus route between Newport and Yarmouth. The campsite is accessed via a 1/4 mile long track off Corf Road and occupies land adjoining the Newtown River. It also is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
    The Island Scouts have owned and operated the Corf Campsite since 1937.

  • The campsite consists of a central group of buildings (instructional and meeting rooms, toilets, showers, dormitories / kitchen / dining room, tuck shop, stores, etc.) surrounded by some 30 camping areas. A land area totaling some 8.9 hectares (22 acres). The utility services provided at the campsite are electricity, water, sewage (on site treatment) and Internet (via WiFi) Our Wi-Fi is only for use by persons of 18 years old and over (ask the Warden for the password).

    The northern boundary of the campsite is a shoreline with the Newtown River, this allows many water activities to be undertaken from the campsite. The campsite is open for camping from 1st April (or Easter) to 31st October, and closes to camping in the winter in order to comply with the requirements of the SSSI. However the buildings in the central area are available for use all the year round.

  • Usage and Availability. A wide range of youth groups use the campsite but it is mainly and extensively used by the Scouts (both Island and Mainland) for camping and outdoor activities in the summer months.

    The facilities are also appropriate and available for hire by other organisations and groups, particularly those who are looking to conduct meetings and activities in a rural setting without the distractions often occurring at their place of work or learning.

  • The Mattinson Centre. A new building (Opened in 2013) that has been designed primarily for lectures, meetings, discussion groups, etc. that require a well-equipped facility with space for up to 60 people in the main meeting room and with three smaller seminar rooms for small meetings and discussion groups.

  • 30 Camping sites; there are pictures of each campsite in the Gallery tab above. There is a detailed map of the whole campsite to download in the Corf Map tab above.

    There are 30 camping areas of varying size each of which can accommodate several tents. These areas are separated by bushes and hedges giving some isolation between camps. For camp fire cooking altar fire cradles are available for hire at the campsite.

  • Water Activities The campsite has a shoreline with Corf Lake, part of the Newtown River, with a jetty out from the campsite. This allows some water activities to take place in sheltered and safe waters, which are class C.
    Kayaks and canoes are available for hire at the campsite and Groups may bring their own craft.
    Permits are not required for water activities above the pier, although adult supervision is necessary. The remainder of Newtown Creek is classified as class B1. There is a collection of poles and drums available for rafting, but no ropes!

  • Large playing field, within which is a Play Area for the younger children, up to the age of 11 years, adult supervision is required.

  • Richard Crabtree Low Level Obstacle Course. A low level obstacle course is available as an activity for young people of 8 to 18 years, with adult supervision up to 14 years. This comprises several different obstacles and challenges.

  • Dry area and "Tuck shop" The Mitchell Centre provides an open fronted but covered area for social gatherings and some indoor games, particularly during inclement weather; the Tuck Shop is located in this area and is for the use of anyone using the campsite. The Campsite Wardens office is also in this building.

  • Pack Holiday Centre - Kitchen & Dinning Room . Sleeping accommodation is provided in two adjoining dormitories each equipped with bunk beds for up to 18 and 14 young people respectively. A separate room with two bunk beds is available for adults. Attached to, and hired with, this building is the Dining Room which has extensive catering facilities (pans and utensils are not included), with seating and tables for the residents of the Pack Holiday Centre to dine there. Further adult sleeping accommodation is available in the adjacent Colenutt Cabins.

    There are some pictures of the PHC and the cabins in the Gallery tab above.

  • Archery and Target Shooting may be practiced at Corf. This requires the involvement of and supervision by qualified leaders. The Archery range is situated on campsite 37. Equipment is available for hire at the campsite. A price list is available in the Booking tab above. Further details of all activities may be obtained from the Campsite Warden.

  • The "Roberts" Bird hide. For naturalists there is available a bird and squirrel hide which is located by Corf Lake and overlooks much of the Newtown River allowing good views of the many water loving birds in the area. Further details may be obtained from the Campsite Warden.

    Sorry to say that the Bird hide and Climbing Tower are not available at this moment


    This page was updated on 1 January 2020
    Removed Tomahawks
    Removed Nature walks
    Note re closed period added
    New booking text
    link to Island page
    All images now hosted on Corf site