Visiting the Islands of Guernsey for the first time? Return visitor? Either way, you’ll never run out of things to do here! From music festivals that last the entire weekend and sports events to an array of culinary and walking festivals, and from traditional fayres to markets in parks, squares and along the beachfront.
Take a quick look at these exciting things to do in Guernsey and the neighbouring Islands during your visit:
Bring your appetite!
The Islands of Guernsey host some of the best Channel Islands’ culinary events. Read on!
Taste Guernsey Food Festival is a month-long event that takes place in April. It involves a competition organised by Guernsey Hospitality Association, which reviews local chef’s culinary skills. Restaurant participants serve up a menu that has en emphasis on local produce, from fresh seafood to marvellous dairy products. If you plan visiting Guernsey during this time of the year, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favourite dish.
Another food festival that can’t be missed is Tennerfest. Every year, throughout October until mid-November, restaurants encourage tourists and locals alike to sample local cuisine and try new eateries at lower prices. One, two or three-course set menus start from £10 per person.
During the Summer months you can join the al-fresco Seafront Sundays, where you’ll eat and drink like a local in the heart of St. Peter Port.
Whenever you visit Guernsey, celebrate local produce!
Pack your sports gear!
Sure Guernsey Marathon (2 April 2023)
Are you a runner looking for the next challenge? If so, you should sign up for The Sure Guernsey Marathon. Guernsey is an island perfectly shaped to run with its breath-taking coastline, beautiful scenery, history and culture sprinkled along the course. The event is open to both experienced runners and those just starting out. Register here.
The NatWest International Island Games (8 – 14 July 2023)
Guernsey is thrilled to host the 2023 NatWest International Island Games, making it the first member island to host the games on three different occasions. Every two years, athletes from 24 member islands come together to compete in the games across 14 different sports. Find out more here.
Spring & Autumn Walking Festivals (dates TBC)
A great way to take in Guernsey’s scenic beauty is on foot with the Spring & Autumn Walking Festivals. Spring is a perfect time to explore the beautiful blossoming coastlines or wander around St. Peters Port while Autumn provides a dramatic backdrop wrapped in a bronzed light. Pulling on your walking boots and exploring cliffs, lanes and beaches is one of the best things to do in Guernsey. With over 40 walks taking place over both festivals, there is something to suit everyone!
Bring your curiosity!
Liberation Day (9 May)
If your trip to Guernsey happens to fall on 9th May, the streets will be teeming with islanders celebrating Liberation Day! Guernsey was taken over by German forces during WWII, marking one of the most important and fascinating events in the island’s history. Guernsey was liberated from Nazi German occupation on 9th May 1945 and, ever since, this day is marked by parades, celebrations and fireworks. Check out the events program to find plenty of things to do on a Liberation theme.
Pack your dancing shoes and good vibes!
Guernsey Together (27 – 28 May 2023)
Guernsey Together is a two-day event to celebrate music, dance, food and drink and a great Guernsey atmosphere. More details will be released in the following months, but for now… mark your calendars! Get your tickets here.
Sark Fest (7 – 9 July 2023)
A weekend to pencil in the diary for all music lovers, from Folk to Rock to Ska, Reggae or Blues, this event on Sark provides a great festival atmosphere and is also family friendly.
Alderney Week (7 – 12 August 2023)
Loads of live music and masses of entertainment for the kids, along with parties, carnivals and wild and wacky events for the whole family!
The full line up for the above events is still to be confirmed, so watch this space and we’ll update you soon! This is just a glimpse of what’s on in Guernsey in 2023. See more events here.
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