Ask anybody when their favourite time to visit Guernsey and often it’ll be spring. This is when hedgerows come alive, meadows bloom with wildflowers and cliff-top walks take on a magic of their own. So close to Britain and yet still very much its own character, Guernsey is gorgeous at all times of year, but in spring forays from the island’s only five-star hotel – Old Government House – and the characterful Duke of Richmond, are packed with even more opportunities than usual. Here we pick out some of the best…
Heritage Festival, 8th April – 10th May 2017
Celebrating the Channel Islands – a small group of islands that have historically had a big impact – the 2017 show (its third incarnation) will focus on the islands’ heroes, myths and legends. Two highlights include local racing driver, Andy Priaulx MBE, and the Cambridge academic (who’s also an expert on Channel Island occupation) Dr Gilly Carr, who’ll both be hosted at events held by the Duke of Richmond and the Old Government House Hotel.
Art Workshops, 9th April – 7th May 2017
Run by Frances Lemmon, a local artist who trained at the London College of Printing, Sir John Cass School of Art and Camberwell School of Art, these workshops (at her studio) will focus on everything from drawing to watercolours, from acrylics to oils.
RSC Live Broadcast, 26th April 2017
The Royal Shakespeare Company is covering Caesar as he returns from war, all-conquering, only to find a mutiny gathering apace in the corridors of power. Directed by Angus Jackson, this live performance promises to keep locals and visitors on the edge of their seats at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts.
The Guernsey Literary Festival, 10 – 14th May 2017
The island’s fifth literary festival will be hitting its shores (and more specifically, St Peter Port) this May. Including its usual mix of talks and workshops by well-known fiction and non-fiction writers (including award-winning broadcaster, Clare Balding), there’s sure to be lots of big ideas and questions to chew on.
Seafront Sunday with Taste Guernsey, 14th May 2017
Closed to traffic on Sundays throughout the summer after mid-May, the St Peter Port seafront is quickly transformed into a sea of market stalls and al fresco dining. Take part in cookery demonstrations, sample free tastings, peruse stalls selling local crafts or simply sit down and watch the world go by.
Spring Walking Festival, 20th May – 4th June 2017
Amble around Guernsey’s characterful lanes or hike its blossoming coastlines, whether you want a leisurely ramble or a challenging walk, the Spring Walking Festival has the perfect route for you.
Guernsey Ultra-Marathon, 21st May 2017
If you fancy yourself as a runner, why not step up to ultra-marathon status on the beautiful island of Guernsey? With a water stop at eight miles, another at Portlet, a lovely west coast run, and several stopping points for food, it’s a great way to see most of the island in one swoop.
After a fun-packed day painting, tasting, questioning, walking or running, it’s time to rest at the Old Government House or Duke of Richmond spa, which offers an incredible range of treatments from soothing massages to specialised skincare.
Image Credits: Colourful Lanterns © iStock/BrianCape. Moulin Hout Bay © iStock/VFKA. Students © iStock/Shironosov. Caesar © iStock/Hornet83. Guernsey © iStock/pontuse. Two Crabs © iStock/colimachon. Contented Cows © iStock/RonnieWilson. People Running Marathon © iStock/WarrenGoldSwain.