With its rugged coastline and lively harbour town, Guernsey is a rewarding destination to visit at any time of year, but with an array of seasonal festivals, street carnivals and outdoor performances taking place throughout the summer months, this is the time of year that the island truly comes alive. Stay at The Old Government House Hotel or The Duke of Richmond in St Peter Port to be at the centre of these vibrant Guernsey events.
Sunday Concerts in Candie Gardens
Guernsey’s award-winning restored Victorian gardens offer not only a pocket of green lawns, fish ponds and colourful flower displays, but they also provide picture-postcard views over St Peter Port harbour and across to the islands of Herm, Sark and Jethou. This scenic setting makes Candie Gardens an idyllic location for the outdoor concerts that take place each Sunday afternoon throughout the summer months, with appearances from jazz musicians, brass bands and choirs.
Each Sunday, from May to September 2016.
Guernsey Town Carnival
St Peter Port’s Town Carnival places the focus on showcasing local and wider-UK musical talent, with performances held at various locations around the harbour town. The festival kicks off with a grand parade that leads the way to Church Square, where the first performances take place. Expect to see singers, dancers, and musicians perform, with street entertainment from clowns and Punch and Judy shows scheduled as well.
From 16th – 30th July 2016.
KPMG Castle Nights
Spend an evening in the atmospheric grounds of Castle Cornet in St Peter Port to catch live music performances and other outdoor entertainment within a majestic setting. Music, dance and drama will all be on the KPMG Castle Nights agenda, as festivalgoers gather to picnic in the grounds.
15th, 22nd and 29th July, and 5th August 2016.
The South, West and North Shows
These three annual two-day shows in the south, west and north of the island celebrate Guernsey’s agricultural and horticultural riches, encompassing traditional and modern activities and entertainment, from fun races and a fancy dress competition to lawnmower racing. The West Show continues later into the evening with live music and a beer and cider tent, and the North Show is distinguished for its illuminated procession of flower-festooned floats and its fireworks display.
August 2016 dates to be confirmed.
La Viaer Marchi
Hosted by the National Trust of Guernsey in Saumarez Park, La Viaer Marchi is an evening that celebrates the island’s deep-rooted traditions, showcasing local craftsmanship like woodcarving, with historic displays and activities for the whole family. Try the island’s signature fruit bread, along with the local cider.
4th July 2016.
By taking a one-hour, 15-minute boat ride from Guernsey, visitors can spend a day on the nearby island of Alderney. Summer is the ideal time to visit when the Channel Islands’ biggest carnival and community festival takes place. This year’s theme for Alderney Week’s fun activities and performances is Cartoons and Comic Books.
From 30th July – 6th August 2016.
Sark Folk Festival
As one of Guernsey’s neighbouring islands, Sark is less than an hour away by ferry. Visit the island in July to coincide a trip with Sark Folk Festival, which hosts a line-up of artists from across the Channel Islands, England, Ireland and France. Local food like fresh lobster, crab and scallops are on offer for festivalgoers, too.
From 1st – 3rd July 2016.
While being a part of these seasonal Guernsey events, explore the island further from The Old Government House Hotel & Spa or The Duke of Richmond, where long summer evenings can be spent dining on island cuisine and sipping cocktails while looking out across the harbour town.
Image credits: Cover photo of Castle Nights © Visit Guernsey. Candie Gardens Concerts © Visit Guernsey. St Peter Port Carnival © Visit Guernsey. Castle Nights © Visit Guernsey. North Show © Visit Guernsey. La Viaer Marche © Visit Guernsey. Alderney © Visit Guernsey. Sark © Visit Guernsey.