Half term is fast approaching, and with such an expanse of free time to fill, keeping the kids entertained can be a tough task. With an abundance of interesting things to do in Guernsey, a trip to the sunny isle might just be the answer. The kids will be kept busy from dawn to dusk, leaving weary parents to enjoy a relaxing and sophisticated dinner in peace at the end of the day. The Duke of Richmond is a great base for families, ideally located near all the action and amenities of St Peter’s Port. Take a look at some of our favourite Guernsey activities, for some half term holiday inspiration.
The Best Beaches in the Channel Islands
The first stop on any tour of Guernsey has to be the beaches – this tiny island has miles of stunning coastline, where children can paddle, rock pool, build sandcastles and run themselves in circles to ragged exhaustion. We’d recommend Vazon Bay, where the family can learn to surf, or the expanse of white sands at Pembroke Beach, where kids can run wild and adults can have a good lunch at the Beach House.
Learn to Scuba Dive
The more adventurous among us can learn to scuba dive as a family; with plenty of shallow bays and caves it’s a great way to get close to the fascinating marine life that thrives off the coast. Donkey Divers or Dive Guernsey offer suitable courses, or if you can’t face the chill of the Atlantic, take a trip to Guernsey’s Aquarium to see a myriad of marine life, from freshwater and tropical fish species to snakes and even a few lizards.
Scare Yourself Silly
Where there’s history there are also ghosts. So stifle the screams and take the family on a ghoulish ‘Ghosts and Graveyards’ evening tour and explore Guernsey’s spookiest corners. Whilst visiting the island’s sinister abandoned bunkers your expert guide will recount the eerie tales that have haunted Guernsey for generations.
Spend a Night on a Desert Island
Sticking with the seaside, it can be fun to judge the low tides and cross the causeway to Lihou Island, a wildlife haven to the west of Guernsey. Young photographers will love capturing the island’s array of flora and fauna, while budding hermits can leave the mod cons behind for some serious family bonding with a night on the secluded island.
Pony Trek Across Guernsey
One of the best things to do in Guernsey for active families is a day out on horseback. Introduce the children to the stables and take a guided pony trek along some of Guernsey’s most beautiful beaches, meadows and country lanes. La Carriere Stables offers a packed itinerary of activities, and the chance to muck in behind the scenes. If you like that kind of thing.
Cycle Across Alderney
If four legs are a little daunting then try two wheels instead. Hop on the ferry to neighbouring island, Alderney and hire a bike for the day. Tackle the island’s 50 miles of unspoilt pathways and trails, stopping off at the 105ft Mannez lighthouse and Alderney’s very own museum for a slice of history along the way.
800 Years of History
With over 800 years of history on the island, there are lots of culturally inclined things to do in Guernsey for those lacking the sporty gene. The foreboding Castle Cornet is one of Guernsey’s most famous historical landmarks. Visit one of the five different museums within the grounds and keep the kids thoroughly amused with an outdoor treasure trail or get creative and try your hand at screen-printing.
Eat Like a King
Feeling the effects of an energy slump after all these active things to do in Guernsey? Get involved with Tennerfest, which offers gastronomic treats for the family that won’t leave you bankrupt. At this annual foodie event diners can enjoy a gourmet three-course meal for a tenner at over 170 restaurants on the island.
Alternatively, stay a little closer to home and enjoy afternoon tea at the Duke of Richmond. Sit out in the inviting conservatory and tuck into delicate pastries, skilfully constructed by our brilliant chefs.
How about that for the perfect half term?
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