Spring events in Jersey & Guernsey

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Spring into Jersey & Guernsey events for 2014

The flowers are beginning to blossom and with it comes a whole new calendar of Spring events in Jersey & Guernsey. Here are some of the events highlights you can look forward to in Jersey & Guernsey for 2014.

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St Aubin’s Farm & Craft Market

22nd March  (& then every 2nd and 4th Saturday until 11th October)

Local home-grown produce and craft stalls at St Brelade’s Parish Hall in St Aubin.

Spring Flower Show

29th & 30th March

Hosted by The Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society this Spring Flower Show offers demonstrations, displays, competitions and workshops. Situated at RJA & HS Royal Jersey Showground in Trinity, the event costs £4 to enter with under 16’s free.

Jersey Craft Workers Spring Fayre

5th April

Doors open at 9am for buyers eager to purchase locally produced crafts, cards, toys and cakes. A Grand Raffle will take place towards closing time at 5pm. Situated at Jersey’s Living Legend in St Peter.

Vintage Fair

5th & 6th April

Collectables from the 1900’s through to the 1980’s including ceramics, prints, linen, furniture, books, silver, glass ware and many vintage pieces are on offer from 8am until 6pm at Liberty Wharf, Liberation Quay, St Helier. Free to enter.

St Catherine’s Farm and Craft market

13th April (& then weekly until 26th October)

Doors open at 11am outside Jersey Turbot (CI) in St Catherine. Come and view the sand sculpture taking place besides the local farm and craft stalls.

‘Staffer’

7th April – 3rd May

2014 will mark 100 years since the start of World War I and Jersey Arts Centre is holding a month long exhibition of photographs by Percival Dunham, a WWI gunner and reporter for Jersey’s Morning News from 1912-14. Open 10am until 10pm, the Arts Centre is situated in St Helier.

Open Gardens

Some of Jersey’s most beautiful gardens reveal their splendours for an afternoon of public enjoyment from April onwards. Open 2pm-5pm, the entrance costs £3 but all proceeds are donated to Jersey Association for Youth and Friendship (Hostels for young people). Opening shortly are:

13th April

Oaklands, La Rue d’Elysee, St Peter. Formal and walled gardens, a woodland walk and plenty of camellias and lilies on show.

27th April

Domaine, La Rue de Bas, St Lawrence. Terraced and woodland gardens set in a beautiful valley.

4th May

Le Coin, Le Mont du Coin St. Brelade. Five acres of gardens at this 18th Century manor House. Modelled on gardens from Sir Francis Cook’s estate in Portugal with lawns, herbaceous borders, woodland areas and the magnolia lined ‘Avenue’.

Motor Sports have a high following on the island of Jersey with both motor cross and sand racing events taking place from the end of March through to October. During Easter, it’s the turn of the vintage cars:

Easter Bonnet Run with Jersey Old Motor Club

21st April

Easter Bonnets of more than one type with this veteran, classic and vintage car showcase at The Weighbridge in St Helier. Owners proudly don their best Easter attire and parade their vintage vehicles from 10am until 11am.

Bouley Bay Hill Climb

21st April

Organised by The Jersey Motor Cycle and Light Car Club, Bouley Bay has been challenging top drivers since 1947 to compete in this steep climb complete with hairpin bends. Costing £4 for spectators over 16 (£3 for pensioners), the public roads close from 10am until 5.30pm whilst drivers compete for the best times.

The Jersey Weekender

2nd May – 4th May

A new event for MG car enthusiasts including a “Pride of Ownership” competition, open to the public from 10am until 2pm at The Old Court House Hotel, Gorey Village, Grouville.

Other Jersey events to look forward to:

The 2014 Barclays Jersey Boat Show

3rd – 5th May

Jersey’s annual 3 day boat show with yachts, watercraft and Royal Navy vessels berthed in St Helier Marina. Step onboard or peruse the stalls provided by exhibitors and local artisans. Marine accessories, food and refreshments available to buy. The event opens at 10am, is free to attend and closes at 5pm.

Liberation Day

9th May

Various events to celebrate Jersey’s liberation from World War II Occupation. Step back in time and watch the Liberation Day Run where vintage cars and their occupants dressed in 1940’s style parade on The Esplanade from 9.30am until 12.30pm. An afternoon of entertainment will follow in Weighbridge Place, St Helier.

The Queen’s Baton Relay

11th & 12th May

The Commonwealth Games Baton carrying the Queens message reaches Jersey’s Royal Square in St Helier before heading off on a tour of the island.

Spring Walking Week

10th – 17th May

Celebrate the beauty of Jersey with a series of free guided walks, often through ordinarily private land. Or join The Around Island Walk, covering the entire coastline over 5 days at a cost of £25. For more details or to order a brochure detailing the walks check out Jersey.com’s website

Jersey Food Festival 2014

23rd May – 26th May

Walks, talks and tours celebrating the Jersey Royal Potato, seafood and dairy produce originating from the island. Sample cider, attend a pop-up feast and forage for edible seafood with some of the Jersey walking guides. For more details request a brochure from Jersey.com

guernsey-cow-213x171Guernsey Spring Events 2014:

The island of Guernsey delights in its fresh locally produced food and rightly so! With year round access to sea catches, the beautiful creamy milk of the Golden Guernsey cow and specialities such as Guernsey Gâche, there are plenty of fresh produce markets to buy from:

  • Castel Parish Farmers Market opens at 9am every other Saturday throughout the year in Le Friquet Garden Centre, Castel.
  • The Farmers and Fisherman’s Market offers Fresh local produce including locally caught seafood. Open every Saturday from 9am, during the winter months the market operates from St Martin’s Parish Hall and moves to Sausmarez Manor from April .
  • Fresh Fridays Produce Market in Market Square, St Peter Port, opens from 8.30am until 2.30pm every Friday. Guernsey local produce is for sale including fresh fish, meat, vegetables, chutney, pate, deli and cakes.
  • St Peter’s Community Market offers a selection of plants, pies, homemade jams and fresh produce every Wednesday 10-11am in the Community Hut, behind St. Peter’s Post Office.

Other Guernsey Bailiwick events:

Herm Island Garden Tours

Tuesdays April – mid September

Join head gardener Brett Moore for a tour of Herm’s award winning gardens. The team of gardeners have received the RHS Britain in Bloom Gold Award in 2002, 2008, 2012 and 2013 for their stunning displays. A 2 hour trip costs £7.50. For more details and a timetable of the sailings contact Travel Trident kiosk on +44 (0) 1481 721379.

Heritage Guernsey Festival

12th April – 18th May

Let the history of Guernsey come alive and take part in some of the tours, re-enactments and celebrations during this 35 day event. For further details take a look at the Heritage Guernsey Festival pages.

Spring Floral Festival

26th April – 4th May

A series of events celebrating the flora and fauna of Guernsey and Herm. Workshops, open gardens and a talk from tv gardening expert, Joe Swift. For full event details view a programme of events here.

Spring Walking Week

3rd – 11th May

Guided walks in and around the island, revealing its history and hidden secrets. Also included is a trip to Herm. Costing £6 per half day. Tear out a voucher from the leaflet at Guernsey Information Centre and receive a free walk. For full event details view a programme of events here.

Liberation Day in Guernsey

9th May

Celebrations marking Guernsey’s return to freedom after its Occupation during World war II. Parades and fireworks centred around the sea front at St Peter Port.

Queens Baton Relay

13th – 15th May

The Commonwealth Games Baton carrying the Queens message reaches Guernsey.

Rock to Roque Family Cycle Ride

25th May

Climb on a bike and join in with this family cycle ride in aid of Les Bourges Hospice. Depending on you stamina and whether you have youngsters in tow there are a variety of starting points: 8.45am -Val de Terres start, 9.45am – Rocquaine start, 10.45am – Grand Rocques start. For over 11’s there is a £5 registration fee with all proceeds donated to Les Bourgs Hospice. Register online at Les Bourges Hospice website.

Saturday Concerts in Market Square

10th May – 27th September

Take place from 12.15pm until 2.30pm in Market Square, St Peter Port.

Sunday Concerts in Candie Gardens

11th May – 28th September

Musical concerts and dance start up for the season in Candie Gardens, St Peter Port from 3-4pm.

2014 Guernsey Literary Festival

15th – 18th May

A distinguished list of authors, poets, storytellers and musicians have joined this exciting 4 day event for all ages. Main events take place at The Hub, Market Square, St Peter Port as well as St James, Guille-Allès Library, Castle Cornet, Town Church, Victor Hugo House and the Fermain Tavern. Many events are free but for those which aren’t, tickets can be purchased from the Guernsey Literary Festival Event Guide website.

Taste Guernsey Seafront Sunday

18th May

Learn about Guernsey’s food heritage and produce. Browse the stalls or take part in cookery demonstrations and tastings on the Sea Front in St Peter Port. A bbq competition, crab picking and al fresco dining all take place from 10am until 5pm.

Normandie Market

24th – 26th May

Tasty French produce including cheeses, olives and breads from this visiting market stationed at North Beach, St Peter Port.

Sure Festival of Comedy

30th May – 7th June

Up and coming acts join some of the greats such as Stephen K Amos in this festival which is sure to get you laughing.

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