Autumn and Winter Events in Jersey and Guernsey

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Autumn and Winter Events in Jersey and Guernsey

Flowers, food and festivities in the Channel Islands

Autumn and Winter events in Jersey and Guernsey see the two islands working together. In early September both host spectacular air displays whilst food is the focus by October with the start of the annual 6 week Tennerfest food festival. Whilst Jersey makes the most of its apple orchards with Cider and Black Butter making, Guernsey folk are enjoying the late Autumn blooms with floral festivals before both islands swing into their festive programmes of events.

Basket of Autumn vegetables

Guernsey couple enjoying a meal

red apples

Jersey events for Autumn & Winter:

Grouville Church Country Fair

6th September

Fresh produce, refreshments and entertainment in the grounds of Les Pres Manor. Free entry and parking, 11am – 5pm.

Hidden Treasures

6th – 14th September

An island wide history event tracing the exciting history of Jersey from the Ice Age through to World War II and the Occupation.

Sand Racing at Millbrook

6th September

Free event from Jersey Motor Sport.

Vintage Fair

6th September

Collectables from the 1900s – 1980s at St Brelade Parish Hall, 9am – 5pm.

Horse Racing ‘Late Summer Meeting’

7th September

Jersey Race Club.

MotoX at Sorrel Point

7th September

Free entry 10am – 5pm.

International Air Display

11th September

Free air display over St Aubin’s Bay as military and civilian aircraft take to the sky culminating in a breathtaking finale from the Red Arrows.

UBS Jersey Regatta

12th – 14th September

Flagship yachting event organised by the three Jersey yacht clubs, taking place in and around St Aubin’s Bay.

Autumn Walking Week

13th – 20th September

Discover Jersey on foot with walking guides offering insights into flora, fauna, food foraging and the islands hidden history. Suitable for all ages and abilities with many free walks.

Formation of planes in Jersey air display

Yacht sailing in Jersey

Jersey horse racing

Sand Racing at St Ouen

20th September

Free event from 4.30pm. See previous entry for Jersey Motor Sport for more details.

MotoX at Sorrel Point

21st September

10am – 5pm, free entry.

Branchage Film Festival

24th – 28th September

Film Festival with island wide screenings.

Dominic Kirwan’s Touch of Country Weekend

26th – 28th September

A weekend of live music at The Merton Hotel with irish musician Dominic Kirwan. 

Motor Sprint

28th September

Free event, 12 – 5pm Five Mile Road, St Brelade.

Tennerfest

1st October until 10th November

Island wide food event. Three course menus from as little as £10. A full programme of events and details can be ordered.

Autumn Fair

4th – 5th October

The Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Societies annual fair. RJA & HS Royal Jersey Showground, La Route de Trinite, Trinity. 10.30am – 5pm, admission £4.

MotoX at Sorrel Point

4th – 5th October

10am – 5pm, free entry.

Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon

4th – 5th October

Marathon, relay and fun run event. 9am at The Weighbridge in St Helier. Take a look at our running pages for more details. 

Jersey Paperclix Rally

10th – 11th October

Jersey motor rally 2014 racing the roads of Grouville, Trinity, St Martin and St Clement.

Hamptonne cider festival picnic

Jersey black butter jar

Jersey lilies ladies dance group at Hamptonne

La Fais’sie d’Cidre

18th – 19th October

Watch the cider being made and celebrate the islands apple heritage at Hamptonne Country Life Museum. Adults £7.90, children £5.

Black Butter making

23rd – 25th October

Join in with an island tradition at The Elms, National Trust for Jersey Headquarters La Chève Rue, St. Mary. Free event 2 – 5pm Thursday, from 10am Friday all day and night to 1pm Saturday.

Exhibitions and ongoing events throughout October, November and December:
  • TB Davies, The Only Sailor in the Fleet – Until 25th November Exhibition tracing the life of TB Davies from a 13 year old fisherman to accomplished sailor. At the Maritime Museum. 
  • Ice Age Island – until 2nd November Exhibition at La Hougue Bie Museum. Discover Jersey’s pre-history and all things ice age.
  • Treasure– Uncovering Celts and Romans. Until 31st December. Discover Jersey’s Roman and Celtic past at the Jersey Museum.
  • The Iconic Exhibition ‘Remembering’ until 26th November. An exhibition of 100 artists, 100 years on from World War I creating a piece with the title ‘Remembering’. The Harbour Gallery, 10am – 5.30pm, Free entry.

Spirit of Christmas Market

4th – 7th December

Artisan market and Christmas treats. 10am – 8pm Weighbridge Place, St Helier.

La Fête dé Noué

4th – 7th December

Christmas parades, markets, movies and a whole programme of events for the festive season.

Joyeux Noël – ‘Le Marchi Nouormand’

11th – 13th December

Traditional Norman French Market with a Christmas theme. Weighbridge Place, St Helier. Opens at 10am, closes 8pm Thursday, 6pm Friday and Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.

Boxing Day Run – Jersey Old Motor Club

26th December

Traditional seasonal vintage car parade around the island leaving from St Helier at 9am and arriving back for a full display from 11.30am – 1.30pm.

Christmas Lantern Parade in Jersey

La Fête dé Noué Christmas tree in Jersey

Vintage car in Jersey

Guernsey events for Autumn & Winter:

Guernsey Photography Festival

18th September – 18th October

A series of photography exhibitions, talks, workshops and film screenings throughout St Peter Port.

Autumn Floral Guernsey Festival

20th – 28th September

Beautiful blooms celebrated throughout the island with garden openings, talks and walks.

Saturday concerts in Market Square

27th September

Music and dancing in the square in St Peter Port 12.15 – 2.30pm.

Sunday concerts in Candie Gardens

28th September

Music and dancing from 3 – 4pm in the gardens in St Peter Port.

Tennerfest

1st October until 10th November

Island wide food event. Three course menus from as little as £10. Check our food and drink pages for more details.

NCCPG Nerine Festival

11th – 25th October

An exhibition of Guernsey Lilies (Nerines). Free entry. 10am – 4pm, Candie Gardens, St Peter Port.

Alderney Autumn Food and Drink Festival

13th October

Pop over to sample the best of Alderney’s local produce with cookery demos, tastings, a hallowe’n supper and Oktoberfest beer festival.

Christmas Lights Switch On

29 November

Watch as Father Christmas arrives near to the Model Yacht Pond in St Peter Port at 4pm and makes his way to Church Square by 4.45pm ready to switch on the Christmas lights.

Late Night Shopping in St Peter Port

4th, 11th, 18th December

Live entertainment and food available as well as late night opening for shops until 9pm in St Peter Port.

Christmas light switch on at The Bridge in St Sampsons

5th December

Join Father Christmas and watch him switch on the lights. 4.30 – 5pm.

Normandie Market

6th – 7th December

French produce including bread, cheeses and olives at North Beach, St Peter Port.

Throughout the season:

Fresh produce markets: Weekly markets and food events showcasing the best local produce with specialities such as Guernsey Gâche and fresh seafood on offer:

  • 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, pâte, 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.

Blue Christmas lights in St Peter Port

Tree of Joy Christmas lights in Guernsey

Christmas stall in St Peter Port, Guernsey

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