Guernsey events

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  • The North Show Battle of Flowers train
  • Dancing in the square in St Peter Port
  • Little Miss Muffet scarecrow
  • Rocquaine Regatta
  • The West show with traditional costume

Guernsey Events

Annual events to look forward to when planning your holiday or break

Each year there are a number of annual Guernsey events to look forward to. Whether you prefer walking, food, markets, shopping, marathons, motor sports or angling there’s bound to be something to enjoy. Knowing the events reoccur each year is also handy when planning your holiday or break.

These are just some of the annual events we know happen every year but there are also lots of new and individual events taking place. For more information and this years dates for any of the events listed below, take a look at our News & Events pages where we have seasonal diaries. 

Spring

Statue of Victor Hugo

Summer

family on Guernsey beach

Spring events in Guernsey

Heritage Guernsey Festival

It may be a small island but Guernsey is packed with historical interests. From prehistoric burial mounds to Napoleonic and World War II defences, there are fascinating sites to discover. Author Victor Hugo and the artist Renoir spent time in different parts of Guernsey. The islanders celebrate this in an annual festival aiming to bring its historical legacy alive with tours, re-enactments and celebrations during this 35 day event in April and May.

Spring Floral Festival

A series of events take place each April and May celebrating the flora and fauna of Guernsey and Herm with workshops, open gardens and talks from tv gardening experts.

Spring Walking Week

Get fit in May each year by joining the guided walks in and around the island, revealing its history and hidden secrets. A variety of free and paid walks are usually on offer with something suitable for all ages and abilities. A programme of events is published beforehand as some will need to be booked in advance.

Liberation Day in Guernsey

Each year on 9th May Guernsey celebrates its return to freedom after the Occupation and remembers those who gave their lives during World War II. Parades and fireworks centred around the sea front at St Peter Port.

Guernsey Literary Festival

A distinguished list of authors, poets, storytellers and musicians have joined this exciting 4 day event in May 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 online from the Guernsey Literary Festival Event Guide.

Sure Festival of Comedy

Up and coming acts join some of the comedy greats in this annual comedy festival held around the end of May and start of June each year.

Starting in Spring and throughout the summer season:

Saturday Concerts in Market Square

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

Sunday Concerts in Candie Gardens

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

Taste Guernsey Seafront Sundays

From May through to September St Peter Port showcases Guernsey’s great food and drink along the Esplanade on Sunday’s from 10am – 5pm. An appetising event with free cookery demos and tastings of delicious Guernsey recipes as well as beach BBQs, crab picking and foodie events.

Seafront Sunday parade in Guernsey

Dancing in the square in Guernsey

Horses and carriage at The West Show in Guernsey

Summer events in Guernsey:

Summer Floral Festival Week

Guernsey’s gardens are bursting with blooms at the start of July with a spotlight on the islands wonderful floral heritage for a week. Guided tours, open gardens and talks from tv gardeners are just some of the events to look forward to.

La Viaer Marchi

Near the beginning of July, The National Trust for Guernsey organise an evening of traditional food and entertainment with crafts to see, produce to taste, dancing, language and costume fun.

Town Carnival and La Faete D’La Musique a la Ville

St Peter Port’s annual carnival takes place at the end of July with a week of celebrations and entertainment around the streets.

Torteval Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrows of every shape and size fill the village of Torteval at the end of July each year. Take a walk around the pretty village whilst following the Scarecrow trail and stop for refreshments on the way.

Rocquaine Regatta

Each August Rocquaine transforms its beach and seafront into a stage for activities and entertainment for a day. Free event including entry to Fort Grey Maritime Museum.

The South Show

The southern parishes kick off a series of local shows with homemade food, crafts and competitions.

The West Show

Continuing the theme of local shows, it’s the turn of the west coast parishes with local costume and agricultural and horticultural displays.

The North Show and Battle of Flowers

The last of the local summer shows at Saumarez Park followed by the fantastic Battle of Flowers and later moonlit parade, topped off by a late night fireworks display.

Fete D’Etai Summer Festival

Castle Cornet’s August Medieval family fun day takes place each year where if you dress entirely in medieval costume you’ll gain free entry!

Vale Earth Fair

End of August Arts festival with live music, food and a children’s area. 12pm – midnight at Vale Castle. Under 12’s free.

Guernsey Round Table Harbour Carnival

Lots of watery fun at the end of August with entertainment from 5 – 10pm at St Peter Port Harbour.

Two planes in Jersey air display

Red and pink Guernsey lilies

Blue Christmas lights in St Peter Port

Autumn and Winter events:

Taste Guernsey Festival

A week at the start of September when a series of island wide food events take place showcasing the best Guernsey has to offer. Local talks and tastings as well as pop up food tents in St Peter Port.

Healthspan Autumn Walking Week Plus

Walks and talks in and around Guernsey in celebration of the islands best autumnal offerings.

World Powerboat Championships

World class powerboat races including the race for the prestigious Guernsey World Cup takes place each September. Entertainment and public access at the Championship Village, Castle Emplacement, St Peter Port.

Guernsey Air Display

Around the second week in September, watch the sky around St Peter Port fill with amazing displays including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight involving the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire and of course a fantastic display from The Red Arrows.

Autumn Floral Guernsey Festival

As the seasons change at the end of September, the beautiful floral blooms celebrated throughout the island are at their autumnal best. Garden openings, talks and walks.

Tennerfest

From the start of October through to the first weeks of November, the Tennerfest island wide food event takes place. Restaurants in both Jersey and Guernsey offer a range of three course menus starting from as little as £10 per head. If you love food then now is a great time to visit!

NCCPG Nerine Festival

Guernsey Lilies (Nerines) are renown for their form and beauty and each year Candie Gardens showcase them in two weeks in October with free entry to the exhibition from 10am – 4pm.

Christmas in Guernsey

Christmas Lights Switch

On begins at the end of November and start of December with Father Christmas arriving in St Peter Port and then at The Bridge in St Sampsons.

Late Night Shopping

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

Guernsey market produce

Al fresco cafe

Sausmarez Manor market

Throughout the year:

  • Normandie Market

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

  • 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 Bailiwick island events

Herm Island Garden Tours

From April to mid September take the boat from St Peter Port over to Herm for Herm Island Garden Tours. Leaving at 11am a 2 hour trip costs £7.50 and includes the chance to view Herm’s award winning gardens, which were RHS Britain in Bloom Gold Award in 2002, 2008, 2012 and 2013. For more details and a timetable of the sailings contact Travel Trident kiosk on +44 (0) 1481 721379.

Sark Folk Festival

Take the boat to Sark and enjoy the line up of contemporary and traditional folk music which arrives on the island in July each year.

Alderney Week

Possibly the biggest week long carnival in Europe! Food, festivities, sports events, picnics, beach bbq’s, parades and torchlit processions are just some of the activities to look forward to. Take an island hopping boat and join in with Alderney’s festivities which usually begin around the first Monday in August.

Ladies acting as witches in Guernsey

Guernsey scarecrow

Yacht at the Swan Regatta in Guernsey

Booking for an event

If you would like to visit Guernsey for one of the events take a look at our accommodation pages. For inclusive packages and take your car deals take a look at our Guernsey break away. For help and advice please call our team on 01621 734 111.