Culture & History | News 5 August 2022

Things to do each month on the Islands of Guernsey

Summer is a wonderful time to visit Guernsey, with warmer temperatures allowing for alfresco dining, outdoor exploration and long evenings on the beach. 

If you are looking for things to do on your trip to the Islands of Guernsey this summer, you will be treated to events across the island celebrating the outdoors, local food and the thriving local music scene.

AUGUST

1st - 6th August: Alderney Week

Spend a week in the sun in Alderney at the Channel Islands' biggest festival.

Events take place throughout the week with classics such as the Daft Raft Race, The Man-Powered Flight, the Gala Spectacular and the Torchlight Procession and fireworks. The programme is expected to feature several new events this year as well as local and visiting musicians providing great live music.

5th August: KPMG Castle Nights 

Experience an evening of great local music and performers in the grounds of Castle Cornet this summer. A variety of acts for all the family will be performing throughout the historic castle grounds in the South Battery, Outer Ward and Middle Ward to create a festival atmosphere. Pack a picnic and soak up the atmosphere. 

8th - 17th August - Twilight Cinema at Castle Cornet

Enjoy classic movies in the historic setting of the Castle Cornet Gardens with the Twilight Cinema. At 5pm each day families can enjoy kiddie favourites like Encanto and Frozen before 7.30pm showings of musical favourites such as Mamma Mia, West Side Story and Grease. 

Bring a picnic, some warm layers and prepare for a wonderful evening as the sun goes down. 

 

6th, 13th, 27th August: Shrine of the Sacred Heart 

At Fort Hommet a Second World War bunker was been transformed by Guernseyman Hubert Le Galloudec into a place of peace using local seashells. A unique site with over 30 seashell pictures on the walls depicting scenes from the Bible. Only open to the public a few days a month, it is a peaceful treasure.

6th - 7th August: Sark Build a Boat Race

Join in the festivities on Sark with their Build a Boat Race and Carnival. On Saturday 6th get building your boat from scratch before race day on Sunday 7th, accompanied by a carnival of food, music, slip n' slide and more.


7th August: Balcony Gig - The Kilers Tribute 

A classic part of island summers, the Cobo Balcony gigs bring a carnival atmosphere to the west coast and raise money for local charities, with world-class tribute acts and local bands playing out to crowds on the beach. Whether you visit the Cobo Bay hotel for lunch on the day or take a picnic and enjoy the music from the sands they are not to be missed. 

7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August: Candie Concerts

Musicians from around the Islands are performing throughout the summer at Candie Gardens, a peaceful spot with beautiful views in St Peter Port. Bring a picnic and relax accompanied by great music each Sunday. Each weekend a different performer will entertain, with August's line up including Lydia Pugh, GADOC and Bordeaux Blue.

14th August: Seafront Sundays -  Eat Drink And Be Local

On Sundays during the summer the seafront along St Peter Port closes to traffic, welcoming stallholders, al fresco dining and musical performers.

15th August: Lihou Adventures - Walking Tour and Swim 

Explore the Island of Lihou with a two-hour walking tour. Taking in the unique geography and history of the island, the tour also offers an optional swim in the renowned Venus Pool too. 


17th - 18th August: The West Show

Established over 100 years ago, The West Show is an agricultural and horticultural show that prides itself on having retained Guernsey traditions as well as incorporating entertainment for all the family.

With traditional country show exhibitions and competitions as well as local bands, small businesses and food stalls, there is something for everyone during the day. In the evening, the beer tent comes alive with music from Guernsey's top bands, perfect for a fun evening out. 

19th - 21st August: Sark Starfest

Head to the Dark Sky Island of Sark for a weekend of stargazing and astronomy. With talks from Bob Bower FRAS, film screenings, open sky viewings and observatory sessions it is a perfect chance to get to know the beauty of the night sky on the peaceful, remote island. 

24th - 25th August: The North Show & Battle of Flowers 

The Guernsey North Show and Battle of Flowers has been a key event in Guernsey’s summer calendar for years. Run by the Northern Agricultural and Horticultural Society, the event takes place in the wonderful leafy setting of Sausmarez Park and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

The programme of arena events includes showcasing local and off-island talent, a fun fair, and stall-holders providing refreshments and small business stalls throughout the two days.

On 25th August the Battle of Flowers takes place, where you can join in judging the colourful floats; before an evening cavalcade and fireworks display. 

 

26th - 28th August: The Alderney Regatta

The Alderney Sailing Club welcomes all sailors for a weekend of great sailing, hospitality and fun.

26th - 28th August: Vale Earth Fair

The Vale Earth Fair is the longest running music festival in the Channel Islands, and takes place in and around the historic Vale Castle.

The festival is always trying to bring music acts over to treat festival goers while raising money for humanitarian organisations. The event is run solely by passionate volunteers who bring together 6 stages and over 50 diverse acts. Enjoy music, live arts, entertainers and a children's activity corner, as well as great vegetarian food from local chefs.

SEPTEMBER

2nd August - 9th October: Chris Simcox - A Journey to the End

Enjoy a local art experience with sculptor Chris Simcox, and immerse yourself in the installation at the Greenhouse Gallery.

2nd September: Dr Adam Perchard’s Bathtime for Britain

Begin Pride celebrations in style with a live performance at the Princess Royal Center for Performing Arts Theatre, including pre and post-show parties. Filled with pop hits, cabaret icon Dr Adam Perchard showcases his amazing vocals and comedy with this heart-warming, life-affirming spectacular. 

3rd and 17th September: Shrine of the Sacred Heart

At Fort Hommet a Second World War bunker was been transformed by Guernseyman Hubert Le Galloudec into a place of peace using local seashells. A unique site with over 30 seashell pictures on the walls depicting scenes from the Bible. Only open to the public a few days a month, it is a peaceful treasure.

 

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th September: Guided Walks - Coasts of Guernsey

Explore the coastline around the Islands of Guernsey, with a guided walk discussing the flora, fauna and history of the route. Each weekend a different walk is featured, letting you see a variety of spots around Guernsey.

3rd September: Channel Islands Pride - Guernsey 

The Channel Islands are a safe space for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and we honour our gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and questioning islanders of any gender and identity with an annual CI Pride celebration across Guernsey and Jersey. 

Featuring headliners Lawrence Chaney, a winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Alecia Karr, the official tribute to P!nk, Tia Kofi, another Ru Paul’s Drag Race star, The Freemasons, supported by Amanda Wilson and Katherine Ellis and an afterparty hosted by world-famous DJ, Dean McCoullogh. 

3rd September: Pride After Party 9.30pm - Midnight

Carry on celebrations with the Official Pride After Party with Radio 1 DJ Dean McCullough, Ru Paul Drag Race UK winner Lawerence Chaney and Ru Paul Drag Race star Tia Kofi in the heart of town.

4th September: Official Pride Pool Party

Enjoy a second day of Pride celebrations at the Official Pride Pool Party at La Collinette Hotel.

4th, 11th, 18th and 25th September: Candie Concerts

Musicians from around the Islands are performing throughout the summer at Candie Gardens, a peaceful spot with beautiful views in St Peter Port. Bring a picnic and relax accompanied by great music each Sunday. Each weekend a different performer will entertain, with August's line up including Mariposa Strings, The Drawberts, Stephanie Coombs and Fourtissimo.

6th - 10th September: Herm Ale & Cider Festival

Hop over to the Island of Herm for their highly popular annual Ale & Cider Festival. Hosted at the Mermaid Tavern, sample drinks and enjoy a great mix of local live music. Food will also be available from the Mermaid Tavern, and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult over 18.

 

8th September: Guernsey Air Display

Enjoyed by thousands of people for nearly 60 years each, the Guernsey Air Display hosts some of Britain’s most historic and treasured military aircraft, including the iconic Red Arrows, one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams. The display takes place on the East Coast of Guernsey between the Islands of Guernsey and Herm, so head into town to get the best views. 

 

8th September: Comedy at St James with Hal Cruttenden 

Spend an evening in the historic St James building in St Peter Port with a comedy show from Harry Stachini and Hal Cruttenden, who you may have seen on TV shows such as Live at the Apollo (BBC1 & 2), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (BBC2 & Channel 4) and The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC2), to name just a few of Hal’s many TV show credits.

 

10th - 11th September: Guernsey Granite Man Triathlon

Now in its 9th year, the Granite Man (open to all) is a festival of triathlons; starting with the Super Sprint Novice on the Saturday, then on Sunday the middle distance, sprint and relay events. Come join in the challenge!

Competitors take on the 1.2 mile swim in Pembroke Bay, 56 miles of cycling along the West Coast of the Island and then a challenging off road 13.1 mile run along the coastal paths. The run includes going around and into the Ronez Les Vardes Quarry, taking competitors below sea level.

 

10th September: Proms on the Wicket

Head to the West Coast for an outdoor concert to celebrate the Last Night of the Proms. With live performances from Guernsey Symphonic Winds and Jazz band and the second half of the Last Night of the Proms live from the Albert Hall, it will be a great evening of music. 

 

14th September: Haunted Herm Ghost Tour

Get in the mood for Autumn with a spooky tour of Herm hosted by Soo Wellfair, followed by a 2-course meal at the Mermaid Tavern. The evening will involve exploring the island so make sure to bring your walking boots.

 

15th September: Little Big Brew Co - Brewery Tours

Visit one of Guernsey's local breweries, with a tour at Little Big Brew Co. The ‘open’ brewery tours start at 6pm with 30 minutes of ‘welcome drinks’ before heading into the brewery to learn about the beer making process. Then head back down to the taproom for the remainder of your tour. Drinks are included in the tour, which are 3 beers, white wine, red wine, and Rocquettes cider, as well as soft drinks for the duration.

 

17th September - 2nd October: Autumn Walking Festival

Join experienced and professional Guides from the Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides for their annual Autumn Walking Festival.  From Saturday 17 September to Sunday 2 October, every day will see a range of fantastic range of guided walks showing off the wonders of Guernsey, Herm and Sark. Each walk starts close to a bus stop and parking area, and all are rated from an easy amble to a more testing hike. 

 

18th September: Seafront Sundays -  Eat Drink And Be Local

On Sundays during the warmer months the seafront along St Peter Port closes to traffic, welcoming stallholders, al fresco dining and musical performers.

 

24th September: Club Night at St James with Toploader, Not Another Indie Disco and Neon Fire

Travel back to the late 90s and early 2000s at September's Club Night featuring  Toploader, who are celebrating debut album and hit 'Dancing In the Moonlight'. With support from Not Another Disco playing Indie Classics to sing along and fill the dancefloor, as well as local band Neon Fire, opening up the evening, with will be a nostalgic evening of Indie tunes.

Make sure to visit the What's On page to find out things to do on the Islands of Guernsey in future months.