Culture & History | News 11 November 2022

Things to do this month on The Islands of Guernsey

Now is a wonderful time to visit Guernsey, with milder temperatures allowing for outdoor exploration by day, and the longer evenings inviting gatherings at our world-class eateries.
If you are looking for things to do on your trip to the Islands of Guernsey this autumn and winter, you will be treated to events across the island celebrating the outdoors, local food and seasonal treats.

NOVEMBER

1st October - 12th November: Tennerfest

A highlight of the food scene on the Islands, Tennerfest is a celebration of all things gastronomic. Each year local chefs gear up for a 6-week food festival showcasing the best of their cuisine with fixed-price menus. The festival is celebrating its 25th year and is likely to have over 150 participating restaurants, hotels, gastropubs and cafes. The festival was created around the principle of great food at a great price and that has long continued. Menus are set at 3 courses for princes in bands of £10 per head, £12.50, £15, £17.50 and £20. 

1st November - 20th November: For the Love of the Land Exhibition

At the Guernsey Museum in Candie Garden, visit the exhibition of internationally renowned photographer Sian Davey. Sian has created a body of work exploring families in Guernsey's farming community, providing a great insight into local life.

1st November - 30th November: Shore, Lines and Brush Marks - Art Exhibition at the Guernsey Museum

An exhibition of work by Rosanne Guille and Deborah Grice inspired by the Guernsey Coastline. Their contrasting art styles share a love of landscapes and plein-air studies. 

1st November - 21st December: ‘Once Upon an Island’ Folklore trail and exhibitions

Head to Castle Cornet and The National Trust of Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum to explore this exhibition in celebration of local artist, Penny Dawes's illustrated collection of ancient Guernsey folktales for children, 'Once Upon An Island'.  The retold collection of ancient Guernsey tales transports you to the magical side of the Islands of Guernsey and uncovers the historical and cultural traditions behind each story. 

You can also immerse yourself and explore these tales further on foot. Each of the stories has been researched and matched with a location to create a signposted, family-friendly walking route with 20 locations to discover, where you can visit the important sites in the stories.

The eight routes on the walking tour, covering a range of difficulties and distances, consist of; The Vale Route, The St Peter and St Saviour Route, The Castel Route, The Forest Route, The St Peter Port Route, The St Martin Route, The Torteval and St Peter Route and The Three Parishes Route.

2 November - 25th December: Festive Alderney

If you want to escape for a few days this festive season, or fancy a short burst of nature, culture and postcard-pretty vistas, Alderney could be just what the doctor ordered. From late night shopping to Santa's special train ride and the annual Boxing Day Walk, there is something for everyone. 

Late night shopping dates on Victoria Street in Alderney this year are 5pm-8pm on Friday the 4th and 25th November and Friday the 2nd and 16th December. Head on down to pick up local gifts, enjoy entertainment and soak up the unique atmosphere of Alderney's main shopping street. 

4th November 2022 - 21st January 2023: Guille-Allès Library Boundless Curiosity Exhibition

The Boundless Curiosity exhibition brings to life the remarkable story of the origins of Guilles-Alles Library. Explore this incredible story and see some of the treasures in the Library’s collection that aren't normally on public display, including The Birds of America, one of the rarest and most beautiful books in the world.

5th November - 1st January: Festive Domes at the Duke of Richmond

A unique alpine experience, the Festive Domes let you dine outside and stay cosy. Overlooking Candie Gardens with the sea beyond, the domes have panoramic views over St Peter Port, and a great view of the night sky. You can enjoy either their Northern Delights Afternoon Tea or 'The Domes at The Duke Experience' in the evenings.

11th November: St Saviour's Church Concert

Venture to the parish of St Saviour for a performance by Guernsey Concert Brass, surrounded by the church's renowned Remembrance Week display.

11th - 26th November: Sarnia Arts & Crafts Club's Winter Exhibition

Featuring a wide selection of paintings and crafts all created by the club's members, the free to view exhibition showcases the amazing artistic talent we have in the Bailiwick. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite painting. The exhibition is open from Friday Monday - Saturday, 10am-5.30pm, at Sula Gallery.

13th November: Peninsula Winter Fayre

The ever so popular Winter Fayre is returning to The Peninsula for a 3rd year. Stalls will be in the main function room and bar snug from 11am-5pm, selling a variety of homemade items perfect for the Christmas season.

17th November: Wear a Guernsey Day

To learn more about the history of The Guernsey, a traditional knitted woollen jumper that has been around in Guernsey since the 1800s, head to the Guernsey Information Centre between 10am - 4pm on Thursday 17th November, browse the stalls and enter the photo competition.

This event is hosted by Guernsey Woollens and Le Tricoteur

16th, 23rd and 30th November: Herm Christmas Cocktails

Enjoy a social afternoon this festive on Herm Island. Visit The White House for Christmas cocktails and charcuterie, cheese or vegan platters, every Wednesday from the beginning of November up to Christmas.

17th November - Little Big Brew Co - Brewery Tours

Want to find out more about the brewing process and see where the magic happens? These ‘open’ brewery tours start at 6pm and last an hour and a half. Drinks are included in the tour, with a choice of 3 beers, white wine, red wine, and Rocquettes cider, as well as soft drinks. Price is £20 per person, and tickets can be purchased on the night, or online.

18th November 2022 - 30th November: Alpine Lodge at the OGH

The OGH's terrace has been transformed into a stylish and cosy Alpine Lodge, complete with snowy scenery and everything you’d want in an après ski experience. The bar is fully stocked with festive drinks, including mulled wine, hot spiced cider, beer served in steins, and a wide selection of schnapps and flavoured vodka, alongside the indulgent hot chocolate and food platters.

You won't want to miss the Family Sundays, when children are especially welcome, with festive activities and a chance to meet Father Christmas.

19 November: Castel Farmer's Market

Buy local and support the community from 9am - 12:30am every other Saturday at Le Friquet Garden Centre. There will be a wide array of stalls available for fresh vegetables, meat and fish, baked goods; including bread and cakes, and more.

20th November: Traditional Christmas Fayre

Meet local crafters and makers at the Traditional Christmas Fayre at The Farmhouse. Ideal for picking up some handmade gifts and treats for loved ones, stall holders will be selling a variety of gifts, decorations, food and more. 

20th November: Waking the Dead - Guided Walk

Join local guides for a 2.5 hour walk around St Peter Port, exploring the historic cemeteries and listening to tales of locals from the 19th Century. 

24th November: Ardal O’Hanlon - The Showing Off Must Go On

Visit St James for an evening of comedy entertainment with Ardal O’Hanlon, star of Father Ted and Death in Paradise. Recently seen in Taskmaster and Would I Lie to You, Ardal continues to tour his acclaimed live show at the St James Concert Hall in St Peter Port.

26th November: Christmas Lights Switch On - St Peter Port

A highlight in the local calendar, head into the centre of St Peter Port to experience the light switch on in the Market Place. Father Christmas will be arriving by Le Petit Train, which will take a route through town to greet children, before turning on the lights. Local shop holders will also be open late for you to do some Christmas Shopping or you can go for a bite to eat at one of the great restaurants in town.

27th November: The Guernsey Christmas Fayre

Join local crafters at St Pierre Park Hotel and explore over 60 local stalls selling gifts, decorations, food and more.

25th and 26th November: Sark Christmas Fair

Visit Hathaways in Sark between 11am and 2pm for this Christmas Fair and Grand Raffle in aid of cancer research. With Christmas gifts, homemade goods and more, this is sure to be an enjoyable event for everyone.

28th November - 30th November: Tuk Tuk Christmas Lights Tours

25 minute Christmas lights tours around the streets of St Peter Port. The tour starts on the Albert Pier and ventures all over St Peter Port. Tours leave at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30, every Monday to Wednesday.

The cost is £30 per 2 person Tuk Tuk. No children under 6 and under 12s must be with an Adult

29th and 30th November: Step Into Christmas - The Big Band Collective

This festive season Step into Christmas with The Big Band Collective for an evening of all your favourite Christmas songs at St James. With our 25 piece Big Band, singers and choir, get in the Christmas mood with a concert that’s not to be missed. All in aid of Pink Ladies Guernsey and kindly supported by Skipton International. Doors at 7pm with shows starting at 7:30 lasting 3 hours.

December

1st December - 31st December: The 12 Bays of Christmas

Join in Guernsey's classic event to raise money for our local hospice. The 12 Bays of Christmas invites you to take a dip in 12 festively 'themed' bays around the island. New for this year is an open day down at "The Bathing Yules", where you can drop-in for your swim between 10am-3pm on Sunday 11th December and get a free hot drink and mini mince pie then warm up next to their wood burning stove. 

Click here to find out the festive bays included in this year's swim.

1st - 31st December: Shore, Lines and Brush Marks - Art Exhibition at the Guernsey Museum

An exhibition of work by Rosanne Guille and Deborah Grice inspired by the Guernsey Coastline. Their contrasting art styles share a love of landscapes and plein-air studies.

1st December - 21st December: ‘Once Upon an Island’ Folklore trail and exhibitions

Head to Castle Cornet and The National Trust of Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum to explore this exhibition in celebration of local artist, Penny Dawes's illustrated collection of ancient Guernsey folktales for children, 'Once Upon An Island'.  The retold collection of ancient Guernsey tales transports you to the magical side of the Islands of Guernsey and uncovers the historical and cultural traditions behind each story. 

You can also immerse yourself and explore these tales further on foot. Each of the stories has been researched and matched with a location to create a signposted, family-friendly walking route with 20 locations to discover, where you can visit the important sites in the stories.

The eight routes on the walking tour, covering a range of difficulties and distances, consist of; The Vale Route, The St Peter and St Saviour Route, The Castel Route, The Forest Route, The St Peter Port Route, The St Martin Route, The Torteval and St Peter Route and The Three Parishes Route.

1st December - 25th December: Festive Alderney

If you want to escape for a few days this festive season, or fancy a short burst of nature, culture and postcard-pretty vistas, Alderney could be just what the doctor ordered. From late night shopping to Santa's special train ride and the annual Boxing Day Walk, there is something for everyone. 

Late night shopping dates on Victoria Street in Alderney this year are 5pm-8pm on Friday the 4th and 25th November and Friday the 2nd and 16th December. Head on down to pick up local gifts, enjoy entertainment and soak up the unique atmosphere of Alderney's main shopping street. 

1st December 2022 - 21st January 2023: Guille-Allès Library Boundless Curiosity Exhibition

The Boundless Curiosity exhibition brings to life the remarkable story of the origins of Guilles-Alles Library. Explore this incredible story and see some of the treasures in the Library’s collection that aren't normally on public display, including The Birds of America, one of the rarest and most beautiful books in the world.

1st December - 1st January: Festive Domes at the Duke of Richmond

A unique alpine experience, the Festive Domes let you dine outside and stay cosy. Overlooking Candie Gardens with the sea beyond, the domes have panoramic views over St Peter Port, and a great view of the night sky. You can enjoy either their Northern Delights Afternoon Tea or 'The Domes at The Duke Experience' in the evenings. 

1st December - 21st December: Tuk Tuk Christmas Lights Tours

25 minute Christmas lights tours around the streets of St Peter Port. The tour starts on the Albert Pier and ventures all over St Peter Port. Tours leave at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30, every Monday to Wednesday from 1st until 7th December, and Sunday to Wednesday from the 12th December to 21st December.

The cost is £30 per 2 person Tuk Tuk. No children under 6 and under 12s must be with an Adult

1st December - 25th December: Festive Alderney

If you want to escape for a few days this festive season, or fancy a short burst of nature, culture and postcard-pretty vistas, Alderney could be just what the doctor ordered.

From late night shopping to Santa's special train ride and the annual Boxing Day Walk, there is something for everyone. 

Late night shopping dates on Victoria Street in Alderney this year are 5pm-8pm on Friday the 2nd and 16th December. Head on down to pick up local gifts, enjoy entertainment and soak up the unique atmosphere of Alderney's main shopping street. 

1st December 2022 - 21st January 2023: Guille-Allès Library Boundless Curiosity Exhibition

The Boundless Curiosity exhibition brings to life the remarkable story of the origins of Guilles-Alles Library. Explore this incredible story and see some of the treasures in the Library’s collection that aren't normally on public display, including The Birds of America, one of the rarest and most beautiful books in the world.

1st December 2022 - 7th January 2023: Alpine Lodge at the OGH

The OGH's terrace has been transformed into a stylish and cosy Alpine Lodge, complete with snowy scenery and everything you’d want in an après ski experience. The bar is fully stocked with festive drinks, including mulled wine, hot spiced cider, beer served in steins, and a wide selection of schnapps and flavoured vodka, alongside the indulgent hot chocolate and food platters.

You won't want to miss the Family Sundays, when children are especially welcome, with festive activities and a chance to meet Father Christmas.

1st December: Step Into Christmas - The Big Band Collective

This festive season Step into Christmas with The Big Band Collective for an evening of all your favourite Christmas songs at St James. With our 25 piece Big Band, singers and choir, get in the Christmas mood with a concert that’s not to be missed. All in aid of Pink Ladies Guernsey and kindly supported by Skipton International. Doors at 7pm with the show starting at 7:30 lasting 3 hours.

2nd - 24th December - Sark Christmas Fair

Visit Hathaways in Sark between 11am and 2pm every Friday and Saturday for this Christmas Fair and Grand Raffle in aid of cancer research. With Christmas gifts, homemade goods and more, this is sure to be an enjoyable event for everyone. 

3rd and 17th December: Castel Farmer's Market

Buy local and support the community from 9 - 12:30 every other Saturday at Le Friquet Garden Centre. There will be a wide array of stalls available for fresh vegetables, meat and fish, baked goods; including bread and cakes, and more. 

Saturday 3rd December: Victorian Christmas

Come and join Santa and his helpers 11am-3pm for a Victorian Christmas at the Victorian Walled Garden as the garden and greenhouses are transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Remember to bring cash with you as they cannot accept card payments. 

4th, 7th, 11th, 14th, 18th and 21st December: The Polar Express with Iris & Dora and Petit Train Guernsey

Experience the magic of The Polar Express with Guernsey's local art studio, Iris & Dora. Boarding Guernsey's 'Petit Train' by the harbour in St Peter Port, you'll be taken on a Christmas light tour around town before arriving at the North Pole (Iris & Dora).  At the studio, you will paint a beautiful decoration for your Christmas tree, and a friendly elf will appear to present each child with their very own ‘First Gift of Christmas’, a silver bell from Santa's very own sleigh. The train will return you to Albert Pier, with your decorations, sleigh bells and a candy cane from the elves. 

4th, 11th and 18th December: Christmas of Curiosities

Enjoy some festive cheer at Guernsey Museum at Candie Gardens. There will be seasonal crafts and activities, themed trails and festive family films. Guernsey Museum is open daily on these days 10am - 4pm.

4th December: St James Motorcycle Show

The first three shows held at St James have seen some amazing bikes on display. There will be competitions, demonstrations, talks and other new additions throughout the day. There is free entry, and the event is open from 10am - 5pm. 

7th, 14th and 21st December: Cheeky Christmas Cocktails

Enjoy a social afternoon this festive on Herm Island. Visit The White House for Christmas cocktails and charcuterie, cheese or vegan platters, every Wednesday from the beginning of November up to Christmas. 

7th, 8th and 9th December: Robin Hood - Alderney Panto

Written and produced by one of Alderney’s published authors, Lee Flewitt, Robin Hood is being performed at the Island Hall and is a great way to get involved in local festive celebrations.

15th December: Homecoming Day

A key date in the Island calendar, Homecoming Day is marked every year to commemorate the return of the first group of Islanders to Alderney after WWII, following the mass evacuation of 1940.  Experience the celebration of the 77th anniversary of Homecoming Day this year.

15th December: Little Big Brew Co - Brewery Tours

Want to find out more about the brewing process and see where the magic happens? These ‘open’ brewery tours start at 6pm and last an hour and a half. Drinks are included in the tour, with a choice of 3 beers, white wine, red wine, and Rocquettes cider, as well as soft drinks.

16th December: Sark Christmas Lights Switch On

Meet Santa as he visits Sark to turn on the Christmas Lights. Enjoy music from The School Choir as well as mulled wine, drinks and food provided by the Bel Air from 5:30pm in La Petite Poule Courtyard. 

16th and 17th December: Guernsey Choral and Orchestral Society Christmas Concert

An uplifting evening of traditional Christmas music and carols, with a line-up of fabulous soloists, and the children’s choir from Guernsey Music Service at St James' Concert Hall in St Peter Port.

17th December: Guernsey Christmas Tractor Run

The Guernsey Christmas Tractor Run features tractors from around the Island covered in fairy lights taking a tour of the Island to spread festive cheer. 

17th - 23rd December: Tea with Santa at Oaty and Joey's

Come on down to Oaty and Joey’s in Oatlands’ Village, a hub of children's activities on Guernsey, for festive fun for the whole family. There will be Christmas party food, party games, a reindeer ride, unlimited use of the playframe and a gift from Santa himself. All ages are welcome. 

17th December - 31st December: GADOC Pantomime - Sleeping Beauty

Experience Guernsey's local pantomime, performed by the Guernsey Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Club at Beau Sejour in St Peter Port. This year's show is Sleeping Beauty - expect some great musical numbers and comedy. 

18th December: Father Christmas on the Alderney Railway

Enjoy the most magical Christmas Experience with your family at the Alderney Railway. Take the Santa Express and meet the big man himself, along with his very cheeky Elves, and receive a special gift. T

Friday 23rd December: Sark Pantomime

Sark Theatre Group presents Merry Christmas Sark. Join the local community for festive family fun at the Island Hall. 

25th December: Polar Bear Swim

Brave the Bathing Pools on Christmas Morning with The Guernsey Swimming from 9:30 - 10:30am. This event is open to everyone of all ages and always proves to be a fantastic atmosphere.

26th December: Boxing Day Swim

Join thousands of islanders brave the cold and take a dip in the sea. The Boxing Day swim is an annual event taking place at Cobo Bay with a usual start time of 9.45am. Funds raised go towards the upkeep of a vital local charity the Guernsey Cheshire Home.

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