Culture & History | News 17 January 2024

Things to do this month on The Islands of Guernsey

Winter on the Islands of Guernsey is a great time to visit for a relaxing retreat filled with wellness activities. Our climate is milder than the UK's, meaning you can still get outdoors on a hike along our cliff paths or through our country lanes or, if you're feeling brave, for a dip in the sea.

There are also plenty of things to do indoors in the warm. Whether you want a relaxing spa retreat, a delicious meal or boutique shopping, step away from it all and recharge on a visit to our Islands.

We've gathered upcoming events here for you to explore.

February

1st February - 31st December: Coastal walks around Guernsey

Join locally accredited tour guides on 2 hour circular tours of our coastline, featuring tales of our amazing history, folklore, wildlife and more. Walks start at a variety of points along our coastline and are available on an ad-hoc basis, allowing you to choose your ideal time and location. Please note that there is a minimum booking for 4 people.

1st February - 17th March: 2024 Bailiwick Wildlife Photography Exhibition

Guernsey Arts are proud to present the 2024 Bailiwick Wildlife Photography exhibition at the Guernsey Museum at Candie Gardens. They have asked local wildlife photographers to submit their most dynamic images of Bailiwick wildlife. This year’s Guest Judge is Barry Wells, who showcases the natural beauty of Guernsey through his photography in the hope that there will be a greater appreciation of the Island’s biodiversity and the need to protect local wildlife and their habitats.

Supported by Guernsey Electricity’s Power to the People Fund.

7th February: Yonks! Chris McCausland

A brand-new show for 2024 from Chris McCausland is coming to St James.

7th February: Japanese Calligraphy for Beginners

Experience the beauty of the ancient art of Japanese calligraphy and produce your own hand drawn works using traditional methods in this session led by a qualified Shodo master, Naoko, at Iris & Dora Studios. Japanese calligraphy, known as ‘Shodo’, is the one of the oldest surviving traditional Japanese art forms, creating beauty through the careful use of space and character formation. By practising Shodo students can achieve improved focus and mental health, while also learning the history and meaning behind each Kanji.

In this introductory session, you will learn the origins of Kanji and how they are used in Japanese writing, experience and use the essential traditional tools of Shodo, practise the technique for forming individual brush strokes and eate your own handcrafted work.

Course Materials. All required course materials are provided.

7th February: Bordeaux Wine Tasting

Join Thibault of L.D. Vins at the Prince of Wales on a tasting journey through the most important wine region of the world, Bordeaux. Sample five wines from five different appellations complemented with small bites and charcuterie boards to share.

8th February: Betway Channel Islands Sports Awards 2023

Join us for a night of celebration, where we honour the best in sports talent from the Channel Islands at Beau Séjour Leisure Centre. The evening is a celebration and recognition of the exceptional talent, dedication and hard work of athletes, coaches and teams from the Channel Islands. This event includes two live TV programmes with ITV Channel Television and adventurer Richard Parks as a special guest, plus a three-course meal.

16th February: Myele Manzanza – Crisis and Opportunity

Jazz drummer Myele Manzanza is returning to St James new material after a sold out performance in 2023. He is joined by bassist Jasper Høiby and American gospel pianist Matthew Sheens.

Unreserved seating available at cabaret-style tables in the hall.

All ages welcome, under 14s to be accompanied by an adult.

Kindly sponsored by BOW Trustees, Guernsey Arts, the John Ramplin Charitable Trust and Rocquette Cider.

17th February: Hot Salsa Night with live band

Come and join Guernsey Social Dancing at St James for a night of dance. You’ll have the option to learn some steps with professional dancer and teacher Rasa Pauzaite or you can just do your own thing to the infectious rhythms of Sarabanda, a live Salsa band. They’ll be a warm up Salsa class before the band takes to the stage.

24th February: Mr Scruff Takeover - Mirror Ball Night

Manchester-based Mr. Scruff is bringing his DJ set to St James, bringing his VJ, Jim, and MC, Kwasi, along with him.

Please note that this is a 21+ event.

24th February: Jsy x Gsy Takeover

Guernsey’s ‘Active Dnb’ and Jersey’s ‘Regulate Dnb’ will be at the Fermain Tavern for a night filled with energy as they mark the return to the scene of local artist, Smellz!

March

2nd March: Blink Wannabe Too: Spring Break

Blink Wannabe Too, Guernsey's Blink-182 Tribute band are returning to the Fermain Tavern, joined by Nu Kidz on the Blocq and No Tomorrow.

Please note that tickets are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

3rd March: Spring Market at Styx

Head to the Styx Community Centre for a traditional Spring Market filled with local stall holders.Stalls available to book for the Spring market at Styx. The first of the seasonal markets by Faybelline Events is this Spring market aimed to bring you the perfect gifts for Mothers Day and great Easter treats.

6th March: Fanny Davies International Piano Series presents Alexandra Dariescu

After teaching a master class to talented local students, Alexandra Dariescu, a celebrated artist known for championing lesser-known works alongside much-loved favourites, will be performing a range of impressive works at St James, from Debussy and Tchaikovsky to music by Camille Pepin, Lili Boulanger and more.

Kindly supported by The Swallow 2018 Charitable Trust and The Guernsey Arts Commission.

6th March: Tom Videlo Photojournalist

A photographic journey at St James by Tom Videlo, a photojournalist from Guernsey. His main areas of interest are conflict-affected societies, international relations, energy and international trade. After the talk a collection will be held to raise money for charities helping street dogs in Georgia.

Please note that because this event takes place in the Cafe at St James, spaces are limited.

8th March: An evening of magic presents - Marc Spelmann: 3 Questions

Marc Spellmann (aka Magician X) is bringing his brand new show '3 questions' to St James. 3 Questions is based upon 3 of the most intriguing questions he is asked, the answers to which will astonish, inspire, move and potentially change how you look at the world and those around you. The show merges live entertainment with audience participation using audio and video content that will transfix audiences of all ages. 

Suitable for children.

9th March: Guernsey Symphonic Winds: Saturday Night at the Movies

A fun filled show at St James featuring all of your favourite film themes in a celebration of cinema’s best-known melodies that have brought epic films to life. You’ll hear well-known tunes from Harry Potter, The Godfather, Romeo and Juliet, An American in Paris, The Legend of Zorro, Gladiator and many more.

15th March: New Movement Ensemble

New Movement Ensemble is a collective of musicians and friends who have spent the last decade creating music and challenging each other to express themselves honestly. Drawing sonic influences from Herbie Hancock to King Crimson to Weather Report to Pharaoh Saunders, New Movement Ensemble will take you on a musical journey at St James that knows no limits. Unreserved seating available at tables in the hall. 

All ages welcome, under 14s to be accompanied by an adult.

Kindly sponsored by BOW Trustees, Guernsey Arts, the John Ramplin Charitable Trust and Rocquette Cider.

16th March: Tantale presents: Where Nothing Ends…

Come to St James for a musical journey with Tantale. With Rock, Groove and Surrealism, Tantale will recreate their fourth studio album, Where Nothing Ends. They will be supported by Bare Minimum, a new local band.

All ages welcome, under 14s to be accompanied by an adult.

There will be a limited edition CD of the album available to buy on the night.

16th March: Canvas Presents: Venbee

The legendary singer/songwriter, Venbee, is coming to CANVAS for a very special live performance. Please note that tickets are limited and will sell out fast, so get yours not to make sure you don’t miss out!

22nd-24th March: Alderney Literary Festival

A classic Alderney event, The Alderney Literary Festival, is back at The Island Hall, Connaught Square. This year's theme is ‘Journeys’ and there will be 12 talks featuring international writers and speakers. You can select the individual events or buy a ticket to all 12 events and talks taking place during the festival. 16s and under go free, although these Young Person’s tickets are limited so be sure to book your place now to avoid disappointment.

23rd March: Guernsey Symphony Orchestra: Towards Independence

The Guernsey Symphony Orchestra is excited to welcome Guest Conductor Richard Dickins and world famous clarinettist, Julian Bliss, to Guernsey for this performance.

Kindly sponsored by Julius Baer.

23rd March: Kim Sings The Carpenters

Local singer Kim Reece-Sheerin will be performing some of her favourite Karen Carpenter Songs at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts in this fully accessible concert. Kindly sponsored by Offshore Group HR Specialists.

27th March: The Maxwell Quartet

The Maxwell Quartet combines a refined approach to classical works with a passion for its own folk heritage and a commitment to expanding the string quartet repertoire through wide-ranging projects. Having performed all over the world, they are coming to St James to bring their great sound to Guernsey.

Kindly supported by The Swallow 2018 Charitable Trust

29th March-1st April: EY Easter Running Festival 2024

Anyone wanting a personal challenge can sign up for this year’s EY Easter Running Festival, which sees participants compete in four different events over the long Easter weekend.

The races include a 5k road race, the Keith Falla Memorial full course cross country, a 4x1 mile relay race and a 10k road race over the four-day event. There will also be events for junior runners. Always an enjoyable fixture in the Guernsey Athletics Calendar, the event attracts both local and visiting runners, experienced and new.

30th March: Island Life Wines Present Bottomless Saturday Sessions

Spend the bank holiday weekend at the Chop House with Island Life Wines, where there’ll be a live DJ set from local DJs, bottomless Prosecco and great food!

30 March: Synthetic Sound Presents: Visages

Visages is the debut artist this Easter in CANVAS nightclub. Get tickets now to avoid missing out.

April

6th April: That Bubble Show

Experience the enchanting world of bubbles as Chloe Ferguson, a Guinness World Record-holding Bubbleologist, presents her debut theatrical production, 'That Bubble Show,' at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts. Prepare to be amazed by mesmerising displays of light, smoke and bubbles. Please note that this show is suitable for ages 3+.

10th April: Big Comedy: Milton Jones

Milton Jones is a highly talented, award-winning comedian beginning his newest show, and lots of laughs, to St James. Please note that this show might not be suitable for children.

12th April: Electric Footprints

Electric Footprints is a Jazz-Hip Hop crossover group formed of three London session players and friends, Harry Pope, Joe Downard and James Beckwith. Their live sets are free flowing, eclectic and always focused on heavy, dirty grooves. They will be at St James as part of The Global Collection. All ages welcome, under 14s to be accompanied by an adult. The Global Collection is kindly supported by BOW Trustees, Guernsey Arts, Rocquettes Cider and The John Ramplin Charitable Trust.

14th April: The Sure Guernsey Marathon 2024

Join athletes for the annual Guernsey Marathon. The race takes participants through some of Guernsey’s most scenic areas, starting on South Esplanade at the bottom of the Val Des Terres, and is an opportunity to see parts of the Island you may otherwise not get to experience. The course will have 8 water stations and plenty of marshalls to keep you along the right track and encourage you as you run. Please note that entrants must be over 18.

21st - 27th April: World Bowls Indoor Championships

The World Bowls Indoor Championships will be taking place in Guernsey in April 2024 at the Indoor Bowls Centre. Keep your eye out for more information, which will be available nearer the time.

23rd April - 5th May: The Guernsey Literary Festival

An annual celebration of writing in Guernsey. There is a huge collection of more than 50 events, from talks by published authors, workshops where participants can improve their own writing, poetry readings and more. A full programme of events can be found on The Guernsey Literary Festival Website, and we’d recommend getting your tickets soon as certain events have limited space available.

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

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