As the world slowly opens back up, so does tourism and the opportunity to get involved in some wonderful community events happening later this year in the Bailiwick.
According to the current timelines set out by the States of Guernsey, border restrictions are going to start changing from 23rd April on the Islands and open up more and more over the next few months (more info on that here). The date to look forward to here in the Bailiwick is the 1st July, when almost all restrictions on visitors and travel are expected to be lifted. As such, we would love to highlight a few of the upcoming events happening across our islands later in the summer and into the autumn months.
An absolute stalwart of the Guernsey summer is ‘Seafront Sundays’, a regular event along the harbourfront of St Peter Port with stalls, al fresco seating, live music and more. Each one has a theme, from local produce to animals to motorsport, so there’s something for everyone. See here for more details.
Castle Nights at Castle Cornet
Experience one of Guernsey’s most popular summer events. The gates of Castle Cornet will be thrown open on four Friday evenings again this summer for KPMG Castle Nights featuring live music, singing and fun for the children. Evenings consist of free entertainment and soak up the atmosphere at one of Guernsey’s most historic sites. The 2021 dates are 16th, 23rd, 30th July & 6th Aug. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for up to date details.
A Recent Sark Folk Festival
A island-based music festival with an eclectic mix of acts over 3 days, SarkFest is expected to be one of the most anticipated events of the summer. You can also expect a mix of both adult and kids entertainment in addition to over 30 bands and acoustic acts across 3 main stages. A carried over event from 2020’s plethora of cancellations, tickets were sold out last year, however the festival’s Facebook page is enabling people to buy, swap and sell tickets to ensure as many people as possible can attend.
The Rocquaine Regatta is a fun-filled day at Rocquaine Bay on the west coast of Guernsey. Unusual boat races take place throughout the day with fishing boats, small sailing boats and motor boats participating in casual yet highly competitive races. This year’s event is on Saturday 31st July.
You can join the fun as a spectator or get the children involved by joining events such as the Junior sand events (apple bobbing, wheelbarrow races, pick a pint of winkles, three legged race) or the new ‘Wife Carrying’ event (self-explanatory). Pavement artists, the Guernsey Majorettes and live music will accompany participants, spectators and visitors all day and an evening barbecue will conclude a fantastic day of fun. There will also be free entry to the fascinating Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum all day, so you can combine your family day out with some fascinating history.
Alderney Week is a fun week of activities, from live music and events including raft racing, strongman competitions, a gala night, harbour races, fireworks and even a parade. It’s a busy time on the island, so booking up accommodation and travel options is advised sooner rather than later. Takes place from 2nd - 7th August. Find out more about the event here.
Tennerfest is Back for 2021
Each year, local chefs gear up for a phenomenal 6 week focus on food with the Tennerfest Food Festival in the autumn. The sun may have set on the summer season by the time that this event rolls around, but October and November are great months to visit the island, especially if you love your food. Hotels, restaurants, bistros, gastropubs and cafes all take part in providing fixed price low cost menus showcasing the best of their cuisine and the local produce available in Guernsey. Prices start from £10 per head. The festival was created around the principle of great food at a great price, and that continues to this day. Over 150 restaurants took part in 2019 across the Channel Islands and offered a vast range of mouthwatering dishes. As well as top quality cuisine, keep an eye out for traditional local favourites on the menus, such as bean jar and gâche melée! Head over to the Tennerfest website for further details.
The new look Guernsey Marathon returns on Sunday 24 October 2021. Organisers say that there were “delighted with the feedback on the 2020 Marathon and were proud to have been one of the few marathon events that took place in 2020.
Building on the success of this year’s event, organisers have confirmed that it will again operate multi distance race categories in 2021, to include the Marathon, Mourant Relay Race and Fun Run. Planning of the event is well underway and organisers are working hard behind the scenes to enhance a few areas on the course and event to ensure an even better runner experience in 2021. The course will remain similar in 2021, however organisers are working closely with local authorities and landowners to seek a few small changes around the course where feasible.
Runners can view the interactive course map via the website, which has been kindly designed by the States of Guernsey and Digimap, who specialise in creating software solutions and providing digital maps. The course takes runners around the beautiful coastline of Guernsey, starting and finishing at Castle Pier in St Peter Port. The event will operate under a full license from UK Athletics and the course will be an officially measured distance.
Check out the website for more details and information on how to register.
Keep an eye on our What's On page for other events on the Islands.
We know many of you love our Islands and we have been looking after them while you’ve been away.
While we can't welcome you today, we all look forward to welcoming you in the near future with open arms.