The days are getting shorter, but there are still plenty of ways to fill your time on the Islands of Guernsey. We have collected the best children’s activities for the October holidays - from the creative to the spooky, the adventurous to the cosy.
Looking to get outside and explore? The seasons may be changing but October and November are great months for getting outside and even in the sea! Guernsey’s water reaches its warmest temperatures in October after all the summer sun, so grab your wetsuits and get ready to go.
If you are brave enough to take the plunge why not have a go at surfing with the Guernsey Surf School, or join in the Outdoor Guernsey Holiday club? The Surf School offers group lessons during the school holiday for children aged 6-16 or you can book in for a private session that the whole family can enjoy together. Outdoor Guernsey have sessions each day during half term letting youngsters try their hand at kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing and climbing. With great teachers, children are guaranteed to have an amazing time. If you fancy joining your kids in the adventure, you can get in contact with Outdoor Guernsey to see what beaches they are taking their equipment to, hire a wetsuit and jump in!
For something a little drier, take a walk along the cliff paths of the south coast for magnificent views, paths gentle enough for little legs, and an amazing unicorn hot chocolate at the Hotel Jerbourg cafe. For a wildlife-filled route try the Millenium Walk around St Saviours Reservoir, a gentle circular walk where you can watch the leaves turn golden and spot the birds that call the reservoir their home - make sure to take your wellies!
You can also try your hand at horse riding with La Carriere Stables, or have a beginner lesson with their beautiful ponies suitable for children aged 3 and up.
For a spooky Halloween activity, try your hand at Pumpkin Carving in the Market Square of St Peter Port and then visit the beautiful children's section of the Guille-Alles Library for a selection of spooky stories. In fact, the library has a whole host of activities for families running all week long, so take a look at their website to see what's on offer.
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If you would rather cosy up inside, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy. To let your imagination run wild and create amazing works of art, Iris and Dora is the place to go. Pop in to try your hand at pottery painting - with items available for all the family to enjoy from castles and fairy-light lanterns to vases and vast plates. You can also pursue the shop full of work made by local artists and have a go at a one-to-one pottery throwing session to create your own piece.
For something a little more active visit Golf19 to try out their covered driving range or pirate themed mini golf. Once you have worked up your appetite, have a bite to eat at Nineteen the onsite restaurant. If daring heights are more your style, head to Up Climbing Centre where you can find climbing walls for all ages and abilities. You can build your confidence tackling heights or have a go at the low-boulders. Up have also teamed up with Iris and Dora to offer Craft and Climb sessions for the best of both worlds!
The Oatlands Village has something for everyone; with a playbarn, trampoline park and e-carting for those looking to burn off some energy, and crafting and teddy bear making for a more relaxed afternoon. You can re-energise yourself with delicious food at The Kiln or Oaty’s Diner. For a fun family activity head to the arcade or bowling alley and make sure to visit the toy shop and Rebecca’s Chocolates on your way home.
After visiting the shops in St Peter Port, stop in at the Old Government House Hotel for Afternoon Tea - they provide a fantastic selection for adults and an adorable children’s tea named after their bear Oggie. You can relax with a board game in the lounge with your delicious cakes and treats.
To finish a rainy day drive to the Mallard Cinema in Forest or the Beau Sejour Cinema for a family friendly film. You can collect your sweets and enjoy seasonally themed movie: The Addams Family 2 will be showing over the October half term to get you in the spooky spirit!
Autumn is a great time to visit the Islands, so why not book a trip now? We’ll see you soon!