Looking for things to do with the family this summer? We've rounded up a few of the best for you. It's time to embrace the staycation and support local.
KPMG Castle Nights are back
The sun is shining and the summer holidays are upon us and there are many things to do with a family this summer on the Islands. Here are a few of the highlights:
Experience one of Guernsey’s most popular summer events. The gates of Castle Cornet will be thrown open on four Friday evenings for KPMG Castle Nights featuring live music, singing and fun for the children. Head over and enjoy the free entertainment and soak up the atmosphere at one of Guernsey’s most historic sites. A more detailed programme of events and timings will be available on individual nights. Keep an eye on their Facebook Page for those. That is also the place to keep an eye on any last minute changes, due to weather for example.
Last week, KPMG hosted the first of four events. The second programme for this Friday 24th July includes James Dumbelton, Emily Fern, Rachel Dawson, Guernsey Jazz Orchestra, The Laird's Chair, Grace Tayler, The KB Project and more.
The remaining upcoming planned dates are below:
24th July - 6pm-9pm
31st July - 6pm-9pm
7th August - 6pm-9pm
The Cobo Bay Balcony Gigs have become a major part of Guernsey summers over the past 30 years and bring a real carnival atmosphere to the Cobo seafront, whilst raising much needed funds for local charities such as the Guernsey Cheshire Home.
Enjoy the events from the beach or over lunch. Advanced bookings are required for lunch on The Beach Terrace at the Cobo Bay Hotel, where you can enjoy a carvery buffet and dessert as well as table service for drinks throughout the afternoon. Each event features a support band from approximately 3pm and lasts until 7.30pm
Upcoming Balcony Gigs are listed here:
2nd August -The Big Band Collective
16th August - Sons of the Desert supported by Rubix and Episode 2
30th August - Element 5 supported by Stoked and The Silveradds
13th September - A Tribute to City Limits supported by The Day Trippers
27th September - Elysium as Pink Floyd supported by Stuck to the Ceiling and the Infrequents
It has been confirmed that Alderney Week will be going ahead this August for the good folk of Alderney, Guernsey, Sark and Herm - and this will be a true Islands' Festival! “We look forward to welcoming our other fellow Channel Islanders along with anybody outside the Bailiwick who is able to come to Alderney whilst adhering to the current travel and quarantine restrictions,” said Ronnie Cairnduff. Embrace an island filled with live music, masses of entertainment for the kids, along with parties, carnivals and wild and wacky events for the whole family.
This year’s theme is: “THE TWENTIES”. The Twenties theme lends itself to all sorts of great ideas. So, from the Roaring 1920's to the space age 2020's and all things before, beyond and in-between, there’s plenty of scope. Get creative!
Seafront Sunday festivals are back! Enjoy an al-fresco vibe along the St Peter Port seafront on certain Sundays during the summer months. Each Seafront Sunday has a different theme, but all offer the chance to stroll along the seafront, enjoying the casual friendly atmosphere. The first one is Arts Sunday on 9th August from 10am until 5pm.
"The Guernsey Arts Commission are proud to announce that Arts Sunday this year will be going ahead on the revised date of 9th August for its 10th year celebrating creative talent within our Islands'. Starting at 10am and finishing at 5pm, the day long event will be taking over the town seafront, with local arts and crafts producers showcasing their talents in a fun, free and accessible way."
Future planned dates are as follows:
23rd August 10am - 4pm- Motorsport
13th September 10am - 4pm - GSPCA
The line up is as follows:
Friday evening: Live music from Mods n Rockers, Matt Bonneville and the Cage Shakers and High Voltage
Saturday daytime: Family Fun Day (Bring your own picnic!)
Saturday evening: GuernseyTogether 70s Concert featuring The Recks and The Blondettes.
Sunday: Classic Car Show and Family Fun Day with Jazz.
Prices are £10 entry for the whole weekend or £5 per individual event.
Special Retro Festival room rates are available at the Peninsula Hotel. These are £90 per room, including breakfast (£100 including the Festival ticket) You can also camp for £50 per tent, for two people including breakfast, for a 2-night camping stay.
Contact the Peninsula (248400 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to buy and collect the tickets up to the 2nd August. Tickets also on sale from Beau Sejour Leisure Centre.
Look out for another list of activities for later in the summer soon. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for more, or head over to our Events pages to find more.