Planning a trip to the Islands of Guernsey this autumn? We have curated some of the best events to keep you busy on your adventure.
Halloween is just around the corner - whether you fancy a costume party, a trip to the pumpkin patch or a roller disco - we have it all!
For a relaxed autumnal day, visit Heritage Farm’s Pumpkin Patch weekend, taking place on the 23rd and 24th October. As well as pumpkins of all shapes and sizes the farm will have friendly animals, great stalls with local businesses and halloween activities. You can also try your hand at pumpkin carving in the Market Square and see if you win a prize in their annual competition on 30th October.
Looking for a party? The annual Halloween Ball in aid of local charity Grow is taking place at the Peninsula Hotel on 30th October, get out your best costume and get ready to spook the night away. The Peninsula Hotel will also play the starring role in the Haunted Hotel event on 6th November to celebrate the Day of the Dead - with a great selection of DJs and amazing decor this event is one for your diaries. In town, Octopus will be hosting the RaveYard Halloween party on 30th October with live music, halloween cocktails and a finger buffet - a great fun evening in a spectacular location.
If you are feeling brave, why not test your courage with the Bunker of Horrors experience at Mirus Battery? As you make your way around the bunker prepared to jump as over 25 scarers haunt you in the dark. The Haunted Bunker will also have a BBQ and drinks tent and is supporting two great local charities.
For something a bit more retro you can join in the Halloween Roller Disco on 30th October, with a session for families and adults only for you to show off your moves. Alternatively, for a fun adventure, head to Sark to join in their Murder Mystery evenings at the Stocks Hotel. Death In Practice is a fun, intriguing evening with delicious food and a handful of comedy - running on Saturdays throughout November.
Stocks Hotel, Sark
If you are visiting with children why not check out our recent blog with activities for October half term and beyond.
The wonderful Guille-Alles Library are running a fun Halloween Story Walk on 27th October best suited for 6-10 year olds. Meet in St Peter Port, venturing through the cobbled streets whilst listening to a spooky tale before returning to the library for more stories and treats. Children will also love getting their hands messy and creating their own spooky tie-dye t-shirt with Iris and Dora on 28th October - a perfect chance to make a Halloween costume!
If you would like to get involved in the local small business community on your visit there are a variety of workshops and markets taking place in the Autumn. The Community Arts Festival is taking place at St James from 23rd- 24th October - you can enjoy a variety of workshops and exhibitions over the weekend including: Jewellery Making, Grass Weaving, Painting Landscapes, Embroidery Lessons, Life Drawing and an Autumn Wreath Making Workshop.
The Autumn Market in Guernsey is taking place on 23rd October where local stall holders will be sharing their work, including delicious food! A great chance to get to know local artisans and creators.
In Sark you will find the Craft and Produce Market at the Cider Barn on 6th November - beautiful festive crafts will be available for some early Christmas purchases, with tasty treats and mulled drinks to warm you up around the fire.
The Tennerfest is well underway through autumn, the annual food festival in the Channel Islands where restaurants produce menus for £10-£20 for 3 courses - it's a fantastic way to sample all the amazing food in the islands. You can find a list of all Tennerfest menus here.
For a special treat, visit The White House Hotel in Herm for a spectacular food weekend. Enjoy a gin tasting evening with a 4 course dinner at the Conservatory Restaurant followed by Sunday lunch the next day. The gin tasting will be hosted by expert and distiller Luke Wheadon. An amazing event from 23rd-24th October to enjoy the beauty of Herm and delicious food.
An Evening in Herm
If you would like to get extra active on your visit, the Muddy Cow 5k Fun Run is happening on 28th October - join locals to support Guernsey charities by running through muddy fields and having a laugh. If you are interested in a more serious sporting challenge on your visit, the Guernsey Marathon will be held on 22nd October with the route taking in beautiful scenic country lanes, coastal views and some of Guernsey’s most iconic landmarks. You are able to run alone or participate in teams of 5 or 2. An amazing opportunity to run a marathon in a unique and beautiful setting.
For those of us who are more sporting observers, the Guernsey Raiders Mens and Ladies teams will be playing each weekend. Head down to Footes Lane to watch (hopefully) fantastic rugby matches with a great atmosphere as the Raiders play their southern rivals.
St James' Assembly & Concert Hall, St Peter Port
The weather may be getting chillier outside but that is not a problem when there is so much great live music and theatre to take in over the autumn season. Take a visit to the historic St James’ building to hear the Guernsey Jazz Orchestra on 30th October, join in their Sounds of the Musicals series in November, or see iconic local band City Limits in concert on 6th November.
St James’ is also playing host to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, who are performing from 26th-29th October. They will be showcasing some of the Bard’s most beloved plays including As You Like It and The Tempest, with an audience’s choice on their final night. If you are visiting over this time, this is not to be missed!
Autumn is a great time to visit the Islands, so why not book a trip now? We’ll see you soon!