With great weather, warmer sea temperatures and lots of things to do, autumn is a great time to visit the Islands.
We’ve really enjoyed being able to host visitors once again this summer - and the season is not over yet! September and October is actually the perfect time to plan a trip. Thanks to the milder climate of the Channel Islands, summer lasts longer in the Islands of Guernsey than on mainland UK, making autumn a great time to visit.
Let’s dive in to why.
Thanks to the sun being on the water all summer long, the sea is still a good temperature for swimming. Wild swimming in the sea is becoming more and more popular amongst both locals and tourists alike. Obviously, we’re still talking about The English Channel, and the sea is cold all year round, but from July-September water temperatures can reach 18.5 °C. This page will help you to find the best spots and keep an eye on tides and weather. Guernsey has one of the biggest tidal ranges in Europe, so it’s important to make sure you don’t get caught out!
We have a much milder climate here in the Bay of St Malo than the UK, meaning you can eek out a few more weeks of beach time, alfresco dining and outdoor activities. In as little as 30mins on a plane, you can land for your island getaway.
Harbour Carnival - Chris George
Community events are still happening all over the islands at this time of year. From the Harbour Carnival, a truly unique evening where islanders take part in a variety of activities for local causes, including dinghy races and even a tug of war over the entrance to the harbour (meaning yes the losing team ends up in the sea!) to the Guernsey Air Display, there is a variety of unique things to do. The Guernsey Photography Festival runs from 23rd September to 23rd October. Herm Island will also host an Ale and Cider Festival this year in September. In addition to this, there are also a lot of other fun charity events, such as sponsored walks and runs, alongside Sunday markets, concerts, museum events, so be sure to check our Things To Do page regularly before your trip.
Traditionally in the summer shoulder months, restaurants would have a quiet season before the festive season kicks in. To combat this, the annual Channel Island-wide food festival, Tennerfest was launched. Every October, a huge number of local restaurants, pubs and cafes show off their best cuisine with set menus for only £10 a head. It is a fantastic opportunity to discover new places to lunch and dine, as well as support local businesses as the summer season dies down. Chefs often find the time to play with seasonal ingredients and present unique, delicious plates for you to enjoy. This makes it the perfect time to book a food-focused weekend away - just make sure you book the restaurants ahead of time too, as these menus are popular!
Cliff Walk Views
Every September, the Autumn Walking Festival is led by the Bailiwick’s gold or silver accredited guides. From Saturday the 11th September to Sunday 26th September, every day will see a range of fantastic range of guided walks showing off the wonders of Guernsey, Herm and Sark. From coastal rambles to hidden ruettes tranquilles, to exploring our beautiful capital. Each walk starts close to a bus stop and parking area, and all are rated from an easy amble to a more testing hike. Through locally accredited Guides this is such a wonderful way to discover so much about the islands.
There’s still time to have a holiday in the sunshine, not far away from home thanks to the Indian Summer that is common at this time of year. We’ll see you soon!