JERSEY, 2014-3-7 — /Travel PR News/ — If you’re searching for the perfect getaway with long sun-filled days, or something to keep the whole family entertained, look no further than the beautiful island of Jersey.
Whether you’re after an active break packed with adrenaline fuelled fun, a gastronomic experience of Michelin star quality, a romantic retreat, a culture and history packed adventure or a relaxing spa weekend, Jersey has a huge calendar of events to make for the perfect short break this year.
For information on everything Jersey, visit www.jersey.com
Some upcoming highlights include:
Spring Walking Week
Saturday 10th May – 17th May
Discover the island’s unique heritage and explore Jersey’s natural beauty in a series of free guided walks designed for every age and experience. Additionally, the Around Island Walk is conducted over five days and covers the entire coastline of the island. Transfers are included in this walk to get you to and from your starting point each day. This walk is £25 for the week, while all the other walks featured in the programme are free.
Collas Crill Round Island Walk
Saturday 21st June 2014
Covering a total distance of 48.1 miles this annual charity event, organised in association with Rotary de la Manche, attracts both local and visiting walkers who are keen to challenge themselves. Not for the faint hearted, the walk goes anticlockwise around the island, with thirteen checkpoints along the way. Walkers can expect to complete the walk in anything from 12 to 21 hours. www.jersey.com/walking
Autumn Walking Week
Saturday 13th – 20th September
Experience the wonderful autumnal colours of Jersey and join in a full free programme of unique countryside, coastal and history walks with some of the Island’s most experienced guides.
Jersey in Bloom
Saturday 5th July – Tuesday 8th July
Jersey at its floral best showcases private gardens, The Jersey Rose Show, environmental walks, the Island’s floral attractions and other blooming activities over this extended weekend festival.
Battle of Flowers Grand Day Parade
Thursday 14th August
Enjoy the spectacle of flower wreathed floats, musicians, dancers and entertainers providing a tremendous atmosphere for one of the highlights in our summer events calendar.
Battle of Flowers Moonlight Parade
Friday 15th August
The Moonlight Parade is an amazing evening parade of the flower covered floats that are festooned with thousands of illuminated lights to give a truly magical appearance and a fitting finale to the Battle of Flowers floral extravaganza
Jersey Food Festival
Friday 23rd – Monday 26th May
The Jersey Food Festival is a celebration of the iconic Jersey Royal potato and the bountiful seafood and diary produce for which the Island is famous. Enjoy farm and dairy tours, low water walks and producer tours.
Jersey Seaside Festival
Sunday 10th August
Enjoy a day of traditional seaside fun at Havre des Pas for the whole family. The seafront and outdoor swimming pool will be jam packed with beach games, live entertainment, music, local art and crafts, and al fresco dining.
Wednesday 1st October – Sunday 9th November
The Channel Islands can look forward to 6 weeks of great meals at fixed prices. Restaurateurs on both islands are offering menus starting at £10 with £12.50, £15.00 and now £17.50 options. This enables the restaurants to offer a wide and exciting selection of food during this promotion.
La Faîs’sie d’Cidre (Cider Festival)
Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th October
Celebrate the cider of today and yesterday with a variety of activities and tastings at Hamptonne.
Black Butter Making
Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th October
Join the National Trust for Jersey as it makes this delicious local delicacy from the Island’s apple harvest. Peel the apples, stir the pot and learn about the history and tradition of Black Butter making in Jersey and how it can be used with different foods today. Enjoy a traditional ‘Genuine Jersey’ market on the Saturday with pumpkin carving for the children.
ARTS AND MUSIC
Jersey Textile Showcase
Monday 5th – Sunday 11th March
Visitors to the Jersey Textile Showcase will have a wide choice of half and full day workshops and many exhibitions, with free entry, led by 12 inspirational tutors from the UK, France and Jersey. All events including the Opening Party, talks, demos, Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation, Fashion Show and cake demonstrations, all within a 5 minute walk from The Harbour Gallery in the picturesque harbour village of St Aubin.
Liberation International Music Festival
Wed 7th May – Sun 11th May
The fifth Liberation Music Festival theme explores liberation, artistic freedom and the power of music to liberate the spirit. With a flavour of France we remember the forced labourers who were shipped to Jersey to build Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. Over fifteen internationally acclaimed artists, perform beautiful, dramatic and atmospheric music in stunning settings in the beautiful island of Jersey. International stars include multiple award winning clarinettist Michael Collins, the stunning viola player Jennifer Stumm, jazz legend Ray Gelato, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and many more. www.liberationjersey.com
Channel 103 Big Gig in the Park
Friday 18th – Sunday 20th July
This event, which will see some of the biggest new talents in popular music performing in Jersey, takes place at the beautiful Howard Davis Park in St Helier. Now in its fifth year, with artists still to be named, previous headline acts have included boy bands JLS and Union J, plus winner of The X Factor James Arthur. This year’s gig will grow to two days with the introduction of a “Legend in the Park” on Friday night. Legendary singer Sir Tom Jones, who is currently reaching and appealing to new audiences since joining BBC1’s “The Voice”, will headline the night.
Jersey Live Festival of Music
Saturday 30th – Sunday 31st August
The atmosphere at Jersey Live Festival is second to none, with a vibrant and responsive crowd, welcoming in recent years a huge roster of artists. In 2013, Fat Boy Slim, Chic, Bastille, Example, Gabrielle Aplin and many more performed to capacity crowds. Often a sell-out, Jersey Live Festival remains the Channel Islands’ biggest live music event with 20,000 attending over the festival weekend.
Branchage Film Festival
Weds 24th – Sunday 28th September
Branchage is a young, ambitious and imaginative film festival combining cutting edge commissions and creative programming with all that’s charming about Jersey. The festival specialises in site specific film screenings, music and other events, matching each to a complementary and unusual venue on the island.
SPORTING & MOTORING EVENTS
Barclays Jersey Boat Show
Saturday 3th – Monday 5th May
The Barclays Jersey Boat Show gets the boating season off to a great start taking place right in the maritime heart of St Helier. Featuring power and sail, boating enthusiasts can step on board a number of watercraft, view the latest models from luxurious super-yachts to family cruisers, see an impressive line-up of Royal Navy vessels, and visit an array of lifestyle and marine accessories exhibitors and local artisans along the adjacent quaysides, bursting with food and local entertainment.
Jersey International Festival of Motoring
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th June;
Steep winding hills and straights beside the long beach provide the perfect combination for a motoring festival for participants and spectators alike. The festival is the largest annual motoring event in the Channel Islands, with competitive sprint and hill climbs for classic and vintage cars and motorcycles, a large static motor show with motor and ancillary trade stands and exhibits from Jersey motoring clubs, and a touring event visiting places of interest around the island. Enthusiasts come from far and wide to proudly drive and display their “pride and joy”, whether it be a veteran, vintage, classic, touring or competition car or motorcycle. The focus is on Jersey’s glorious and pioneering days of motorsport emanating from the famous Jersey international road races of the 40’s & 50’s.
Venture Cup – London to Monte Carlo Powerboat Race
Saturday 7th – Monday 9th June
For the first time Jersey will play host to the world’s longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race. Up to 35 Ocean –class powerboats will race from the heart of London to Jersey in the first leg of this two week 2750 mile race. The Venture Cup village in St Helier will be the hub of shore activity whilst the action takes place on the water.
Pearl Izumi Tour Series Finale
Friday 13th June
The Pearl Izumi Tour Series is Britain’s leading televised cycle race Series, with highlights of every round shown on ITV4. In 2014 The Pearl Izumi Tour Series will culminate in Jersey, with top teams battling it out for the right to be crowned the best team in Britain.
Jersey Festival of Cycling
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th June
A weekend of cycling activities for all ages and abilities to showcase the Island’s perfect cycling terrain. This event runs in conjunction with the Pearl Izumi Tour Series Finale.
International Air Display
Thursday 11th September
The skies above Jersey come alive to the sights and sounds of arguably one of the largest free air displays in Europe.
Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon
Sunday 5th October
The marathon starts on the streets of St Helier and runs through some of the Island’s most scenic spots, taking in country lanes, picturesque valleys and the beautiful coast of Jersey. In addition to the main marathon, there is a relay race and fun run for everyone! This is the seventh year that the Jersey Marathon has been held. Not only is it a great race but also contributes to the economy of the Island and to charitable causes.
Paperclix Jersey Rally
Friday 10th – Saturday 11th October
One of the few car rallies left in the British Isles run entirely on public roads, the 31st Paperclix Jersey Rally is a weekend not to be missed by motorsport enthusiasts. Jersey’s narrow and twisty lanes which are edged in many sections with rugged granite walls prove to be a tough challenge for the 80-90 crews from the UK, Channel Islands and France expected to take part.
Friday 9th May
Join islanders to celebrate the liberation from Occupying Forces during World War II. A variety of activities and events are planned during the run up to Liberation day, including
heritage trails, access to WWII bunkers and a commemorative service.
Monday 26th May – 31st December
Jersey Heritage will be displaying the world’s largest Celtic coin hoard discovered in 2012 and containing up to 70,000 silver alloy coins plus gold and silver jewellery. It will be the centrepiece of a major exhibition which looks at the Channel Islands as part of the Celtic and Roman worlds two thousand years ago, when they were at the edge of the Empire. In addition to the hoard, which will be placed in its own laboratory with conservators taking it apart in public view, the exhibition will feature Celtic treasures from the Channel Islands and Brittany region.
Saturday 6th – Sunday 14th September
From ancient dolmens to the imposing fortifications of World War II, weave your way through the rich tapestry of Jersey’s unique heritage. Castles by candlelight, terrifying tales, moonlit adventures on the seabed and glimpses behind closed doors will delight, excite and enlighten. Get up-close-and-personal to artefacts with their own intriguing story to tell and become acquainted with celebrated personalities of the Island’s past – and some of the more infamous ones too! Experience another dimension of history through the treasures of Jersey Heritage, the National Trust for Jersey and The Société Jersiaise.
La Fête de Noué
Thursday 4th December – Sunday 7th December
The Island is ‘lit up’ with a full programme of activities arranged to complement the lead up to the festive period. Meander through the streets of St. Helier, under a canopy of brilliant white lights and experience late night shopping and street entertainment. Take Enjoy a traditional market, Christmas parade and much more….