Monday, 18 January 2016

Family fun on the Channel Islands

THIS year’s #ChannelIslands Heritage Festival (March 25-May 10) will celebrate a group of small islands with a big history, offering five weeks of family-friendly events across Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark. 

There will be nautical tours of castles, towers, and lighthouses, guided walks, cycle rides, kayak adventures, and vintage bus tours.

Events include:

Land Sailing with Pure Adventure, Jersey 
April 2, 4, 8 and 23
The fresh winds and five mile stretch of beach along Jersey's St. Ouen's Bay offer perfect conditions for adrenalin-fuelled land sailing. Families can try out the sport and race each other around a triangular course. Land sailing is suitable for children over nine and costs £25 per adult and £15 for children. To book, visit

Island Explorers Treasure Hunt, Guernsey
Throughout the festival

With the help of an explorer's map, adventurers young and old are challenged to find clues across the island's historic sites. The map is free to download from the VisitGuernsey website and all completed treasure hunts that are returned to Guernsey Museum will receive a small gift and be entered into a prize draw. 

Through the Looking Glass – A Kayak Exploration of Jersey's Maritime Jungle, Jersey
March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 26 April, May 2

Families can explore one of Europe's most diverse marine ecosystems on a sea kayak tour and observe marine and bird life. All kit is supplied and beginners are welcome. The cost is £40 per adult and £27 for children. Advance booking is essential through Jersey Kayak Adventures -

Bunkers at Night – Evening Tour, Jersey
March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5

Learn about Jersey's WWII heritage with a visit to various sites at night to light up Jersey's Military Heritage in a new way. The cost is £30 per adult and £15 per child aged 7-15. Booking is essential through Jersey War Tours -

Sea to Sea Cycle Tour, Jersey
March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5

Families are invited to join local Blue Badge Guide Arthur Lamy on a cycle tour from St Helier along Jersey's south coast to Les Platons, on the north coast, which offers views of the nearby coast of France and the other Channel Islands.  Along the 15 mile route, the tour stops to discover dolmens, manor houses, and even where the Jersey Royal early potato was created.  The tour costs £15 per person.

Beau Vallon Maritime Family Fun Day, Guernsey
May 1

A jam-packed day of activities including a pirate treasure hunt, free scuba diving taster sessions (age eight upwards), and maritime stalls.

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