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2020 Spring Breaks to Guernsey

From festivals to seasonal activities, the Islands of Guernsey awaken this spring.

As darkness creeps into the afternoon and the winter blues kick in, plan a weekend adventure this spring to the Islands of Guernsey. In under an hour’s flight from London, visitors can experience an island getaway that feels abroad yet is close to home.

 

Spring sunshine and mild weather makes the season an ideal time to enjoy Guernsey’s rural landscapes and coastal paths, as well as those of the sister islands of Lihou, Herm, Sark and Alderney. In spring 2020, the islands are marking the 75th anniversary of World War II and their liberation from German forces with Heritage75 - a major programme of events and festivities. In addition to annual spring activities, visitors have no reason not to experience the wonders of Guernsey during this special time.

 

Mark history at Heritage75

From April to October 2020, visitors to Guernsey and its sister islands of Lihou, Herm, Sark and Alderney will be able to join islanders and partake in one of 75 unique heritage-themed celebrations to mark 75 years of liberation. From themed tours, guided walks, and exhibitions to outdoor and family-focused events, the rolling programme of activity will enable visitors to discover and experience what life was like before, during and after the occupation, while also delving into other areas of the Bailiwick’s rich history. www.visitguernsey.com/see-and-do/events-festivals/heritage75

 

Uncover the island on foot at the Spring Walking Festival

From 16 – 31 May 2020, visitors can make the most of the milder weather at the annual Spring Walking Festival with an itinerary full of guided tours and trails across all the islands. Led by expert guides, there are walks to fit all ages and abilities, from peaceful strolls to challenging rambles, covering a wide range of themes. www.visitguernsey.com/see-and-do/events-festivals/spring-walking-festival/

 

Outdoor swimming at La Valette

For more than 150 years, the residents of Guernsey have been able to enjoy the recently renovated La Valette bathing pools on Guernsey’s east coast. The water in the pools comes directly from the sea at high tide and is trapped there when the tide lowers providing a natural, circulation-boosting seawater enclave that’s not quite as terrifying (or cold!) as swimming in the open sea but just as bracing! The pools are free to use. www.visitguernsey.com/content/la-valette-bathing-pools

 

Puffin watching by kayak

The Channel Islands’ puffin breeding colonies are the most southern in Europe and Guernsey’s sister island Herm provides a protected sanctuary from which to view them from the watery base of a kayak. Beginning in April the trips start from the famous Shell Beach, travel past Belvoir Bay to the eponymous Puffin Bay!

Led by an experienced kayaking instructor and puffin expert who knows the movements and the routines of these extraordinary birds, this is a unique way to get a close-up glimpse of these enigmatic animals.

The cost is £40 per person. outdoorguernsey.gg/activity/puffin-patrol/

 

Coasteering on Sark

For those who like more of a challenge, coasteering from the remote cliffs of Sark will give an adrenaline boost to even the most adventurous. Exploring the coastline from sea level, coasteering is an exhilarating mixture of swimming, scrambling, jumping and venturing into caves and gullies. A day coasteering in Sark takes in some of the most stunning caves and cavern systems in the world such as the Victor Hugo, Cathedral Cave, the Derrible Head Caverns and the famous Gouliot Caves. Adventure Sark’s guides meet visitors off the ferry from Guernsey before kitting everyone up and going through a full safety briefing before setting off on the adventure.

The cost is £40 per person for 2.5 hrs (£15 per extra hour) or a full day trip from Guernsey including all travel, transfers, post activity meal and refreshments costs £105 per person. www.adventuresark.com/

 

Explore by bike

Cycling offers a great way of exploring Guernsey – the narrow lanes and slow pace of traffic allow for safe and enjoyable cycling and it’s a great way to soak up the local atmosphere and admire the scenery. The three-hour Stride ‘n’ Ride tour takes in the island’s capital parish of St Peter Port and gives an insight into the island’s historical figures and iconic landmarks including Victoria Tower and Victor Hugo’s Hauteville House which reopened in 2019 after an extensive renovation. The cost is £27.50 per person including bike hire. donkeysdaysout.co.uk

 

Spring accommodation offers

After all that activity, the Islands of Guernsey’s hotels offer a haven to which to retreat:

For a touch of luxury, The Old Government House Hotel, the island’s only five-star property, offers traditional elegance and a nostalgic ambience. FlyGuernsey is offering four nights for the price of three at The OGH for stays between 1st January and 25th April 2020.

Rates start from £399 per person including full English breakfast, return flights from four airports and airport parking. www.flyguernsey.com/

www.visitguernsey.com/package-holidays/free-nights-5star-old-government-house-hotel-with-flyguernseycom

 

Cobo Bay Hotel is a beachfront hotel with picturesque views of the west coast of Guernsey. From 1st April to 31st December 2020, it is offering guests free nights with savings of up to 33% if booking with GuernseyTravel.com.

Rates start from £57 per person per night on a B&B basis. www.guernseytravel.com / www.visitguernsey.com/package-holidays/free-night-offers-save-up-to-25-at-3star-cobo-bay-hotel/

 

For those visiting Sark this spring, Stocks Hotel is offering guests up to 40% off when staying for five nights or longer between 6th March and 26th June.

Rates start from £92.50 per person per night including breakfast. www.stockshotel.com

 

Getting to Guernsey:

Return flights from London Gatwick to Guernsey with Aurigny are available from £62, hand baggage only, and flight time is one hour. www.aurigny.com

 

Return car ferries from Poole or Portsmouth to Guernsey with Condor in March are from £230, carrying two passengers. www.condorferries.co.uk

 

For further information on Guernsey, visit www.visitguernsey.com 

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