The Island of Jersey is a British Crown Dependency. This means it is defended and internationally represented by the UK government. Jersey's government issues its own internationally recognised driving licences and the island has its own postal and telecommunications services, independent of the UK or neighbouring France.
Jersey Half Term Dates and School Holidays
Jersey sits in the Bay of St Malo - just 19 miles (or 30.5 km) from the French coast and 85 miles (137 km) south of the English coast. Jersey is the biggest of the Channel Islands.
School Holidays in Guernsey, Channel Islands.
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School Holiday Activities in the Channel Islands.
If you are planning a family trip to the Channel Islands in the school holidays, then it is worth doing a little planning in advance to find things for the kids to do. The islands have all the advantages of a UK holiday with better weather, lots of beautiful beaches, interesting historical sites and enough Gallic flair to keep things different. Channel Island school holiday activities will, however, vary depending on which island you’re on and how big it is. So, what can your family get up to?
Jersey has some great walks and beaches that all the family can enjoy. As the largest of the Channel Islands it can be quite lively and has good shopping and many different options for eating out. It is also full of attractions and historical sites. Try a visit to the Elizabeth Castle in St Aubin’s Bay. Once the home of Sir Walter Raleigh, this fortress dates back to the 1590s. You can walk to the castle at low-tide but many kids get a buzz out of taking the ferry across to the islet.
Jersey is also the home of the Pallot Steam, Motor and General Museum – a fantastic find for all Thomas fans! If your family enjoys nature and animals, then you should take a visit to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Established by the naturalist and author, Gerald Durrell, in the 1950s, this is home to over 130 endangered species.
Historic Guernsey Holidays;
History buffs of all ages are guaranteed to like Guernsey. The island showcases its occupation by the Germans in World War Two particularly well. For example, try a visit to La Vallette Underground Military Museum which is housed in an old German complex of tunnels, the German Occupation Museum or the German Military Underground Hospital.
If history isn’t your thing or if you want to mix things up a little, then you might enjoy the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery or the Sculpture Park and Tropical Garden at Sausmarez Manor. The garden is lovely in good weather and the manor itself is also well worth a visit. If you want a little more action, then you can book coasteering (not for the faint-hearted!), kayaking, diving, surfing, windsurfing and sailing activities.
Alderney is a little smaller and quieter but there is still plenty to do to fill any Channel Island school holiday break. It has seven clean and safe beaches, a beautiful coastline and more rolling green hills than you can shake a stick at! It is also a Ramsar (a wetland of international importance) site so any birdwatchers or nature lovers you take with you are guaranteed a good time.
The island also has a small museum covering local history and plenty of military sites and fortifications dating back centuries. If you visit during the summer, you may be lucky and see some of Alderney Week. This festival is basically like a large village fete – remember to book early if you want to stay on the island while the festival is on as things can get quite crowded.
Any visit to the Channel Islands in the school holidays should include a visit to Sark. This is a great way to show the kids a different way of life. The island has no cars, although there is a tractor-bus, known locally as the ‘toast-rack’ to get you up the hill footpath from the boat if you can’t face the walk. You can also take tours of the island by horse-drawn carriage.
This is a calm and relaxing place to visit. It has lovely beaches, good fishing and is a favourite spot with divers because of its clear waters. Its night-sky is full of stars because of its unpolluted darkness, making the island well worth a late or overnight visit. This was the first island to be awarded Dark Sky status – you really won’t have seen a night-sky filled with so many stars like this at home if you live in a town or city.
People do stay on Herm for a get-away-from-it-all break, but this tiny island may suit you better for a day-trip if you want to stay somewhere with more to do. There is one hotel on the island, self-catering cottages and a campsite. Like the other Channel Islands, you’ll get access to lovely white sandy beaches, a glorious coastline and plenty of close encounters with nature.
There are many different water sports on offer on the island. A company runs RIB boat rides to show off the islands themselves and some of the local species of nature. RIB rides can be a little hair-raising but they are fun for most kids!
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