Jersey Events and Festivals
(Jersey, Channel Islands, British Isles)
All through the year, the island of Jersey hosts a huge selection of different festivals and seasonal events, meaning there are always things to do, places to see and sights to savour. Events on Jersey range from golfing tournaments, music festivals and flower shows, to maritime extravaganzas, summer fireworks and many fun-filled beach events.
March on the island sees the arrival of the every popular Spring Flower Show, which is run by the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society. There are lots of festivals and celebrations taking place each year in May, such as the Jersey MG Owners Club Spring Rally, the Liberation Festival, the Spring Walking Week, and the Gorey Fete de la Mer, where you can enjoy an array of waterfront entertainment and al fresco dining, in the shadow of Mont Orgueil Castle.
Jersey Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015
Every June, the Jersey Festival of Motoring is a particular highlight and involves cavalcades, treasure hunts and various displays. The Solstice Celebration takes place each year on June 20th and involves burning a giant wicker man on a beachfront, followed soon after by the Samarès Summer Festival and Jersey Rose Show, and also outdoor sunset concerts, next to the Dolmen de Grantez, overlooking St. Ouen's Bay.
July and August are always busy months in Jersey, when many of the most popular events take place. Early July is when the 'Out of the Blue' Maritime Festival is held, based at St. Helier Harbour and featuring street theatre, food fairs and a number of boat trips. The West Show is a biennial event in the middle of July and this traditional country fayre is always a crowd pleaser.
Perhaps one of the most famous events on Jersey, the Battle of the Flowers Carnival is known across Europe and consists of a parade of colourful floats, decorated with dried flowers and one celebration which is simply quite unmissable. Beach competitions and fun-filled events take place at the end of August at the Gorey Fete, along various concerts at the Jersey Live Music Festival.
The skies come alive in mid-September, when if you look up you are likely to see one of Europe's biggest free air displays. Towards the end of this month on Jersey, you can stretch your legs during the Autumn Walking Week, attend the rather unusual Canine Come Dancing Tournament for dogs, or learn more about the island's leading archaeological sites, as part of the Fete des Dolmens.