Eight implausible household adventures within the Channel Islands
Here you will find a beach for every family, from wild, secluded bays to sandy beaches with cafes, restaurants and kid-friendly facilities.
are known for their cleanliness. Vazon and Grandes Rocques Bays were both awarded. Sandy beaches are so abundant that it is not difficult to find a quiet place even in summer.
Elsewhere in the Bailiwick, Sark’s wild beaches have been created for coasteering, cliff jumping, and rock pool fishing, ideal for older children and strong swimmers. Herm’s Shell Beach, on the other hand, is a gently sloping shore with soft golden sand and clear water, making it perfect for picnics and building sandcastles.
Alderney’s beaches offer a great combination of untamed nature and family-friendly amenities. Longis Bay on the southeast coast is wide but well protected, while Braye Bay has clean white sand and the port facilities are just a few minutes’ walk away.
2: go wild
Dino Walk in Tamba Park (Tamba Park)
When the naturalist Gerald Durrell founded his wildlife park of the same name in Jersey, he wanted to create an oasis for animals, a facility whose focus is nature conservation. 50 years later Durrell Wildlife Park still lives up to its creator’s vision, with 32 hectares to call home for its residents. Here you will meet meerkats and monkeys, gorillas and gibbons and learn more about the fantastic work the trust does.
For a more “terrifying” treat, go to Tamba Park in St. Lawrence, home of the hair-raising Dino Walk. This scenic walk is accompanied by prehistoric companions including a T-Rex, a stegosaurus, a velociraptor, and many more. The park’s adventure playground, birds of prey center, boat lake, and dinosaur-free sculpture trail make this a fun place to visit for a day.
3: do some island hopping in Guernsey
The Coupée on Sark (Dreamstime)
Island hopping Getting to the Bailiwick of Guernsey is easy and fun, with fast ferries and flights. It’s a great way to turn your family break into real adventure.
From Guernsey, take the ferry for a short trip to Sark (50 minutes) or Herm (20 minutes). If you’re lucky, you might spot puffins, boobies, and maybe even dolphins from the deck.
Alderney is only 20 minutes away guernsey a scenic flight by air with incredible views of the emerald islands.
With a week of exploring, you could make it a family mission to grab an ice cream on each of the islands, count your wildlife encounters, and watch the changing landscapes.
4: Let off steam in Jersey
Kayaks off the coast of Jersey (Absolute Adventures)
Are you trying to keep the kids off their iPads? You don’t have to venture far in Jersey to find a great outdoor activity for all ages and abilities. Throw them in with a few surf lessons Splash Surf School on the west coast of the islands. You will show up exhausted but happy.
Elsewhere, Absolute adventure caters to the kayak crowd, with expeditions to distant bays and cliff jumping spots.
For children who feel less comfortable on the water, Creepy Valley Adventure Park has a high ropes course, a huge king swing trapeze, paintball arena, archery and zip lines. Better still, the whole family can get involved. Instead of watching from the sidelines, you’ll be attending too.
5: Puffin spotting
Puffin on Rocky Cliffs (Dreamstime)
Follow the puffins to Guernsey’s rocky shores. Every March, the colorful beaked birds come to these islands to nest on the cliffs, which is hardly your average game viewing in the British Isles.
Get close to one Boat ride or rib rideOr try a kayak tour from Herm’s Shell Beach, which has a prime nesting site nearby.
Puffins aren’t the only wild residents in this area. So keep an eye out for Atlantic seals sunbathing on the islands around Sark and dolphins and porpoises playing in the English Channel.
6: Bring history lessons to life
Mont Orgueil Castle (Dreamtime)
With a little imagination, your kids can conquer the castles and fortresses of Jersey, some of the toughest strongholds in the British Isles. At the Mont Orgueil Castlebudding knights can dress in medieval regalia for a day to defend their towering towers.
Elizabeth Castle, in St. Aubin’s Bay, has protected the island for over 300 years, but now its cannons and battlements are ripe for exploration. Visit it in an amphibious boat or walk over at low tide.
The Jersey war tunnel, Remnants of recent historical events, offer a fascinating insight into island life under German occupation during World War II. Exhibits at this underground war hospital include military artifacts, vehicles, and a haunting, incomplete tunnel. If your kids are learning about WWII this is a thought-provoking place.
7: Search for treasure
Fort Gray (Dreamtime)
From April 8th to May 10th, the two bailiffs celebrate this Channel Islands Heritage Festival, An action-packed program with guided history walks, activities for children and spectacular one-off events.
Don’t miss Guernsey’s Island Explorers Treasure Hunt, which will take you and the kids around the island in search of hidden bounties.
With a map from the Guernsey Museum, you can explore the world-famous forts and castles of Guernsey, searching for clues as you go. When you return your treasure map with all the tasks completed, you will receive your own treasure. That sounds like great work, dear ones.
8: rainy day? No problem
Children play in the Maritime Museum (Schifffahrtsmuseum)
Even in midsummer, the weather in the Channel Islands can be unpredictable, but there is great fun indoors.
The Maritime Museum With multi-sensory exhibits to keep the whole family entertained, you’ll be at the forefront of Jersey’s maritime tradition. Feel the full force of a storm, learn how ships stay afloat, and hear stories about the island’s darkest tumblers.
Motorsport fans, young and old, will enjoy the opportunity to spend the afternoon at Nigel Mansell MuseumHere you will find all of the F1 champion’s favorite cars as well as photos, interviews and his bulging trophy cabinet.
For younger travelers, aMaizin! Adventure park is a great option for rainy days with indoor slides, smart activities, and a ballpark to keep them happy. When the sun comes up, try tractor rides, sledding, and treasure hunts. There’s enough here to fill a full day, whatever the weather.
This article is endorsed by the Channel Islands Heritage Festival but is impartial and independent, as are all Wanderlust editorials.
The Channel Islands Heritage Festival runs from April 8th to May 10th, 2017 and includes exhibits, special events and activities. For more information, see www.visitchannelislands.com.
Main image: Gorilla in Durrell Wildlife Park, Jersey (Jersey Tourism Association)