Festivals and Events in Jersey

There are some great festivals and events in Jersey right through the year. Whether you're looking for food, motorsports, watersports, music, seaside festivals, country fairs or the Battle of Flowers parade, you're in the right place. I can't list all the events here, there are far too many - so I've just picked some of my favorites.

Battle of Flowers

Probably the best known of the annual events in Jersey, find out about the Battle of Flowers Parade, Moonlight Parade and Fairground here. You can even help decorate a float!

Air Display

The International Air Display in September is probably the largest free Air Display in Europe.

Food Festivals

With so many great restaurants in Jersey, and such a wealth of fresh seafood and local produce, its not surprising that there are several events celebrating food and drink. Lots of other events also have a great selection of food on offer.

The Channel Islands Festival of Food and Drink in May is a gourmet celebration involving demonstations, tastings and celebrity chefs.

Also in May, Gorey Fete de la Mer offers the best of Jersey Seafood.

The Fete D'Ete is a midsummer celebration in June with plenty of good food.

There are a number of smaller food festivals which are based in St Helier or on the Waterfront and run for a week, with outdoor eating and entertainment.

Over 100 Island restaurants take part in the Tennerfest during October and November, offering menus for £10, £12.50 or £15.

The similar Winter Warmers festival in February and March is new for 2007.

The CAMRA Real Ale Festival takes place in September, with real ales and ciders on offer.

La Faisie d'Cidre (Cider Festival) in October includes activities and tastings at the Hamptonne Country Life Museum.

If you are interested in traditional

Jersey food, you can see Black Butter being made, also at Hamptonne in October.

Farmer's Markets throughout the summer sell local produce, and the Central Market and Beresford St fish market in St Helier are well worth a visit for the produce, flowers and seafood.

Music Festivals

The biggest of the music events in Jersey is Jersey Live - the 'biggest little Indie rock festival' in the British Isles. It takes place at the beginning of September.

Rock in the Park features local bands and takes place in Howard Davis park in St Helier.

For jazz enthusiasts, there is a five day Jazz Festival in April, and a day of Jazz in the Park in July with local and visiting musicians.

Fairs, Fetes and Seaside Festivals

Almost every weekend in the summer there is a local fete. The biggest of these is Gorey Fete, which takes place in August on the Thursday after Battle of Flowers. Also check out the Seaside Festival at Havre Des Pas in August. It gets very busy, but we had a great time there last year.

The Foire de Jersey is a huge country fair with show arenas, food, activities and a French Food Market. It takes place over the bank holiday weekend at the end of May.

The Out of the Blue Maritime Festival in July is based around the marinas and harbours in St Helier.

For something a bit different, look out for the Flower Power event at the Lion Park in August. It has a sixties theme with everything 'hippy'.

Flower Shows

With it's mild climate, Jersey is the perfect place for growing everything from fruit to flowers. Here are some of the main floral events, but check out the floral and gardening visits and activities page too.

The Spring Flower Show takes place in March.

The Foire de Jersey in May includes a rose and flower show.

Jersey Rose and Flower Festival in June takes place in the grounds of Radier Manor.

There is a Summer Flower Show in August, and my favorite, the Autumn Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Show in October.

By the way, if you enjoy flowers, look out for the Ikebana displays at the flower shows. Ikebana is Japanese flower arranging with a modern, almost sculptural look. There's a thriving Ikebana group in the Island, and I make a point of looking for their inspiring displays.

Watersports Events

My favourite has to be the Wet& Wild Festival in July. But check out the Gorey Regatta in June, the Bathtub Challenge in July and the Dragon Boat Challenge in September too.

Motorsports Events

The popular Bouley Bay hillclimbs take place on Easter Monday and August bank holiday Monday. Sprints, motocross and sand racing take place throughout the summer.

The MG Owner's Club Spring Rally in May attracts many visiting cars.

In June the Jersey Festival of Motoring includes sprints, hill-climbs and displays of old cars.

The Jersey Rally takes place in October, with anything from Minis to World rally Cars negotiating some of Jersey's narrow lanes.

If vintage cars are more to your taste, the biggest parade takes place on Boxing Day.

Sports Events

If you enjoy coastal walking there is the South Coast Charity Challenge in April, the ITEX walk in June, and the Great North Coast Challenge in September.

For runners, there is the Jersey Marathon in October. I have an ambition to do this some day, but this year I'm aiming for the Fun Run!

If you enjoy cycling, the Kleinwort Benson Cycle Challenge in September has a choice of routes from 10 to 60 miles!

Check out regular sports activities and horse-racing as well.

Art and Craft Events

My favourite of the big art and craft events in Jersey is the Textile Showcase in March. They show exciting contemporary textile art from the UK, France and Channel Islands.

The Artisan Showcase in July hosts the best arts and crafts workers in Jersey, with well-known and innovative artisans from the UK doing demonstrations and workshops.

There is also the Channel Islands Festival of Arts and Crafts in September, with exhibitors from Jersey and the UK selling their products.

Find out what's on in Jersey month by month here

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