Our Islands have an eclectic mix of festivals for everyone. From music festivals to food festivals and traditional fayres, there is something that everyone can enjoy and you’re sure to make great memories that you’ll talk about for years to come.
See all of our upcoming festivals here.
Castle Cornet is a museum that documents our Island’s history, the four museums house something that will be of interest to everyone. They also host their Castle Film Nights throughout the summer. On select evenings, they show a film on a big screen at the top of the highest garden on top of Castle Cornet. Bring a picnic and a blanket or chair to sit on and enjoy. Films will be announced closer to the time.
The Cobo Balcony Gigs are a Guernsey summer staple, bringing live music to the Cobo seafront each month whilst raising money for local charities. The acts, both local and international, perform on the Balcony of Cobo Bay Hotel to crowds that fill the road and beach below. You and your group can bring a picnic and sit on the beach and enjoy the music or book to have lunch at Cobo Bay Hotel Beach Terrace to be right in the heart of the fun.
If you want to have an ocean adventure but don’t want to get in, Island Rib Voyages has a range of tours to suit all interests. You can see the Puffins and Seals up close, delve deep into our Island’s past or explore them from a new perspective. Suitable for groups of 6-12.
Our cliff paths and country lanes are the perfect backdrop for a wellness walk or hike. For ideas of where to walk, you can download the VisitGuernsey Walking App, with routes filtered by difficulty and duration, or learn more here.
You can also book a guided walking tour with one of our knowledgeable tour guides from the Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides or Tours of Guernsey. You’ll find nature tours, ghost tours, coastal tours, historical tours and more to suit your group.
Cycling on the Islands of Guernsey gives you easy access to key attractions and allows you to explore at your own pace, whilst at the same time getting active outside. If you travel by boat, you can bring your own bike, or you can hire a bike from a range of different retailers, including:
Up Climbing is an indoor climbing centre with a range of different climbing experiences for all ages and experiences. They have traverse climbing walls, boulders and auto or manual belay high walls. A 15 – 30 minute level 1 induction is required for anyone aged 18+ on their first time visiting to ensure safety while climbing.
Outdoor Guernsey offers land and sea activities on Guernsey and Herm. You can hire stand-up paddle boards or kayaks or go coasteering. On land, they offer climbing, high ropes, bike hire, archery, clay pigeon shooting and more. Group sizes will depend on your chosen activity.
From archery and climbing to kayaking and abseiling, Les Maingys offer activities for everyone to enjoy. They will provide everything you need for your chosen activity, your group just needs to show up ready to have a great time. They have teamed up with Outdoor Guernsey to provide a team of fully qualified staff, trained to work with groups of all ages and abilities. Click here to see their full range of group activities.
On Yer Hopper Paintball Club offers fun and memorable paintballing sessions. You can play on an ‘Air Ball field’ as well as in the standard woodland setting.
Karting Guernsey is Guernsey’s go-kart track. Let your competitive side show as you race your friends around the track.
For a more relaxed group activity, make sure to look out for Seafront Sundays. A classic part of Guernsey summer, on select Sundays from March-September the town seafront is closed to traffic and sets up stalls celebrating independent businesses, artists and local charities. Many stalls offer food that can be enjoyed as you explore, or you can head to the benches on the nearby piers.
Guernsey has two mini-golf courses, something that any group would enjoy. The 18-hole mini golf course at Oatlands Village is great fun and, once you’ve finished your round, you can explore the independent shops or stop off for coffee and cake at The Kiln. The second, Pirate Bay is a unique pirate themed 12 hole mini golf course at Nineteen Bar and Grill. Play a round and then head inside for food; have a go at the driving range inside the restaurant while you’re waiting for your meal.
Iris and Dora is Guernsey’s premier art studio. Smaller groups can turn up and paint pottery in their studio, or you can book for larger group outings to make or paint pottery with no one else in the studio.
Take your group to Guernsey Candles, a local family-run business, to witness the candle-making process and have a go at making your own unique candle to take home. Their gift shop is filled with artistic pieces, homeware and gifts.
Rebecca’s Chocolates, found in Oatlands Village, offers chocolate parties. You will make impressive creations out of chocolate and can take them home to enjoy.
Guernsey has a great selection of bars, restaurants and local beverage producers. You’ll find cider tours, wine and gin tastings, cocktail-making and brewery tours that will keep the group entertained and having fun, with a splash of education thrown in for good measure.
This family-run organic farm nestled in Fauxquets Valley in the heart of Guernsey has 5,500 trees that comprise the Rocquette Cider orchards. You and your group can enjoy the beautiful scenery, learn about the history of cider making and how Rocquette cider and other products are made on a guided walk through the orchards.
The Duke of Richmond Hotel offers ‘The Duke’s Gin Safari’. For a gin-tasting journey with a difference, you’ll hunt down rare botanicals, discover exotic flavours and utilise them in your very own bespoke brew. They have four gin safaris, each encompassing three gins from across the world along with light bites.
JB Parker’s Wine Cellar’s private tasting room is the perfect way to pass an evening as a group. Rouge is a walk-in wine and cheese bar they also offer a Tasting Table, seating up to 8 people. Oak Bar and Bistro at Les Rocquettes Hotel features the popular Oak’s Wine Corner. A fun way to improve your knowledge and appreciation of wine along with a group of friends. The Crown Club at the OGH offers wine, gin and whisky tasting, dependent on your tastes. Whether you want a romantic evening for two or a larger group, all parties can be accommodated.
Little Big Brew Co Brewery offers ‘open’ brewery tours, with 30 minutes of welcome drinks followed by heading into the brewery to learn about the beer-making process for 30-45 minutes. You will then be led back to the taproom to relax and drink. Drinks are included in the tour, with the choice of their 3 beers, white and red wine, Rocquette cider and soft drinks. Tours run on the third Thursday of every month. Booking in advance is advised.
Hire bikes and explore Sark, relax on the beaches in Herm or experience Lihou’s unique nature and wildlife. All of our Islands have an array of fun things to do, whether it’s on land or in their waters.
Enjoy lunch or evening meals in Sark from Stocks, Hathaways, Nova’s Bistro or one of their other restaurants. Adventure Sark offers a range of water activities, such as kayaking and coasteering, or archery, activiquiz and more on land. The world-renowned Caragh’s Chocolates is found on Sark, offering chocolate-making sessions for groups. Sark is a car-free Island so cycling is the best way to see all that the Island has to offer and is completely safe. You can hire bikes from a variety of retailers.
Herm is known for its beaches. Fisherman’s Bay is perfect if you want the beach to yourself, or you can join other groups at Shell Beach or Belvoir Bay; both incredibly popular with kiosks stocked with everything you could need for a day at the beach. Don’t forget to stop in at the Mermaid Tavern or the Ship Inn for a bite to eat and a drink before heading home.
The smallest of our Islands, Lihou is only accessible at certain tides. Walk around the Island and experience its unique nature and wildlife, jumping into its beautiful Venus pool before you leave for a unique wild swimming experience.
Even the group with the most diverse range of interests will enjoy our heritage sites and museums. We have a mix to suit all tastes; literary lovers will enjoy exploring Hauteville House, Victor Hugo’s house and garden while he was living in Guernsey, history buffs will love our museums dedicated to the history of our Islands, from tombs from the middle ages to museums documenting our occupation, and art enthusiasts will enjoy our galleries and displays.
Find out more about our historical and heritage sites here.
Most of our restaurants have tables that can accommodate any group size or have private rooms that can be booked out. Takeaway and heading to the shops for some local produce are also good options if you choose to self-cater. You can find our full guide to self-catering in Guernsey here.
For a full list of eateries on our islands, click here.