Jersey Festivals: What’s on in 2019?

Jersey Festival

With its wild coastline, tranquil countryside and a fantastic selection of restaurants – along with plenty of historic and family-friendly attractions – Jersey is the perfect holiday destination for all, whatever the time of year.

We have put together a calendar which gives details of some of the very best events taking place on the island throughout 2019, allowing you to plan your Jersey holiday around any that you and your family might like to experience. We look forward to seeing you soon!

May

Jersey Boat Show (4 – 6 May)

The annual Jersey Boat Show – an important fixture in the island’s calendar for over a decade – proudly claims to be the largest free-entry event in the Channel Islands, regularly welcoming more than 30,000 visitors across the early May Bank Holiday weekend.

As well as all the usual fun you would expect from an event of this size (including numerous stalls selling local food and drink, and top live music performances), the main reason so many people flock to the Jersey Boat Show every year is to step on board a fascinating range of vessels, both large and small.

From luxury yachts to fully operational Navy ships, this brilliant show offers attendees the rare opportunity to explore some of the world’s latest and most technologically advanced watercraft in the glamorous setting of Jersey’s capital, St. Helier.

Liberation International Music Festival (8 – 18 May)

Any fans of classical music will want to make sure they time their visit to Jersey to coincide with the excellent Liberation International Music Festival. First held in 2009, the premise of this event gives it a very different feel to its contemporaries; based on the theme of the island regaining its freedom after being occupied for most of the Second World War, the festival’s performances focus on both this difficult period in Jersey’s history and the power of music to emotionally liberate its listeners.

Along with the internationally-renowned artists that always fill its programmes, one of the best things about Liberation is the places in which the concerts are staged. Jersey is certainly not short on impressive buildings, and the festival’s organisers make full use of the amazing local architecture – with past venues including Mont Orgueil castle and an occupation-era military bunker, anyone attending this year’s event will be guaranteed a special experience.

Jersey festivals in May

Liberation Day (9 May)

As anyone who has been to Jersey in the month of May before can attest, the island’s residents go out of their way to mark the liberation of the Channel Islands in style. The peak of the annual commemoration is always reached on 9 May – known as Liberation Day, this is one event that everyone who is in St. Helier whilst it is taking place will remember forever.

This day always has a celebratory, rather than a sombre, tone and is well worth experiencing if you are in Jersey at the time. Highlights of the 2019 event are set to include a re-enactment of the liberation itself, a military vehicle cavalcade and plenty of live music.

Jersey International Motoring Festival (30 May – 2 June)

The winding roads and idyllic scenery of Jersey make it the ideal venue for hosting a classic car event and, fortunately, the Jersey International Motoring Festival has everything a true enthusiast would hope to find. This annual gathering of local and visiting auto fans is, quite simply, a treasure trove for anyone with even a passing interest in vehicles.

There is far too much happening across the four days for us to list it all, but you won’t want to miss the demonstration run of a 1993 Benetton Formula One car – currently scheduled for the evening of Friday 31 May – whilst an island tour encourages owners of classic and vintage cars to get involved and take their own models for a spin (the planned route will go past many landmarks and will, of course, include refreshment stops!).

June

Jersey International Motoring Festival (30 May – 2 June)

See May section

Sunset Concerts (21 – 22 June)

What better way of spending a summer’s evening could there be than chilling out in the sunshine and listening to some great live music? Well, doing so in the incredible setting of the headland at Grantez, which overlooks the majestic St. Ouen’s Bay in Jersey’s north-west corner, will help turn a relaxing few hours into something truly memorable.

With the stunning headland forming a natural amphitheatre that also makes it perfect for staging open-air music events, visitors to the two Sunset Concerts that will be held at Grantez in June 2019 are, as always, in for a treat. This year, the two acts due to appear there are Choo Choo Ch’Boogie (a six-piece, New Orleans-style jazz combo) and Jessica Lloyd (a popular local vocalist).

July

Jersey Surf Film Festival (11 – 14 July)

With Jersey boasting such an epically beautiful coastline, it is no surprise that it now also hosts a festival dedicated to one of the island’s favourite activities – surfing! And, despite being called the Jersey Surf Film Festival, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is much more to this weekend than a few indoor screenings.

Those who reserve a place at the event (early bird camping tickets are available now for just £40) can look forward to enjoying a wide range of activities specially designed for beach lovers, including campfire music sessions, surfing lessons and sea swimming – and not forgetting, of course, the screening of a selection of surf films celebrating the sport’s heritage, communities and environmental responsibilities.

Jersey Surf Film Festival

August

Jersey Film Festival (3 – 8 August)

The Jersey Film Festival has now been running for 25 years and offers visitors and locals alike the chance to watch some classic, family-friendly films on a huge screen in the lovely Howard Davis Park – and all completely for free!

The festival attracts between 1,500 and 3,500 people to each screening, making it one of Jersey’s most popular community events; guests are welcome to bring along a picnic and roll out a rug before settling down for an evening of fantastic entertainment.

To give you an idea of what to expect in 2019, last year’s features included the likes of The Greatest Showman, Top Gun and Grease.

Jersey Battle of Flowers (8 – 9 August)

For over 100 years, the Battle of Flowers has been among the biggest, best and most loved events in Jersey. This unique spectacle sees an incredible array of floats proudly paraded through the island’s streets, their beautiful displays all made up of countless intricately-arranged flowers.

The processions are spread across two days, with the only difference between the two being that the second parade is always held at night. And, whilst seeing the ornately decorated floats adorned with thousands of twinkling lights is truly amazing, there is nothing quite like watching the display when it first rolls into view on the previous day.

If you’re really fascinated by the event, however, why not consider our special Battle of Flowers package? For just £341 per person, you will enjoy seven nights’ accommodation in Jersey, return travel, tickets to both parades and, best of all, an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of all the floats the day before the festivities officially get underway. Simply click here for more information.

Festival in Jersey during August

Weekender Festival (31 August – 1 September)

For many people, summer just wouldn’t be summer without going to a hedonistic music festival so anyone who puts themselves in this category will be delighted to learn that the huge Weekender event will be making a welcome return to Jersey at the end of August.

With five stages featuring performances by hundreds of talented local, UK and international artists (as well as all the usual fun and games you would expect to find at a proper summer festival), music lovers will be absolutely spoilt for choice across the weekend. The line-up for the 2019 event has yet to be finalised, but a few of the acts already confirmed include Clean Bandit, Lewis Capaldi and even a DJ set from the legendary Pat Sharp!

September

Weekender Festival (31 August – 1 September)

See August section

 Walking Through Autumn Festival (11 – 15 September)

There are many things that make Jersey a popular destination but surely the island’s single biggest draw is its natural beauty, which is abundant both on the coast and in the peaceful ‘Green Lanes’ network that runs through the verdant countryside. Jersey is arguably at its most stunning when summer ends and the leaves start to fall, which is why the local National Trust will this year be holding its second annual Walking Through Autumn festival.

More than just a series of walks through some of the loveliest spots on the island, this five-day event will also include plenty of exciting activities such as a tour of a working water mill and the chance to go foraging for edible plants on the beach.

Jersey International Air Display (12 September)

The Jersey International Air Display is so well-established and strongly anticipated that all local schools and shops close on the day so that everyone can look up to the skies and take in the spectacle of the many different planes that are on show – old and new, military and commercial – as they zoom past.

As well as flypasts by a wide and impressive range of aircraft hailing from all over the world, those who plan to attend the festival of flight will also be able to see Spitfires, Lancaster bombers and other legendary planes in situ at a special ‘Static Display’ event (usually held at Jersey Airport), where the pilots themselves will be on hand to tell you more about these magnificent machines.

Festivals in Jersey during September

Jersey Festival of Words (25 – 29 September)

The Jersey Festival of Words was launched in 2015 and has now become firmly established as a highlight of the UK’s literary events calendar. With exclusive readings and interviews being held across some of the island’s most famous and visually striking locations, it is no wonder that the festival attracts an ever-increasing number of visitors from the mainland – not to mention a stellar line-up of major authors and poets.

Details of who will be appearing in 2019 have not yet been released, but with previous speakers including writers like Michael Morpurgo, Joanna Trollope and Jeremy Paxman, you can be confident of looking forward to a diverse and exciting programme of events.

The Healthy Living Festival (12 – 15 September)

The Healthy Living Festival is a celebration of everything related to fitness, beauty, health and wellbeing.

Over 40 exhibitors covering everything from therapists and nutritionists to fitness and kitchen equipment will be at the Radisson Blu Hotel for 3 days to inspire your lifestyle.

Be pampered with demonstrations, workshops, samplings and tastings!

Super League Triathlon (27 – 29 September)

If you are a fan of endurance sports, whether watching or participating, you will want to make sure you are on the island for the Jersey-based leg of the exhilarating Super League Triathlon (SLT) series.

Founded as recently as 2017, SLT was created as a way of allowing some of the world’s finest athletes to compete and showcase their extraordinary talents in a handpicked selection of picturesque, spectator-friendly locations – so Jersey was an obvious choice!

What’s more, the pros don’t just have the course to themselves. If you think you have what it takes to mix it with the best runners, swimmers and cyclists around, why not sign up to race in the 2019 event yourself? There are various categories that may suit your age and ability, so check the league’s official website for info on how you can get involved closer to the time.

October

Tennerfest (2 October – 8 November)

If you enjoy fine food and getting great value for money (and who doesn’t?), be sure to visit Jersey whilst the wonderful Tennerfest celebration of food is taking place. This hugely popular annual event sees many of the island’s finest restaurants create special set menus that encourage diners to enjoy delicious three-course meals for as little as £10!

It goes without saying that the opportunity to indulge in gourmet cuisine at such a low price doesn’t come along very often, so don’t miss out on your chance to attend this year’s Tennerfest and take advantage of all its amazing offers (set menus costing £12.50, £15, £17.50 and £20 will also be available).

Festival in Jersey during October

La Fais’sie d’Cidre (Cider Festival) (12 – 13 October)

It doesn’t have to be summer for you to have family-friendly fun in Jersey, which you will discover for yourself if you take a trip to the annual cider festival known locally as ‘La Fais’sie d’Cidre’ this October.

As well as cider tasting and demonstrations of traditional cider making – which involves tonnes of apples being crushed in a press by horses – other highlights include the ‘Great Jersey Bake Off’ competition, loads of arts and crafts activities for children, and living history re-enactments, all in the splendid setting of the Hamptonne Country Life Museum in St Lawrence.

November

Tennerfest (2 October – 8 November)

See October section

La Fête dé Noué (22 November – 24 December)

It may seem a long way off right now, but Christmas will be here again before you know it – and there’s no better place to spend it than Jersey.

La Fête dé Noué is the name given to St. Helier’s month-long celebration of all things Christmassy, and the capital certainly takes the festive season seriously! With everything from late-night shopping and seasonal markets to carol concerts and a spectacular panto, anyone who can’t wait for Christmas to come around will find themselves right at home.

La Fete de Noue Jersey

December

La Fête dé Noué (22 November – 24 December)

See November section

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