First-time traveller to Jersey? Visiting again? In any case, there are always plenty of things to do here! From weekend-long music festivals, sporting and cultural events to a variety of gastronomic activities, traditional fairs and street markets. Keep reading and discover the best of things to do in Jersey in 2023!
Liberation Day (9 May)
This year marks Jersey’s 78th Liberation Anniversary from occupying forces during WWII. Nazi Germany took over the island from 30th June 1940 to 9th May 1945, representing one of the most significant episodes in its history. The Channel Islands were the only territory of the British Isles that were under the German Nazi regime, and sadly, reminders of this period can still be seen in the island’s physical landscape and identity.
Liberation Day has been celebrated ever since with parades, music events and spectacular fireworks displays, with things to do spanning days either side of the 9th May. If you’re visiting Jersey at this time of the year, join the celebrations!
Liberation Day Celebrations
Jersey International Motoring Festival (1-4 June)
This four-day festival honours the past, present and future of the automobile industry! One of Jersey’s major free events that welcomes visitors of all ages. Expect food, drinks, music and vehicle exhibitions for everyone to enjoy.
Battle of Flowers (11-12 August)
The renowned Battle of Flowers will return in 2023 for its 121st edition with a change to the schedule. Moving away from the traditional Thursday afternoon, the Grand Day Parade will now take place on Friday 11th at 5pm and the Moonlight Parade on Saturday 12th at 9pm.
What began over a century ago as a one-off celebration to commemorate the Royal Coronation, it has blossomed into one of Europe’s largest flower carnivals in Europe. The Battle of Flowers is a true community event with many islanders helping to create, build and decorate the floats along with performing in the parade all competing to be awarded the Prix d’Honneur. Encompassing two parades, a static display of floats, a funfair and the grand firework finale, there is plenty of things to do across this 2 day event. Find out more on our dedicated Battle of Flowers blog.
Details will be announced shortly and you’ll be able to book you Battle of Flower package.
Battle of Flowers, Day Parade
La Fais’sie d’Cidre (TBC – October)
This four-day festival celebrates the past, present and future Family-friendly event that celebrates Jersey’s rich heritage of growing apples and making cider. The festival takes place every year at the Hamptonne Country Life Museum. A fun day out is guaranteed with live music, games, food & drinks.
Sunset Concerts (16-17 June)
Take in live music this summer solstice in the natural setting of Mont Grantez promontory overlooking the beautiful St. Ouen’s Bay. Take a picnic, enjoy the fantastic concerts and experience one of the most magical sunsets in Jersey. If interested, get your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disapointment!
The Weekender (2-3 September)
The Weekender is regarded as the Channel Islands Great Summer Festival. Two days are packed with international & local music artists, workshops, rides, food and drinks through daytime to evening and into the night. To purchase tickets please see the official website.
Weekender Festival, main stage
Cannaccord Jersey Half Marathon (11 June)
Are you a runner? If so, take part in the 34th edition of the Jersey Half Marathon and soak up the stunning scenery. The race is largely flat and fast, however 2023 sees a route change with the event starting and finishing at the Les Quennevais Cycle track. Full event details along with entry forms can be found on the Run Jersey website.
The Island Walk (17 June)
Test your stamina as you explore the island in this tough 48.1 mile walk. The beauty of the route as you pass along Jersey’s beautiful coastline, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and stunning countryside will power you through the course. Find out full information or how to enter on the official Island Walk website.
Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon (1 October)
Why not run through some of the Island’s most scenic areas of country lanes, picturesque valleys and the spectacular coast of Jersey? The race starts and finishes in the heart of St. Helier, and welcomes runners of all ages and abilities. Inspired to run, full entry details can be found on the official website.
Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon
Jersey boasts some of the finest culinary events in the British Isles.
The Atlantic Hotel and Ocean Restaurant will host the Eat Jersey Food Festival from 23rd to 26th of March 2023. Over the course of four nights, Executive Chef Will Holland and Head Chef Adam Braithwaite will be joined by celebrated chefs from around the UK in a celebration of Jersey’s finest produce. We guarantee that it will be a delight for the palate!
All visitors to the island between beginning of October and mid-November, really must check out Tennerfest. Restaurants provide an affordable way for both tourists and locals to enjoy local cuisine and eat in different eateries. Set menus of one, two or three courses start at £10 per person.
Please note that the dates for some of the above events haven’t been confirmed yet, so watch this space and we’ll update you soon! This is just a glimpse of what there is to do in Jersey in 2023.
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