March in Jersey promises to be full of last minute entertainment. Walking, history, music, art, humour, dancing, vintage fairs, sports – there is an incredible choice during the next month, not forgetting our usual but amazing range of hotels, restaurants and cafés which will host and pamper you. If you want to find out more, why not come and check the island out for yourself, March will be active and fun!
Corbiere Lighthouse is dear to our hearts here in Jersey. We are all aware of its importance to sea-faring navigators as it marks the island’s most dangerous corner, where the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel fight for water. It will also probably be one of the most beautiful photos that you will take while visiting the island. The lighthouse itself will be open for visits on the 2nd and the 16th of March, allowing you to discover the inside of this iconic landmark. Don’t miss it – booking is essential!
For a prolonged enjoyment of the view, you can have lunch or an early diner at The Corbiere Phare Restaurant overlooking the “phare”. The views from here are unbelievingly majestic, with waves crashing and birds swooping in front of the large glass windows of the restaurant room.
Music in March
Music will be celebrated in a unique way this March, thanks to the National Trust. They are opening the doors to one of their town properties, 16 New Street in St Helier (or town as locals refer to it!), for a series of lunchtime classical concerts. Four dates are planned for these Musical Interludes.
At the other end of the musical spectrum, the Royal Yacht Hotel will be hosting an evening with The Troggs (“Wild Thing”, 1966) supported by our amazing local musicians, Giles Robson and the Dirty Aces. Noisy, dynamic and talented, come and join the crowd on the 2nd March.
The Ides of March
Both Jersey Opera House and Jersey Arts Centre have a rich programme of entertainment this March, ranging from Patrick Monahan’s “Shooting From the Lip” comedy show (JOH), to an exhibition by Graham Tovey’s oil paintings. You can have dinner at both venues, making your evening a full night out. For more information go to www.artscentre.je and www.jerseyoperahouse.co.uk. Enjoy!
Walking around Jersey in March should be high on your list of things to do whilst visiting. Our Blue Badge Guides’ knowledge of Jersey’s history and heritage is second to none and their chosen itineraries will instruct and surprise you. Their programmes include guided walks through our town and villages of St Helier, St Aubin and Gorey. They will also take you ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ and will tell you ‘What the Victorians Did for Us’.
And Finally… the Local Dialect
Nestled between France and England, Jersey inevitably developed its own traditional language. Jèrriais sounds quite like Norman French and is kept alive on many name plates around the parishes and country lanes. Still spoken by a few – and defended by a lot more – you can get a taste of it while listening the Badlabecques, www.facebook.com/Badlabecques, a local folk group who play at arts venues and pubs around the island. Mèrcie bein!