Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands which also include the popular holiday destinations of Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. The latter two islands are truly idyllic as they are car-free and offer the opportunity to experience a relaxing break from today’s hectic pace of life. Both Jersey and Guernsey are renowned Offshore Finance Centres with the Finance Industry being the main source of local employment.
Travel to Guernsey, Channel Islands
Travelling to Guernsey is quick and convenient from both mainland Europe and the UK with regular sailings available from both St. Malo, France and Portsmouth, Poole and Weymouth in the South Coast of England. Excellent visitor marina facilities are also available in and around the island’s main harbour of St. Peter Port.
Air travel connects Guernsey to the European destinations of Dinard, Geneva and Zurich all year round and there are several additional routes during peak season including to Rotterdam, Holland. The island’s modern airport has regular daily flights to many UK airports such as London Gatwick/Stanstead, Southampton, Manchester, Birmingham, Exeter and Bristol.
Guernsey Floral Events
For visitors who enjoy exploring floral gardens, Guernsey has several public gardens throughout the island including Candie Gardens, Saumarez Manor Gardens, Saumarez Park Gardens and Victor Hugo’s Garden. There are also various floral events during the summer season such as the Festival of Flowers at the Town Church, Island Flower Show in St. Martin’s and Summer Floral Festival.
Guernsey Festival of Flowers
The annual local Festival of Flowers is conveniently located for visitors to the island as it takes place right in the heart of St. Peter Port from 26th-31st May. Open from 9-5 daily the festival includes stunning flower arrangements and a programme of lunch time music recitals such as piano, organ, harpsichord and choir performances.
Island Flower Show
The Island Flower Show takes place between the 25th-26th June at the St. Martin’s Parish Hall which is a short bus or car journey away from the town centre. Included in the Flower Show are entries from all over the island with a range of adult and children’s classes. The charming St. Martin’s Village also has many different local shops and is well worth a visit.
Summer Floral Festival Week, Guernsey
Guernsey’s Summer Floral Festival takes place from the 3rd-11th July and involves a series of walks, lectures and workshops. This is an ideal opportunity to explore some of the island’s spectacular local scenery and various gardens will be open to the public during the week.