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Holidays can be as busy or relaxed as you choose. For those wishing to engage in much-loved outdoor pursuits or for those keen to try out new activities, there's a tantalising choice for all ages, whatever the weather and time of year. Each island has numerous festivals and events taking place throughout the year so why not look ahead to what's going on and join in the celebrations.
Each of our featured island has a wealth of sporting activities to suit all ages and abilities, on both land and in the water. Across the islands there is a complete alphabet of outdoor activities that runs from archery and abseiling to zip wiring and zorbing. When it comes to carnivals, festivals and events, the islands really do cover all interests, be it music, food and drink, heritage, agriculture, the arts and so much more besides. One of Europe's most spectacular carnivals, Battle of Flowers, takes place each August in Jersey with flower festooned floats, musicians, dancers and entertainers.
Our featured islands are a playground for those at
home on the water. Watersports can be as relaxing
or as adrenalin fueled as you wish, from windsurfing
to sea kayaks, snorkelling and sailing to coasteering
and diving. Popular events revolving around the
Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight is an eight day sailing regatta that usually takes place in the first week of August.
The Isles of Scilly pulsate to the World Pilot Gig Championships during the first bank holiday weekend in May and are a great spectacle.
There's perhaps no better way to explore than by
foot, whether you prefer a slow stroll across the
sands or hike along the cliff top paths, there's
something for everyone. Visit the local tourist office
for a guide to local walks, or alternatively plan your
visit with an annual walking festival:-
Walk Scilly Festival is in April; the Isle of Man's annual walking festival takes place in May as does the Isle of Wight Walking Festival (the biggest in UK and Europe) along with a smaller version in October. Jersey and Guernsey also offer Spring and Autumn Walking Weeks.
The Isle of Man is the undisputed world-class destination for motorsport with thousands heading there each year for the TT Races (late Mayearly June) and Manx Grand Prix (late August). Manx Heritage Transport Festival celebrates the heritage railways of the Isle of Man (late July-early August). The skies of Jersey come alive annually in September with the International Air Display.
Each island is fiercely proud of its history and heritage, so it's no surprise that some of the largest celebrations mark the most important events in their past. Liberation Day on the 9th May in the Channel Islands is a big occasion with parades, music and entertainment.
Music features prominently in many of the carnivals, fetes, festivals and events. There are several dedicated to music alone which include:- The Scilly Folk Festival (late May bank holiday); Isle of Wight Festival (June); Jersey Live Festival of Music (September); Isle of Wight Bestival (September); Isle of Man Festival of Choirs (October).
Island specialities can be tried and tasted on every featured island and include Tennerfest which runs for six weeks (October-early November) in Jersey and Guernsey or the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival (September).