Activities & events
Holidays can be as busy or relaxed as you choose on Alderney, Sark and Herm. There's a choice for all ages, whatever the weather and time of year with thrills and spills to be enjoyed on land, sea and air.
For those that like walking, Alderney boasts a fantastic 50 miles of winding lanes and country paths, covering every part of the island. Everything from scenic coastal walks to strolls through the main town and gentle hikes across the commons. What could be more perfect than enjoying a meander around the island with a mix of beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife whilst enjoying the glorious sunshine. Away from walking and the water, options for activities you can enjoy include cycling, tennis and golf.
If adrenalin is your thing, every year in mid-September Alderney hosts a motorsport weekend. Also in the same month, the very popular Alderney Air Races attract a number of aircraft to compete in the deciding and final round for the European Air Racing championship. This involves thrilling high-speed circuits round the airfield, lighthouse and Casquets – simply hold your breath and watch the skies come alive!
Within its 2,000 acres the island of Alderney is bursting with woodland, scrub and wetland, not to mention the grassland and there's plenty of heathland, beautiful gardens, sandy beaches and rocky shores. This vast range of habitats along with the glorious climate means that visitors can expect to see abundant flora and wildlife out of all proportion to the island's small size. Take the time to explore the island's incredibly diverse natural history. A highlight for many is the annual 'Wildlife Week'. In June a selection of Alderney's private gardens open their gates to visitors for talks, tours and more.
During the summer regular boat trips around the island give visitors close-up views of very special inhabitants. These include the grey Atlantic seals and sea-bird colonies. Puffins on Burhou and Gannets on Les Étacs (popularly called Gannet Rock) just off Alderney, are a huge favourite with many visitors to the island. A month of events, activities, competitions and talks to celebrate Alderney's amazing coastline takes place each July and August including the island's annual summer festival.
Sark has some of the most stunning views in the Channel Islands. Narrow lanes wind their way around the island offering you the most breathtaking views. A delight for you to experience is La Coupee, a narrow causeway that connects Sark to Little Sark with dramatic drops on either side down to the bays.
Hiding amongst flower-strewn granite walls, mature woodland and the towers and crenellations of one of the most historic buildings in Sark is La Seigneurie Gardens. This magical place provides a tranquil contrast to the windswept wildness of the island's beautiful coast. The stunning formal walled garden is one of the finest in the Channel Islands. It also boasts a fruit and vegetable garden, a sensory garden, rose beds and a maze, amongst other horticultural delights.
When Spring arrives, Sark celebrates its fantastic Wildflowers with a 2 week festival in April each year. A must for nature lovers. You can enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Sark at a leisurely pace with one of the many excellent guided walks on offer. These happen throughout the year and often run to a theme - garden, coastal for example. If you prefer, you could take one of the organised walks across the 'North', 'South' or 'Mid Island' and experience the stunning scenery. A Walking Week event takes place in October each year. If you're feeling adventurous try scrambling or you could explore some of the awesome caves and cavern systems.
Take the opportunity to explore the car free island by bike, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Cycle routes on Sark are the same as the 'roads' marked in black on the visitor map. Alternatively, a very popular thing to do is to take a horse and carriage ride around the island. A 'must do' during your stay is taking the 'tractor bus'!
For those seeking a slower pace, Herm can be considered as a retreat from the modern world. There are no cars allowed and instead you'll see tractors or you can enjoy Herm's natural beauty and mild climate the best way - on two wheels!
The island is just one and a half miles long and half a mile wide, so the scenic paths can be walked in their entirety at a leisurely pace within a few hours. There is a coastal path around the island and a path that weaves across the interior. You can lose yourself on a beautiful walk through the woods or absorb the breathtaking coastal scenery.
Spend time browsing in Herm's gift shops, you're sure to find something, maybe take home a souvenir or two. Set in a Mediterranean style piazza, the shops are an Aladdin's cave of interesting items to suit every pocket. There is just one hotel – no telephone, TV or clocks at this establishment! With one pub, one farm, one church and a handful of shops, Herm offers you the chance to get away from it all. Herm is a delightful retreat away from hustle & bustle of life and a place you're sure to never forget.