Guernsey has a diverse range of festivals and events, from regattas and concerts to floral shows and guided walks. Most take place in summer between May and September, and include the must-see St Peter Port Town Carnival in the capital. Liberation Day in May is also a prominent event in Guernsey.
Spring Walking Festival
Locals, as well as visitors, take to the island’s trails in May for eight days. Walks are guided and it is the best chance to discover parts of Guernsey you would not likely see on your own. These walks meander along the coast, as well as the streets of St Peter Port, and are tailored to different fitness levels.
May 9 is a big day all over the Channel Islands as it marks the day the islands were liberated from the Nazis in WWII. The only part of the British Islands that were occupied, St Peter Port holds the biggest celebration with fun events and fireworks.
One of the many music festivals in Guernsey is this two-day event in mid-June. It spans a weekend and features dozens of acts over several stages, along with fun side attractions. Past musicians have included the Kaiser Chiefs and Macy Gray. There are also attractions put on for the kids, such as a bungee jumping and skateboarding, along with food stalls. Tickets for the weekend are quite expensive.
Floral Guernsey Show
Sausmarez Park, southwest of St Peter Port, is the setting for the flower show in June. The three-day event features colorful floral displays, along with music and dance.
St Peter Port Town Carnival
One of the liveliest and most fun events for Guernsey visitors, Carnival is a weeklong festival in July that has several events at St Peter Port including parades, marching bands, street entertainment, and live music.
The best time to visit Castle Coronet is on Castle Night in July. There is live entertainment and it is free to enter.
Valestock Music Festival/Vale Earth Fair
Vale Castle is home to two great summer events, the Valestock Music Festival in late July with rock and folk performances and later Vale Earth Fair in mid-August with music and craft stalls.
Guernsey Regatta Week
Music, activities, food and drink accompany the Guernsey Regatta Week in September, where boats of all levels race up and down the island. The marina in St Peter Port is the place to be for fun water-based activities.