Summer buzzes with an array of festivals and events in Jersey. There are flower displays, art shows, theater productions, music concerts, sailing regattas and bits and pieces from both England and France. The Jersey Street Theatre Festival and Battle of the Flowers Carnival are both highlights on the calendar.
Foire de Jersey
The country fair of country fairs, le Foire de Jersey is a must if you’re on the island in May. The event harks right back to the 19th century and features entertainment, food, and fun. Competitions include the all-important Cattle Show which has on pararde the revered Jersey cow.
One of a multitude of sailing regattas in the Channel Islands, the Gorey Regatta is regarded as being one of the oldest of its kind in the world, dating back to the mid-1800’s. It takes place in Grouville Bay on the stunning east coast with a variety of classes and spectators from around the world. The event is held over a weekend usually late in May, and is accompanied by eating, drinking, and merry making.
Jersey Food Festival
This nine-day event for the stomach takes place in mid- to late-May near the Radisson Blu Hotel on the Esplanade in St Helier. A must for gourmands, the festival includes an al fresco food fair that features the best of Jersey including beef, cheeses, cream, and treats from around the UK. There are also food stalls, street theater, and live entertainment.
Jersey Street Theatre Festival
For a look at some of the rich culture on Jersey, visitors can enjoy the arts during the Jersey Street Theatre Festival held in St Helier in July. There is something for all ages including musical performances, dance, art, and even comedy shows.
Arts and crafts are king during this fun, illuminating July event on Jersey. Local artisans give workshops and demonstrations and display their wares, while folks come in from around the UK and France to be amazed.
Battle of the Flowers Carnival
For a splash of color, beautiful floral arrangements, and a carnival-like atmosphere, visitors will find the Battle of the Flowers on par with the best Dutch flower-centric events. Known all over Europe, the event has been wooing Europeans to Jersey in early to mid August. Expect floats through the streets along with music and dancing.
Jersey puts on an array of musical events throughout the year—and Jersey Live is the biggest and best of the bunch. Touted as the ‘biggest little Indie rock festival,’ the celebration takes place in Trinity parish at the Royal Jersey Showground in early September. Well-known and emerging acts perform on the five stages with around 10,000 spectators, most of whom are local.