With the recent good weather (isn’t it divine?), you might now be planning your May bank hols. Now here is where I must be honest with you all: this will be a totally biased blog about a place that is very special to our little family – but I feel the secret is just too good to keep all to myself!
The little island of Jersey is the perfect place to spend a few special days as a family.
Unlike Rock, Salcombe or St Ives (also lovely), it’s just 3 hours door-to-door – with a short enough flight (35 mins) for little ones, and big ones, to actually enjoy the travelling experience – you land in family heaven unshaken by the experience.
The beaches here are stunning, and if you catch the Island on a sizzling hot day, you really could be anywhere in the world.
Jersey celebrates family life and children are welcome everywhere. Big D used to join us for supper in her pram – sleeping soundly, listening to the lapping waves, while we enjoyed some lovely long evenings down at St Brelade’s Bay (something we would do in Spain but have always felt a bit self-conscious of in the City)!
The Island is steeped in history, so there are plenty of bunkers and towers dotted around the coast which are great fun for our little explorers.
There is a beach for everyone. St Ouen’s Bay is vast and long and is a great spot for surfing (Daddy B often abandons me for hours at a time to surf with his friends), and a wonderful backdrop for a walk/run to work off that Jersey cream tea. Buy a disposable BBQ and camp out to watch the sunset with your back against the warm sea wall.
St Brelade’s is a wonderful spot to get out the bucket and spade and grab a delicious Jersey ice cream. Head down to Bonne Nuit to feel lost on a secret island – even adults can imagine Captain Hook sailing in, if they try hard enough – it’s amazing how lost I can get in my own imaginary tales during storytime. Once you’ve conquered the steps, Plémont is idyllic, with caves and rock pools (beware of weever fish at low tide).
It is a place which reminds me what childhood is about – building dams and sandcastles, playing french cricket on the beach and flying kites in the coastal breeze.
The food here, of all types, is pretty outstanding too. One thing that has struck me over the years is how much the Islanders love their food. From cracking crab lunches to Michelin starred restaurants, there is something to satisfy all rumbling tummies. But in my view, nothing quite beats a good family picnic on the beach.
There are so many activities on offer here that you will be pushed to fit them all in. Big D recently loved her trip to the AMaizin! Adventure Park (soft play, bouncy pillows, pedal-karts, slides etc.,). Mummy B got a little carried away on the bobsleigh astro toboggan run and almost had a Final Destination moment!
Here are some suggestions for a fun-filled long weekend. I’d love to hear your thoughts on special places in Jersey or for May bank holiday ideas in the rest of the UK. Please do share.
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- L’Horizon, on the beautiful St Brelade’s bay
- Longueville Manor, a recently renovated Relais & Chateau
- Altlantic Hotel, “Where luxury meets the ocean”… and a Michelin starred restaurant
- The Club Hotel & Spa, Central St Helier, with another Michelin starred restaurant (Bohemia)
- Les Ormes Apartments, self-catering apartments above the surfing beach of St Ouen’s – perfect for families
- Jersey Heritage also run some amazing historic sites as holiday lets – for the more adventurous souls
- Oyster Box (St Brelade) – smart seafood restaurant on beach
- Ormer (St Helier) – Michelin starred hot-spot run by Shaun Rankin
- Banjo (St Helier) – Don’t be put off by the name, this restaurant and bar has a cool, grown up vibe, and good food.
- Sumas (Gorey) – smart restaurant with views of harbour and castle
- El Tico (St Ouen), beach cantina, with lovely big windows out over the bay. Relaxed vibe with surfboards hanging from the ceiling
All are lovely, here are my particular favourites:
- Plémont (lots of steps, but idyllic)
- St Ouen’s (surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing)
- St Brelade’s (deckchairs, paddleboards, pier jumps)
- Beauport (secluded, beautiful, just round the headland from the more popular St Brelade’s)
- AMaizin! Adventure Park
- Durrell Wildlife Park, wonderful wildlife park conserving some of the world’s most endangered species
- North coast cliff walk
- La Mare Vineyards
- Castles (both Gorey and Elizabeth are worth visiting)