As the temperatures begin to climb and the days get longer, Guernsey’s summer calendar of al fresco events starts to build serious momentum. Guests at The Old Government House Hotel and Spa and The Duke of Richmond can make the most of the island’s beautiful surroundings by enjoying a host of outdoor cultural events. Relax and unwind with a concert in the historic Candie Gardens, enjoy live music in St Peter Port’s Market Square, enjoy a seafront weekend market and get into the party spirit with a local celebration. Here are the best outdoor summer events in Guernsey.
Town Carnival and La Faete d’La Musique A La Ville
A must for families, the Town Carnival takes place over two weeks in St Peter Port’s town centre. The festivities begin with a lively parade, led by local youth groups such as the Guernsey Scout Band. Locals and visitors are treated to daily entertainment on the streets of the town, which includes face painting, children’s performers and live music from both island musicians and international acts.
Saturday Concerts in Market Square
Located in St Peter Port’s historic Market Square, the summer programme of Saturday concerts takes place throughout June, July and August. Take a break from exploring the town and its excellent selection of shops to enjoy a coffee or a meal accompanied by a little music and even some dancing. Positioned in the heart of the town, the Saturday Concerts cover a wide range of musical genres, from brass bands to folk singers, so there’s something to please every taste.
Sunday Concerts in Candie Gardens
There are few better ways to make the most of the Candie Garden’s idyllic setting than an outdoor afternoon concert. Fortunately, from May until September, a series of concerts and dance performances are organised in the gardens between 3pm-4pm on Sunday afternoons. This year, performers will include both local acts and visiting groups, such as the Guernsey Jazz Orchestra and Guernsey’s Glee Singers, as well as solo performers. Enjoy a delightful musical interlude before returning to the hotel for a sumptuous Afternoon Tea.
So called because it takes place along the harbour of St Peter Port on Sundays throughout the summer months,Seafront Sundays are a celebration of local crafts, food and sunny weather. The seafront is closed to traffic and packed full of market stalls offering tasty local eats, such as Channel Island cheese and oysters caught off the coast of Herm. Alongside live entertainment, visitors can also sample plenty of Guernsey’s craft spirits and beer from the likes of Wheadon’s Gin and the White Rock Brewery. Typically, each Seafront Sunday has a different theme in order to draw attention to different aspects of Guernsey culture, with previous events involving the Guernsey Arts Commission, Taste Guernsey and the GSPCA.