Yes, a week of no school runs and, hopefully, long lazy days in the sunshine. I have my fingers firmly crossed for a week of good weather. When the sun is shining, Jersey is the best place to be. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to our beaches and we would all happily spend our week exploring St Ouen’s Bay, Green Island, Portelet and Long Beach, Gorey, to name a few. However, it also pays to have a back-up plan. Sometimes we might not be in the mood for a beach day and that’s why I am sharing all of the other fantastic events and places we can visit on Jersey over the May half-term.
Jersey Museum, St Helier
Visit the Jersey Museum this half-term and you could become a detective. Dig out that magnifying glass and start hunting for clues. Examine mystery artefacts and learn about the fascinating stories behind them. You will need top sleuthing skills as you may find some hidden surprises in the Merchant’s House
When – Whole of May half-term
Admission Price – Jersey Heritage members and children under 6 years old are free. Adult £9.95. Child £5.75
Family Picnic – National Trust Jersey, The Elms in St Mary
The National Trust has organised a fun picnic. Make some sandwiches, pack a rug and grab your picnic basket and head to the apple tree orchard that is The Elms in St Mary.
Games and activities will be provided.
When Friday June 1st 12pm – 2pm
Admission price: Children £3, accompanying adults are free of charge.
Hamptonne Country Life Museum
Make the most of the fact that Hamptonne Country Life Museum is re-opening for the season. It’s now open every day until the 9th September. Head to this museum and experience for yourself Living History. You might meet the Goodwyf or Steward who looked after the house of their master, Monsieur Laurens Hamptonne in the year of 1649.
You can also chat to some of the resident animals, and children will want to play in the new adventure playground.
When – opens daily from 10am to 5pm
Admission price: Heritage members and children under 6 are free. Adult £8.95 and child £5.75
Mont Orgueil Castle, Gorey
This stunning castle is well worth a visit and both adults and children will love it here. This is one of the world’s finest examples of a medieval castle. Head to the top of the castle where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views over Gorey and also towards the French coast.
You can also experience history brought to life in the castle. Mondays from 10:30am to 1:30pm is when the Castle Storyteller shares his stories of the dramatic tales of the castle’s past. On a Tuesday you might come across the Medieval Man at Arms. Watch Master Gary as he goes about his duties at the castle. Visit on a Friday and you will have the opportunity to learn about archery, weaponry and armour and the art of leather working.
When – Opens from 10am to 6pm
Admission prices: Heritage members and children under 6 are free. Adult £12.55 and child £7.65
Jersey War Tunnels
A visit to the atmospheric Jersey War Tunnels is a perfect activity for when you are looking for somewhere cooler to visit on a hot day. The Jersey War tunnels have recently been remodelled and children will love the new interactive displays. There is also a new interactive touch wall which explains how Hitler kept the allies out and the islanders in. A must visit for history buffs, this promises to be a day of adventure for the whole family.
When: Opens daily from 10am to 6pm
Admission price: Adults £13 Children (7-15) £8:00
Children will love Tamba Park and the owners are constantly thinking about how they can make this park better. A recent addition to the park is the Tamba Trampolines. There are now 6 enclosed trampolines next to the lake. Suitable for 3 years old and up and it costs £2 per person. As well as the trampolines you will find outdoor games such as chess, draughts, connect 4 and skittles. There is also Crazy Golf, the Dino Trail, Rainforest play area and the Micro Boats, Tornado Boats, Sculpture Walk, Mini Arcade and Adventure Play Zone.
When: Opens daily 9am to 6pm
Admission price: Adults £3.95 Children (2-14) £4.95
The railway walk is a fully pedestrianised path that you can join in St Aubin and it winds its way up to La Corbière. This shady walk is perfect for children wanting to bring their scooters or bikes as you won’t have to worry about traffic. You could also stop and visit the Jersey Lavender Farm and The Elephant Park.