Best time to visit Jersey

Best time to visit Jersey


temperature & rainfall

"The island slopes gently southward; it’s a giant suntrap on sunny days."
While temperatures in Jersey are mild year-round – with warm summers and cool winters – it is still a very exposed island sitting in the north Atlantic, so be prepared for storms, fog, winds and unpredictable weather. It’s still said to have more sunshine per year than the rest of the British Isles, though, so if traveling from Apr-Oct, there should be chance to take advantage of the gorgeous sandy beaches. While winters are mild, they are damp, making the cold rather unpleasant. But if you don’t mind the chill, you’ll have the place to yourself – this is the best time to visit Jersey for coastal foraging, stormy photography scenes and wild country walks without another soul in sight.

When to visit Jersey & when not to


MONTH BY MONTH GUIDE

  • Although many of Jersey's major heritage attractions shut up shop over the winter months there's still plenty to get excited about with deserted beaches and coastal trails perfect for wild walks and scenic cycling.
  • As you'd expect, the school summer vacation months of July and August are the busiest and most expensive however, over recent years the tourism industry has waned somewhat which makes Jersey a lesser-visited alternative for summer sun-seekers.
  • We'd recommend travelers who are visiting Jersey without children to visit either side of the school vacations (all of them) just to ensure peace and quiet without the patter of tiny flip-flops.
  • Jersey is an amazingly rugged, yet cosmopolitan, island with untold outdoor activities to enjoy all year round. Although it is rather exposed to the elements, especially during the winter, this just adds to the fun with cosy pubs and seafood restaurants providing shelter on blustery days and breaks in the cloud as welcome as fishing boats returning with the catch of the day.

Best time to visit Jersey


Our recommendations

Jersey native Derek Hairon is the director of Jersey Kayak Adventures, one of our suppliers. He shares with us his favourite time of year on the island:

"For me, the best time to visit Jersey is from mid September to mid October. Sea temperatures are really good – they’re probably at their warmest, there’s not many visitors and hotel prices are often lower. More importantly, you tend to get nice, settled weather and the light can be even better than in the middle of summer. Somehow the place just feels more relaxed; it’s just a nice time to be around."


Our activity pick:
Spring and autumn walking weeks
Each May and September, expert guides lead walkers on over 40 walks around the island – along cliffs, around villages, and through woodland, including areas which are usually closed to the public. Walks range in length and difficulty, the most challenging being the five-day ‘Around the Island’ hike.

Festivals & events in Jersey


Our cultural picks from the Jersey calendar

St Catherine’s farm & craft markets: From April to October, St Catherine’s hosts Sunday markets selling ‘Genuine Jersey’ goods. These items, guaranteed to be from the island, include farm produce and crafts. There are also mini tours of local attractions, and sand sculpting.
The Battle of Flowers is a huge carnival. Musicians, dancers and floral floats parade through the streets, in a tradition that was founded to mark King Edward VII’s 1902 coronation. The intricately designed floats take months to build and are covered with fresh and dried flora. The “Battle” happens when flowers are ripped from the floats and flung at onlookers – who hurl them back.

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Jersey Folk Festival
Like many things in Jersey, the Folk Festival punches well above its weight; previous acts have included Van Morrison, Ray Davies and Badly Drawn Boy, as well as local bands singing in Jersey’s own Jèrriais language. The festival takes place in June or July in St Helier’s People’s Park.
Photo credits: [Images: Jersey Tourist Board]
Written by Vicki Brown
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