Sights and Activities
Places to Visit
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Durrell Conservation Trust is a world famous charity organisation. The main centre here in Jersey makes for a fantastic day out and you will need the whole day to see everything it has to offer. This is no ordinary zoo, they work in many different countries to protect some of the world’s most endangered species, and Jersey Camper Hire strongly recommends Durrell as a must in any holiday schedule. For more information visit: www.Durrell.org
AMAIZIN! ADVENTURE PARK
The Amaizin! Adventure Park is a great day out if you are here with your children, they have loads of different activities to enjoy – a 25 foot high toboggan run, goldmine, three go-kart tracks and Crazy Golf are some of the most popular activities. All activities are included in the price of your entrance fee. Next door there is Jersey Falconry, which is great for older kids and adults. They have shows at different points in the day where you can see the birds of prey flying outside and doing tricks. Visit www.jerseyleisure.com/
Surfing – Why not learn to surf while you are here?!! Laneez Surf School offers equipment hire and surf lessons both at reasonable rates.
Kayaking – Discover our hidden island by sit-on-top sea kayak. Sea kayaking is a great way to explore the coastline of Jersey. Observe wildlife, explore hidden bays and caves. Novices are welcome. All equipment is supplied including wetsuits. Paddle with experienced instructors. Tours operate from venues island wide.
Walking – Take a walk on the seabed. Jersey has one of the biggest tidal ranges in the world ( up to 12.5m) so do not leave your car parked on slips around the island! Jersey Walk Adventures operate guided walks on the sea bed to Seymour and Icho towers over 1 mile offshore. Learn about the history and marine life of the area with experienced local guides. For safety we recommend you always go with a guide visit www.jerseywalkadventures.co.uk
Fishing – If fishing is your thing there are plenty of opportunities to fish in the island. There are several good coastal spots for catching the likes of bass, mackerel, smooth hound, and many more. Picture this, mackerel rod-caught by you, seared and wood smoked over the Oz Pig outdoor stove. If you need any fishing supplies, tackle or bait etc. I recommend Mr Fish on Le Grande Route de St Aubin. Mick the owner will be able to give you sound advice on which bait and spots are good at the time. Visit www.mrfishjersey.com
Diving – Jersey is one of the southerly most points of the United Kingdom so the variety of aquatic species that live in our water is astounding and some are found nowhere else in the UK. Dive Jersey is a great company that is ideal for beginners or experienced divers.
Spas – If you want to treat yourself to a spa then I recommend The Club Hotel and Spa. Their treatments leave you so relaxed you are practically comatose. They are fairly pricey but once you have had your treatment you will understand why. Another hotel offering a spa treatment is the Royal Yacht at the Weighbridge. Their facilities are very extensive and the whole pool/spa area is so tranquil and relaxing.
Swimming & Sunbathing – There are several beaches in Jersey that are good for swimming and sunbathing. Havre de Pas is one favourite, it has some small beach concessions and a swimming pool built on the beach that is filled with fresh sea water every time the tide comes up. St Brelade’s Bay is a nice beach, but fairly small and can be very busy in the summer months. It is good for sunbathing because it is so sheltered from the wind. A lovely beach to visit is Plemont, the sand is immaculate and there are huge caves carved out from the rocks. There is also a small cafe if you need a bite to eat. A local favourite is St Ouen’s; if you decide to try a bit of surfing while you are here, this is likely to be the beach you do it on.
What if it’s Raining?
When you come over to sunny Jersey, rain is probably the last thing on your mind but we like to be honest with our customers and prepare them for anything. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a camper van all day, especially if you have a young child – that’s why we have prepared a list of activities to do indoors.
Jersey Museum – Our museum has a whole day’s worth of things to look at. It outlines the history of the island from the Neolithic period all the way to the Second World War. Jersey is a fascinating island historically speaking, it is hard to believe that so many things could happen in such a small piece of land. Visit www.jerseyheritage.org/visit/places-to-visit/jersey-museum/ for more info.
The Maritime Museum – This museum is very different, you get to interact with various displays while you learn Jersey’s naval history. This is a fairly small museum and will probably take only 2 – 3 hours to get round. Visit http://www.jerseyheritage.org/places-to-visit/maritime-museum.
The War Tunnels – The galleries have become the exhibition spaces, taking visitors from ‘Threatened Island’, through to ‘Daily Life’, ‘Resistance’ and ultimately ‘Liberation’. Much hitherto unpublished research has been used to reveal, as never before, the plight of islanders, occupiers and those forced to the Island to work on a strategic folly – 1km of underground tunnels. In video and sound installations many islanders, including deportees, escapees, housewives and forced labourers, relate their experiences.
The Steam Museum – The museum illustrates what life was like in Jersey when we had steam trains. It has a collection of steam driven motors and tonnes of old farming machinery. It also contains an interesting selection of classic cars and light commercial vehicles. The display is rotated regularly and contains something of interest for almost everyone. Visit https://pallotmuseum.co.uk/ for more info
Activities – there are two rainy day activities we would recommend – bowling and swimming. There is a bowling alley in St Peter, Jersey Bowl, which has an arcade, approximately 10 lanes and is great for children. With swimming you have a couple of options, you could go to AquaSplash at the Waterfront complex in St Helier, or Les Quennevais Sport Centre.
The arts – Jersey has an Opera House which is a great thing for a rainy day or an evening. They have different shows all the time, the genres vary massively. You can also get beautiful food after you have been to watch a show. Check their website to see what is on during your visit. www.jerseyoperahouse.co.uk
There is also the Jersey Arts Centre that regularly puts on plays but also has art exhibitions at different points in the year. It is free admission to the Arts Centre and any exhibitions, you just need to pay if you are seeing a show. visit: https://artscentre.je/
Ransoms Garden Centre in St Martin. This should keep you entertained with different plants and animals to look at, and a small tearoom and gift shop in an adjacent building. http://www.ransomsgardencentre.co.uk