Festivals & Events

Jersey plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year so whether you have an interest in history & heritage, music, the arts or food & culture there is always something to do no matter what time of year you visit. With a catalogue of other events around the island you can rest assured that you will see the very best that Jersey has to offer.

Festivals & Events
In 2016 Jersey played host to The Dance World Cup & The European Touch Rugby Championships and welcomed the musical genius of old favourites such as The Human League, Billy Ocean and Madness. With the household names of Jess Glynne, Fleur East, Ben Haenow and Reggie ‘n’ Bollie also choosing Jersey as a venue to perform, the island has become a popular venue for entertainment. We have selected arguably the top 5 festivals in Jersey to give you a flavour of the island, please see our events page for daily events and festivals
Battle of Flowers Carnival
Enjoy the electric carnival atmosphere that is “The Battle of Flowers”. With spectacular displays of hand flowered floats on show, live music, dance routines and entertainers interacting with the crowd in an array of costumes you will be enveloped in one of the most impressive floral festivals in Europe. This spectacular festival is normally held on the 2nd Thursday in August and lasts for two days, culminating in a Moonlight Parade and fireworks on the second day
The traditional Grand Day Parade is held in August and battle planning is a major pastime in Jersey with communities around the Island spending months designing and building their themed floats, then frantically spending the last week busily flowering them to produce a float worthy of competing for the coveted Prix d`Honneur. The Festival is Jersey`s oldest and best loved event in the summer calendar and is guaranteed to delight you as it has done the thousands of visitors and locals alike every year.
With the cry of ‘Let Battle Commence!’ the floats enter the arena in Victoria Avenue, giving spectators their first view of the visual and musical extravaganza that is to follow. The floats come in all variety of all shapes and sizes, with the effort taken to plan themes plain to see and being a credit to all those taking part, if you’ve never seen a floral dalek or an 8-foot elephant made of flowers, this just might be the place to be!
There is seating and standing areas for viewing and Jersey has its very own ‘Miss Battle, ‘Mr Battle’ and ‘Miss Junior Battle’ to represent it with past winners including Petula Clark (who was entitled ‘First Lady of Flowers,’) Roy Castle, Stirling Moss and Gareth Gates.
What is the Battle of Flowers?
On 9th August 1902 Jersey decided to stage a parade to celebrate the coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. The floats were covered in flowers and the “battle” was the practice of flowers and petals being torn from these creations and thrown to a lady in the crowd in the hope they would be thrown back. The event was so successful that the organizers repeated the event the following year and it is now a summer tradition that, with exception of the wartime years has become an annual event since the 1950`s with some floats now reaching a very impressive 45 feet long

Flower decoration ‘Cats’ at flower parade Battle of Flowers

Once the parade is over the festival carries on late into the evening with everyone enjoying the carnival atmosphere with plenty of stalls and refreshments lining the streets and the nearby fun fair to entertain you.
The fitting finale to this floral extravaganza is the Moonlight Parade which is held the following evening and is a culmination of thousands of illuminated lights providing a truly magical appearance and a crescendo of fireworks that light up the party. Due to the popularity of this event most of the shops will close in Jersey giving the locals the opportunity to enjoy the festivities and it’s well worth booking tickets and accommodation in plenty of time!  http://www.battleofflowers.com/

Legends In The Park

‘Sure Legends in the Park’, the opening night of the ‘Sure Big Gig Weekend’ and one of the most successful music charity events in Jersey, will be lighting up Howard Davis Park once again this year on Friday 13th July, for their ninth year running.

Sure Legends in the Park, part of the Sure Big Gig Weekend is renowned for its line-up of iconic artists, fantastic five star amenities and unbeatable VIP areas. It is a nine year success story that has attracted not only some of the largest names in the music industry, including Sir Tom Jones and The Human League, but also brings in tourists from the UK, France and Guernsey, all in the name of its charities, which include Help a Jersey Child and Teenage Cancer Trust, Jersey Appeal.

 

 

Caroline Strachan, Event Owner and Organizer, said: “Every year, Sure Legends in the Park aims to bring island fans closer to the icons of their younger years and the outdoor concert experiences they love. “To see the event come into its ninth year is a fantastic achievement for the team and is great news for the charities involved. It is an honour to receive such great support from our army of volunteers and such high attendance figures, which makes it possible to run the event again this summer. “I thoroughly enjoy bringing such phenomenal music legends to Jersey and cannot thank enough, this year’s main sponsors, Sure. Louise Burrows, Head of Marketing at Sure said: “Sure sponsors the Big Gig Weekend, which is opened by Sure Legends in the Park, because it brings to Jersey some of the best remembered music Legends who we otherwise wouldn’t get to see.” Legends in the Park truly is a one of a kind event that is dedicated to raising money for local charities.

With such an incredible line-up of music icons from the 80s and fantastic entertainment throughout, we are proud to be a part of one of the biggest Legends productions Jersey will have ever seen. For more information about Sure Legends in the Park, readers/listeners should head over to The Big Gig’s new website www.biggigjersey.com

Big Gig In The Park
Saturday 14th July 2018 will see (to be announced) take to the stage in Howard Davis Park to headline a spectacular night of live music entertainment. Sure Big Gig in the Park, the outdoor charity music event, has now been running for nine years, and has become renowned for flying in some of the largest names in the music industry such as Jess Glynne, JLS, Olly Muirs and Will Young. Those who get in quick enough will be able to watch (to be announced) perform live on the big stage at Howard Davis Park on Saturday14th July to start their summer holiday in style.

Caroline Strachan, Event Owner and organiser of Sure Big Gig said: “Every year, Sure Big Gig in the Park aims to be at the pulse of pop culture and bring island fans closer to the musicians and experiences they love. To see the event come into its ninth year is a fantastic achievement for the team and is great news for the charities involved. It is an honour to receive such great support and high attendance which makes it possible to run the 6XUHBig Gig again this summer. I thoroughly enjoy bringing such phenomenal artists to Jersey and cannot thank this year’s sponsors Sure, enough for making this possible.

The charities we are supporting this year are (to be announced)

Louise Burrows, Head of Marketing, at Sure said of their sponsorship: “To be associated with one of the most successful charity music events in Jersey, that brings such big names to the island is an absolute pleasure. The work that goes into the event, booking the sought-after artists and creating the production is phenomenal, and its popularity shows that it works in every way. It will be a great start for the school summer holidays and will once again bring some fantastic pop culture to our island” For more information about Sure Big Gig in the Park, readers/listeners should head over to The Sure Big Gig website www.biggigjersey.com

The Sure Big Gig Weekend Sure Big Gig in the Park is the Pop night of Sure Big Gig Weekend, which is two nights of outdoor concerts, one focused on Pop and modern artists and the other headlining music Legends. The variety of the Sure Big Gig Weekend is aimed to cater to the various generations on the Channel Island of Jersey and offer family packages. The Sure Big Gig Weekend is a charity event and annually raises money for Help a Jersey Child charity along with new selected charities each year. The sponsors for 2018 are to be announced. The Sure Big Gig was founded by Caroline Strachan in 2009, who runs the event every year for charity.

Jersey International Air Display
“The Battle of France is over. I expect the Battle of Britain is about to begin”
These words spoken by Prime Minister Winston Churchill on 18th June 1940 proved to be founded when German Luftwaffe bombers commenced the bombing of major British cities and strategic defences on 7th September in Hitler`s attempt to destroy The Royal Air Force. Britain`s resolve and morale however was not to be broken, with Hitler making one final attempt on 15th September 1940, with over 1,500 aircraft involved in a fierce battle over London, culminating in the RAF defeating the German attack.
The Jersey International Air Display is held annually in September to commemorate the brave pilots who defended our country during The Battle of Britain and to raise funds for British Forces Charities.
This free event is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the Jersey calendar with aircraft from around the world taking to the skies with a fantastic display of both modern and vintage military aircraft. This spectacular event has entertained thousands of locals and visitors to the island since 1952 and is one of the finest air shows that you will see anywhere in Europe, with St Aubin`s Bay on Jersey`s South Coast as the backdrop for this display it is certainly the best venue. With vintage displays from WW11 veterans The Lancaster Bomber and the infamous Spitfire and Hurricane fighters and breathtaking acrobatic displays from The Red Arrows and RAF Tuscano display teams it is a “must” see event for all the family to enjoy
There is also a great opportunity for you to view the aircraft and other military vehicles on the ground with static displays and exhibits which are held at Jersey Airport and People`s Park. You may also be lucky enough to meet one of the pilots!
Jersey Tennerfest Food Festival
A festival for foodies takes place in Jersey each Autumn from the beginning of October to mid-November and is a celebration of the island`s diverse and mouth-watering cuisine at special set menu prices.
Chef`s from around the island will create and deliver their own inspired menu`s to tantalize and treat your taste buds by using the abundance of fresh local produce and seafood available in the Autumn months. It is a great time of year to visit the island if you are looking for an end of season break and love your food! With the many participants ranging from pub`s and bistro`s to Michelin starred restaurants you can be sure you won`t go hungry, especially with set menu`s starting from as little as £10 / head.
The island has such a variety of culture`s so as well as there being locally influenced specialities there are other contributions from countries from around the world for you to try including French, Italian, Portuguese, Sri Lankan, Greek, Indian, Thai and many more.
Jersey is well renowned for its quality of local seafood and produce so what better than to indulge in a food heaven of lobster thermidor, pan-fried Sea Bass or hand dived scallops served with a prawn ragout. With crushed Jersey Royal potatoes and lashings of creamy Jersey butter served with seasonal vegetables straight from the farm and Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options also available the Tennerfest is a food heaven.
Channel Islands Heritage Festival
This festival takes place each Spring and is a five-week celebration of the Channel Islands Multi-layered History and Heritage. There are a number of special events that take place across the island exploring the vast number of historical attractions and exhibitions around the island. Discover Neolithic Dolmens, coins from the Roman era, medieval & coastal castles, historic towers and more recent fortresses and bunkers from WW11 and learn about life as an islander through these periods of history that have shaped the future of Jersey.
The festival culminates with a special service of thanksgiving and commemoration to those who lost their lives during the Second World War and the subsequent celebration of the liberation of the island from German forces.
The Liberation Day Ceremony on 9th May includes re-enactments of the arrival of the Liberating Forces, marching bands, parades and military vehicle drive-pasts, such is the poignancy of the occasion the 9th of May is declared as a public holiday in Jersey.

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