Winter is a magical time on the island with no rush from the crowds, quieter beaches, and the warmth of the festive spirit wrapped around every corner. When it comes to spending a winter holiday in Guernsey, think cosy pubs, crisp country walks, quaint Christmas markets, and of course, the brilliant seasonal food.
From the end of November, the buzzing capital turns into a Christmas wonderland, with the lively festivities running throughout the rest of the year. On Thursdays and the weekends, the Christmas market appears in the market square, and here you will find everything from Guernsey Lily motif hand-painted cushions, contemporary hand-crafted jewellery and delicious home-cooked treats: it’s a perfect way to see the island charm and crafting talent.
Oatlands Village at Les Gigands in Guernsey should definitely be part of your winter routine. The shops there are high-quality, authentic and varied so you’ll be bound to find something for even the pickiest of family and friends. Whether it’s a box of delicious Rebecca’s Chocolates, or a cuddly toy bear built by yourself or your little ones, it’s all there to be explored.
The Hideaway is a gorgeous café tucked in Le Pollet of St Peter Port. The café has glorious views over the quaint streets of the capital, and an impressive selection of freshly made dishes and drinks. Although central, the café is quiet and spacious, and is the perfect place to while away an afternoon after strolling through the picturesque streets of St Peter Port.
L’Ancresse and Pembroke bays are at the most northern part of the island, and have the longest stretches of soft, golden sand on the island. In the winter, these beaches open up to dogs, so it is the perfect place to take your pets, or simply go to admire others while soaking in the beautiful views and peace away from the summer crowds.
Guernsey has 27 different bays and beaches to be explored, and in the winter, they transform completely from the summer sunbathing buzz to a peaceful and tranquil paradise. Make the most of having the sands for yourself and get to know the beaches inside out. Find your favourite spot, discover the best view, and see for yourself the secrets the beaches hold.
Guernsey is one of the best places for star-gazing and the astronomy society there has an observatory open for visitors to come and find out more about the beautiful night sky. The observatory is fully equipped with advanced instruments, including a computerised 16-inch Meade reflector and a 5-inch Takahashi refractor. There are also regular trips over to Sark, which is renown for its amazing star-gazing views with no artificial light on the island.
Winter is a time for indulgence and treating yourself when the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter. Ben Le Prevost Chocolatier in St Peter Port is a haven for chocolate lovers, and inside you’ll find chocolates for every appetite and occasion. You can choose from an extensive array of flavours including chocolate miso ganache, salted caramel and champagne truffle. Be prepared, you won’t leave empty handed!