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Jersey is known as the warmest place in the British Isles, however, that doesn’t mean the island doesn’t have the odd spot of rain. If you find yourself in Jersey on a rainy day, this won’t stop you from having a good time, as there are lots of things to do in Jersey when it rains.
The Maritime Museum is perfect for wet weather as it is entirely indoors. What’s more, its position on the harbour means you can enjoy beautiful scenes of the raindrops hitting the water from the cosy inside. The museum is a great place to find out more about Jersey’s seafaring history, and the attached Tapestry Museum is where you will find the Occupation Tapestry, telling the truly remarkable story of the German Occupation from the island’s history.
The Rozel Pub is in the north-east of the island, just a short stroll from Rozel beach in St Martin. The pub boasts beautiful glass walls that can be put up in the wilder weather to provide shelter and warmth, but still showing stunning views with the feel of being outside. The pub has a grand selection of beers, ales and wines, as well as homecooked food to warm you up in the wet weather.
The Harbour Gallery in St Aubin can keep you captivated for hours with its high-quality works from the 70 local artists. It is the perfect place to find calm and shelter whilst immersing yourself in creativity in a variety of different forms. What’s more, if hunger strikes, there is a charming café on the first floor where you can find all your favourite dishes and an impressive selection of homemade cakes.
The Jersey Museum and Art Gallery is a great place to go whatever the weather, but its indoor setting means it’s a great way to stay dry in the wetter months. Situated in Weighbridge in St Helier, the museum is where you can find out about Jersey’s history, up to 250,000 years ago when people first started living on the island. You can enter the restored Victorian house and take a step back in time to see what the life of a Victorian family in a crisis looks like. The ever-changing exhibitions mean that you can visit the museum multiple times and will always learn something new.
Jump Jersey is the island’s biggest and newest indoor play centre and is the perfect way to tire out the youngsters. Not only does the centre have large indoor trampolines, it has a climbing arena and a soft play area, as well as a ‘pottery’ corner where you can create and take home some of your own pottery masterpieces. Located in Les Ormes holiday resort on the west coast, you’ll also find a range of activities on its doorstep such as bike hire and mini golf.
Enjoy an afternoon ‘tea by the sea’ at the Golden Sands Hotel in St Brelade’s Bay. Here, you can pick from a selection of finger sandwiches, delicious pastries and cakes to indulge in whilst watching the glorious outdoors from the warmth of inside. You could even trade in your tea or coffee for a glass of prosecco or champagne for true decadence.
You can spend hours at the Tamba gaming arcade, getting stuck in with the sports simulators where you can feel that you are out on a golf course instead of inside a bar. The fantastic array of games combined with fun atmosphere, reasonably priced drinks and charming island hospitality makes Tamba a great place to while away the wet weather.
The Victoria is a pub in the middle of the island in the St Peter Parish and has real character as a portal for escape from everyday life. The pub is named after Queen Victoria who visited the valley in 1859, where you’ll now find a hearty pub full of good British food and a grand drinks selection. Don’t forget the roaring fire that gets lit at winter to warm up the room and create a magical warming atmosphere.
Explore over 1km of tunnels, dug deep into the island’s hillside by the slave labourers during World War II. The Jersey War Tunnels are a unique way to find out more about the island’s past, only 15 minutes away from the capital. Jersey war tunnels allowed the German troops to withstand the air raids and attacks during the Second World War before being turned into an emergency hospital in 1943. At the tunnels, you can gain a fascinating insight into what life was like during the war and read moving stories about some of the islanders’ own experiences.
Head to St Ouen's Bay to gaze upon all the pearls you could imagine. This family-run business has travelled the world to bring pearls to Jersey for specially made jewellery. Watch them create pieces in their workshop, shop for your own pearls to wear proudly, stop for a bite to eat in the Jersey Pearl Cafe, or pick your own pearl from an oyster.
The Channel Islands Military Museum is housed in a German bunker, that once formed part of Hitler's Atlantic Wall defences. Within the bunker are many rooms full of artefacts both military and civilian which help tell the story of the five long years of German Occupation. There are hundreds of interesting pieces to look at as well as lots to read, perfect for all ages to enjoy.