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.
It’s a comforting feeling being sat in a car with the pitter patter of raindrops on your windows whilst watching the rain hit the sea. During a rain shower, park up at the Lake Pier Carpark by Rozel Pier with some snacks from La Belle Gourmand in St Aubin and watch the Jersey waves break and crash around in the stormy weather.
Some say there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. With that in mind, put on your cosiest raincoat and make the most out of the empty paths and quiet roads. The north coast boasts steep cliffs with German fortifications dotted along clifftops. Explore Rozel, Bonne Nuit and Bouley Bays in a different light with a rainy backdrop and a ground decorated with puddles.
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.
When was the last time you properly relaxed and indulged yourself? Well, why not spend a rainy day in complete luxury at the L’Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa in St Brelade? In the spa you’ll find an indoor pool and spa pool, sauna, steam room, and relaxation room, as well as an array of treatments to pick from using high-quality spa products including Elemis and Jessica Nails.
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.
The Lookout Beach Café in St Aubin is the perfect place to snuggle up with a hot cuppa and a slice of homemade cake to enjoy the panoramic views across the whole of St Aubin’s Bay. If you have a bigger appetite, there are a selection of freshly made dishes using local ingredients, as well as an alcohol licence if you are feeling a glass of wine or pint of warming ale.