Jersey has so much to offer travelers with families of all ages. It has a warmer climate than that that of southern England and this is evident in its beautiful landscape that includes sandy beaches, green fields and lush rolling hills. Most young families will at some point want to visit the sandy, sunny beaches. Being an island, there are naturally plenty to choose from and one of the most popular is found at Beauport. It is perfectly located to enjoy maximum sunshine and is sheltered on three sides. In the north is the most accessible beach at Greve de Lecq, although it doesn’t catch the sun all day long, it is sandy and sheltered. To the east is AnnePort, a lovely bay that benefits from being sheltered from the wind.
Once you have exhausted the many beaches on the island you could visit La Mare Wine Estate. Walk through the vineyards and discover the art of distilling and oak ageing of the islands Jersey Apple Brandy before taking the children to visit the Chocolate Factory full of luxury chocs and then on to lunch with a picnic surrounded by the vines.
If the weather is a little less than summery there is still plenty to do on Jersey. A trip to the Pallot Steam Museum could prove popular. A collection of steam locos, vintage vehicles and a steam train that pulls out on Thursdays. On to the world famous Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust a fantastic day out voted by visitors on the island of Jersey as the best attraction. Set in 32 acres of parkland it is the home to several of the world’s endangered species including the Western Lowland Gorilla and a community of lemurs. There is a play area and restaurant.
Getting to Jersey couldn’t be easier and the most relaxed way to travel is to take a ferry to Jersey. This is an ideal way to travel especially if you are considering exploring the island by car with Condor Ferries.
Jersey has a long maritime history and you can find out more at the Maritime Museum which dedicates itself to showcasing Jersey as a seafaring island through interactive exhibits and restoration of classic boats. The museum is the home of the Occupation Tapestry made by the people of Jersey to celebrate the 50th anniversary of liberation from the Germans during WW11. Elizabeth Castle was around long before WW11, since the 1590’s when work began on it. It was the home of Sir Walter Raleigh and its guns still fire every day. A gentler end to the day might be spent at the Jersey Lavender Farm. Family run producing lavender since 1983, the farm offers everything lavender like, walk amongst the fields and feed the chickens along the nature trail before visiting the Springs Café for some delicious homemade food.