Jersey, the largest Channel Island, has plenty of family accommodation, beautiful beaches and fun activities which the family will actually enjoy doing together – no more kids being dragged around museums or shipped off to kids’ clubs. Here are just a few of the highlights.
Jersey is home to golden, stunning sandy beaches – perfect as a natural playground for sandcastles and safe swimming. A family favourite is St Brelade’s Bay, recently voted one of the top three UK beaches by TripAdvisor. Absolute Adventures operates watersports straight from the beach –families seeking new activities can try their hand at stand up paddle boarding, coasteering, kayaking and more. Prices start from £8 / ½ hour rent for paddle boards and single kayaks.
Jersey Zoo is the world’s first ever conservation-themed zoo, and home to some of the world’s most unusual creatures. Families can meet meerkats, orangutans and bears and for younger children there are holiday activities including the Teddy Bear’s Picnic and a Madagascar Adventure. Admission is £16.00 for adults, £11.50 for children and free for under-3s.
The surf’s up for little thrill-seekers! Based in front of Jersey’s most consistent and famous surf break, The Watersplash, The Splash Surf Centre teaches the basics of surfing, including family surf lessons. One hour family surf lessons from £99 (up to five people).
Get the family together to solve clues, decipher puzzles and unlock chests in an educational experience at the Escape Tunnels, a nod to the German Occupation of Jersey in WWII.
Priced at £15.00 pp.
Adrenalin-junkies of all ages will love a day at Creepy Valley. Activities include zip wires, paintball and archery, all set in a stunning natural valley in Jersey. Groups can also take part in competitive games in daring activities that are sure to get pulses racing. Priced at £17pp for a family of four.
The Merton Hotel
Based in central St. Helier, The Merton Hotel offers bars, restaurants, pools, sauna and gym. For children, there are designated play areas, a surf machine and the hotel will even help find a baby-sitter through a trusted local company. Prices start from £209/ night for a family suite with twin beds.
Les Ormes is Jersey's only 5-star self-catering family resort. Lodges are generously spaced out in a landscaped environment each with their very own hot tub. Facilities include 9-hole golf course, two pools and indoor sports facilities. The resort offers playgrounds and kids’ clubs right on its doorstep so there’s no chance of getting bored. Prices start from £710 per week for a family of four.
Rozel Camping Park
Nothing beats camping in summer and at Rozel Camping Park, you’ll also have all the creature comforts including a television room, play area for children and a heated swimming pool. The site is set over four fields with coastal views all the way out to France. Prices from £31 a night for 2 adults and one child.
Fly to Jersey from numerous UK airports in around an hour, with British Airways, EasyJet and Flybe.
Bring your car and travel by Condor Ferries which depart from Portsmouth and Poole. Golden tickets are available to purchase on board for a chance to meet the captain!
For more information, visit www.jersey.com or search #theislandbreak