If you’re coming to Jersey in 2023, or planning an island escape, why not book your visit to tie in with one of the many fabulous events that we have going on throughout the year? Maybe listening to laid back Ibiza beats in an ancient castle sounds like music to your ears. Or perhaps your taste buds love the idea of tucking into delicious local produce at one of our fabulous foodie festivals. Got the urge to take on a serious adventure challenge in 2023? We’ve got you covered there too. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find a Jersey event you’ll love to experience in 2023.

So, without further ado, here are our top picks of Jersey events not to miss in 2023.

Discover our island’s history.

Jersey is an island of pride and passion, with an incredibly rich and varied history. We’ve harboured kings in exile, created some of Britain’s earliest art and boast not one, but three ancient castles that are big enough to dwarf our epic coastline. If you’re a history buff, then you might want to time your visit to attend one of these fabulous events, celebrating key moments in our island’s history.

Liberation Day - 09 May 2023

During World War II, Jersey was occupied by German forces for almost five years. On 09 May 1945, the day following VE Day, an end to the hostilities in Europe, the island was liberated. Liberation Day is celebrated on the island every year with music, dancing, food stalls and performances. Centered around Liberation Square where crowds gathered in 1945 to welcome British troops and watch them triumphantly unfurl the Union Jack from the balcony of the Pomme d’Or Hotel, this is a chance to experience the joyous celebrations for yourself. With the Bank Holiday for the King’s Coronation on the 08 May, why not make a weekend of it and come experience Jersey’s Liberation Day too?

The Corn Riots Harvest Festival - September 2023

The Corn Riots Harvest Festival marks the 252nd anniversary of major legislative reform that transformed society in Jersey, as a result of the Corn Riots. With film screenings, performances, workshops and food stalls celebrating Jersey’s rich cultural heritage, including a focus on our traditional language Jèrriais, The Corn Riots Harvest Festival promises a weekend of fun and discovery for the whole family.  Discover more about the history of the Corn Riots here or go and check out the exhibition on show at The Jersey Museum and Gallery whilst you’re on island.

Get a taste of our island’s culture.

When you imagine Jersey, the first things that come to mind are probably our beautiful beaches, fabulous local restaurants and our famous historical landmarks – from WW2 bunkers to medieval castles. But our island also has a bustling cultural scene where you can immerse yourself in Jersey tradition, get involved with the creative scene and be inspired by local artists and authors.

Tuck into our local produce.

Jersey packs a rich and colourful larder into its nine by five food miles. Peckish travellers will find farm stalls, food markets and luxury restaurants serving plates bursting with local Jersey produce, from velvety Jersey Dairy to fresh oysters washed clean by the biggest tidal range in Europe. Tuck into a host of tasty events throughout the year to get a real flavour of island life.

Taste Jersey – 28 March – 08 May

Taste Jersey is a gastronomic celebration of island flavours that is not to be missed. With unique menus from a host of Luxury Jersey Hotels kitchens, featuring as much local produce as possible, you’ll be spoilt for choice wherever you decide to take your seat for dinner, so be sure to get involved.

Eat Jersey – 23 – 26 March 2023 

Renowned chefs unite for a gourmet celebration at this fabulous celebration of local food and produce at The Atlantic Hotel and Ocean Restaurant. Devour a spectacuar five course banquet produced by Will Holland and his brigade of talented chefs or tuck into dishes by Bryn Williams inspired by his two restaurants in North Wales and Primrose Hill in London. Michelle Roux Jnr will also be cooking, in collaboration with Will Holland, for one night only. This evening is already sold out but get in touch with The Atlantic in case of cancellations.

Genuine Jersey Markets – April – September  (Dates TBC)

Genuine Jersey’s run of fabulous spring and summer markets kicks off in April. You’ll find the regular artisans’ market taking place in the pretty harbour village of St. Aubin in front of the parish hall. All goods sold by Genuine Jersey Members will have been crafted, brewed, baked or processed by the stall holder, so come along and soak up the atmosphere while celebrating Jersey’s finest.

La Fais’sie D’Cidre – October 2023 (Date TBC)  

Jersey’s annual cider festival brings together communities, volunteers and apple and cider experts to create a unique Jersey experience in the beautiful surroundings of Hamptonne Country Life Museum. But it’s not all about the cider – there’s also live music, entertainers, creative activities, dance, artisan sellers, fantastic local food. So, come along and experience a real taste of island life during the autumn.

Black Butter Making – October 2023 (Date TBC) 

Get stuck into the ancient art of making black butter, a delicious preserve made using Jersey apples and fresh cider and spices, which takes place annually at The Elms, the headquarters of the National Trust for Jersey. Jersey black butter or ‘Le Niere Buerre’ is a very old and traditional farm-house delicacy of Jersey made from a proliferation of apples which are peeled, cored and cooked down with black treacle, liquorice, cider, brown sugar and spices.

Enjoy the ultimate summer playlist.

Summer in Jersey is all about good vibes, with a dose of sun, sea and fresh sounds.  Step into the futuristic world of Wonky Town or dance the night away with friends at The Weekender. Want to get summer ready? Easy. Just grab your backpack, your best friends and go.

 

Embark on an island adventure.

In Jersey, the great outdoors and adventure run in our veins which is why it’s unsurprising that we have a calendar full of events that make the most of our epic outdoor landscapes. Blow away the cobwebs and take your adventure holiday to the next level by signing up to one of Jersey’s top challenges.

Man about to dive into the sea

Swim Run Jersey - 09 September 2023

Take on Jersey’s dramatic coastline at this unique Swimrun event where you’ll swim across the island’s iconic bays and traverse its undulating coastal paths. Find your adventure buddy, and race around a constantly changing course created by the island’s giant 40ft tides – some of the largest in the world. Teamwork is essential for pairs to overcome our swirling ocean waters and technical rocky transitions. Are you ready to take on the challenge? Then sign up for this epic challenge now.

Take on the challenge

 

Marathon finish line

The Jersey Marathon - 01 October 2023

If you’re looking for a change of scene for your next marathon, then why not consider Jersey? A recent runner called The Jersey Marathon ‘a small race, with a very big atmosphere’, and we think that sounds exactly right. On this scenic marathon route, you’ll pass golden, sandy beaches, historic castles and run through pretty green lanes. You’ll finish at the Weighbridge in the heart of St. Helier where you’ll be greeted with a thunderous reception from the crowds that gather to show their support.

Scenic marathon

Accuro Jersey Triathalon – 17 June 2023

Sign up for the Accuro Jersey Triathalon and begin your training to take part in the most southerly triathalon in the British Isles. Now in its eighth year, the focus for this fun, community led events is on fun, friendship and helping one another achieve personal goals.

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