New and unique experiences for 2018

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What should be on your Jersey must-do list in 2018? We spoke to the local experts to get the inside scoop on the latest hotel and restaurant openings, exciting new events and all the island experiences you definitely shouldn’t miss. These 12 are at the top of our list for 2018 - which will be your favourite?

Find your perfect place to stay

Where will your island adventure take you? From boutique hotels, beachside guesthouses or places to stay that come with a story at Jersey’s heritage locations, here are the newest places to book in 2018.

ARCHIRONDEL TOWER

Give yourself unique memories of Jersey and be amongst the first to stay in this restored artillery tower, built in 1792. It’s a perfect way to totally disconnect and get back to nature - the sleeping facilities at Archirondel Tower may be rustic, but you’ll be rewarded with a morning sunrise over Jersey’s beautiful east coast from the top of the tower, a dip in the clear water of Archirondel Bay, and then bacon rolls from the beach café. Sleeps 10 with basic facilities, (bring sleeping bags). There is no running water, but public toilets and showers are 100 yards away.

 

 

CHEFFINS AT THE BEAUMONT INN

Need a weekend escape with a difference? It might be the oldest pub in Jersey, dating back to 1717, but there’s nothing outdated about the recently-renovated Cheffins at the Beaumont Inn. Original wooden beams, open fires and gloriously decadent cocktails set the scene, and from early 2018, you’ll be able to stay over at a brand new boutique guesthouse. With plenty of character, local food and hand-dived scallops on the bar snacks menu,  treat yourself to a stay in 2018.

 

 

PREMIER INN

The most memorable breaks are often the spontaneous ones. And from this year it’ll be even easier to make your escape to Jersey when the island’s first Premier Inn opens in May 2018. On Jersey’s main shopping street, the new 91-bed hotel will put you right in the heart of the action, with all of St. Helier’s shops, restaurants, bars and visitor attractions within walking distance. Just remember to leave space in your suitcase for all that shopping…

 

 

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SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON

The 40 top triathletes in the world are back to do battle as Jersey turns into the home of Super League Triathlon in September 2018. Get up close to the action and watch all the thrills and spills as the world’s best male and female triathletes - including 25 Olympians - tackle the fast-paced course. Streamed live to millions of international viewers, don’t miss your chance to get a front row view of Super League in Jersey.

 

 

BRECA SWIMRUN

Now in its third year in Jersey, this series of extreme adventure races through wild landscapes uses the island’s rugged landscape as a fiendish natural playground. This year extreme adventurer Sean Conway joins the teams for some incredible ocean swims that pit the toughest swimmers against Jersey’s relentless 40ft tides. It’s an unforgettable adventure - are you up to the challenge?

 

 

THE SPEAKEASY TRAIL

Jersey’s adventures don’t stop when the sun goes down, after dark check out the island’s newest speakeasy-style bars. Designed for those of discerning tastes, if you can find these hidden-away drinking dens, you’ll be rewarded with something just a little bit different. Begin at Project 52 on a tiny cobbled alley, find your way to the Blind Pig and then discover the latest drinking hideout - The Don.

 

 

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Feeling hungry?

Whether you want to eat wood-fired pizza on the beach, play arcade games in a pop-up restaurant or organise your own private dining on a beach somewhere, Jersey’s new crop of pop-up eateries and passionate food pioneers have an experience to suit you. Here’s our pick of Jersey’s best pop-ups for 2018.

THE GOOD STONE

Good pizza, wherever. That’s the philosophy of The Good Stone, who produce the most delicious sourdough pizzas, all fired in an all-terrain mobile wood oven built in an ex-Army trailer. Bringing some unforgettable freshly-fired pizza goodness to Jersey’s beaches, pop-up events and street food happenings, don’t miss a slice of The Good Stone pizza action. Follow them on Instagram to see where they’ll be next.

 

 

PIZZA PROJEKT

Inspired by their travels in Italy, the Projekt Pizza team brought back the knowhow and the ingredients to create artisan pizza anywhere. Like the sound of it? Find them at private pizza parties and their pop-up pizzeria at 11 Market Street, St Helier where you can feast on pizza while playing 80s arcade games.

 

 

NOURISH DINING

From pop-up dining experiences to cookery lessons using Jersey’s tastiest local produce, Claire Allenet believes in bringing people together to discover great food, seasonal ingredients and natural flavours. With a professional background that includes training at Leith’s School of Food & Wine In London, and a spell at Jersey’s Relais & Chateaux restaurant at Longueville Manor, it’s the perfect way to discover more about Jersey’s local produce and producers.

 

 

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The caffeine revolution

It could be our creamy Jersey milk, or our passion for caffeine-fuelled adventure, but Jersey’s seen more than its fair share of new coffee bars opening their doors. Here are a few of our favourite 2018 hot spots to get your daily caffeine fix and meet the locals over a perfectly-brewed coffee.

SHUGA

This brand new coffee shop is the brainchild of self-confessed coffee geeks who are passionate about bringing modern brewing and extracting techniques to their customers. It’s only just opened its doors, so head down to say hi to the team and discover some lighter roasts, sweeter tastes and a great cup of coffee.

 

 

BARISTA

Cosy up with a great brew at this friendly coffee bar, which has just opened a second town location in Beresford Street opposite the Central Market. Perfectly positioned for a pre-shopping pick-me-up, look out for their comfortable snug and don’t miss saying hi to their four-legged clientele - Barista’s dog-friendly policy makes it a hot spot for local pooches and their owners.

 

 

LOCKE'S STORIES

It’s not just the coffee that’s reviving a historic part of St. Helier. In May 2018, husband and wife team Drew and Ella Locke are turning a building that’s been preserved and restored by the National Trust for Jersey into a café and alfresco terrace with more than a touch of artistic flair. Described as ‘a place where people can come and create stories and memories’, look out for Locke’s Stories when it opens its doors - and in the meantime, get at tasty preview with the Locke’s coffee cart on King Street outside Roulette Clothing.

 

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