The sunshine is out today and I’m sure plenty of people are already planning their summer holidays and trips away … all to visit Jersey, obviously!

And why wouldn’t you? Having recently been voted in the top 10 island destinations in Europe by TripAdvisor, and statistically being the warmest place in the British Isles, there really isn’t a good reason NOT to visit Jersey!

So, to help you out with your decision to visit Jersey, I’ve put together a list of some ‘must attend’ events coming up this summer. As if the beautiful beaches and scenery weren’t enough to tempt you, along with a tiny flight time of only 45 minutes from the UK, check out what else is going on!

The Natwest Island Games 2015

In 46 days, 8 hours and a few minutes (at time of writing!), Jersey will play host to the prestigious Island Games. This is a huge event for Jersey and we are all very much looking forward to having the games here.

First hosted in 1985, the games take place every other year and this year will feature 24 teams from around the world, including Faroe Islands, Gotland, Bermuda, Cayman and of course, Jersey and Guernsey.

There are a huge range of sporting events taking place from 27th June – 3rd July, including Archery, Athletics, Beach Volleyball (don’t miss out ladies!), shooting, sailing and many, many more. Definitely an event not to be missed if you’re on the island, it’s an historic day for the island!

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Jersey Live Festival

George Ezra, Clean Bandit, The Proclaimers, Rudimental, The Vaccines and The Bohicas, are just SOME of the amazing acts lined up to entertain us at this years Jersey Live festival.

Taking place at the Royal Jersey Showground on 5th and 6th September, you can be assured of a fantastic festival atmosphere with a Jersey twist. It’s a slightly more ‘up market’ festival than what you may be used to if you’re a staunch festival goer!

With a varied programme of music and arts, there is something for all the family and it truly is a great day out – especially when the sun shines! You can book your tickets here if you want to join in the party!

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Jersey International Festival of Motoring

Taking place from 4th – 7th June, the JIFM features a programme of events such as hill climbs, classic and vintage car shows, bike shows and public tour events for locals and visitors alike.

If you’re a motoring enthusiast, or love to show off your vintage pride and joy , then this is definitely the event for you! We are usually blessed with nice weather for this event too, which is an added bonus!

You can find more details on their website, and also find the registration forms to take part here.

Jersey International Air Display

This is easily my favourite event of the year. Luckily we have only had bad weather once (but we don’t talk about that!). Otherwise, the day has always been gloriously sunny and very enjoyable. Many people take the whole day off, and camp out at one of the local hot spots, such as Radisson Blu Jersey or the Grand Jersey Hotel, in order to get the very best views of the display.

Over the years, the display has featured many spectacular aircraft, such as the Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, Avro Lancaster, the Viggen, F-16 and many more!

The highlight for me though, is the finale of the show. The Red Arrows take to the sky to put on a spectacular display, which I’m sure gets more daring every year!

If you’d like to see this year’s show, it takes place on 10th September and can be best seen from St Aubins Bay. You can watch the event for free if you simply find yourself a spot out in the open, but I would definitely advise booking a table somewhere with lunch and really making a day of it!

Legend in the Park / Big Gig in the Park

For something more relaxed and somewhat family orientated, the Big Gig in the Park is perfect. Taking place on 5th July in Howard Davis Park, this years concert features two boy bands the girls are going to love! The Vamps and Union J. You’ll be a hero parent if you take your teenage girl to this concert, I’m sure – get your tickets here!

Not to forget the adults, there’s also a show for you! The day before, 4th July, sees Spandau Ballet return to the stage for the Legend in the Park concert! I’m sure many of you will be excited to get tickets to this, last year’s performance from Sir Tom Jones was brilliant!

The concerts in the park are a very relaxed affair, although you can’t take in any drinks or food, you are invited to bring along picnic blankets and find yourself a spot to just sit an enjoy during the afternoon, before jumping up with the crowd later in the evening. To top it off, the concerts also raise money for the Helping Jersey Charities fund, so you’ll be doing your bit for charity!

So there you have it, just some of the great reasons to visit Jersey this summer! I assure you there is plenty more going on also, but I don’t want to bore you with a huge post! Check out the Visit Jersey website for more info on upcoming events, tours, walks, historical places of interest and all the other little gems that Jersey has to offer!

Let me know if you’re planning on visiting this year, or if you want any more tips on what to do, it really is a great place for a holiday!

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