Travelling in Jersey with kids

Travelling in Jersey with kids


What does responsible travel recommend?

Jersey's 70km coastline includes dozens of secluded, sandy bays, with fascinating rock pools, fairytale fortresses and homemade, ultra-creamy ice cream. Inland, there are activity centres, campsites and interactive museums, meaning that it's well equipped to cater for those travelling in Jersey with kids – as well as more studious personalities. Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing and safe cycle routes will also keep teenagers busy – as will the War Tunnels.
Parents should note that Jersey has one of the highest tides in the world – some beaches are safer than others, but all pose a risk at high tide and children should never be left unattended.

Activities for families in Jersey


What to do with little ones


Survival camps offer kids the chance to get back to nature – and to learn how to survive in the wilds of Jersey! Energetic children will love climbing, abseiling, cycling and kayaking around this safe little island, while bushcraft workshops and coastal foraging really get youngsters excited about nature. Most activities are suitable for children ages 8-16.
Much better than your average zoo, Durrell Wildlife Park is actually a conservation organisation which breeds endangered species including lemurs, orangutans and bats, as a "safety net" population in case. Wildlife roams in
forests and "deserts"
and kids will learn
an extraordinary
amount about
conservation
and
ecosystems.
Who needs to learn history in a museum, when you can poke around in a real life castle?! Jersey is surrounded by them, but Mont Orgueil is one of the best – with its labyrinth of staircases, turrets, secret chambers and cellars. Life-sized wooden solders, a witchcraft exhibit and special storytelling artwork bring the ancient fortress to life.

Travelling in Jersey with kids


responsible travel asks the experts

Kazz Padidar is the director and chief instructor at Wild Adventures, which runs foraging, coasteering and kayaking tours, as well as children's "Survival Camps". Here are his tips for travelling in Jersey with kids:
"If you’re travelling in Jersey with kids, you don’t need to book ahead but do research activities first. That way, when you actually get here you know right away who to call so that your kids aren’t hanging round and getting bored.
Jersey is probably one of the safest locations. I still leave my keys in the car when I park! My house stays open, it’s one of those really safe places. So I recommend it to any family."
Our supplier Arthur Lamy is a Jersey native. He runs walking, cycling and history tours of the island as “Arthur the Blue Badge Guide”. Here’s his tip for where to stay when travelling in Jersey with kids:
"Our Heritage Trust has a number of properties which they let out on a self-catering basis. It’s great for families as kids don’t want to sit down for a meal and its really atmospheric – how often can you say ‘I spent my holidays in a German range-finding tower or a Napoleonic fort’?!"
Photo credits: [Photos: Jersey Tourist Board] [Foraging: Wild Adventures]
Written by Vicki Brown
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