Oh we do like to be beside the sea

Families who love nautical getaways should hop over for a Guernsey holiday this Easter to catch the Channel Islands Heritage Festival from 25 March to 10 May, packed full of family events.

On the opening weekend, the HistoryFest at St Port’s Castle Cornet will bring nautical history alive for kids, with costumed time travellers. And don’t miss the Sausmarez Manor family day, Pirates and Prizes of the High Seas, which takes place on 17 April, where children can take part in Guernsey’s biggest treasure hunt, dedicated to the capture of the world’s most valuable treasure ship in 1740, by an islander, Captain Philip de Sausmarez.

Whether you plan on visiting during the festival season or not, Guernsey is a charming destination to getaway to for a few days away. The landscape is breathtaking and bursting with colour, so its highly recommended spending the majority of your time outside exploring. A visit to Cobo Bay, a popular family beach, is a must. With fine sand and shallow waters, its ideal for kids and puts worried parents' minds at ease.

It's also well worth getting close to Guernsey's unmistakable Hanois Lighthouse, which rises from a reef on the south west of the island. As lighthouses are a rare commodity, especially for kids who live in the city, it will be a nice treat to take a few family photos and admire the sea surrounding you.

To compliment your trip, you can stay at the three-star St Pierre hotel, with children’s play park and minigolf, from £135 per night for a family room with breakfast. stpierrepark.co.uk

How to get there:

Aurigny offers return fights to Guernsey from £100 return. aurigny.com,

Condor Ferries from £46pp each way with a car. (one-way fare per person based on a return journey with a car up to 1.85m high and 5m long and two adults plus two children travelling each way.)

Find out more about the festival: visitchannelislands.com/heritagefestival

Find out more about Guernsey: visitguernsey.com

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