Below is a list of a number of attractions in Guernsey.
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Guernsey cater to all sports lovers, both on the sea and ashore.
Scuba diving: Dive Guernsey, (tel: 01481-714525) www.geker.freeserve.co.uk ; School of Diving / Sarnia Skin-Divers (tel: 01481-722884).
Surfing: Guernsey’s top surfing beach is Vazon Bay, but the waves aren’t as impressive or reliable as on Jersey, and there are no facilities for unequipped visitors.
Windsurfing: find boards for hire and qualified instructors on hand at Cobo, Ladies and L’Ancresse bays on Guernsey.
Other Watersports The more daring water-babies, waterski, jetski, parascend or even ride on a towed inflatable banana, are in l’Ancresse Bay.
Fishing Because of Channel’s mighty tides, an exceptional variety of species can be hooked. The Guernsey Tourist Office sells an excellent angling booklet covering tackle dealers, boats to charter and the best places to fish and even collect bait.
Cycling: There are bike hire shops in the major centers.
Golf: On Guernsey, for the 18-hole Royal Guernsey seaside course by L’Ancresse Bay (tel: 01481-245070) you need to be a club member, but the new La Grande Mare (18 holes on 14 greens; tel: 01481-256576) and the 9-hole course of the St Pierre Park Hotel (tel: 01481-728282).
Horse riding and racing: On the sand, along tree-lined paths or across open fields, riding is always scenic on the isles of Guernsey.
Motor racing: Vazon Bay, Guernsey, hosts motorcycle and car races. There are hill climbs on Val des Terres and beach racing at Ladies Bay.
Tennis: Guernsey’s Beau Sejour Leisure Centre (tel: 01481-747210) www.freedomzone.gg and Guernsey Tennis Centre, St Sampson’s (tel: 01481-712182).
The Channel Islands are the next best thing to a duty-free zone. Duties are low and Value Added Tax nonexistent. The best bargains are luxury items such as jewellery and perfume, but some restrictions apply. As well as browsing shops and departments stores in and around St Peter Port’s High Street. What are you looking for?
Alcohol: On Guernsey, fine wine specialist award-winners Sommelier Wine (23 St George Esplanade, St Peter Port, tel: 01481-721677) has a huge range.
Antiques: Expensive antiques and cheaper bric-a-brac can be found on the cobbled Mill and Mansell streets in St Peter Port.
Books: Guernsey Press in Smith Street and The Book-shop, The Bridge, St Peter Port, have good selections.
Ceramics: visit Oatlands Craft Centre and the Moulin Huet Pottery at St Martin.
Flowers: There’s the Guernsey Freesia Centre, Route Carre (close to Oatlands, tel: 01481-248185).
Jewellery: Jewelers in St Peter Port sell everything from miniature silver milk cans to gold chain by the yards. Devotees should also visit Guernsey’s Bruce Russel & Son, Le Gron, St Saviour’s, and Catherine Best (Old Mill, St Martin’s).
Knitwear: For Guernsey, visit the factory shop of Le Tricoteur at Perelle on the west coast.
Stamps: Philatelists are drawn to the main post offices in Guernsey.
Other Craft: The island of Guernsey has candle workshops at St Sampson where you can watch wax being dyed and moulded, and purchases the final products. Guernsey Woodcarvers offers appealing decorative artefacts such as ducks and fruit. Guernsey’s Oatlands Craft Centre provides a convenient one-stop shop for all sorts of hand-made items, from beeswax candles to perfume bottles. At the Strawberry Farm (St Saviour) there is a pottery and visitors can also see how the traditional Guernsey is knitted.
Guernsey has fewer nightclubs but as many music pubs as Jersey. Nightclubs include Club 54 and Folies, North Plantation. There is live music most nights at the Doghouse (tel: 01481-721302, www.doghouse.gg) and Blind O’Reilly’s, The Bridge (tel: 01481-244503). See the Guernsey Press for details of gigs and for music at St James’s Concert Hall (tel: 01481-711360). Theatre is on at Guernsey’s Beau Sejour Leisure Centre (tel: 01481- 747210. www.freedomzone.gg). For film there is the Mallard (tel: 01481-266366) and CineGuernsey (tel: 01481-242645).
CHILDREN'S CHANNEL ISLANDS
Guernsey, like Jersey, has a good leisure centre, a castle to explore and World War II museums that should appeal to most ages. Sausmarez Manor in St Martin has two ’adventure play areas’ and a 9-hole ‘pitch and putt’ golf attraction. Oatland Craft Centre’s include children’s rides.