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Settling In Series - Winter in Guernsey

For some new arrivals to the island, getting to know Guernsey over the winter months can seem more challenging when compared to summer. Days are shorter, temperatures cooler, and the weather can sometimes restrict that outdoor lifestyle that islanders are known for.

But, with a full events diary and time to enjoy all that the island has to offer outside of the busier tourist months, winter is still a very special time in Guernsey. With a few easy steps, you can quickly settle into island life and establish a new on-island network.  

In this article Locate Guernsey has shared their top five suggestions of how to make the most of your first (or next) winter in Guernsey.

Enjoy the island’s restaurants – Guernsey is well known for its high-quality restaurant offering. Whilst many are in the St Peter Port area, you will find restaurants scattered across the island. From fine dining to ‘pub-grub’, wine bars to friendly locals, there’s something for everyone. Taking the time to experience the island’s culinary offering can be a fantastic way to see more of Guernsey and spend quality time with new friends.

For a list of our various restaurants and eateries, please visit: 

Visit Guernsey - Food & Drink Guide 

Try a new hobby – Winter is the perfect time to try something new. Whilst Guernsey may be small, there is a hobby, activity or social group for everyone. Why not try your hand at a new artistic medium, learn a little Guernsey French or take up a dance class? Not only is it a great way to step out of your comfort zone and learn a new skill, but it’s also an excellent way to meet new people and get to know the island.

Locate Guernsey can provide suggestions and details of different hobby, activity and social groups based on your interests so please get in touch if you'd like to find out more. 

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Island Hopping – Another special aspect of life in Guernsey is the opportunity to visit its sister islands of Herm, Sark and Alderney. Whether a daytrip or mini break, visiting over the quieter months offers a chance to truly experience the tranquillity of these special islands and explore their beautiful and unique landscapes.

For more information about visiting Herm, Sark or Alderney, please visit: 

Herm Island - Visitor Information 

Isle of Sark - Visitor Information

Alderney - Visitor Information

Attend local events – Even in the cooler months, Guernsey has a jampacked events diary for all ages and interests. There are excellent music events, art exhibitions and workshops as well as a host of different activities over the festive season. Events take place across the island which means they are a great way to quickly get a feel for island life and appreciate the island’s warm and welcoming community.

For information about upcoming events in Guernsey, please visit: 

Visit Guernsey - Events Diary 

Island FM - What's On  

Spend time in nature – Whilst the winter weather can be quite changeable, cooler temperatures mean that winter is the ideal time to explore Guernsey by foot. The island’s cliff paths are perfect for peaceful hikes and its network of Ruettes Tranquilles (tranquil roads) offer endless opportunities for long rambles to enjoy the island’s stunning scenery and clean fresh air.

For suggested walking routes in Guernsey, please visit: 

Visit Guernsey - Self Guided Walking Routes

This article was first published in Aurigny's En Voyage magazine - Issue 32

If you are considering relocating to the island, the team at Locate Guernsey are on hand to provide confidential guidance throughout your relocation journey free of charge. If you would like to understand how Guernsey could work for you, please get in touch on 01481 220011 or email