There's more to Jersey than the beach - some fun activities for the whole family
You can fit a lot of family activities into a weekend in Jersey. The Island's only nine miles by five miles, which means you can be scaling castle walls in the morning, blokarting on the beach in the afternoon and finishing up with a locally-sourced nursery supper whipped up by one of the island's Michelin-star chefs. And with all that fresh sea air, your little darlings will sleep like a dream.
Go wild at Durrell
Take your little monkeys to see the newest additions such as little Raymi, the bear cub pictured above at the globally-renowned wildlife conservation centre at Durrell Wildlife Park. And for a real walk on the wild side, you can set up camp at Durrell with a night's stay in one of their Wildlife Camp's luxury pods and wake up to the sound of lemurs in the trees. It doesn't get more realistic than that.For those of you who have watched ITV's series The Durrell, you will be able to find out more about its famous founder Gerald Durrell.
Local boy Henry Cavill aka Superman, spent much of his childhood at Durrell Wildlife Park and he was so inspired by the work that is carried out by this amazing chairty, he is now an ambassador. You aren't likely to see him there in person, unless you are here in May 2017 for the Durrell Challenge, but you will see a few clues around the place.
Clues of Henry Cavill can be found around the place
Your own cinema
There aren't too many hotels with their own private cinema, but at the five star Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa you can book out their 36-seat private cinema for a Disney classic they'll never forget. The perfect rainy-afternoon activity, you can use the hotel's DVD library or bring along your own film to watch in comfort. They'll even supply popcorn if you ask nicely.
Grand Jersey, The Esplanade, St Helier. Tel: 01534 722301. Explore Grand Jersey here.
Get blown away
A cross between gokarting and windsurfing, blokarting is the perfect way to make the most of Jersey's wide sandy beaches. Strap yourselves in, grab the pull cord and steer into the wind for a thrilling ride across the beach. Adventurous kids from 7 up can have a go at this fast-paced fun activity which is suitable for all the family.
Blokarting is available from number of providers, including Absolute Adventures (pictured)
The best local food
A 'nursery' menu from a Michelin-starred kitchen teamed with charming old school-style service at the luxurious The Atlantic Hotel should tempt your mini gourmands. Treat them to Jersey plaice goujons or a local Jersey steak burger with a view out to sea, and then stroll along the cliffs to the beach at St Ouen with waves to surf and towering sand dunes to slide down.
The Atlantic Hotel, St Brelade, Jersey. Tel: 01534 744101. Explore The Atlantic Hotel here.
Laps of luxury
Kids love hotel swimming pools, especially ones that have a cool 'infinity'-type design. The Hotel de France's super-chic indoor swimming pool feels tropical whatever the weather outside, and never cramped thanks to its generous glass-fronted layout. It also helps that the hotel's (soundproofed) Ayurvedic Ayush Spa is just upstairs so mums can leave dad in charge and book themselves in for some luxury TLC.
Ayush Wellness Spa at Hotel de France, St Helier, Jersey. Tel: 01534 614000. Explore Ayush Wellness Spa here.
King of the castle
With not just one, but two castles to explore in Jersey, kids will be spoilt for choice. Climb up the staircases and towers of medieval Mont Orgueil Castle (pictured) or take the Castle Ferry amphibious bus out to Elizabeth Castle and watch the cannons being fired and climb battlements which were around when Sir Walter Raleigh was Governor of Jersey.
A treasure trove steeped in history at the Jersey Museum
During the summer of 2012 two men, using metal detectors, discovered ancient treasure in a field in Jersey. This treasure of compacted coins had lain hidden for up to 2,000 years. Head to The Jersey Museum where you can see the the hoard and the precious jewllery hidden within as they uncover it in real time. What will they find next? Find out fascinating story of the coins, their history, the conservation process.