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I looked out of my office window in London on Friday afternoon to a gorgeous blue sky with the sun shining into the windows. I went on my phone to check the weather for Jersey for that weekend with the dire hope that the forecast had changed from rain clouds to sun, but it hadn’t, it was still showing rain and cloud all weekend! Urgh! My next step was of course to open google and type in – ‘What to do in Jersey Channel Island when it rains?’ and ‘Jersey Channel Island Wet Weather Activities’.
I got a few ideas from this search but not many, therefore following my weekend in Jersey, which luckily was less rainier than anticipated, I wanted to write the post I wish I had found when I searched for things to do when it rains in Jersey, and I guess this is how you have come across this post too?
Jersey is said to be the warmest place on the British Isles thanks to its Southern location close to France, but it is still a British Isle after all and it does rain. Jersey is also known for its outdoor activities like surfing, walking, coasteering, and it’s natural beauty such as its 30 beaches, caves and footpaths. This was going to be my second time in Jersey, the first time I was blessed with gorgeous weather and it made me wonder, what can I do when it rains in Jersey??
1 – Visit a Museum & Gallery
I’m not much of a museum person and I’ll be honest in saying that I would have preferred to have spent my Saturday morning out on the beach as planned however my friend Lucy and I woke up to torrential rain on Saturday morning so we decided to drive from our lovely hotel – Beausite Hotel in Gorey to St Helier. We parked in Sand Street car park (which I would recommend whenever you need to park in St Helier) and visited the Jersey Museum.
In hindsight I was so pleased that the rain forced us to visit the Jersey Museum as it was really interesting reading and learning about the history of Jersey from 250,000 years ago to now (fun fact – it didn’t start off as an island) and I found the ‘Story of Jersey’ 15 minute film really engaging and interesting, this is actually free for everyone too so even if you have limited time or a limited budget I would suggest going to see this film.
As this was my second time in Jersey I was really pleased that I could put some history behind this small island that I have come to really love. I would therefore really recommend visiting the Jersey Museum when you visit Jersey, and even more so on a rainy day.
The Jersey Maritime Museum is just over the road from the Jersey Museum which is a really interactive museum and it looks good for children!
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2 – Explore The Central Market and Beresford Street Market in St Helier
The Central Market and Beresford Street Market are located in St Helier, they have been there for over 200 years and now sell a range of local goods, produce and crafts.
Both markets are covered making them a great place to explore and wander around when it’s raining in Jersey. They’re open every day from 7:30am all day except Sunday when they are closed all day.
St Helier is not that big and the Markets are close to both the Jersey Museum and the Maritime Museum so visiting them all will nicely pass a few hours.
3 – Learn something at the Jersey War Tunnels
This is a really popular activity in Jersey and luckily it’s perfect for a rainy day. The Jersey War Tunnels tell the story of life in Jersey during the German Occupation. They also have an interactive Escape Room which lasts an hour and would be perfect for a group of friends or family trying to escape the rain!
4 – Eat!
Jersey has so many incredible restaurants and cafes and the island is a real foodie heaven so why not enjoy a nice long brunch, lunch or dinner to pass the time whilst the rain is coming down outside.
Seafood is incredibly popular and delicious which is a perk of being on an island. Jersey also offers lots of local products such as Jersey Potatoes, Jersey Cream and Jersey Ice Cream.
5 – Visit a Beach Side Cafe
Just because you can’t go out on the beach, it doesn’t mean you can’t be by the beach. One of the things I love about Jersey is how every beach seems to have a cafe by it, perfect for enjoying a coffee, a cold beer, an ice cream or lunch.
After visiting the Jersey Museum on Saturday morning we drove down the road from St Helier 10 minutes to The Lookout Beach Cafe which gave us a gorgeous view over St Aubins Bay and Elizabeth Castle.
I really like the look of the cafes at St Catherine’s Bay and Plemont Bay too so be sure to consider these.
Luckily the rain was starting to pass when I went for lunch at The Lookout Beach Cafe as you can see in my photos which leads me onto..
6 – Wait for the Rain to Pass or Visit Another Spot on the Island
As we were told by the lovely lady who works at The Lookout Beach Cafe, the weather in Jersey changes very quickly and we definitely witnessed this as within an hour. It went from torrential rain in St Helier to blue skies and sunshine, however after lunch we drove North to Bouley Bay to do a walk and although it wasn’t raining there it was so grey and misty, not like the view we had at lunch, so I would really recommend not letting the weather get you down and instead heading out around the island to see if the weather is nice anywhere else and you can do this by…
7 – Take a Road Trip!
If you have rented a car then get in it and have a drive around as you can still see so much of the island and get a really good feel for it in the car. Jersey is only small – 5 miles by 9 miles but there are so many roads within the island that you don’t end up taking the same road too many times. From the coastline, the inner countryside and the villages that make up Jersey you are bound to fall in love with the island just from the car!
I would really recommend renting a hire when you’re in Jersey as it will make seeing the island a lot easier (although the bus system is very good too!) To compare prices and make sure you get the best deal, I recommend looking on Rentalcars!
8 – Play at the Tamba Gaming Arcade
This is something a bit different and not very cultural but it would be good for a group of friends or a family. Located in the Waterfront Centre of St Helier, the Tamba Gaming Arcade is free to enter and has over 50 arcade games to choose from!
9 – Have a Spa Day
Jersey has a huge amount of spa’s for such a small island so why not relax and enjoy one. Ayush Wellness Spa looks really nice and is located just outside of St Helier, for more options have a look at Visit Jersey’s website here.
10 – Get Cosy in a Bar or Pub
If you’re in for a completely rainy day and you’re on holiday why not head to a bar or pub for some drinks? Jersey has so many to offer after all. I really liked the look of the pubs around St Aubins Harbour and St Helier has plenty too!
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