Islandmums is very excited to partner with the Isle of Sark Shipping, Sark Tourism and many local business to offer you an array of special offers and information this year about our sister island Sark.
We’ve got lots of wonderful offers that you can take advantage of with your Islandmums Family Card. On Sundays throughout the summer, children under 14 travel for only £2 each and adults get a special 10% off the normal fare. This offer is valid for two adults and up to three children – giving a total saving of £39.62 – for same-day returns only (depart Guernsey 10am, depart Sark 5pm). Throughout the remainder of the week children still travel for only £2 when travelling with full-priced adults, saving £11.30 per child off the normal fare (valid up to three children – total saving £33.90).
We also have an overnight offer on travel to Sark – the whole family can travel for just £60, on any day including weekends (excluding 10am sailing from Guernsey).
Dozens of other great offers and special promotions are available daily, so we hope you will venture out to Sark for a day or longer this year during the school holidays and beyond!
Sark is the stuff of the Famous Five and Swallows and Amazons. Wonderful memories are made there, by adults and children alike. Sark offers that old-fashioned type of freedom, with no cars, no man-made roads, and a much slower pace of life than the one you leave behind. Once you get up to the top of Harbour Hill on the ‘toast rack’ transport, it is easy to have access all over the island with a buggy, bike (with or without a trailer, there are three bike shops on Sark) or on foot.
What’s on – Family-focused events
5 Dips in 5 Trips
Sark Tourism’s new competition ‘5 dips in 5 trips’ is well underway, and will run right up until the end of October. Everyone visiting Sark can take part in this selfie competition, with the chance to win a great prize. All you need to do is email 5 photos of you at 5 bays, natural pools or coves and these will be posted on their Facebook page HERE. The one at the end of October with the most ‘likes’ wins! Email your entry to email@example.com.
Discover the Taste of Sark
It’s June and time to discover some of the finest food that Sark has to offer during Taste of Sark month. Thirteen of the island’s eateries are taking part, offering a mouthwatering selection of meals and snacks featuring local seafood, meat and produce. Choose from fresh lobster, fish, crab and local lamb dishes, delicious homemade cakes, ice cream and preserves. Pick up the free guide from the Visitor Centre or Sark Shipping Office and take your tastebuds on an island-wide gastronomic voyage of discovery.
All summer, there are Courtyard Markets outside the Visitor Centre and two big Street Markets on June 25th and September 24th. There will be a variety of things on offer for you to browse and buy, from cakes, bric-a-brac, preserves and arts and crafts, to books and more.
Sark Folk Festival
Win two precious Folk Festival tickets (30th June to 2nd July). Folk Festival tickets sold out within 20 minutes this year but here’s your second chance to come to the fun, for FREE.
The prize includes two Folk Festival tickets, two return ferry tickets to Sark from Guernsey or Jersey and two days camping (pitch only).
The winner will be selected at random and notified on this Facebook post and by email. Remember to give your email address so that you are contacted should you win. Good luck!! Deadline is 20th June.
You shouldn’t miss the Sheep Racing weekend from 21st to 25th July, it’s a great event for all the family. Not only will there be sheep racing competitions, but there will also be lots of other things happening throughout the day, including fancy dress competitions and children’s activities.
23rd July is Carnival Day at the Millennium Field. The field will be open from 10.30am, with fancy dress (for adults and children) starting from the Collinette beforehand. Miss Sark Princess officially opens the day at 11am. Stalls, games and plenty of activities for the family all day. Field closes at 5pm.
The Church Vicarage will be turned into a traditional fête for the afternoon on 6th August. Expect fun and games, bottle stall, toy tombola, ice creams, tea and scones, bric-a-brac, raffle and plant stall. And hopefully sunshine!
Sark Roots Festival
After a successful first year, Sark Roots Festival is back from Friday 15th until Sunday 17th of September! This event is a celebration of land, sea and community, promoting local initiatives with a global conscience. The three-day festival will showcase a full lineup of music, workshops, local food, local brews, activities for kids and much more!
A wide range of workshops will include African drumming, tree pruning, permaculture, cider making, fire and forage, seaweed demonstrations, yoga, guided meditation, movement medicine, aromatherapy and many more. With a main stage rocking out live bands, a DJ zone, creative arts and crafts and plenty of fun activities for the kids, there will be something for all the family to enjoy.
With permaculture ethics at its heart, Sark Roots aspires to be a minimal waste festival encouraging festival goers to bring their own plates, bowls and cutlery in return for discounted drinks at the bar (washing up station provided). Reusable cups are available at the bar and upcycled pallet benches provide a variety of chill-out areas.
For more information check out www.sarkrootsfestival.com or visit the Facebook page.
George Guille Island Boat Trip
If you would like to take a closer look at the coast and the sea, there are two-hour boat trips run by George Guille during the summer, which take you close to the caves.
For regular visitors to Sark, ‘going around with George’ is an intrinsic part of holidaying on the island. For first-time visitors, this charming and gentle voyage is essential. Not only can you spend the rest of your stay trying to rediscover the myriad of secret bathing spots, but the circumnavigation offers a glimpse into the soul of the island itself.
Adventure Sark is run by Budgie and Sam, and children can take part in kayaking, coasteering (for the older children) and games such as archery. They also offer team-building games for groups.
Horse and Carriage Rides
Many families enjoy carriage rides, which depart at the entrance to the Avenue, Sark’s ‘village’ centre. There is a lovely old ice cream bike there, and further down the road you will find the shops, with plenty of choice for spending pocket money.
If the beach is your thing, there are lots to choose from, however if you are travelling with children, it is important to remember that some are easier to access than others.
There are many beautiful beaches and coves to be explored, such as Creux Harbour and Dixcart Bay, both favourites of locals. The dramatic rise and fall of the tide makes for fantastic swimming and snorkelling at high tide, and wonderful beaches to explore at low tide.
If your child is a history buff, Sark has its own windmill, a museum housing archaeological finds, the smallest functioning prison in the world and brand new Sark Henge, located on the south coast of Big Sark. Little Sark is home to the remains of the Silver Mines, with stunning cliff walks around the area, and is the location of the lovely Sablonnerie Tea Gardens.
The Seigneurie Gardens
The Seigneurie Gardens are open until 30th October where there is a lovely maze to explore as well as old cannons and several ponds.
The Gold Postbox
Children can look for the special gold postbox in the Avenue. The postbox, the only one on Sark, is usually dark blue but was painted gold to celebrate the Olympic gold medal win in dressage by Sark horseman Carl Hester. The postbox has become something of a local celebrity, featuring in the carriage tours and being photographed by many of the island’s visitors.
Pay a visit to their tearooms (from May) where they have an open kitchen where you can see the chocolates being made…and a showroom where you can choose your own from the display cabinet. They also have a heated swimming pool (open in the summer) and can organise chocolate-making workshops.
Treatments and massages at Stocks Hotel
An ideal way for mums and grandmas to get away for an hour or two while the family is busy with other activities. Heather, their Sark-based masseuse, is qualified to provide a range of sports-style massages including deep ‘bodywork’ massages and lighter leg, foot and back massages. After a strenuous day of walking in Sark, she will be happy to discuss and recommend the best treatment for your needs.
Guided Walks from June to October
During the summer you can take part in a host of guided walks, taking you all over the most beautiful spots. Go for an evening walk and gaze up to find spectacular starry skies, particularly wonderful in the shoulder months.
Whatever your interest, Sark is an unforgettable place for families, who come to enjoy the unique and peaceful experience that the little island offers.