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.
Sunday is an especially great day to go, thanks to the new offer with Sark Shipping, when kids under 14 travel for only £2 each and adults get a 10% discount on Sunday day trips with the Islandmums card. A dozen 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 Faces in 5 Places
Monday 28th April sees the launch of the ‘5 Faces in 5 Places’ Facebook competition.
To complete this challenge take a photograph of yourself in five different locations on Sark. You can do this all in one day, or on five different days before 1st October 2016, or you can do it over the course of a few days if you are staying on the island.
Then all you have to do is send your five photos by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Sark Visitor Officers will then put your post on the Sark Tourism Facebook page. There will be a very special prize awarded during October for the post which gets the most ‘likes’.
Scarecrow Week is from 28th May to Sunday 5th June, and you can follow the trail around the island, looking out for all the ‘Flower Power’-themed scarecrows.
Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations
Sark will be holding a street party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Everyone is invited to bring their own picnic on the day.
All summer, there are Courtyard Markets outside the Visitor Centre and two big Street Markets on June 19th and September 18th. There will be a variety of things on offer for you to browse and buy, from homemade goods to crafts, photographs and more.
Families are invited to join Visitor Officer Karen Adams on Rockpool Rambles in July and August, a tour of the shore at low tide. You can use the ‘Seashore Safari’ guide to help you make the most of your walk, which will take you to the best spots for finding little sea creatures. Feel free to take along a bucket and a net so you can take a closer look at the things you find. Pre-booking is necessary, please call 01481 832345 to secure your place.
You shouldn’t miss the Sheep Racing weekend from 15th to 17th 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.
Dog and Pet Show
Sark is holding a Dog and Pet Show this July. There will be competitions, stalls, games and food. This event should be fun for all the family.
27th Sark Rugby Festival
If you enjoy Rugby why not head over to Sark on the 27th July to watch the Sark Rugby Festival? There will be both male and female matches taking place throughout the day, and there will also be a BBQ provided by the Island Hall.
The Church Vicarage will be turned into a traditional fête for the afternoon on 6th August. There will be all sorts on offer, including, stalls, games, cakes, ice cream and much more. What a lovely way to spend a summer’s afternoon!
Cream Tea Dream
Perhaps you’d like to take part in our ‘Cream Tea Dream’ during August, and vote for your favourite one?
Sark Roots Festival
At the end of the season, on 16th and 17th September, celebrate Sark, celebrate community! Sark Roots Festival will be a weekend of celebrating land, sea and the community within these islands; sharing music, food, skills, ideas, dancing and fun! Local music, local food, workshops and permaculture.
George Guille Island Boat Trip
If you would like to take a closer look at the coast and the sea, there are three-hour boat trips run by George Guille during the summer, which take you close to the caves.
‘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 Sark
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, to lighter leg, foot & back massages. After a strenuous day of walking in Sark, she will be happy to discuss and recommend the best treatment for your needs.
During the summer you can take part in a host of guided walks, taking you all over the most beautiful spots, and from October 1st enjoy free guided walks during ‘Walking Week’. 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.
Please see the Events Calendar at www.sark.co.uk for more events and details.