Guernsey: The little-known islands with Caribbean-style beaches and World War II Heritage just over an hour from the UK 

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Travellers in London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire who are on the hunt for a family island escape this spring should look no further than a trip to the Islands of Guernsey.  New direct flights with Aurigny, Guernsey’s flagship airline, will depart three times a week from London Stansted Airport – on Sundays, Mondays and Fridays – from Sunday 31 March 2024, making the destination perfect for a weekend away, a spring adventure or a half term minibreak. 

Spring comes early to the beautiful Islands of Guernsey, which are home to picturesque beaches, charming wildlife and a plethora of family-friendly activities, ripe for exploration and just over one hour from London Stansted. From watching migrating puffins on a kayak off Herm in April and joining in with local festivities on Sark’s beloved La Beltane May Day festival in May, to exploring the Islands’ hidden secrets at the Spring Walking Festival in May and June, there is a quirky Island event for all families in 2024.  

For families looking further ahead to booking a short-haul summer holiday with serious Island vibes, Guernsey offers watersports, surfing, wildlife and much more, including festivals and fairs aplenty. Visit here for more information on events coming up on the Islands throughout 2024. 

Travellers with history-loving children will be fascinated by Guernsey’s extraordinary history at Guernsey’s museums and monuments: 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of the D Day Landings, and Guernsey, which was occupied by the Germans in World War II, has a plethora of bunkers and a fascinating occupation museum to explore. Visitors to Guernsey on 9 May will be able to soak up the atmosphere at Liberation Day, the Islands’ yearly joyful celebration of its liberation from German occupation, with 2025 marking this event’s momentous 80th anniversary. 

Those travelling with young children will be spoilt for choice by the variety of child-friendly accommodation on the Islands, from cosy self-catering properties on the remote island of Herm to six-man luxury safari tents nestled on the Guernsey coastline. Two islands – Sark and Herm – are car-free, making them the perfect place for children to experience a real sense of freedom. 

London Stansted is not the only British airport to benefit from new routes with Aurigny in 2024. From spring, travellers will also be able to access Guernsey from London City Airport and Liverpool, with flights also departing from Edinburgh from May 2024 and Cornwall Newquay from July 2024. All flights will operate in addition to the existing schedules from London Gatwick, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Southampton, East Midlands, Birmingham, Bristol and Exeter to Guernsey.   

For more information or to book flights, visit For more information on visiting the Islands of Guernsey, visit Flights from London Stansted to Guernsey depart three times a week from Sunday 31 March, with return flights starting at £129.98 per person. 

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