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May in Alderney

cm-025-025-newMay is one of the best months to visit Alderney as there is much going on! Come early from the 4th and experience the Seafood Festival because when they say fresh seafood ….. they really mean it!  I enjoyed fabulous crab sandwiches at the Georgian House for lunch and pan seared bass at the Braye Beach hotel.  This Channel island really offers a culinary extravaganza but don’t worry, the miles of rugged coastline and sandy beaches give you plenty of opportunity to walk off those calories.

The 5th May is Milk-O-Punch Sunday and strangely enough no one can remember how this tradition started but it is unique to Guernsey.  Every publican will offer a free glass of the home-made milky rum cocktail with one or two magic ingredients.  Apparently you have to try them all, how else will you know whose magic potion is the best?  

The islanders are a tough breed because the next morning celebrates International Dawn Chorus Walk.  This is organised by the Alderney Wildlife Trust who start the day with a huge cooked breakfast overlooking the beach at Longis Bay. The scenery in Alderney is stunning but not always pretty, the rugged rocks and overgrown concrete fortifications add interest to the wide sandy beaches and grassy commons.

Of course you can walk the miles and miles of footpaths criss-crossing the island but for a real challenge come to Alderney on the 12th May when there is an organised Coastal Run.

The Bank Holiday on the 24 – 26th May hosts the Alderney Music Festival which is a unique musical experience with talented performers converging on the island, very appropriate as the theme this year is “Islands”.  Of course the socialising will be a massive part of this festival and this is one area where the islanders excel!  There are plenty of welcoming pubs and restaurants to be explored in the capital town of St Anne.

This weekend also heralds the start of Alderney Wildlife week which aims to celebrate the rich natural heritage of the island including gannets, puffins and the unique blonde hedgehog.

Enthusiastic, welcoming, fascinating and sociable, Alderney is close by and yet so different – you gotta try it!!

Guest blogger: Lynda George

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Tracy has worked in travel and tourism marketing for over 30 years. She joined Travelsmith in 1987 and enjoys her role as Sales & Marketing Manager for the group. Having moved from Essex to Cornwall in 2001, Tracy loves life in the southwest. She is married with two children, one lively Cocker Spaniel and a lazy cat. Tracy can be contacted via email: tracykirton@travelsmith.co.uk