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Alderney Week 2014

2 – 10 August 2014

Alderney, a serene and tranquil little island off the south coast of Britain and 8 miles from France – well you might think that if you haven’t seen it during Alderney Week!

Mad things go on in Alderney Week! Have you ever wanted to try flying? No, not in an aeroplane or helicopter but by strapping on a pair of wings, jumping from a great height and hoping for the best with nothing but the harbour water to stop you. Well now’s your chance!

If man of flight isn’t to your fancy then how about the ‘daft raft race’ or man/lady of iron competition? Perhaps ale is your thing – try the Yard of Ale (you can always go star gazing afterwards).

Don’t worry, it’s not all mad fun and frolics, there’s picnics, sandcastle building, fantastic local food, parades and doggie competitions amongst beach sports competitions such as volleyball and football.

Although only a provisional programme of events has been published for this year, there’s usually plenty to keep everyone occupied. This year the Channel Island biggest annual carnival is in its 66th year and has a theme of ‘Treasure Island’ with over 100 events across the 8 days.

Each year an island girl is elected to represent Alderney. As well as taking part in Alderney Week, she becomes Alderney’s ambassador, representing Alderney in Jersey’s Battle of Flowers amongst other events. This years Miss Alderney is Emma Etheredge who cooly takes over from big sister Maria.

Emma says “My preferred events are the opening and closing of Alderney week! I love the ‘togetherness’ feel, and the fireworks are spectacular! Cavalcade is also up there, but the torchlight procession has always been my favourite – even from when I was very young. “ (

Come and see it for yourself!

Alderney Week man flight   Group picture at the torchlight procession

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Christina's early memories include boarding a plane to visit Kuwait at the age of two and taking big family holidays in Scotland, Cornwall and France. After enjoying time teaching in London and Holland and marrying into a family spread from Ireland to the Channel Islands and America, it is no surprise that along with husband Julian they trekked around the world when three of their five children were small. Christina now runs the family company and writes and helps with the Travelsmith web and social media sites. Email: