At first glance Alderney may appear to be a sleepy village with not much going on. However donâ€™t be fooled. An army of volunteers on the islandÂ ensure that all types of cultural and sporting activities are available. Large scale events such as Alderney Week, Performing Arts Festival, Angling Festival and Wildlife Festival happen on an annual basis, and on a weekly basis there is everything from art club, cinema, exerciseÂ classes, tennis, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and golf.
To find out about activities and events on Alderney just look at our Things To Do pages.
Despite its closeness to France and England, Alderney has not yet been affected by mainstream tourism. There are no high-rise hotels on theÂ shores, just impressive Victorian fortifications, clean sandy beaches and safeguarded common land. There are no traffic jams, no flashing neonÂ lights, discotheques or bingo halls – this is a UK beach destination but it is certainly not a Blackpool or a Margate. Alderney is a place whereÂ people have time for one another, somewhere which is quiet, safe, uncommercial and underpopulated. The only area on the island that is frenetically busy isÂ Les Etacs, the outcrops of rock on the south west coast where 5000 gannets live and breed.
People base themselves in Alderney for many different reasons. Many cite the peace and quiet, others have a lifelong affection after holidayingÂ here as a child and some are born here and would never want to leave. The community is close-knit with people knowing and looking out forÂ one another. Swapping skills and goods, with no exchange of money, is a regular occurance. If you want an opinion on the island, its quirks and itsÂ management, it is hard to find someone who doesnâ€™t have a strong opinion. Just perch yourself in a local bar and ask a few questions, youâ€™ll soonÂ get a taste of the loves and loathes of the resident population.
Alderney is an unusual place. Itâ€™s not for everyone, but for those in search of somewhere tranquil, laid-back and with a touch of the past then itÂ could be somewhere youâ€™d like to visit. You never know, like many other people here, you could find yourself building an attachment to the island and wanting to perchÂ on that barstool on a more regular basis.