Stand outside of the law on your caravan holiday in the Channel Islands - the two Bailiwicks have no common laws, no common elections, and no common representative body. They are an archipelago of British Crown Dependencies in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. They include two separate bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Bailiwick of Jersey and are a great place for a caravan or camping holiday.
Although the Islands are slightly harder to get to that the average caravan holiday destination the ferry route between the Channel Islands and the UK is an easy one. Operated by Condor Ferries from both St Helier, Jersey and St Peter Port, Guernsey, using high-speed catamaran fast craft to Weymouth and Poole in the UK as well as a regular passenger ferry service on the Commodore Clipper that goes from both Channel Island ports to Portsmouth daily, and carries both passengers and freight.
Caravaners visiting this area should make sure they learn the local lingo to make sure they don’t order anything too different off food menus. The main islanders have traditional animal nicknames – Guernsey: donkeys, Jersey: toads, Sark: crows and Alderney: rabbits.
The Islands also have a varied history – they were the only part of the British Commonwealth to be occupied by the German Army during World War Two. There was mass evacuation during this period and the remaining Islanders suffered from the Royal Navy who blockaded the islands from time to time, particularly following the Invasion of Normandy in June 1944.
Attractions in the area include St. Brelade’s Bay Beach, Corbiere Lighhouse, Jersey War Tunnels, Durrell Wildlife Park, Elizabeth Castle, Plemont Bay, Jersey Museum, Maritime Museum and The Channel Islands Military Museum.