For a tiny island, Sark certainly isn’t short of interesting and fun events to keep visitors occupied and amused, with no fewer than three major occasions each year which are known throughout the Channel Isles and beyond for their entertainment value.First is a challenging triathlon held each Spring, which attracts serious competitors from far and wide and is becoming a major fixture on the sporting calendar despite its recent addition to the island’s schedule.
If combining a relaxing holiday with a serious test of fitness appeals (or even if you prefer merely watching others do the hard work) then a visit to Sark in early April to attend or compete is a must!
Next on the calendar is the renowned Sark Folk Festival, which takes place over the first weekend in July. Combining local acts with a fantastic array of international performers from England, Scotland, Ireland, France, the USA and Australia, this gem of a festival has something for everyone – great music, great food and great atmosphere.
The third of the big three is a truly quirky sporting event, but one you’ll be talking about for a long time to come.
Forget athletics or Formula 1 – instead revel in the spectacle that is Sark’s very own Sheep Racing Championship! Held in the glorious July sunshine, spectators enjoy a menu of music, food, drink, children’s activities, a Miss Sark Princess pageant, book stalls, good-natured betting, charity tombola and, of course, the spectacular sight of thoroughbred racing sheep with teddy bears on their backs hurtling around a race course to the delighted cheers of enthralled crowds.
You have to see it to believe it, so why not come and see it?!
Sark Island 3rd Triathlon
7 April 2018
SARK FOLK FESTIVAL
Sark Summer Festival
6 – 8 July 2018
SARK’S SHEEP RACE WEEKEND
Phone: 01481 832345
20 – 21 July 2018
SARK ROOTS FESTIVAL
14-16 September 2018
In addition to these great showpieces, Sark has plenty of smaller annual attractions to keep visitors smiling, including art and history exhibitions (particularly those which showcase and celebrate Sark’s folklore and culture), summer street and courtyard markets, flower and wildlife exhibitions, heritage festivals, fetes, events revolving around Sark’s ‘Dark Sky’ status and an enviable array of carol services, festive gatherings and Christmas fairs throughout the holiday season!
For a calendar of all of Sark’s events, check out the official Sark Tourism website on http://www.sark.co.uk/events/