April: Take a hike across the Channel Islands

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Where to go, what to do in 2011


The destination


This month's royal wedding at Westminster Abbey is the love story that's launched a thousand hotel reservations, so book now if you want to wave Wills and Kate into church on the 29th (visitlondon.com).

The route

Efforts to find a biofuel for aircraft gather pace this month as Lufthansa (lufthansa.com) launches a long-term trial on its Hamburg-Frankfurt route. Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic (virgin- atlantic.com) launches traditionally fuelled flights from Manchester to Las Vegas, twice weekly.

The accommodation

Three big hotel openings take place this month. In London, The Corinthia (corinthialondon.com) returns the building that housed the Metropole from 1886, to a hotel. It has 294 rooms and a bar by prolific designer, David Collins. Rooms from £450. The 40-room Georgian-fronted Eccleston Square Hotel (ecclestonsquarehotel.com) reopens in Pimlico, London. Rooms from £250. And the five-star all-inclusive, all-villa Buccament Bay Resort (buccament bay.com) takes accommodation on the Caribbean island of St Vincent up a notch. Rooms from £243.

The cultural attraction

Juan, a new movie version of Don Giovanni, opens at the Imperial Cinema, Copenhagen, on 3 April before an invited audience. It then goes on Danish release from 7 April (sf-film.dk). Juan marks the film debut of opera wunderkind Kasper Holten.

The great outdoors

The Channel Island Way, running for 110 miles, opens officially (jersey.com). The walk links trails on Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm and aims to show the diversity of culture and wildlife across the islands.

The family holiday

Feather Down Farm Days (featherdown.co.uk), which specialises in luxury family camping is opening four new farms this month in Somerset, Oxfordshire, the New Forest and Shropshire. This season will also see a host of innovative add-ons for these "glamping" holidays, including optional pre-ordered meals and private showers.

The adventure

Brittany Tourism (goforit.brit tanytourism.com) is launching weekend activity packages. Try your hand at surfing and sand-yachting on the golden beach at Mane-Gwen, then rest your sea legs in a local youth hostel. From £180 for three nights.

The British day out

The once-traditional seaside resort of Margate, in Kent, will finally reveal its homage to modern culture on 16 April when the Turner Contemporary Gallery (turnercontemporary.org) opens in time for Easter. The seafront building, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, is set to become one of the leading visual arts venues in the country.

The winter sports

The end-of-season weekend concert at Ischgl (ischgl.com) in Austria has become the biggest in skiing since Elton John's white piano was airlifted on to the mountain top for his show. This year's free gig is on 29 April and the star will be announced nearer the time.

All prices are per person, based on two sharing, unless otherwise stated. Hotel room prices are per room per night, unless otherwise stated

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Billie Piper as Brona in Penny Dreadful
tvReview: It’s business as usual in Victorian London. Let’s hope that changes as we get further into the new series spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Lucas, I SCREAM DADDIO, Installation View, British Pavilion 2015
artWhy Sarah Lucas is the perfect choice to represent British art at the Venice Biennale
News
science
Arts and Entertainment
No Offence
tvReview: No Offence has characters who are larger than life and yet somehow completely true to life at the same time spoiler alert
News
Chuck Norris pictured in 1996
people
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Guru Careers: Dining Room Head Chef

    £32K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Dining Room Head Chef to work for one of ...

    Guru Careers: Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Chef

    £27K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Che...

    Ashdown Group: Technical IT Manager - North London - Growing business

    £40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A growing business that has been ope...

    Recruitment Genius: Technical Supervisor

    £24800 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As one of London's leading Muse...

    Day In a Page

    General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
    General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

    On the margins

    From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
    Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

    'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

    Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
    Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

    Why patients must rely less on doctors

    Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
    Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

    Flesh in Venice

    Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
    11 best anti-ageing day creams

    11 best anti-ageing day creams

    Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
    Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

    Juventus vs Real Madrid

    Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
    Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

    Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

    Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
    Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

    Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

    Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

    Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
    China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

    China's influence on fashion

    At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
    Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

    The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

    Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
    Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

    Rainbow shades

    It's all bright on the night
    'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

    Bread from heaven

    Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
    Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

    How 'the Axe' helped Labour

    UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power