Art Safari painting holidays & creative adventures to Jersey in the Channel Islands


Jersey title

A zoo in my sketchbook

14 – 20 July 2019

With artist tutor Mark Boyd 

This is our third Art Safari to Jersey based at the Durrell Conservation Trust, a tranquil 32 acre haven of woodlands, lakes and water gardens and specially created habitats. 

Golden Lion tamarinds play in the woods and flamingos wade in the lakes which surround the 18th Century granite manor, familiar to many through Gerald Durrell’s numerous books.

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Conservationists from all over the world have studied the theory and practice of conserving endangered species here.  Artists have worked alongside them.  It is an exciting and free environment to paint in.  Lee McGeorge Durrell, Gerald Durrell’s wife, was thrilled to hear that Art Safari is painting at Durrell.

We spend relaxed days in the park, sketching the animals, working on observational techniques and speed drawing with Mark.  We wander back to our onsite accommodation when we need to put our feet up in the tranquil garden of the Durrell Hostel.  Lemurs can be heard calling, their enclosure is right next door to us. Red squirrels and black caps are often in the garden. 

There is something unique about island life – it’s not just the relationships that Durrell has with other unique islands around the world (areas that we visit with Art Safari such as Madagascar and The Galapagos) – there’s a timeless quality to Jersey’s lanes, villages and coastline.  

During our days on Jersey we also explore the coastal landscapes, dramatic cliffs on the north coast and sweeping sands on the south coast. The park is only a 10 minute walk from beautiful coastal cliff paths and various pubs are nearby.  There is a bus stop at the entrance.  Taking the whizzy buses, we plan to paint the rugged Corbière lighthouse, Mont Orgueil Castle overlooking the Royal Bay of Grouville and picturesque St Aubin’s Harbour.

Jersey Hostal

Our carefree accommodation is at the Durrell Hostel. It’s a traditional Jersey farmhouse which is located in the north western corner of the wildlife park.  If you prefer you can upgrade to a luxury ‘glamping’ Pods (subject to availability) which are en suite and overlook Lemur Island – ask us for details.

Price per person sharing from:  from  £835 (for 2 people sharing a triple room with single beds, 2 rooms available)

Single room supplement:   from £250 

Tour Cost without accommodation:    from £510

Price includes:  Accommodation in twin room at the Durrell Hostel (not en-suite), self-service continental breakfast, all art tuition and guiding,  daily entry to Durrell Wildlife Park during opening hours, 1 x late night zoo pass, group transfers during tour by bus & taxi.

Durrell Hostel Price excludes:  Flights or ferry, arrival/departure transfer from Durrell, lunches & suppers, drinks, entry fees other than at Durrell, art materials and personal expenses.

Jersey is the most Southerly island of the British Isles (only 14 miles off the coast of France), the climate is relatively mild, often enjoying more sunshine than the mainland. It is very easy to get to (without the need to fly from the UK).

Book your own flights with Easyjet from London Gatwick and Southend, or you can travel by Ferry from Poole or Weymouth (not included).


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