Channel Islands Heritage Festival Guide

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Channel Islands Heritage Festival Guide

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3rd April – 11th May

From Roman coin hoards to evacuation and occupation, the Channel Islands have it all! The islands are getting ready to open their doors in order to explore all aspects of their vast heritage. From ancient fairy rings to discovering if there’s dragons at Mont Orguiel Castle, there’s something for everyone. As the festival takes place during Easter there’s some Easter egg fun in St Peter’s Valley with The National Trust for Jersey as well as a talk about the imperial Fabergé eggs and a ride onboard Alderney’s steam train with the Easter bunny. The islands are small enough to enjoy exploring on foot and knowledgeable guides have prepared a selection of informative walks exploring a range of topics with historical themes. Special celebrations will take place on 9th May for Liberation Day in Jersey and Guernsey and then on 10th
May in Sark. Take a look at some of the highlights in our Channel Islands Heritage
Festival Guide:

Jersey Heritage Festival Events

Highlights:

  • National Trust for Jersey Easter egg Trail – St Peter’s Valley.
  • Peter Carl Fabergé – a talk at the Georgian Museum about the imperial Easter eggs.
  • East and West Coast Cycling Tours with Arthur Lamy.
  • All about Samplers – Jersey Heritage exhibition at Hamptonne Country Life Museum.
  • Discover Dragons at Mont Orgueil Castle with Jersey Heritage.
  • Springtime Musical Interlude at 16 New Street, The National Trust for Jersey’s Victorian parlour.
  • Guided walks including: Art and Architecture of St Helier, Theatreland, A Harbour Master’s History of St Helier Harbour Tour, Corbiere Lighthouse, In the footsteps of Victor Hugo, A Taste of St Helier, A Taste of Gorey, The Enemy has landed : Occupation begins, Behind Enemy Lines, A Taste of St Aubin.
  • Blockhouse Blockbusters – watch WWII footage in a German Bunker with a glass of wine.

Liberation Day dancing

Jersey War Tunnels

Liberation Day car

Guernsey Heritage Festival Events

Highlights:

  • History Fest – Travels in Time
  • Tour of Lihou Island
  • Resistance Nest Schonbucht Mitte – Festung Guernsey’s guide to Belle Greve Bay defences.
  • Mined where you walk, watch what you say – a coach tour of Guernsey occupation defences.
  • Secret Tunnels at Castle Cornet – tour the areas of the castle which are usually closed.
  • Heritage Festival walking tour of St Peter Port.
  • Evacuation, Occupation, Liberation and Potato Peel Pie Guided Walk
  • NTG Heritage Open Day at The Folk & Costume Museum – activities and the history of tomato growing, one of the islands best exports.
  • Tomato display in the Victorian Walled Gardens at Sausmarez Park.
  • The Red Cross in Guernsey during WW2 – exhibition at The Priaulx Library.
  • Kayaking Tour of Hubert Nicolle’s First Commando raid.
  • Rocquette Cider Tour & Tasting.
  • Northern Highlights Tour – Discover Guernsey’s historical sites and enjoy some traditional treats including Bean Jar and Guernsey Gâche.
  • Fort Hommet Open Day.
  • Romans and Celts Tour of St Peter Port.
  • Western Wonders Cycle Tour – explore a Neolithic burial chamber, Napoleonic fort and a Fairy Ring with Island Cycle Tours.
  • Walk in Victor Hugo’s footsteps with Gold Accredited Guide Gill Girard.
  • Strongpoint Rotenstein will be open to the public.
  • St Peter Port Stride’n’Ride bike tour of St Peter Port with Island Cycle Tours.
  • Island History Guided Cruise and Towers and Bunkers Cruise with Bumblebee Boat Cruises.
  • Pleinmont Observation Tower Open Day.
  • Haftenschloss – a reconstruction of the occupation at Castle Cornet.

Hafenschloss - Castle Cornet, Men in uniform

Liberation Day balloons

Firing from the battlements in Guernsey

Alderney Heritage Festival Events

Highlights:

  • Easter Egg Special onboard Alderney’s steam train.
  • Living Islands archaeology events.
  • Join Alderney Wildlife Trust in a Countryside Walk exploring native wildflowers birds. Take part in a shark egg hunt, listen to the dawn chorus and enjoy a bat and hedgehog walk.
  • ‘St Anne in WW2’ town walk.
  • The Romans in the Bailiwick – Find out about Roman times on the island.
  • Guided walk of Lager Sylt and Alderney Labour Camps.
  • Star Parties with astronomer Mike Maunder.
  • Guided walk around Fort Grosnez to discover Victorian and German Fortifications.

Herm Heritage Events

    Take the Travel Trident boat from Guernsey and discover one of the bailiwick’s smallest islands:

    • Join head gardener Brett Moore for a Herm Island Garden Tour.
    • Guided Tour of Herm Island with Gold Accredited Guide Lesley Bailey.

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    Sark Heritage Events

    Contact details and further information

    Download a PDF Heritage Festival guide for further details of times and how to book for events.

    Book now and enjoy the Heritage Festival

    Take a look at our Heritage Festival page for details on accommodation in Jersey and Guernsey. Should you wish to island hop, take a look at our tailored packages to experience more than one island.

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