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  • Waving from the battlements
  • Children enjoying the festival
  • Staged fight in costumes
  • Liberation Day
  • People dancing in 19th century costumes

Channel Islands Heritage Festival

Events from April – October 2020

The 2020 Heritage Festival


Started in 2015, the Heritage Festival is an important event in Guernsey and the Bailiwick and is accompanied by an exciting programme of special openings, performances, historical investigations and celebrations. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary since the Channel Islands were liberated and heritage events will be extended and celebrated in the form of 75 special events.

Get to know the fascinating heritage of the Channel Islands

Undoubtedly the Occupation of the Channel Islands shaped their history but as well as being profoundly affected by events during World War II, the Channel Islands have a huge and varied historical legacy. Neolithic burial mounds can be found across the islands and what at first glance may look like a WWII defence may in actual fact be a former defence built in Napoleon’s era. In celebration, various historical events take place during the year with one longer festival, the Channel Islands Heritage Festival, really bringing history to life.

Timed to coincide with Liberation Day, events and activities with historical themes take place around the islands in the weeks before. As Heritage 75 events will take place from April through to October, initial events will focus on liberation with later events exploring some of Guernsey’s other fascinating history. Festival events include re-enactments, hands on history and the chance to visit some of the more ancient sites on the islands. Explore museums, castles, defences and lighthouses or take a bus tour around the heritage locations. Liberation Day takes place in Jersey and Guernsey on 9th May, Sark on 10th May and in Alderney on 16th May in the form of celebrations and commemorations which mark freedom from Occupation by German forces during World War II.

Plan a heritage visit

Our popular Guernsey Holiday Packages are inclusive of ferry travel as a foot passenger and hotel with B&B. Our Guernsey Breakaways include hotel with B&B and are car inclusive. Alternatively for total flexibility and to stay as long as you wish please refer to our main Guernsey accommodation listings where taking your car is optional.

Guernsey Breakaways with hotel, B&B and your car included

2 star rating
St Peter
3rd night FREE in April 2020
from £179

3 star rating
Hougue du Pommier
4th night FREE in May 2020
from £269

four star rating
St Saviour
4th night FREE in September 2020
from £275

Find out more about the heritage of the Channel Islands

If you would like to experience the history on different islands then why not try island hopping. Take a look at our Occupation page for more information about events during WWII or view our Channel Islands history and heritage page to get an idea of just how many specialist heritage places there are in the islands!


Liberation Day in St Helier
La Valette Underground Museum, Guernsey
Liberation Day in Jersey