Heritage Festival Opening Weekend
VisitGuernsey7 Apr 2017
Saturday 8th April marks the beginning of the 2017 Channel Islands Heritage Festival! Until Wednesday 10th May, join us in celebrating the fascinating history of our special group of islands.
From our Neolithic beginnings to the German occupation during World War II, Guernsey and its sister isles have an incredible past which is preserved all around the island. The Heritage Festival will explore a variety of historical periods through events, tours and much more, and there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
In this blog post, we take a look at some of the events occurring in the opening days of the festival that you won’t want to miss!
Saturday 8th April
The festival’s opening day sees the unveiling of some fascinating exhibitions. Head to the Guernsey Information Centre on the St Peter Port seafront for the Guernsey Heroes Exhibition, or head uphill through Candie Gardens to the Priaulx Library to see the Heroes, Myths & Legends display.
The German Naval Signals HQ and Fort Hommet are both open to the public on Saturday, giving you the chance to explore two of the island’s most fascinating historic sites.
Alternatively head over to Sark for an exciting coasteering expedition, or try your hand at screen-printing at Iris & Dora and make your own heritage postcard.
Sunday 9th April
On Sunday, a very special coasteering expedition at the Creux Marie cave in Torteval takes place. The vast cavern is privately owned, so very few have had the opportunity to explore it in the past.
There will also be Legends of the Coast rib tours, taking you around Guernsey’s coast at speed to visit hidden coves and anchorages. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, the Old Number Eleven Bus Tour takes a trip down memory lane as it retraces its old route from St Peter Port to Portelet via several places of historic interest.
The exciting programme of events continues into next week, featuring tours of the historic Sausmarez Manor, St Peter Port’s intriguing cemeteries, Sark’s silver mines and the charming town of St Anne in Alderney.
There are several other events, tours and talks taking place throughout the Heritage Festival – browse the full catalogue of events.