Culture & History | News 2 May 2024

Things to do this month on The Islands of Guernsey

Spring is just around the corner on the Islands of Guernsey. Come explore the outdoors on a hike along our cliff paths or, if you're feeling brave, head a dip in the sea.

Whether you're looking to join in an organised sport event, try your hand at a new craft, learn about history or enjoy the local arts scene, there is plenty going on in the coming months.

We've gathered upcoming events here for you to explore.

May

30th April - 24th May: Gerie Green Art and Textile Exhibition

Explore the newest exhibition from local artist Gerie Green at the National Trust of Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum. Of Paint and Pearls showcases paintings and embroidery works inspired by Guernsey’s beautiful landscapes, sea creatures and dramatic skies. 

4th May: La Beltane, Sark

Welcome in the magical month of May, celebrating the blossom, and the bluebells and the birds in Sark. La Beltane is is a modern day re-creation and celebration of an ancient Iron Age Celtic ritual and is the only of its kind to be found in the Channel Islands. Having been resurrected as a practice last year, it is quickly becoming a popular event for our community, bringing many people together to acknowledge and revel in the birth of the summer and the beauty of our island at springtime. A team of enthusiasts put together a medley of traditional May Day celebration events to kick off the season.

5th May: Seafront Sunday

Enjoy an al-fresco vibe along the St Peter Port seafront on certain Sunday during the summer months.

Each Seafront Sunday has a different theme, but all offer the chance to stroll along the seafront, enjoying the casual friendly atmosphere. This Sunday will be an EDABL 'Eat Drink and Be Local!' celebration of local produce. 

5th May: Journey into history - guided tours of Batterie Mirus

Embark on a captivating journey as we invite you to join us for a guided tour of one of the historic gun emplacements which makes up part of the remarkable Batterie Mirus fortification. This exclusive opportunity grants you access to a hidden gem of military history, revealing a labyrinthine of once-secret corridors and rooms of the largest gun emplacements built in the Channel Islands during WW2.

5th, 12th, 19th & 26th May: Candie Concerts

The Guernsey Street Festival presents Candie Concerts, from 3pm – 4pm in Candie Gardens. Come along to hear a selection of live music from across the genres and styles. 

7th May: Occupation Explorer Special Tour

Embark on an historical journey with our unique Occupation Explorer tour visiting what we consider to be the best WWll museums on the island, depicting this important part of Guernsey’s history. This tour is led by Amanda Johns, a local born Accredited Tour Guide who specialises in WWll tours.

8th May: Liberation Eve Party with Norman Jay

Come down to St. James for a night of grooves with Norman Jay, starting at 8pm.

Mr Good Times himself will spin all the tunes to get you on the dancefloor and celebrate with Guernsey on the eve of our very own bank holiday.

It’s not often St James can have a Mirror Ball Night on a Wednesday, so make the most of it and start Liberation Day here!

9th May: Liberation Day

2024 is the 79th anniversary of Guernsey's Liberation, commemorating the Islands' freedom from German Occupation during World War II.  

Liberation Day is the most important day in Guernsey’s calendar and commemorates the islands’ freedom from the German Occupation during World War II.

Celebrated annually on 9th May, the festivities provide an opportunity for islanders to remember the days of Occupation, which played such a monumental role in shaping both the landscape and the lives of the people of Guernsey.

Many events take place in St Peter Port and around the island on Liberation Day.  Details will be available nearer the time. 

9th - 10th May: Morlaix Yacht Race

This is a wonderful opportunity to witness the spectacle of multiple ships, all being sailed into Guernsey harbour by sailors of all ages. Last year they ranged from 13 to 77! 

12th May: Unveiling History inside the German Underground Hospital

Join us for a guided tour inside the largest structural reminder of the German Occupation existing in the Channel Islands. Your guide will provide you with information on the construction and use of this facility during WW2.

15th May: Japanese Calligraphy for Beginners

Naoko is passionate about teaching all aspects of Japanese culture and since moving to Guernsey in 2009 alongside teaching Shodo has also taught several courses of Japanese language and culture, while also organising Guernsey's first Japanese Culture Festival. This course will teach you all the basics in a mindful setting. 

18th May: Guernsey Choral and Orchestral Society presents The Spirit of Rutter at St James

Guernsey Choral and Orchestral Society is a mixed-voice choir of about 80 singers and orchestra, that will perform a programme of choral music by John Rutter, including the works “Requiem”, “Choral Fanfare” and “Feel the Spirit”, featuring talented local soprano soloist, Laura Oxburgh. 

19th May: GU36 - The Guernsey Ultra

A 36 mile, fully marked, mixed terrain race around Guernsey.

The circular route starts in the picturesque town of St. Peter Port before leading on to 16 miles of beautifully rugged cliffs. From here it is fairly flat going along the west coast, where you will enjoy the view of the sweeping bays and beaches. At around mile 25 there will be another fully stocked checkpoint and kiosk to replenish you before continuing around the north coast of the island and finally the east coast back to St Peter Port and the finish.

This is an ideal race for those wanting to step up to ultra distance. With the checkpoints further apart than you may be used to when running marathons, this will accustom you to the more self-sufficient way that most ultra races are run.

19th May: Seafront Sunday

Enjoy an al-fresco vibe along the St Peter Port seafront on certain Sunday during the summer months.

Each Seafront Sunday has a different theme, but all offer the chance to stroll along the seafront, enjoying the casual friendly atmosphere. This Sunday will be a GSPCA themed event - a fun day for all the family to celebrate the animals in Guernsey and all the wonderful work that is done to care for them.

24th May: Reef's Gary Stringer Live

Join us at St. James on the 24th of May for a night of music with Reef frontman, Gary Stringer. 2023 saw Glastonbury Rockers Reef release a new album, which quickly hit the Top 20, touring the UK and further abroad.

Frontman Gary Stringer follows this success with a handful of solo performances of both his own material and some of Reef's well-loved hits from the 90s to now.

25th & 26th May: Guernsey Together Festival 2024

A celebration of music, dance and food & drink for creating unforgettable summer memories will be held over two days, on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May.

There’s an enviable line up of some of the hottest UK and European tribute acts supported by local bands, showcasing the best of Guernsey’s music scene. New acts will be performing in front of a crowd on the BBC Introducing stage, while for festival goers wanting an alternative, there’s the return of the Tropical Dance Tent. The VIP tent will give paying guests access to a bar, a relaxed atmosphere and a good view of the main stage. 

There will also be a family zone with bouncy castles, the Rodeo Bull and entertainment for all. You will also find a number of boutique food stalls serving great Guernsey food and crafters selling their handmade items.

25th May - 9th June: The Spring Walking Festival

Join experienced and professional Guides from the Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides for their annual Spring Walking Festival. From Saturday 25 May to Sunday 9 June, every day will see a range of guided walks exploring the wonders of Guernsey, Herm and Sark. 

From coastal hikes and hidden ruettes tranquilles, to exploring our beautiful capital, each walk starts close to a bus stop and parking area, and all are rated from an easy amble to a more testing hike. 40 locally accredited silver and gold Guides will share their knowledge and help you to discover so much about the islands.

There are 47 walks included, including 14 brand-new tours for 2024.

27th - 29th May: Wildlife Explorers

A three day Nature Connection Workshop during the May half-term. Brough to you by Nature Connection GSY. Hosted by Liz Sweet and Ross Torode. Designed to help build confidence in people to be out in nature.

28th - 29th May: Family Favourites Film Festival at Beau Cinema 

Enjoy family favourites Trolls, Big Hero 6, The Greatest Showman, Ratatouille, Sing 2 and Grease on the big screen.

31st May - 3rd June: Gandeys Circus - Lights Camera, CIRCUS!

Step onto the red carpet and into the Big Top as Gandeys Circus, the unparalleled maestro of spectacular circus entertainment, unveils the 2024 Hollywood Spectacular! Brace yourselves for a seamless blend of circus magic with the glittering glamour of Hollywood.

June

31st May - 3rd June: Gandeys Circus - Lights Camera, CIRCUS!

Step onto the red carpet and into the Big Top as Gandeys Circus, the unparalleled maestro of spectacular circus entertainment, unveils the 2024 Hollywood Spectacular! Brace yourselves for a seamless blend of circus magic with the glittering glamour of Hollywood.

25th May - 9th June: The Spring Walking Festival

Join experienced and professional Guides from the Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides for their annual Spring Walking Festival. From Saturday 25 May to Sunday 9 June, every day will see a range of guided walks exploring the wonders of Guernsey, Herm and Sark. 

From coastal hikes and hidden ruettes tranquilles, to exploring our beautiful capital, each walk starts close to a bus stop and parking area, and all are rated from an easy amble to a more testing hike. 40 locally accredited silver and gold Guides will share their knowledge and help you to discover so much about the islands.

There are 47 walks included, including 14 brand-new tours for 2024.

1st, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th June: Floral Guernsey - Open Gardens 

Discover a range of beautiful gardens as part of Floral Guernsey. 

2nd - 8th June: Bloomin' Alderney

Explore the gardens of Alderney during this special floral celebration. Wherever you see a 'Bloomin’ Alderney' Garden Open sign, take a leisurely stroll through the garden and enjoy the flowers and landscaping.

7th - 9th June: Family Favourites Film Festival at Beau Cinema 

Enjoy film favourites Dirty Dancing, Trolls World Tour, Gremlins and Chariots of Fire on the big screen.

8th June: Saffery Rotary Round-Island Walk 

As one of the island's largest charity fundraising events, the Saffery Rotary Walk has supported dozens of charities.

The 39-mile route follows the coastline of Guernsey from St Peter Port, along the south coast, towards the west and north and then finishes back in St Peter Port.

8th, 9th, 22nd, 23rd and 26th June: Seaweed Foraging Tours

Learn everything about the fascinating history of seaweed in Guernsey and its many uses in cosmetics, farming, cooking and the fashion industry. This is a hands on learning experience -we will be using seaweed moisturiser and you will have the opportunity to eat multiple types of fresh seaweed straight from the beach.

9th June: Seafront Sunday

Enjoy an al-fresco vibe along the St Peter Port seafront on certain Sunday during the summer months.

Each Seafront Sunday has a different theme, but all offer the chance to stroll along the seafront, enjoying the casual friendly atmosphere. This Sunday will be an Arts Sunday, a day to celebrate our local crafters, musicians, performers and artists talents. 

12th June: Afternoon Escape to Beaucette Marina - Cruise Trips

Enjoy delicious food and beautiful views on an afternoon excursion onboard the traditional Glad Tidings boat and at Beaucette Marina.

13th June: Guernsey Air Display 

Guernsey’s annual air display has been enjoyed by thousands of people for nearly 60 years, hosting some of Britain’s most historic and treasured military aircraft, including the iconic Red Arrows, one of the world’s premier acrobatic display teams.

15th - 22nd June: Spirit Yacht Regatta

A six-race series and a week of social events exclusively for Spirit yachts' owners, crew and guests.

The fleet will take on a variety of passage, long inshore, and windward/leeward courses, providing a spectacle on the water for spectators and Corinthian-style competition for sailors. 

16th June: Seafront Sunday

Enjoy an al-fresco vibe along the St Peter Port seafront on certain Sunday during the summer months.

Each Seafront Sunday has a different theme, but all offer the chance to stroll along the seafront, enjoying the casual friendly atmosphere. This Sunday will be an EDABL 'Eat Drink and Be Local!' celebration of local produce. 

23rd June: Unveiling History inside the German Underground Hospital

Join Amanda  for a guided tour inside the largest structural reminder of the German Occupation existing in the Channel Islands. Your guide will provide you with information on the construction and use of this facility during WW2.

Make sure to visit the What's On page to find out things to do on the Islands of Guernsey in future months. 

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