Looking Ahead to Heritage 75

Heritage 75 is a unique heritage-themed festival between April and October 2020 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of The Islands of Guernsey at the end of WWII.

From themed tours and guided walks to exhibitions, outdoor events, family-friendly activities and much more, you’re sure to enjoy the Heritage75 experience during your stay in 2020.

Here's a taster of what's happening around the Islands.

Towers & Bunkers

Take part in a one-hour boat cruise to see and learn about the German occupation of the island.

Most of the defenses built by the occupying German forces between 1940 and 1945 faced out to sea, so a sea cruise gives you the best viewpoint!

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Island Explorers 2020

Adventurers young and young-at-heart are invited to take part in Guernsey Museums’ annual spring challenge and find answers hidden across some of Guernsey’s historic sites.

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The Bella’s Gin Garden Party

The Bella Luce Hotel in the country parish of St Martin’s in Guernsey is home to a copper small-batch distillery that produces ‘Wheadon’s Gin’ – a beloved local gin brand.

In 1941, the hotel was actually confiscated by military invaders during the German occupation of the Channel Islands. It became a hub for telecommunications operations thanks to its ideal size and location. The Bella Luce has many stories to tell, one of which involves a tipple or two!

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Cycle Tour - The Occupation Rail Trail

This cycle tour explores the route and the story of the railway built during the occupation of Guernsey during WWII. Cycling from L’Ancresse to L’Eree, you will visit sites with Outdoor Guernsey where evidence of the railway can still be seen, giving a fascinating glimpse into Guernsey’s turbulent past and the huge changes the occupation brought to Guernsey’s story.

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Alderney’s Bunker Day

A special event as part of The European Bunker Day (an open door day at the Atlantic Wall bunker sites along the Western European coast) taking place at the Nunnery Heritage Site in Alderney.

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Special opening: resistance Nest Schönbucht-Mitte

Situated on the east coast in between St Peter Port and St Sampson lies Belle Greve Bay, and defending it, a resistance nest the Germans named Wn. Schonbucht Mitte. It included a type 676 Pak casemate for a Czech 4.7 anti‐tank gun.

This site is not normally accessible to the public so this is a rare opportunity to step inside a key part of Guernsey’s wartime history.

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Liberation day

2020 is the 75th anniversary of Guernsey's Liberation, commemorating the Islands' freedom from German Occupation during World War II. It will be a day not to be missed!

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There are many more events scheduled around The Islands. See them all here!