This year, events will take place from Saturday 1 May to Sunday 16 May focusing on our amazing GuernseyTogether spirit.
Right now, we are living through a period of time like no other. So, while the Heritage Festival gives us an opportunity to remember and honour our Island’s rich and amazing history, we also recognise that this time, right now, will be remembered as significant for generations to come.
COVID-19 has proved to the rest of the world what we already knew. That Guernsey has one of the strongest, proudest communities anywhere and it is this spirit that has seen us through the most challenging of modern times. But this stoic attitude is nothing new. It’s in our blood. One of our most enduring periods of our history, the German Occupation of WW2, is still in living memory.
It’s time to celebrate not just our amazing Island, but our amazing community, and those who makes it what it is.
From craft workshops to RIB tours, guided walks and fascinating talks, there really is something for everyone in this year’s Heritage Festival.
Here's a taster of what's happening around the Islands.
The Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden will be holding their Spring Back to Life open day to celebrate opening for the summer season.
During lockdown volunteers made extraordinary efforts to maintain the gardens. There will be bedding plants and vegetable seedlings on sale, a range of cakes and hot
drinks, planting workshops and a treasure hunt for the children.
This very special event is to give all those children who missed out on their birthday parties because of lockdown a chance to celebrate!
The big party will take place at St Saviour’s Community Centre and will see the community coming together to make a fuss of those children who missed out – and what better way to do it than with lots of cake, bouncy castles and much more.
You can now tour not one, but two historical sites.
Join Tours of Guernsey for a guided tour of the Batterie Mirus
site, including a visit inside gun emplacement number one.
You can also visit Batterie Scharnhorst on a tour, which is situated on private land. Hear how this emplacement was
used during the Occupation and what eventually happened to the guns housed there.
The Guille-Alles Library is hosting a special Tea & Tales event dedicated to The Book of Ebenezer Le Page. Patrick from the Outreach Team will be donning his Guernsey and reading favourite passages from the book. Come along and listen, then stay for a cup of tea and a chat - and share your own stories if you want to.
Most importantly, this Heritage Festival is taking time out to spend with those we love.
You can find the full programme of events here.
While islanders are looking forward to next month's Heritage Festival, we have of course not forgotten our much missed visitors.
Many of these events take place at other times throughout the year, so if you can’t join us for them just yet, it’s a great taste of all the great things you can do in The Islands of Guernsey.