Guernsey has a spirit of community and friendliness that is hard to find in other destinations
A ‘Guern’ friend is a friend for life and courtesy on the roads is the norm. If you plan to drive in Guernsey, watch how the locals step on their brakes to let you join the road. And if you pass a local during a clifftop stroll, you will likely get a smile and a friendly ‘hello’ or ‘warro’.
‘Eh’ - Used as a question tag ‘Great weather, eh?’
‘Cheerie’ - A friendly goodbye, often said when you leave a shop or restaurant
‘À la perchoine’ - Guernsey French for ‘Until we meet again’
‘Warro’ or ‘banjour’ - Hi or hello
‘to Town, eh’ - let's go to St Peter Port
Silver accredited guide and organiser of the Guernsey Spring and Autumn Walking Festivals, meet Carla Bauer in and around St Peter Port town as she shares stories and interesting facts about Guernsey’s history and heritage with visitors and locals alike.
An outdoor enthusiast and expert, Ant Ford-Parker from Outdoor Guernsey can be seen around the coast of Guernsey and Herm, running cycling, kayaking, coasteering and puffin watching tours.
Chairman of the Floral Guernsey Foundation, Pat Johnson and his team of volunteers run the Community Competition, part of the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign, and play a huge part in the floral offerings of the Islands. Visit on a Sunday between May and September and meet Pat at a series of special ‘Open Gardens’, where magnificent private gardens are opened to the public for just one day. Or for a more floral themed visit, come during the Guernsey Floral Festival in June.
Artisan charcuterie producer and farmer, Nicola Terry of Wallow Charcuterie Farm, knows all about the provenance of her wares. All pigs live totally free range at a farmstead in rural Guernsey. Visit Nicola (and the pigs) during the ‘Pork, Walk and Talk’ tour, as she shares the history of Guernsey’s pig farming and enjoy a taste of this lovingly produced, local, tasty produce.
Buz White has been navigating the local waters for over 40 years and this colourful character can be seen daily in and around the Bailiwick on his yacht, the Access Challenger, as he regales island hopping enthusiasts with local stories and facts, while carrying them between the Islands on tours and private charters.
Buz won’t be offended if you prefer to use the public passenger ferry. Just be sure to give him a wave from the deck and say ‘banjour’ as you pass him by!