The ‘guernsey’ jumper has been knitted on the Channel Island of Guernsey since the early 1800s and is now famously known around the world. However, the history of the knitting industry in Guernsey goes back much earlier than this. It’s a story involving Queens, wars, luxury, pirates, war heroes and even a little bit of gossip!
Did you know that Queen Elizabeth I owned Guernsey knitwear, and Admiral Lord Nelson endorsed ‘guernseys’ as a valuable part of naval clothing?
During this year’s Guernsey Heritage Festival, you can enjoy a special afternoon tea (with a local twist) on Sunday 28th April from 3pm – 5pm, including a short talk by Caroline Drake from the Guernsey Tapestry, plus the opportunity to purchase your very own locally manufactured knitwear from Guernsey Woollens or Le Tricoteur.
You can sit back, relax and enjoy a selection of freshly prepared treats as Caroline takes you through the key events and facts that have shaped this industry into a tradition that is still going strong.
The National Trust of Guernsey Folk & Costume Museum, which has an interesting display of jumpers showing various different family patterns, will also be bringing their 100 year old ‘guernsey’ along.
£20 per person. Please call St Pierre Park on +44 (0)1481 728282 to book your spot. Early booking is recommended as numbers are limited.