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Whats on in Guernsey Spring 2015

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What’s on in Guernsey

Guernsey is definitely warming up this spring with the long awaited Channel Islands Heritage Festival, including the 70th Liberation Day. Find out what’s on in Guernsey with our run down of festivals and events.

14 March

Guernsey Arts Commission Lantern Parade
Starting at Churchill Avenue and ending at Albert Pier, watch the lantern Parade in the evening.

28 March – 4 October

Celts and Romans: Treasure and Trade
Amazing artefacts on display including Roman ship timbers found in Guernsey and a silver coin hoard from Jersey. Guernsey Museum.

3 April – 11 May

2015 Channel Islands Heritage Festival
A pan island celebration of the history and heritage of The Channel Islands. Read more on our 2015 Channel Islands Heritage Festival page.

3 – 5 April

History Fest – Travels in Time
Historical entertainment at Castle Cornet.

3, 20 April & 3 May

Tour of Lihou Island
Walk the tidal causeway to unspoilt Lihou Island with Gold Accredited guide, Gill Giraud. £10 per adult, children free, includes a cup of tea and some Guernsey Gache.

3 & 7 April

Resistance Nest Schonbucht Mitte
Festung Guernsey’s guide to Belle Greve Bay defences.

Shooting from the battlements, Guernsey

4, 11, 18, 25 April & 9 May

Mined where you walk, watch what you say
Take a coach tour of Guernsey’s occupation defences with Gold Accredited Guide, Sylvia Brouard. Adults £25, under 15’s  £12.50. Email: for more details.

3 – 6 April

Secret Tunnels at Castle Cornet
Tour of areas of the castle not normally seen by visitors. Normal admission prices apply: adults £10, seniors £9, accompanied children under 7 FREE, children 7+ and students £2.50, family £23, tour groups, £9.

3 – 11 May

Heritage Festival walking tour of St Peter Port
From Roman settlement to being occupied by the nazis, St Peter Port has a fascinating history. Meet at Guernsey Information centre each day at 10.30am or 2pm on Thursdays. Tour costs £6

6, 9, 25 April & 1, 8, 10 May

Evacuation, Occupation, Liberation and Potato Peel Pie Guided Walk
Find out what happened in st Peter Port during the Occupation with Gold Accredited Guide, Gill Giraud. Meet on the roof of Number 17 Restaurant, Albert Pier at 10.30am. Cost £10.

7, 14, 21, 28 April & 5 May

Herm Island Garden Tours
Join head gardener, Brett Moore, on a tour of the gardens in Herm. Cost £7.50 plus ferry travel with Travel Trident.

7 April

NTG Heritage Open Day at The Folk & Costume Museum
Free entry to activities from 10am – 5pm, including Guernsey Gache making and ‘The History of Tomato Growing’.

7 April – 11 May

Tomatoes of all varieties are one of the island’s biggest exports. Display at the Victorian Walled Gardens, Sausmarez Park with free heritage seeds for visitors. Open 10am – 4pm Mon – Thurs, 10am – 1pm at weekends.

La Valette Underground Museum in Guernsey

7 April – 30 May

The Red Cross in Guernsey during WW2
Exhibition at The Priaulx Library. Free entry, 9.30am – 5pm, Mon – Sat.

9, 16, 23, 30 April & 7 May

Kayaking Tour of Hubert Nicolle’s First Commando raid
Just days after German Occupation, Guernseyman, Hubert Nicolle led a daring discovery mission on a canoe, landing at Le Jaonnet Bay, near Icart to find out what was going on. Rediscover his efforts with Outdoor Guernsey. Cost £35.

9, 15, 23 & 29 April

Rocquette Cider Tour & Tasting
Discover and taste Guernsey’s cider heritage. Cost £10.

10, 24 April & 1 May

Northern Highlights Tour
Join the team from Donkeys days Out in discovering the historical sights of north Guernsey. Enjoy refreshments including some traditional Guernsey Bean Jar, rustic homemade pâté made with locally caught crab, Guernsey Gâche and Guernsey ice cream. Cost £15 per adult, £8.50 per child aged 5 – 16, under 5s go FREE.

11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 April & 2, 5 May

Fort Hommet Open Day
Operational from 1943-45, take a look inside this restored gunsite overlooking Vazon Bay. Adults £2.50, children £1.50.

12, 26 April & 3, 9, 10 May

Romans and Celts Tour of St Peter Port
Discover St Peter Port’s earlier heritage with a tour by Gold Accredited Guide, Sylvia Brouard. Cost £5 to include entry to Candie Gardens Museum to see the Roman artifacts. Email: for more details.

West Coast of Herm Island

13 & 20 April

Guided Tour of Herm Island
Gold Accredited Guide, Lesley Bailey, provides an insight into how residents of the island influenced it today. The two hour tour starts from Herm Island Harbour at 11.15am.

16 & 30 April

Western Wonders Cycle Tour
Cycle to L’Erée headland and explore the Neolithic burial chamber, Napoleonic fort and Table de Pions (Fairy Ring) at Les Pezeries. Includes an a refreshment stop at Portelet for a homemade cream tea or freshly made Guernsey crab sandwiches. Starts at 2pm, meet at L’Eree car park. Adults £15, children aged 5 – 16, £8.50, under 5’s go free. Email: to book.

17 April

Walk in Victor Hugo’s footsteps
Gold Accredited Guide, Gill Girard takes a walking tour of the places important to Les Miserables author, Victor Hugo. Includes entrance to Hauteville House, Hugo’s exile home in Guernsey. Contact details below.

18 April

Strongpoint Rotenstein
The German defence at Fort Hommet headland, restored by Festung Guernsey, is open to the public free of charge

19 April

St Peter Port Stride’n’Ride
Bike tour of St Peter Port, Find out more about the influential people of the town. Adults £15. Email:

Boats at St Peter Port harbour

19 April, 3 May

Island History Guided Cruise
Take a Bumblebee Boat Cruise around the island to see the castles and defences. Adults £27.50, children £17.50. Contact details at the bottom of the page.

19, 26 April & 3, 10 May

Towers and Bunkers Cruise
Take a Bumblebee Boat Cruise around the island to see the castles and defences. Adults £32.50, children £22.50. Contact details at the bottom of the page.

25 April – 3 May

Spring Floral Festival
Walks, talks and tours making the most of Guernsey as it comes into bloom.

25 April – 10 May

Sark’s Wildflower Fortnight
Enjoy Sark as Spring brings the flowers to life. Walking tours £4.

26 April

Conquer the Castle
Inaugural urban downhill event.

26, 29 April & 3, 6 May

Pleinmont Observation Tower Open Day
Naval observation tower used between 1942 and 1945. Entrance for Adults £3, children £1.50

2 – 16 May

Spring Walking Festival
A series of guided walks around Guernsey. £6 per half day.

Hafenschloss - Castle Cornet, soldiers talking

3 May

Castle Cornet’s reconstruction of the Occupation in Guernsey. Normal castle admission prices apply.

4 May – 2 June

Victor Hugo International Music Festival
Classical music recitals in the 70th year of Liberation.

9 May

Liberation Day
A special 70th anniversary celebration and remembrance of the day Guernsey was liberated from Occupation.

15 May

Museums at Night
Experience Castle Cornet after hours with costumed stories, tours and children’s activities. Free event.

17 May

Vraic Day
Used for centuries to add richness to the soil and burn for fuel, seaweed is now eaten all over the world. Head to L’Eree Beach to take part in a variety of seaweed themed activities.

Seafront Sundays music

24 May

Seafront Sunday with Taste Guernsey
St Peter Port seafront is transformed with a variety of stalls, cooking demos, tastings and great al fresco dining.

29 May – 6 June

Sure Festival of Comedy
Stand up comedy with something for everyone.

7 June

Arts Seafront Sunday
St Peter Port seafront becomes a display for a range of craft stalls and events organised by Guernsey Arts Commission.

21 June

Guernsey Dairy Milk Run
Fun activity morning and half marathon.

Saturday Concerts in Market Square and Sunday Concerts in Candie Gardens:
  • 10 May – 27 September Sunday Concerts 3 – 4pm
  • 16 May – 26 September Saturday Concerts in Market Square 12.15 – 2.30pm
Guernsey Markets taking place regularly throughout the year:
  • Castel Parish Farmers Market opens at 9am every other Saturday throughout the year in Le Friquet Garden Centre, Castel.
  • The Farmers and Fisherman’s Market offers Fresh local produce including locally caught seafood. Open every Saturday from 9am, during the winter months the market operates from St Martin’s Parish Hall and moves to Sausmarez Manor from April.
  • Fresh Fridays Produce Market in Market Square, St Peter Port, opens from 8.30am until 2.30pm every Friday. Guernsey local produce is for sale including fresh fish, meat, vegetables, chutney, pate, deli and cakes.
  • St Peter’s Community Market offers a selection of plants, pies, homemade jams and fresh produce every Wednesday 10-11am in the Community Hut, behind St. Peter’s Post Office.

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