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Channel Islands Heritage Festival 2016

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The islands’ timeless relationship with the sea

25 March – 10 May

The Heritage Festival is looking bigger than ever with 47 days dedicated to exploring a deep history with a maritime theme. This year the spring walking festival will be included and it’s also 150 years since the publication of Toilers of the Sea, written by Guernsey’s famous resident, Victor Hugo whilst in exile on the island. As a result from 2 April The Victor Hugo in Guernsey Festival will take place.

Throughout the festival

Island explorers treasure hunt

Discover clues at various historical island sites around the island. Download a map from Guernsey Museum website or get an Explorer Pack from Castle Cornet.

Victor Hugo in exile exhibition

Guernsey Information Centre
An exhibition about Victor Hugo’s Hauteville House.

The history of Condor Ferries exhibition

St Peter Port Ferry Terminal, White Rock, St Peter Port
Take a look at half a century of ferry travel from Condor. Free to enter.

Heritage walking tours of St Peter Port

Guernsey Information Centre
Take a 90 minute guided walk of St Peter Port starting from 10.30am every
day except Thursdays when the tour starts at 2pm. Cost: £7.

Outdoor exhibition at La Vallette Pools

Exhibition about the pools. Free admission.

Fire & Forage for Families

Fire & Foraging workshops for families with Wild Guernsey. Adults £20, children £10. Pre-booking essential.

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Hugo’s Guernsey

Priaulx Library
An exhibition of photographs depicting Victor Hugo’s exile in Guernsey. Free admission. Open 9.30am – 3pm.

25 – 27 March

Historyfest – People of the sea

Castle Cornet
Costumes characters and family activities at Castle Cornet. Castle admission adults £10, seniors £9, accompanied children under 7 free, children 7+ and students £2.50, family £23.

25 March

Resistance Nest Schonbucht-Mitte

A guided tour by Festung Guernsey of the German defences of Belle Greve Bay. Free admission. Open 2 – 4pm.

26 March, 9, 23 & 26 April, 7 May

The First Commando Kayak Tour

Learn more about the ‘First Commando’ sea mission which took place during the Occupation. Cost: £35. More details from Outdoor Guernsey below.

28 March & 2 May

Seafarer Coach Tour

Take a coach tour around the harbours and places that inspired Victor Hugo’s Toilers of the Sea with entry to La Vallette Underground Military Museum and lunch at the Fort Grey shipwreck museum included. Cost; £55. More details from Island Coachways.

28 March, 4, 11, 18 & 25 April, 2 & 9 May

Donkey’s Days Out Cycle Tour – Northern Shoreline

Bordeaux Harbour. A 3 hour cycle tour along coastal tracks and lanes. Suitable for all ages. Cost: Adults £15, children £8.50, under 5’s free. Contact:

28 & 30 March, 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 & 29, April, 2, 4, & 6 May

Add a stitch to a specially designed tapestry

Join the Tapestry Gallery team in making a tapestry to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Toilers of the Sea. Add a stitch between 10am and Midday every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

28 March

Toilers of the sea and high earl grey tea

Imperial Hotel
Take a walk and gain rooftop access to Fort Grey, enjoying some tea and some Guernsey gâche with gold accredited guide Gill Girard. Adults £14, children £11.50.

Dancing in costume in Guernsey

29 March

The National Trust Folk and Costume Museum Open Day

Find out about Guernsey traditions. Open 10am – 4pm.

29 March & 8 April

Fortifications, pre-history and disaster

Join silver accredited guide Tim Osborne in exploring the history of the island and its fortifications. 10am – 12.30pm. Cost: £7. Email:

29 March, 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 & 30 April, 3, 7 & 10 May

Open Day at Fort Hommet

Tours from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Cost: £7.

30 March, 6, 13, 20 & 27 April, 4 May

Donkey’s Days Out – West & Wild

3 hour cycle tour around L’Erée. Cost: Adults, £15 , children, £7.50.

30 March

Barons, Buccaneers and Botany

Saumarez Park
Guided nature trail from Saumarez Park to Cobo and Le Guet. 2pm – 5pm. Email:

30 March, 6, 13, 20 & 27 April, 4 May

Treasures of the High Seas

Sausmarez Manor

Embark on a tour to discover more about Admiral de Sausmarez and his family home.

31 March, 9 & 24 April, 1 & 10 May

Vazon Bay

All along the watchtowers cycle tour

Cycle the south coast with Outdoor Guernsey. Cost: £35.

31 March, 7, 14, 21 & 28 April

L’Ancresse Heritage Ramble

Guided walk to the north of the island with silver accredited guide Carla Bauer. Email:

31 March, 6, 14, 20 & 28 April, 4 May

Rocquette Cider Tour and tasting

Take a guided tour around 15 acres of cider-producing orchards. 6 – 7.30pm. Cost £12.50.

1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 April, 6 May

Donkey’s Days Out Cycling Tours – Capital Sea Views

Cycle tour of St Peter Port

1 April – 10 May

Coastal Cruise Boat Tours

Albert Pier, St Peter Port
Travel around St Peter Port and the hidden coves with Bumblebee Boat Cruises.

1 April – 10 May

Hanois Lighthouse & south coast boat tour

Join Island Rib Voyages in discovering shipwrecks and WW II fortifications on a RIB excursion. Cost: Adults, £42.50, children £32.50.

2 April

Evacuation, Occupation, Liberation and Potato Peel Pie

Albert Pier, St Peter Port
Discover the capital of Guernsey with a guided tour with accredited guide Gill Girard. Email:

2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 April

MOD Bunker at Castle Cornet

Tours throughout the day, Pre-booking essential – see Castle Cornet contact information below.

2, 22, 23, 25 & 26 April, 1, 8, 9 & 10 May

La Vallette Bathing Pools

La Vallette Bathing Pools and Clarence Battery Walk

Albert Pier, St Peter Port

Guided walk to the historic bathing pools and the ‘Cow’s Horn’. Email:

2, 9, 16 & 23 April

Randalls Brewery Tour

History of the brewery with tastings.

2 April

Cobo: Canals, Casements and Curios

A guided walk along Guernsey’s Cobo and Grande Rocques coast
. Email:

3,6,10,13,17,20,24,& 27 April, 1,4 & 8 May

Open day at Pleinmont Observation Tower

Visit the 5 story naval towers once occupied by German forces. Open 2 – 5pm. Adults £3, children £1.50.

3 April

Where the sea no longer reaches

St Mary’s Church Hall
Circular guided walk which follows part of the old western shoreline of Braye du Valle. Email:

Rocquaine Bay

3 April & 8 May

The ups and downs on and around Rocquaine Bay

A challenging guided walk to Pleinmont Point. Email:

4 April

“Travailleurs” – creating the stamps

The Old Government House Hotel & Spa

Lunchtime lecture by Keith Robinson on how he tackled the design for the new Guernsey stamps.

5 April

Perelle Perambulation

A guided walk around Perelle on the west coast. Email:

7 & 21 April, 5 May

For those in Peril

L’Eree Headland guided walk about the shipwrecks off Guernsey’s most westerly point. Email:

7, 6, 21, 28 & 30 April, 5 May

Hides and Secrets Kayak Tours

La Vallette Bathing Pools
Discover secret hides and hidden places along the East Coast with Outdoor Guernsey.

WEA Maritime Heritage Series

Lecture from Dr. Gregory Stevens Cox MBE at Candie Museum.

11 & 18 April

Secrets of the Mirus Gun Battery

La Hougette School

Guided tour through four German underground batteries. 2 – 4pm. Cost: £7.

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12 April

Vazon Bay & Beyond

Guided tour of the defences at Vazon. Email:

17 April, 3 May

Puffins and Silver Mine Kayak Tour in Herm

Spot iconic Puffins and discover Herm’s secret silver mine by kayak with Outdoor Guernsey.

19 April

Our Green Heartland

Guided walk through greenlanes discovering Guernsey football, poor houses, militia and more. Email:

23 April, 9 May

Off the beaten track exploration to Little Sark

Explore Little Sark with Adventure Sark. 12 – 3.30pm. Cost: £15.

23 April

Guernsey’s Forgotten Corner

Rousse Tower

Explore the northern west tip of Guernsey on a guided walk. Email:

23 April

Strongpoint Rotenstein

A tour of the German defences at Fort Hommet by Festung Guernsey.

26 April

Lovely Lihou

Discover ancient sites and the history of Lihou. Email:

27 April

Sunset in the Castel

Enjoy this quiet guided amble through the little know byways and green lanes

30 April

Saumarez Park Nature Trail

Back to the Orient

Saumarez Park

Walk around the Park looking at the history, architecture, gardens and events that take place during the year.

1 May

Seafront Sunday

St Peter Port’s Seafront is closed to cars and pop up stalls, cookery demonstrations, local produce crafts and al fresco dining takes place.

Beau Vallon Maritime Family Fun day

A Fun Family day with scuba diving taster sessions

Batterie Generaloberst Dollmann Open Day

La Trigale

An afternoon of living history and displays with Guernsey Armouries
. Open 1.30 – 3.30pm.

Jerbourg Castle and beyond

A scenic guided walk around the Jerbourg peninsular. Email:

4 May

Granite and Graves

Discover over 4,000 years of history in a guided walk. Email:

6 May

Nautical Themed Gin Tasting

Bella Luce

An exclusive evening of gin tasting with dinner.

7 May

Rocquaine Ramble

Guided walk around Rocquaine.

9 May

Liberation Day

St Peter Port Seafront

Join Islanders for a day of celebrations commemorating the Islands’ freedom from German Occupation during World War II.

The way of the Soldier

Guided walk exploring the history of Fort George. Email:

10 May

Sark Liberation Day

Sark celebrates its Liberation Day.

More events

For a run down of events on each island take a look at Visit Channel Islands.

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About the author

Posted by Christina

Christina's early memories include boarding a plane to visit Kuwait at the age of two and taking big family holidays in Scotland, Cornwall and France. After enjoying time teaching in London and Holland and marrying into a family spread from Ireland to the Channel Islands and America, it is no surprise that along with husband Julian they trekked around the world when three of their five children were small. Christina now runs the family company and writes and helps with the Travelsmith web and social media sites. Email: