Culture lovers often feel that they have to travel long distances to far-off lands to continue their love affair with the world, its people and its history. However, fascinating cultural discoveries may be right on your doorstep.
The beautiful island of Guernsey is located just off the coast of Normandy. From its ancient, Neolithic origins to its occupation by German forces in the Second World War, the island has had an interesting and varied history. The Guernsey Heritage Festival is the perfect opportunity to learn a little more about this enchanting isle just a hop across the Channel.
The Guernsey Heritage Festival 2018
The Guernsey Heritage Festival is an annual event running from the end of March to the beginning of May. Consisting of over 300 individual events, this is one experience that culture lovers should put at the top of their list!
World War Two and Guernsey
The 2018 festival is focused on the German occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War. As part of the programme you can explore the fortications built under German-rule and hear first hand accounts of the occupation.
Guernsey’s role in WW2 was commemorated in the international bestseller, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This charming historical novel has been adapted for the big screen and is set to be released in April this year. Why not head to the island itself to discover the history that inspired the novel?
The islanders have designed a lovely walk which winds its way past locations mentioned in the book, as well as a slightly more challenging bicycle tour taking in famous locations in the neighbouring countryside. For a more relaxed approach, I recommend the museum exhibition centred around The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.
Alongside the fascinating WW2 attractions are numerous other incredible cultural sites and activities. Here are some of the things you could be doing on Guernsey this spring:
- Discovering Neolithic Burial tombs
- Sampling delicious local ciders on the Rocquette Cider Tour
- Eating freshly prepared, authentic, local meals
Don’t Miss This!
If you time your visit to coincide with the end of the festival, you will be able to experience the excitement of Liberation Day. Celebrating the liberation of the Channel Islands from German occupation, the day is packed full of music and themed parades, culminating in a wonderful firework display. This joyful commemoration of the island’s freedom is not to be missed!
Where to Stay
Old Government House is located in the centre of St Peter’s Port, Guernsey. This historic hotel, tastefully decorated in a traditional style, has spacious rooms equipped with all modern comforts.
With a heated outdoor pool and a health club complete with steam room, sauna and spa, the Old Government Hotel is the perfect place to relax after a busy day soaking in the atmosphere of the local area. I recommend indulging in a delicious afternoon tea in the Sir John Coward lounge before having a pre-dinner drink at the Crown Club bar.