Guernsey Heritage Festival 2019

Guernsey Encounters – Throughout the Ages

The Guernsey Heritage Festival takes over the Channel Island from 19 April to 10 May 2019 with the theme of Guernsey Encounters – Throughout the Ages. The 2019 festival will look at the island’s interesting and fast-paced history from 8000BC to the modern day through a series of events, talks and special openings suitable for all ages.

With the help of local experts, visitors will be able to learn about different periods of the Bailiwick’s fascinating history, whether the Middle Ages, the Victorian Era or the German Occupation during the Second World War, and along different themes, such as archaeology, music, food or wildlife. Events will also explore the island’s links to famous individuals, like French poet and novelist Victor Hugo and impressionist painter Renoir.

The festival will also look ahead to the 75th anniversary of the end of Second World War and the liberation of the Channel Islands from German occupying forces in 2020.

New events for the 2019 Guernsey Heritage Festival include:

Edible Encounters: Foraging and Gin Tasting Dinner

19 & 26 April, 15:30 – 21:30

Guernsey’s ‘gin-hotel’, the Bella Luce, hosts a foraging adventure around the parish of St Martins where visitors can discover the island’s home-grown produce from the land and learn about how local ingredients have been used over the generations. Back at the hotel, foragers will have a gin tasting session in the hotel’s cellar, where its Wheadon’s Gin is distilled. A three-course dinner in the hotel’s restaurant will complete the evening. £55 per person. Pre-booking required at bellalucehotel.com

Prosperity Wreck Kayak Tour

20 & 21 April and 7 May, 13:00 – 15:00

Outdoor Guernsey leads a two-hour kayak excursion to visit the wreck of MV Prosperity and hear about the tragic story of the merchant vessel which sank off the coast of Guernsey in stormy seas in 1974. The ship’s wreckage, including its main engine, is only available to view at very low tide, so this will be a rare opportunity to see and explore the 45-year-old wreck. £15 per person. Pre-booking required at outdoorguernsey.gg

Golden Guernsey Goats

20, 26 & 27 April, 3, 4 & 10 May, 15:30 – 16:30

A one-hour tour of the Guernsey Golden Goats farm will allow visitors to encounter some of the island’s most popular furry residents and hear about the history of this rare breed goat. The tour will also include an opportunity to milk a goat or bottle feed a kid as well as sample some of the delicious Guernsey goats cheese. £12 per adult and £6 per child. Pre-booking required by emailing guernseygang@cwgsy.net

Victorian Train Time Travel Tour

21 & 30 April and 6 May, 18:30 – 19:30

For the first time, Guernsey’s Le Petit Train is offering a special journey that will transporting passengers back to Victorian Guernsey. Departing from Albert Pier in St Peter Port, the trip covers Queen Victoria’s visit to Guernsey, history of the La Vallette swimming baths, the building of the harbour by master masons and other interesting buildings and industries of the period. Victorian costumes and insightful stories will bring the history to life for all ages. £15 per adult and £12 per child. petittrainguernsey.co.uk

How to knit a Guernsey

22, 24 & 29 April and 1 May, 09:00 – 12:00

One of the British Isles’ most iconic pieces of knitwear, ‘Guernseys’ have been knitted on the island since the 1800s for local fisherman heading out to the cold seas. It’s a tradition for islanders to knit a jumper for their loved ones if they’re going away for some time, while Guernsey jumpers are also popular souvenirs for tourists. The Haberdashery section at Creaseys Department Store in the capital town of St Peter Port is offering classes on how to stitch Guernsey ribs and knitting demonstrations. £10 per person. Pre-booking advised via 01481 738 205.

Meadow Court Farm Tours

25 April and 7 May, 14:15 – 15:15

Home to 150 milking Guernsey cows and around 120 young heifers, Meadow Court is a local working farm offering tours during the Heritage Festival to learn more about the history of Guernsey’s famous cow breed and the local farming environment. The farm is located in a beautiful rural part of the island and has won many environmental awards for its work. Visitors will also be able to watch the cows being milked, which is then produced into world-renowned milk and cheese. £10 per person. Pre-booking required at www.meadowcourtfarm.co.uk

Hidden Gems of Guernsey – walking tour

7 May, 10:00 – 11:30

This new walking tour, specially created for the Guernsey Heritage Festival, will explore the natural gem stones on the island, as well as other hidden treasures around Cobo Bay and Guernsey’s spectacular west coast. The captivating tour will also discuss Guernsey’s volcanic past, including rock formation, and find genuine precious and semi-precious gem stones. £8 per person. Pre-booking required by emailing
korinne@GuernseyTourGuide.co.uk

A full list of events and activities is available at www.visitguernsey.com/see-and-do/events-festivals/2019-guernsey-heritage-festival/

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