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The Bella Luce’s calendar for events and things to do here at the hotel, around Guernsey, and across the Bailiwick in 2020 is already packed full of exciting days out to look forward to. Whether you’re in to gin, interested in history, fall into the “foodie” category or are a fan of walking and the great outdoors, there is something planned for everyone in Guernsey this year. Base yourself at the Bella, and indulge your passions and interests in 2020:
Historyfest, April 18th & 19th
A family-oriented weekend of living history, family activities, tours and talks around St Peter Port.
Loophole Tower 14, April 26th
Loop Tower 14 stands above St Martins Bay, just a short walk from the Bella, and the Wheadon’ family were once the structure’s caretakers! This is an illustrated talk about the history of Loop Tower 14 at Sula Gallery in St Sampsons, also covering the recently completed restoration ahead of the tower’s official opening in May 2020.
Guernsey Literary Festival, April 29th – May 3rd
Growing in size and popularity each year, 2020’s Guernsey Literary Festival is sizing up to be another not-to-be-missed event. This year’s speakers are yet to be announced, but 2019 saw the likes of Lucy Siegle, John Mitchinson, Libby Purves OBE, Sir Terry Waite, Benjamin Zephaniah and Raynor Winn travel to Guernsey to speak and we are excited to find out how the organisers are going to top last year’s incredible line-up!
Sir Donald Banks Book Launch and Blue Plaque Unveiling, May 7th & 8th
Sir Donald Banks was a distinguished soldier, civil servant and devoted Guernseyman, and will be the latest islander to be honoured with a blue plaque on his childhood home at 43 High Street on 8 May 2020, the day after his memoirs are published.
Liberation Day 75th Anniversary, May 9th
The headline event in Guernsey’s calendar every year is Liberation Day on May 9th; our island’s annual celebration commemorating the date in 1945 when the German occupation ended and we regained our freedom. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Guernsey’s liberation, and is set to be celebrated accordingly! Events include services of remembrance, historic vehicle processions and parades and music and entertainment in a celebration of liberty.
St Martins Parish Liberation Celebration, May 10th
A special family fun event at St Martin’s Community Centre organised by the parish Constables to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Guernsey’s liberation from occupying German forces during World War II. The event will feature local food, drink, musical performers and activities/attractions for children.
Spring Walking Festival, May 16th – 31st
Guernsey is a walker’s paradise, with a huge variety of routes and terrains to enjoy. You can enjoy walking in Guernsey at any time of year, but during the annual spring festival there is an amazing itinerary of special themed and guided walks that you can join, ranging from town tours and strolls around historic sites to longer distance rambles.
Guernsey Floral Festival
Guernsey is well and truly in bloom in June, and the Floral Festival celebrates this with a number of open garden events.
Herm Ale and Cider Festival, May 2nd – 7th
The first of our sister island of Herm’s twice-yearly real ale and cider festivals, showcasing producers from around the Channel Islands and the best of the UK.
Around The Island Walk, June 6th
This is the only official around-the-island walk, open to both individuals and relay teams. With a coastline of 39 miles, this is no stroll in the park (we would normally recommend walking a lap of Guernsey’s coastpath over the course of three or four days!) but is an incredible and well supported challenge. With all that walking, you’ll need a stiff gin and a comfy bed at the end of the day – that’s where we step in!
Saumarez Walled Garden Party, June 14th
A summer party in the walled garden with a “Live Off the Land” theme to celebrate 75 years since Liberation Day.
Classic Car Show (Saumarez Park), June 21st
An annual (free) show of vintage, classic, modern cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles with a focus on the 1940s.
Victor Hugo in Guernsey, June 26th – 28th
The Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society’s annual Victor Hugo weekend, with lectures by eminent academics and performances of plays and music and other entertainments. This year’s theme is ‘Victor Hugo and Childhood (Victor Hugo et l’enfance).’
Lé Viaër Marchi, July 6th
Lé Viaër Marchi is an evening of traditional Guernsey craft, culture, food and entertainment held in Saumarez Park, popular with locals and offering a fantastic opportunity for visitors to the island to experience our local culture.
Sark Sheep Racing
Sark’s Sheep Racing and Carnival is a great excuse to hop on the ferry over to our sister island; sheep racing may sound somewhat unusual, but this enormously fun event draws large crowds and makes for a wonderful and memorable day out.
Rocquaine Regatta, July 25th
The annual fun day of entertainment, activities and races at Rocquainne bay on the west coast.
South, West and North Shows, (weekends in August)
Guernsey’s regional shows (the South, West and North shows on the weekends of August 9/10, 14/15 and 21/22 respectively) are great family events that celebrate our island’s agricultural, horticultural and craft traditions.
Oddsocks Musical Shakespeare, August 14th – 22nd
Touring theatre company Oddsocks visit Guernsey in August for a run of open air shows at Castle Cornet.
Fete D’Etai, August 23rd
Guernsey’s “Summer Festival” (‘Fete d'Etai’ means 'summer festival' in Guernsey's native language, Guernésiais. is actually pronounced 'fight debt eye'!) is day of medieval living history, hands-on activities, period music and more at Castle Cornet in St Peter Port.
Herm Ale and Cider Festival, September 1st – 5th
Our sister island of Herm’s second real ale and cider festival of 2020, showcasing producers from around the Channel Islands and the best of the UK.
Guernsey Clematis Open Evening, September 9th
Enjoy an evening and guided tour at Raymond Evison’s famous Clematis Nursery in Guernsey, which is not normally open to the public.
Proms on the Pier, September 12th
Every year, on the Last Night of the Proms, Guernsey enjoys its own celebration with a live outdoor screening, concert of local musicians, and fireworks display over Castle Cornet and St Peter Port Harbour.
Guernsey Photography Festival, September 24th – October 24th
A month-long festival of exhibitions, workshops and special events featuring major international photographers.
Tennerfest, October 1st – mid-November
Autumn is a great time to be a food-lover on Guernsey; for six weeks from October 1st, restaurants across the island offer special set-price menus as part of the annual Tennerfest. What began over twenty years ago as a number of restaurants offering set menus for £10 has developed into over 120 establishments offering menus at set price points between £10 and £20, broadening the festival’s offering considerably and allowing islanders and visitors to enjoy the finest food that Guernsey has to offer.
Wear a Guernsey Day, October 9th
A day to wear your Guernsey jumper (wherever you are!) to help raise funds for the St Peter Port Lifeboat.
St Peter Port Christmas Light Switch On, November 28th