Each year, on the evening of the first Monday of July, Guernsey celebrates its unique culture and heritage at Lé Viaër Marchi. Both locals and tourists attend “The Old Market”, and if your visit to Guernsey coincides with the event then it is well worth a visit. Held in Saumarez Park from 5pm until sunset it features performances by traditional musicians, singers and dancers, and demonstrations of local crafts such as making traditional willow lobster pots and lace weaving that showcase the way that islanders lived in times past. The perimeter of the park is lined with food and drink stalls selling Guernsey specialties such as bean jar and gâche, or local produce such as fresh oysters, honey, cheeses, ice cream and cider. Grazing your way around the various food stalls and taking in the craft demonstrations is a lovely way to spend a summer’s evening and will give you a great insight into Guernsey’s rich culture.
Part local market and part summer fete, Lé Viaër Marchi is organised by The National Trust of Guernsey and many locals attend wearing traditional dress. Entry to the 2017 Lé Viaër Marchi costs £6, and is free for children under the age of fifteen accompanied by an adult.