The Year Ahead

What to look forward to on Guernsey in 2016

The start of a new year is a time of fantastic opportunity. Whilst many look back over the year just gone, here at the Bella we would like instead to look forward to some of the fantastic things happening on Guernsey in 2016.

We truly believe that you don’t need much of an excuse to visit Guernsey, however if your visit happens to coincide with any of the following events then your time with us could be made even more memorable.

As spring arrives on Guernsey the island will host a wide range of events as part of the Channel Island’s six-week-long 2016 Heritage Festival. This year’s festival will focus on our coastline and the Islands’ relationship with the sea, with special exhibitions at many of Guernsey’s museums, coastal forts and lighthouses. You can take a guided shipwreck walk around L’Eree Headland or out across the causeway to Lihou island, or visit Bordeaux, the harbour town where Victor Hugo’s 150 year old novel Toilers of the Sea was set.
BL_Blog_01_02_Victor_Hugo_001_edit_post.jpgHauteville House in St Peter Port, where the famous French author lived whilst he was exiled from France, is open from April until the end of September whilst the week of April 2nd – 10th will see an island-wide festival celebrating Victor Hugo in Guernsey with various events taking place all over Guernsey. Over the following ten days a production of Hugo’s most famous work, Les Miserables, will be staged by the Guernsey Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Club.

As part of the Heritage Festival we’ll be hosting a nautical themed gin tasting on May 6th, telling the story of the various botanicals used to produce gin and their maritime roots. On May 9th Guernsey celebrates the 71st anniversary of Liberation Day, and as part of the events celebrating this hugely popular annual event you can go on a guided sea kayak tour of nearby Petit Bot Bay (just two and a half miles from the Bella Luce) with Outdoor Guernsey to learn about the reconnaissance raid by a British commando in July of 1940. BL_Blog_01_03_Outdoor_Guernsey_post.jpg In early June our neighbouring island of Herm hosts a real ale and cider festival, and being just a short twenty-minute ferry ride away it’s perfect for a day trip. There are a number of lovely short walks around the island’s coast and it has some beautiful beaches to enjoy if beer and cider aren’t your thing.
BL_Blog_01_04_Herm_Jonathan_Watson_post.jpg Summer is a fantastic time to visit Guernsey, and the perfect season to enjoy some island hopping trips out to nearby Herm, Sark and Lihou. The Sark Folk Festival between July 1st – 3rd is a great reason to head over the water (tickets often sell out fast, but there are often small live performances at various venues across the island over the course of the weekend that aren't part of the main festival), whilst on Guernsey you can enjoy several events including the Lé Viaer Marchi (an evening of traditional Guernsey food and entertainment on July 4th), St Peter Port town carnival and La Faete D’La Musique, when the streets are abuzz with live music and performers. Rocquaine Regatta, a short ten minute drive away over on the west coast, has various boat races and a lot of shore based attractions on the first Saturday in August, whilst the island’s three main agricultural shows (the South, West and North shows) also take place through August at various island locations, featuring arts and crafts, local produce and livestock competitions alongside activities and exhibitions for all to enjoy. On Sunday, August 28th, the Guernsey Marathon takes place with an international field of runners completing a lap of the island, starting and finishing on the waterfront of St Peter Port. BL_Blog_01_05_Farmers_Market_post.jpg If you’re a foodie then autumn on Guernsey will be sure to tempt you, with various local produce markets and the second Guernsey International Food Festival taking place during September. There will be a large number of events and lots of deals and promotions at local restaurants around the island, including here at the Bella Luce.

As the evenings draw in later in the year, Guernsey continues to offer so much for visitors, from Hallowtide at Castle Cornet through to the breathtaking walks and great dining experiences available both at the Bella Luce and elsewhere on the island.

We hope to welcome you to the Bella Luce this year and share with you some of the incredible experiences that Guernsey has to offer, whether or not your visit coincides with one of the special events happening on the island. For further details about any of the events mentioned in this post, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the hotel.

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