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2016 Channel Islands Heritage Festival

couple and old ship

Exploring the islands’ relationship with the sea

25 March – 10 May

The Heritage festival returns this year with an amazing programme of events incorporating spring walking week, Liberation Day and The Victor Hugo in Guernsey Festival.

For 47 days the islands throw open their heritage attractions, hosting specialist days. There’s a variety of themed walks, talks and a chance to explore the coastline by kayak.

guided walk

Spring walking week

Spring walking week usually takes place separately but for this year the festival will include a number of guided walks exploring the coast and island life. In Guernsey the accredited island guides will be exploring coastal fortifications, Lihou Island and life during the occupation in just some of the walks. In Jersey the walks on offer with the Blue Badge Guides include finding out about bioluminescent sea creatures, exploring some of the wealthy island owners and their sea faring past or rambling around the dramatic coastal paths.

Every island takes part in the festival which makes for a great excuse to do some island hopping and for a diverse programme of events.

Mont Orgueil Castle

Experience the Heritage Festival

Browse our accommodation and travel options and use our online booking system to get a quote. Should you wish to base yourself on an island but island hop then do contact us for help with a tailor made itinerary.

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Christina's early memories include boarding a plane to visit Kuwait at the age of two and taking big family holidays in Scotland, Cornwall and France. After enjoying time teaching in London and Holland and marrying into a family spread from Ireland to the Channel Islands and America, it is no surprise that along with husband Julian they trekked around the world when three of their five children were small. Christina now runs the family company and writes and helps with the Travelsmith web and social media sites. Email: