To Japan and Back Again: How a Corner of Guernsey Turned Japanese (A Celebration of Japanese Culture)
Local nobleman James Saumarez, 4th Baron de Saumarez repurchased his family estate on Guernsey in 1869 after it had been sold by his father. His fondness for the exotic and extravagant was brought to the fore when he acquired and imported an ancient Japanese temple and rebuilt it beside his stable yard. Its rooms remained true to the original, with sliding panels and tatami flooring. It was furnished with beautiful Japanese objects such as wooden neck-rests and painted scrolls. To Japan and Back Again tells the story of Lord Saumarez’s home and his enduring appreciation for the Orient.
24th May–31st December 2019
Guernsey Museum at Candie
In the spirit of Halloween, those dressed up in spooky costumes will be granted free entry into Castle Cornet on 26th October. Celebrate the year’s creepiest festival with hair-raising theatrics, ghost story sessions, seasonal craft stalls and more.
26th October 2019
A must for adventurous gastronomes, Tennerfest is a delicious introduction to the Channel Islands’ foodie scene. Enjoy special menus at participating restaurants, pubs and cafés across Guernsey, many of which offer a fresh spin on traditional local dishes.
1st October–11th November 2019
Guernsey’s Act of Remembrance
In honour of those who have served in the British Royal Forces, a Field of Remembrance is laid out at the War Memorial in St Peter Port on 27th October. The event culminates with a commemorative parade followed by a two-minute silence and a ceremony on Remembrance Sunday.
10th November 2019
St Peter Port War Memorial
Alongside steaming mugs of mulled wine and stacks of mince pies, Guernsey’s Christmas markets are piled high with handmade gifts and stocking fillers, including hand-painted homeware, Christmas hampers, antique jewellery and local books and stamps.
30th November–21st December 2019
St Peter Port and The Bridge
Beauty and the Beast
Entertaining audiences since 1959, St Stephen Players’ Christmas pantomime is very much a local tradition. Some of the group’s dedicated crew have participated in the annual highlight for decades, and this year’s Beauty and the Beast promises a very endearing spectacle.
St Stephens Players
Christmas Sea Swims
Two invigorating local swims—the Polar Bear Swim and the Boxing Day Dip—are held on Christmas Day and Boxing Day at 9.30am. Plunge into La Vallette Bathing Pools on 25th December or brave the chilly waters at Cobo Bay the following day to raise money for a good cause. Both are free for all to attend.
25th & 26th December 2019
La Vallette Bathing Pools and Cobo Bay
Guernsey Park Run
Sprinters, joggers and shufflers alike should set their alarms for Guernsey’s weekly Park Run, kickstarting at 9am every Saturday morning. The inclusive 5km event is free of charge and welcomes all levels and abilities—the sweeping sea views along the way are worth every effort.
Guernsey Rugby Football Club
The home of the Guernsey Raiders, Footes Lane in St Peter Port is synonymous with high-octane rugby matches and uproarious cheering. With fixtures scheduled throughout the new year, it’s an opportunity to soak up the local sporting atmosphere.
Throughout January 2020
Farmers and Fisherman’s Market
Sample fresh Guernsey produce and pick up charming souvenirs such as local wood carvings and island knitwear at the Farmers and Fisherman’s Market. What’s on offer varies from week to week, meaning there is always something new and delicious on offer.
Saturday Mornings, October 2019–March 2020
St Martins Community Centre
The Rotary Club of Guernsey marks Rotary International’s 115th birthday. From festive carol services and open gardens to community picnics in the park, the club hosts charitable events throughout the year to support global projects.
23rd February 2020