The 'Guernsey Movie' - A plan for your week in Guernsey
Immerse yourself in the beautiful island of Guernsey, where life under the rule of German Forces inspired 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society'. Visit the places and landscapes described in the book and make the most of the special events, tours and exhibitions that will be on during the Guernsey Heritage Festival, from 30th March - 10 May 2018. The following itinerary provides ideas for guests to enjoy a wonderful holiday whilst learning more about the island and this unique time in its history.
A Suggested Itinerary
Welcome and Explore! [St Martins]
Arrive at the Ellingham Cottages and relax with a cup of tea before strolling to the nearest cliffs at Moulin Huet to let the sea air sweep the cobwebs away. On the way back to your holiday cottage, contemplate dropping in to the Bella Luce to enjoy a glass of something chilled.
Date Specific - Depending on the date you are in Guernsey, there are many things to enjoy
1st April - Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society - Exhibition @ Guernsey Museum. All day.
8th April - History Fest - 'Our Dear Channel Islands' @ Castle Cornet. All day.
15th April - Moulin Huet in Occupation Guided Walk. 2pm.
22nd April - Panzers over Petit Bot Guided Walk. 2pm
29th April - Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society - Exhibition @ Guernsey Museum. All day.
6th May - Enjoy an Occupation-themed day in St Peter Port, with a mini-food festival on the piers, a visit to the exhibits in the Information Centre and finish with a trip to the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society exhibition at Guernsey Museum.
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Coach Tour [Around Island]
Step on board a vintage bus and be transported back to the 1940s and occupied Guernsey. Explore various locations in the book, led by an accredited tour guide. Starts at 1.30pm at the Liberation Monument.
Little Chapel and German Underground Hospital [St Andrews]
Visit the Little Chapel - "every inch of which is a mosaic of broken china and smashed pottery", then wander the mile or so to the German Underground Hospital, both in St Andrews. Note that whilst the Little Chapel is always open, the Underground Hospital is open between 10 - 12pm and 2-4pm from May onwards, but during April is open between 10am- 12pm only.
Day Trip to Herm or Sark
Guernsey is one of several islands in the Bailiwick, each with a unique charm. Herm and Sark are the two islands most accessible for a day trip - and are very special indeed.
South Coast Cliff Walk and German Occupation Museum [Forest]
Cliff walk from Le Gouffre to Le Corbiere and back again through country lanes (circular route map available). Enjoy a spectacular cliff-top lunch at Le Gouffre before walking the 10 minutes or so to the German Occupation Museum (behind Forest Church). Before leaving, wait to listen to the 4pm talk by the Museum Director on 'Guernsey Society Under Occupation'.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Movie Walk [St Peter Port]
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a fictional tale but has many references to St Peter Port and life during and post the Occupation. This eclectic town walk tours the locations mentioned in the book and brings to life the fiction amidst the reality of life in Guernsey during that time period and compared to now. 2:30 - 4:30pm - meet at Guernsey information Centre.
Sausmarez Manor Farmers' Market [St Martin]
If you have a little time before departing, the Farmers' Market is a 5 minute walk away from The Ellingham Cottages. 9am - 12:15pm. Or maybe your dates and travel plans allow you one last event, such as the History Festival at Castle Cornet (7th April), or the Mini Food Festival on the town piers (5th May).
The full schedule for the Guernsey Heritage Festival, plus information on tickets and prices (where applicable) can be found at Visit Guernsey.
To view a suggested itinerary with greater focus on the military aspect of the Second World War, click the link