Five weeks packed with events and challenges to discover all aspects of Alderney's rich heritage. From the youngest to the experts, everyone will learn something. Make Alderney part of your history!
The Channel Islands Heritage Festival is a annual celebration of a group of small islands with a big history, taking place from 30th March to the 10th May on Alderney, Guernsey and Sark. This year the focus is life in our Bailiwick during the Occupation of WWII. The programme for the whole festival will be available at the islands’ tourism offices or on line.
For the fourth edition of the Channel Islands Heritage Festival, Visit Alderney proposes 3 weekly events (a Heritage Town walk, the Bird & Battery boat tour and a lighthouse tour) and a week pack with events from the 31st March to 7th April.
Visit Alderney, with the help of the Alderney Society, put together two Photo Challenges. Available throughout the festival, with two levels of difficulty providing the whole family with a challenge! The Photo Challenge Booklets are available (and free!) at the Visitor Information Centre, Victoria Street and at the Alderney Museum, Le Huret.
Birds & Batteries Boat Tour – Every Wednesday & Saturday 2pm Meet at RNLI Car Park, in the Harbour at 1.45pm. Tickets available from the Alderney Wildlife Trust £25 per adult & £20 per child* 01481 822935 – View the most heavily fortified island and its WWII batteries and anti-tank wall from the sea whilst discovering our sea birds who have now made it home.
Alderney’s Lighthouse Tour – Every Sunday 3pm (except 1st April) Trinity Lighthouse, Quesnard Point. Information available from the Visitor Information Centre & tickets available on the door. £4 per adult & £3 per child* 01481 822333 – Explore Alderney’s lighthouse, climb the 120 steps to the top and find out the role played by Trinity House in the evacuation of Alderney during WWII.
St Anne’s Heritage Town Walk – By arrangement Starting at the Visitor Information Centre, 51 Victoria Street, St Anne. Date and time to be arranged at the Visitor Information Centre with at least 24h notice, Minimum number of participants on a walk is 4. £6 per adult & £3 per child* 01481 822333 – A gentle, guided walk around the historic centre of St Anne, discover the hidden secrets of the capital with an expert guide. Including a visit to St. Anne’s Church and the Court (when possible).
Evacuation, War Years & Homecoming Screenings – Every Thursday & Saturday (except the 7th April) 10am At the Alderney Wildlife Trust’s Office, Victoria Street. Information available ate the Alderney Wildlife Trust 01481 822935, free but donation welcome. – 3 short documentaries to learn more about Alderney’s History.
Alderney Museum – New photographic exhibition relating to the Occupation Open Monday – Sunday 10am – 12noon, Monday – Friday 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Information available from the Alderney Museum, entry £3per adult, free for children* 01481 823222. – The Alderney museum displays a record of Alderney’s fascinating history. The museum’s collections are concerned exclusively with Alderney, and cover geology, archaeology, the natural environment and social history.
Alderney Tapestry Library Opening time: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 10.00-12.30, Tues, Thurs & Fri 14.15-16.30, Wed & Sat 17.00-18.00. – Alderney’s final chapter, embracing its strong and historic Normandy connection, the Tapestry features the Norman Conquest and the coronation of William at Westminster Abbey and concludes with the construction of the White Tower using stone imported from Caen. Entry free.
Photo challenge Discover new parts of Alderney’s heritage you did not know about through the photo competition. A great way of discovery for all ages. Available from the Visitor Information Centre from Saturday 31st March. Information available from Visitor Information Centre 01484 822333
*Child tickets are for under 16s
31 MARCH – 7 APRIL 2018
Opening of the Alderney Heritage Festival Saturday 31st March at 10am. The bells of St. Anne’s Church will ring to celebrate the start of the Heritage Festival. – The bells played a big role in the Evacuation of Alderney, on Sunday 23rd June 1940 they rang out to signal to the people of Alderney to make their way as quickly as possible to the harbour to board the ships, waiting to take them to England, pending the certain occupation of the island by the Germans. The Germans occupied Alderney nine days later. As the war progressed so did the need for the Germans to find more raw materials with which to manufacture munitions. Not surprisingly, the bells came to their attention. Each was removed from the tower, thus enabling the belfry to be used as a machine-gun post. Four bells were shipped to France to be melted down for munitions, and were stored in a field near Cherbourg, one was outside the main church door and the last one was at Braye harbour, waiting to follow the others to Cherbourg. Upon the occupation of the Cherbourg area by British troops in 1945, the bells were identified and brought back to Alderney in due course even though some were damaged. The tower now has 12 bells.
Alderney Minibus Tour Sunday 1st, Tuesday 3rd & Thursday 5th April. Meet at 2pm from Les Roquettes, bottom of Victoria Street. Price £15 per person. – Alderney Minibus Tour will take you on a fascinating trip around the island and back in time. To book, contact John Horton on 07815 549191 or email@example.com.
Bibette Head Guided Tour Monday 2nd April, meet at 2pm at Bibette Head. Information and tickets available at the Visitor Information Centre, £6 per adult £3 per child* 01481 822333 – Visit a well-preserved and accessible bunker complex in a German Strongpoint with local fortification expert Trevor Davenport
Watermill – Walk, talk and on site activity Tuesday 3rd April – Meet at Tourgis/Platte Saline car park at 10am. Please wear suitable shoes. Information and tickets available from the Visitor Information Centre, free but donations welcome 01481 822333. – Discover the Bonne Terre Watermill with a passionate volunteer and get a chance to take part in the on-going work of restoration. The story of the Mill, which started in the 13th century, is not yet finished!
Lecture at the Museum Tuesday 3rd April, at 6pm at the Alderney Museum. Information available at the Alderney Museum 01481 823222. No booking required, free but donation for the Alderney Society welcome. A slide show on photographs taken on Alderney by the Germans during WW2.
Museum Children activity morning Wednesday 4th April – From 10am to 12noon at the Alderney Museum. Information and bookings available at the Alderney Museum 01481 823222 or firstname.lastname@example.org “Weapons of War on the Wall” – design your own poster to inform, persuade or inspire the public just as they did during WWII.
Cream Tea Served with a Slice of History: 1066 and all that… Wednesday 4 April, 3:00pm-5:00pm at the Braye Beach Hotel: Tickets £10 incl. cream tea. To book please email email@example.com or call 01481 824300 – A special screening of the docudrama “1066 – A Year to Conquer England’ by Dan Snow in the hotel’s private cinema followed by Afternoon Cream Tea and the presentation of Alderney’s famous Bayeux Tapestry Finale which involved over 400 stitchers including HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. It features the Norman Conquest, the coronation of William the Conqueror at Westminster Abbey and concludes with the construction of the White Tower. For more information about the Alderney Bayeux Tapestry Finale, please visit www.alderneybayeuxtapestry.com.
Dinner and Cinema Night “An Island Story” Wednesday 4th April, at 7.30pm at the Braye Beach Hotel. Tickets £19 including 2-course dinner. To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01481 824300 – 2-course dinner followed by the screening of “An Island Story” in the hotel’s private cinema. This unique and highly acclaimed emotional musical was written and produced by Ray Parkin and performed by the Alderney Theatre Group. It tells the tragic story of the island’s evacuation in 1940 and the subsequent return of the islanders in 1945/46 to a devastated island.
Live History Friday 6th April, at 11am at the Visitor Information Centre. Information and tickets available at the Visitor Information Centre, free but donation welcome for the Alderney Age Concern, 01481 822333. – Meet Miriam, Hira and Beda over tea and biscuits, listen to their stories and take the opportunity to ask questions to these precious witnesses of the Evacuation of Alderney and the Homecoming.
Town Walk – Place of interest during the occupation Friday 6th April, meet at the Visitor Information Centre at 2pm. Information and tickets available at the Visitor Information Centre, £6 per adult £3 per child* 01481 822333. A gentle, guided walk around the historic centre of St Anne, discover the hidden secrets of the town with an expert guide.
“Much Ado About History” Friday 6 April, at 7.30 at the Georgian House Orangery. Tickets £25 include a 2-course dinner. More details will be published on www.alderneytheatregroup.com. To book email email@example.com – A very special evening of historical entertainment brought to you by the Alderney Theatre Group.
Historical Open air Cinema Saturday 7th April, from 6.30pm onwards. – Open air showing of the 3-part Evacuation, War Years and Homecoming documentaries, shown in the stunning setting of Tourgis. The showing will be indoors inside the rooms of the Battery. Further information: 01481 822935 firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information:
Call on the 01481 822333, email email@example.com or pop in to the Visitor Information Centre (Victoria Street).