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A Little Island With a Lot of History

Do you want to go on holiday, but can't decide to go abroad or stay in your homeland? Then why not go half way between, and travel to Guernsey? Off the coast Normandy, it is not part of the UK, or EU, but is a possession of the British Crown. The Bailiwick makes up half of the Channel Islands - the other half being Jersey - and while it is a small island, it has a big history. Between the 12th April - 18th May, the people of Guernsey will be celebrating that history by holding an Heritage Festival, in which you can learn and delight in everything from the monarchy to the military. Throughout the month there will be cruises and tours for the whole family to enjoy.

Because there is so much going on, they have even suggested different itineraries to help you out. For example, if you are a history buff, they recommend visits to the German Military Underground Hospital, the German Occupation Museum, and Castle Cornet, which was under German rule during the occupation. On the 4th May there will be a re-enactment of what daily life was like.

literary lovers should visit Hauteville House, the home of Victor Hugo during his exile. On the 16th May, children can enjoy The Wimpy Kids Show at Hatton Gallery, while adults listen to Michael Jones talk about Richard III.

Other places of interest include The Little Chapel, which is believed to be the smallest chapel in the world, the Victorian Walled Garden, which is undergoing a restoration project, and the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery. There are countless things to do and places to explore, so take a look at the full schedule of events.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 12th April - 18th May
Phone: 44 (0)1481 723552
Where: Guernsey
Cost: Varies
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