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3rd-9th May: A taste of Guernsey, Les Rocquettes Hotel

During the week of 3 May Les Rocquettes Hotel will celebrate the Island's liberation with a Guernsey themed menu highlighting the quality produce that we have in our beautiful island

We will also be dressing our hotel in celebratory bunting, having occupational information and displays as well as music of the period.

Call 722146 to book your table.  To view the menu click here.

Events in Castel

4th and 6th May: Liberation Walks

The Douzaine of the Castel are holding two guided walks in the week leading up to Liberation Day. The walks will cover locations of interest from the Occupation.

Tuesday 4 May at 6.30pm starting and finishing at the Castel School, led by Peter Guilbert.

Thursday 6 May at 6.30pm starting and finishing at Brooklands Farm, Kings Mills, led by Hirzel Dorey.

7th and 8th May: Liberation Occupation Exhibition

There will be a small exhibition at the Douzaine Room, Les Beaucamps depicting the Castel Parish during the Occupation. Parking is available and the exhibition will be open from 11am – 4 m on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 May.

8th May: Festiva Liberation Spring Prom

Join the popular Festiva Choir with Jose Paine and Roy Sarre, Andrew Warren and Andy Boyle for a special night of freedom and thanksgiving at 7pm on Saturday 8 May.

Guernsey is coming together for a patriotic evening featuring choral singing, soloists, the Three Basses and children’s voices, as well as fascinating stories from true Guernsey man Tony Falla in an interview with BBC’s interview with BBC Guernsey’s Oscar Pearson.  Come along with your flags and rattles, dressed in red, white and blue – it’s Prom night! 

Tickets are available from the St James box office between 9 am and 2 pm on 711361, adults £12.50 or online from St James.

8th May: Lib Day Party, Peninsula Hotel

A fun filled day of live music with some of Guernsey's great local bands and DJs including Rentoclean, Eloise Fabbri and the Big Bad Beauty Band, the Mike Meinke Band and an acoustic set from a couple of 'Honest' Crooks and aRk SounDs playing an eclectic mis all day before Guernsey's all time favourite band, Buffalo Huddleston, headlines to finish the night off with a bang.

Food and bar from 3-9pm. Over 18s only. Buy your tickets here.

7th & 8th May: Specsavers Liberation Tea Dances

Specsavers will be hosting their Liberation Tea Dances for Islanders who lived through the Occupation, served in the forces or were evacuated from the island. 

Islanders are encouraged to come to the event in 1940s clothes, military uniform or traditional Guernsey dress to add a sense of nostalgia to the day.  Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins said: The dancing and the music are my favourite part of the day and guests will be able to dance and sing along to all the old favourites.’ 

Two dances will be held on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 May and tickets have sold out for both events. 

11am, 8th May: Czech tributes to be laid at Allied Air Memorial

Saturday 8 May is Liberation Day in the Czech Republic, a national holiday commemorating the liberation of Czechoslovakia by Allied Forces in 1945.  This year, local resident Linda Vejlupova has been asked by Free Czechoslovak Air Force Association to lay tributes to Czech Spitfire pilots, FO Josef Blaha and Flt Sgt Jaroslav Novak, names on the Allied Aircrew Memorial at the airport.

The event will take place on the airport's forecourt at 11.00.  Two Czech tributes will be placed by FO Mary Snelling and Air Cadet Katka De Von in remembrance of the Czech pilots.  A wreath depicting our Island flag will then be placed by Linda in remembrance of all 153 pilots named on the memorial.

The association between Guernsey and RAF's Czech squadrons 310, 312 and 313 was reinforced when 310 flew their last operation sortie of the European war.  This was providing top cover for Operation Nest Egg, the Liberation of the Channel Islands.

9th May: Free admission to Castle Cornet on Liberation Day

Castle Cornet will be open from 10 am to 4 pm and will be free admission for Liberation Day. 

Castle Cornet has guarded the harbour for 800 years. Explore the battlements and enjoy breathtaking views towards the other islands. Four Museums, four-period gardens, the refectory and our shop are all here to discover. 

Castle Cornet - Guernsey Museums 

9th May, 10am - 1pm: Visit the German Occupation Museum

The German Occupation Museum began when Richard Heaume, the schoolboy, began collecting spent bullets in the local fields after the plough had gone by. In June 1966 Richard`s parents allowed him to use the cottage opposite their house to display his collection, bit-by-bit, purpose-built extensions to the small farming cottage. 

This started in 1976 with the transport corridor and tea room, in 1987 with the superb Occupation Street, and more recently in 2001 a further small extension housing a thought-provoking prison with information about the islands deportees and the tragic story of the Jewess taken away to the Nazi's Auschwitz concentration camp.

The museum is now an extensive collection of original Occupation items and documents including many extremely rare pieces. 

German Occupation Museum - Guernsey 

9th May: Velo Club Road Race

The traditional Guernsey Velo Club Liberation Day Road Race will take place around the L'Eree circuit from 7am.  Please click here for more details.

9th May: Castel

10am: Slipway Service

A service including the annual hoisting of a flag at Grosse Rocque will be held at 10am at the Cobo slipway.  The raising of the flag was first done in 1946 and was seen as a symbol of freedom we enjoy, visible whenever we look out to sea.  All are welcome and at the Cobo Community Centre for refreshments afterwards.

Watch the Cavalcade from Fairfield

The Douzaine of the Castel are inviting parishioners to view the Liberation Cavalcade from Fairfield, Route De L’Eglise on Sunday 9 May where they are welcome to have family picnics and enjoy the parish facility.

Limited parking is available in the field behind Fairfield. The Cavalcade is due to pass this location at around 2.40pm coming from the Castel Church towards Vazon.

9th May: Liberation fun day at Grandes Rocques

Grandes Rocques kiosk and Guernsey Mind will be hosting a day of entertainment at on the beach.

What will be going on? Local stalls, facepainting, live music, games, charity raffle and all day BBQ and beanjar.

All age groups welcome, from 9am to 6pm.

For more information click here.

9th May: Forest

In a joint initiative with Guernsey Revival, the Venture Inn and the Mallard, Forest's Liberation Day celebrations will include the vintage cycle club, dancing, children's game a meat draw and live music on the Venture Stage.  For full details please click here.

9th May: St Andrew's

Live music and family fun will be the focus of Liberation Day celebrations in St Andrew’s on Sunday 9 May.

The event, running from noon, is being organised by The Last Post pub which has long been at the centre of Liberation Day festivities in the parish.

Rue des Buttes, the lane which runs alongside the front of the pub, will be closed to traffic to provide space for family activities along with a barbecue and acoustic music stage.

The Vale Earth Fair will be hosting a series of bands throughout the afternoon and early evening in the pub’s rear car park and beer garden where there will also be a static motorcycle display. At dusk, the music will continue inside the pub where there will be DJ sets.

9th May: St Sampson's

St Sampson's parish church will be celebrating this year's Liberation with a celebration and thanksgiving service at 10.30am led by the Very Rev John Guille, with refreshments served before and afterwards.

That will be followed by an afternoon tea party in the community hall from 2.30-4.30pm including live music, dancing from Music Box, games on the tables and a 'best dressed in theme' prize.

9th May: Liberation Day Festival at Saltwater, Beaucette

Celebration of Guernsey's Liberation Day with live music and great food - hog roast, BBQ, Guernsey seafood, cakes and more.

Live music throughout the day, click here for the line up.

Admissions £5 for adults, children free.

Pre-orders are advised and can be made at the restaurant.  See updates on their Facebook page.

9th May: Torteval

Torteval church will hold a service at 11am followed by lunch in the parish hall.

9th May: Day of family fun in Market Square

From 10am to 4pm on Liberation Day, Market Square will be hosting games, activities and entertainment for all the family.  Market stalls, arts and crafts, readings by Guille Allez library, the Streat will be open as well as other food stalls, Chair-o-plane ride and glitter tattoos!

For more information click here.

9th May: St Saviour's

There will be a Liberation Day tea party in the St Saviour's rectory gardens from 2-4pm including tea, scones and cakes.

10th May: Sark Liberation Day

Sark will celebrate their Liberation on Monday 10 May with a day of events, including a cavalcade, an outdoor church service and a 1940s picnic on the Millennium field with entertainment and activities for all the family which will continue into the evening.  For full details of the day and how you can get involved, please click here.

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