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What’s On in Alderney – Spring 2015

Heritage, wildlife, literature and the arts

Spring 2015 is an exciting time in the Channel Islands with The Channel Islands Heritage Festival taking place between 3rd April and 11th May. The occupation of Alderney was different to that on the other islands and its legacy can be seen in the vast array of bunkers and defences on the island. Spring also means Alderney’s wildlife and wildflowers are enjoying the warmth and Alderney also celebrates its Performing Arts Festival.

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March

19 – 22 March

Alderney Literary Festival
The first ever literary festival hosted by Alderney Literary Trust.

April

2 – 4 April

Living Islands Live Archaelogical Event
Find out about conservation work on some of the bunkers and German defences situated on the island.

3 April – 11 May

Channel Islands Heritage Festival

4 April

Alderney Week fundraising week
Fun and games at Island Hall.

5 April

Easter Egg Special
The Easter bunny onboard Alderney’s steam train. Departs from Braye Station at 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

6 April

Shark egg hunt
Join Alderney Wildlife Trust on Braye beach and hunt for shark, skate and ray eggs as well as a few chocolate ones!

8 April

‘St Anne in WW2’ town walk
Discover what happening in St Anne during the Occupation. 2 hour guided walk starting from the Visitor Information Centre, Victoria Street. Adults £6, children £3. Book in advance Phone: 01481 823737 Email: info@visitalderney.com

9 April

The Romans in the Bailiwick
Talk from director of Guernsey Museums about Roman times on the island, based on excavations. Island Hall, 7pm. Adults £4, children £2.

15 April

Lager Sylt and Alderney Labour Camps guided walk
Learn about the true nature of the forced workforce in Alderney. Start at 2pm at the Visitor Information Centre, Victoria Street. Adults £6, children £3. Book in advance Phone: 01481 823737 Email: info@visitalderney.com

Flowers and defences

21 April

Star Party – Lyrid Meteors
Star gazing with astronomer Mike Maunder at Fort Tourgis 9pm onwards. Contact mike.speedibrews@gmail.com for more details.

23 April

Fort Grosnez – Victorian and German Fortifications
Discover how the old Victorian fort was rekindled during the German occupation. Walk from Inner Harbour at 2pm. Adults £6, children £3. Book in advance Phone: 01481 823737 Email: info@visitalderney.com

2 May

Countryside Walk
Discover the unique landscape, wildlife and wildflowers of Alderney. Adults £6, children under 12, £3. Email: info@alderneywildlife.org.

3 May

Milk-a-Punch Sunday
Celebrating Alderney’s traditional brew made with rum. See Visit Alderney for more details (contact below).

3 May

Star Party – Mercury, Venus and Jupiter
Star gazing with astronomer Mike Maunder at Fort Tourgis 9pm onwards. Contact mike.speedibrews@gmail.com for more details.

4 May

Dawn Chorus Walk
Listen to the dawn chorus, starting from the Nunnery and around Longis Bay to Mannez Lighthouse and back to Essex Farm for a hearty breakfast. For more details email: info@alderneywildlife.org.

View over Longis Bay

6 May

Longis Bay – Layers of History
Listen to the dawn chorus, starting from the Nunnery and around Longis Bay to Mannez Lighthouse and back to Essex Farm for a hearty breakfast. Contact Visit Alderney (details below) for further information.

6 May

Tour of St Anne
Discover the secrets of St Anne with a guided tour. Contact Visit Alderney (details below) for further information.

7 May

Bat and Hedgehog Walk
Join Alderney Wildlife Trust at dark and discover some of its unusual inhabitants.

8 May

Countryside Walk
Discover the unique landscape, wildlife and wildflowers of Alderney. Adults £6, children under 12, £3. Email: info@alderneywildlife.org.

16 May

Landmark Trust 60th Anniversary at Fort Clonque
Celebrating the Landmark Trust’s Golden Anniversary, music from local artists at Fort Clonque. Tel:01481 823709 for more details.

22 – 25 May

Alderney Performing Arts Festival
A great line up of artists with performances and workshops.

25 – 30 May

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Alderney Wildlife Week
Walks, talks and activities looking at Alderney’s diverse wildlife.

1 June

Men’s Open Golf Championships and Alderney Ladies Channel Island Championships
Annual championships on Alderney’s 9 hole golf course.

6 – 8 June

Living Islands: D-Day Anniversary
Daily events highlighting WWII defences in Alderney

8 – 14 June

Bloomin’ Alderney
Visit any gardens with an Open Gardens sign – times vary but will show on the sign.

23 – 26 June

Living Islands: Evacuation and Homecoming Festival
Events arranged by Living Islands.

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