The Guernsey Liberation Story

The Islands of Guernsey are located in the English Channel, just 30 miles from the Normandy coast. All five of these beautiful Islands have a great deal of WWII history as they were the only British territory that Hitler conquered and were occupied by German forces for five years from June 1940. The number of fortifications and carefully preserved time capsules that still exist for modern day visitors are both astonishing and fascinating, making the Islands the perfect place for history buffs and newbies alike. 75 years ago, on 8th May 1945, Winston Churchill announced the end of the war in Europe and the Islands of Guernsey were freed on the following day which has since been annually celebrated as ‘Liberation Day’ on 9th May. It gives Islanders a chance to rejoice in their freedom and reflect on those who had to endure the hardships that the Occupation brought with it.


As 2020 will mark 75 years since the Islands were freed, a special 7-month long festival called ‘Heritage75’ will be running from 1st April until the end of October. 75+ heritage themed events will take place in Guernsey, Herm, Sark, Alderney and Lihou. From themed tours and guided walks to exhibitions, family fun days and exclusive site openings, visitors will be able to delve into a wide range of experiences. The Islands of Guernsey are proud to be part of the Liberation Route Europe and featured events will be published right here on the Europe Remembers website while the full list is available at

The Guernsey Liberation Story – 1st May 

Enjoy a heritage dinner with a difference featuring a re-enactment of Guernsey’s Liberation at the Duke of Richmond Hotel in Guernsey’s capital of St Peter Port. An immersive theatre dinner experience in association with GHIAC (Guernsey History in Action Company) brings factual history to life throughout an evening of delicious Guernsey produce and commanding scenes. Commences with arrival drinks followed by a delicious 3 course meal featuring re-enactments of Guernsey’s Liberation between courses. A truly local history-centric evening.

£50 per person including an arrival drink and matching wines per course.

Arrival drinks between 7 – 7.30pm. Finishing time approx. 10 – 10.30pm.

Contact the Duke of Richmond Hotel to book your spot.

The Guernsey Liberation Story