If you are looking for a taste of Guernsey as it was in days gone by, then a visit to the Viaer Marchi is a must.
The Viaer Marchi has been held for more than 30 years – 1999 saw its pearl anniversary – and is the evening where the National Trust of Guernsey presents a showcase of local craftsmen and women putting on displays of how Guernseymen and women used to live.
There are local ‘delicacies’ on offer, like bean jar, gache (a cross between bread and currant cake) and cider, and a wide range of activities to keep the youngsters occupied while the adults soak up the atmosphere.
Local woodcarvers show off their skills while women create beautiful pats of Guernsey butter and weave lace.
There are stalls to browse through, and visitors can while away a pleasant half hour rooting out the bargains amongst the bric-a-brac.Entertainment is provided by local performers giving displays of traditional dancing, with bands, jugglers and children’s groups all playing their part creating cheerleading and dramatic displays.
Traditionally held on the first Monday evening in July, the Viaer Marchi provides everyone with a golden opportunity to wallow in the slower pace of life that Guernsey folk used to enjoy.