News Tuesday: 6th March 2012

Jersey War Tunnels Re-opens

Jersey War Tunnels Jersey’s War Tunnels have been re-opened after their annual winter break, showcasing a host of new experiences for visitors.

As described on the Jersey War Tunnels website, this great attraction offers a vibrant experience reflecting the Channel Islands’ occupation years:

‘Jersey War Tunnels tells the compelling story of islanders under Occupation. Rendered defenceless by the UK, Jersey residents had to choose between staying and going, both of them as uncertain as each other. Those who remained, without weapons to fight with, found their own ways to resist before finally, after five long years, the day of liberation arrived.’

As well as new audio-visual features and occupation memorabilia, the War Tunnels now offer daily bus tours from Liberation Square, in partnership with Char-a-Banc, Jersey’s only open-top bus tour company. Buses will depart from Liberation Square in St. Helier several times per day, giving visitors a true vintage experience, completed by historical occupation commentary.

“Following a successful 2011, we are very much looking forward to the forthcoming season, particularly as we have taken time to listen to our visitor requirements and have created a number of new experiences to further enhance the story of the Occupation. From the new dioramas, new AV and animatronic displays, to the open top bus experience, we really do feel that there is something to engage everyone this year. We will however not rest on our laurels and have a number of other exciting developments planned in the coming months to further enhance the quality of experience at Jersey War Tunnels.”

– Paul Simmonds, Chief Executive of Jersey War Tunnels

Source: Jersey Tourism media website

The Wanted to Headline Big Gig in the Park

The Wanted Boyband The Wanted are due to headline the Big Gig in the Park, in Jersey’s Howard Davis Park on Saturday 21st July.

The Big Gig in the Park is organised by local radio station Channel 103, with funds raised by the event going towards Help a Jersey Child and the Teenage Cancer Trust. The 2011 event was headlined by X Factor alumni Olly Murs and Alexandra Burke, and was a sell-out.

The Wanted are a British and Irish boyband based in London. Their debut single All Time Low reached number one in the UK singles chart during July 2010.

Source: Channel 103 Radio

Northern Bus Route for Jersey Visitors

Gorilla at Durrell This month saw the announcement of a new bus route running during summer 2012, linking the popular attractions of Durrell Wildlife Trust and Jersey Pearl. Visitors to Jersey will be able to travel along the picturesque north coast without having to transfer routes in St. Helier, saving time and providing a much more scenic journey through some of Jersey’s prettiest country parishes.

The new ‘yellow route’ service will begin during May 2012.

“I believe the revised timetables are easier to understand and reflect the demand patterns that the bus network experiences during the peak tourist season.”

– Transport Minister, Deputy Kevin Lewis

Source: BBC News

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