Spring has sprung and it’s time to celebrate the new season with Jersey Heritage’s mini boutique festival, La Fête Du R'Nouvé. The annual event, which is kindly sponsored by Islands Insurance, takes place over the weekend of 13-14 April at La Hougue Bie. It celebrates the arrival of spring with music, food, artists, creative activities and a wonderful community atmosphere.
Nicky Lucas, Jersey Heritage’s Events Curator, said: “It is beautiful at La Hougue Bie at this time of year and spring is such a special time for the site. Thousands of years ago, our Neolithic ancestors marked and celebrated the new season with the sun rising on the spring equinox and shining deep into the passage grave under the mound. It the perfect place for us to hold our own celebrations with La Fête Du R'Nouvé. Visitors can bring a rug, join us under the canopy of trees, eat, drink, listen to music, chat around the open fire and look forward to warmer weather together.”
This year, Jersey Heritage has partnered with the Jersey Biodiversity Centre team, who will be providing nature activities to suit both adults and children. Naturalist and Wild Play expert Stephen Les Quesne will also be sharing his skills around the campfire.
Jersey Library will be attending the event again, with stories and crafts to spark the imagination of younger visitors, and there will be a packed programme of live, acoustic music from a host of talented musicians, as well as dancing from the Jersey Lilies.
Gary Kelly, Marketing Manager from Islands Insurance, said: “La Fête Du R'Nouvé is a great chance for Islands to support the Jersey community. As a local business, we are delighted to continue our support of organisations such as Jersey Heritage and also love to get personally involved in their events. We look forward to seeing Islanders at La Hougue Bie for this celebration of spring.”
The festival is open between 10am–7pm on Saturday, 13 April and 10am-5pm on Sunday, 14 April. Entry is free to Jersey Heritage Members and children under six, with normal entry prices applying for non-Members.
Parking for La Fête Du R'Nouvé is at St Michael’s School with free shuttle buses between the school and La Hougue Bie throughout the festival.
The programme for La Fête Du R'Nouvé includes:
- Food from The Chugging Pig, Rustic Rentals and the Prosecco Van
- Worm handling, seed planting and scavenger hunt with the Jersey Biodiversity Centre
- Outdoor skills and forest school activities with Stephen Le Quesne
- Jersey Bee Keepers and the Pollinator Project
- Storytelling with puppets, crafts and virtual reality headsets with Jersey Library
- Forest bathing taster sessions with Amanda Bond
- Face painting
- Swing-boats and helter skelter
- Spring-inspired crafts
- Juggling and plate-spinning
- Stone Age skills being demonstrated by volunteers at the Neolithic Longhouse
- Live music from Alfie Butel, Annie Law, Brice Harris, Kacey Hacquoil, Cindy Marques, Rui & Abel and Emily Houghton, Alfie Butel, Tommy, Verity Le Brun and Eddie Lafoley.