Jersey War Tunnels will explode onto the 2013 tourism scene with new exhibitions, family activities, and a new shop to kick start the season.
Jersey War Tunnels is a premiere tourist attraction for Jersey with almost 50% of tourists visiting the site annually. The team hope to drive visitor numbers up even further this year with continued investment and original additions.
New attractions include a Hospital Ward and a diorama giving Hedwig the tank pride of place in the entrance tunnel. The new ward includes beds and hospital artefacts, giving further insight into the period when the tunnel complex was converted into a casualty receiving station. Although never used for this purpose, this conversion in 1944 has always captivated visitors of Jersey War Tunnels. The new exhibition will help to communicate how much the Germans feared an assault on Jersey.
Great excitement surrounds the introduction of LoveBird Too and the Nest Art Studio, which will occupy the ground floor of the Visitor Centre. The shop is a sister business to the much loved boutique LoveBird in Conway Street. Alongside the local and independently designed products on sale, owner Charlotte Langley will be offering an array of creative activities for all ages to enjoy. Visitors will be able to get involved with activities such as T-shirt, pottery, canvas and letter block painting. Baby footprints and handprints as well as workshops will also be available as well as a bespoke design service.
The Pantry café will remain open to the public without a requirement to purchase a ticket for the tunnels. New cakes and lunch treats will feature on the menu including a range of Coeliac options. The War Trail can also still be enjoyed for free by walkers.
Kathy Bechelet, Operations Manager, Jersey War Tunnels, says:
‘It’s going to be an exciting year for Jersey War Tunnels with so many new additions and activities. We hope locals and tourist alike will come up to experience the new exhibitions. We expect the new hospital ward to be a highlight, it’s depicts a snapshot of what could have been, as originally the tunnels could have housed up to 500 casualties. Now more than ever we have to fight for tourism share and continue to offer something new to visitors, we will not rest on our laurels and will continue to keep our history alive by delivering the past to new audiences in innovative ways.’
Charlotte Langley, Proprietor, LoveBird Too, says:
‘Jersey War Tunnels is a thought-provoking and popular attraction with great historical significance and I am very proud to be a part of the site. We will be complementing the main exhibition with more activities suitable for children and adults alike. I hope the Nest Art Studio will become a hub of creative activity on site and be a top destination to bring the kids during the weekends and school holidays. It is exciting to be launching LoveBird Too, we will remain dedicated to offering local and independently designed products but we will now be able to offer a wider range.’