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Something's Happening: April - May 2017

By Concierge Can on Friday, March 24, 2017

Our island abounds with opportunities ranging from the sublime to the exhilarating and our Concierge Can team is here to help our guests choose those activities that will make their stay with us unforgettable. Easter time is no exception as it is one of the busiest months of the year on the island.  As soon as spring comes full bloom, Barbadians of all ages and walks of life eagerly look forward to this time of year. For us, it is the biggest religious holiday after Christmas, but for you, it is the perfect time to experience our local Easter traditions and all the wonderful events which take place at this time of year.

The Concierge Can team has created the following list of some of their favorite upcoming activities around this time of year to help you get your holiday plans started.

 

Let’s start with some notes on - EASTER WEEKEND itself

April 15th – 17th : Oistins Fish Festival

The biggest event on the island during the Easter weekend is the Oistins Fish Festival. Hosted in the heart of the island’s most celebrated fishing village, the festival pays homage to the island’s fisher folk and their seafaring lifestyle, and features several events that attract the attention of locals and visitors of all ages. Besides its energetic mood, busy streets, grooving music and sumptuous treats, the festival’s main attractions are the fish-boning competition, the boat races and of course the ever-popular climbing of the greasy pole. It is the perfect outing for the whole family!

Location: Oistins

Admission: Free

 

Kite Flying & Hot Cross Buns

Each Easter, hundreds of kites take to the skies over Barbados, creating a truly mesmerizing spectacle. If you are lucky, you will have the unique chance to witness the amazing hoisting of a 25-foot plus kite - a growing tradition during the season and a tall job for at least eight men!  Bakeries also abound with a local favorite at this time of year – Hot Cross buns.

 

Religious Services

On Easter Sunday, for those who acknowledge the holiday in its religious sense, you are more than welcome to join any Easter mass at the hundreds of churches across the island.

 

What happens on the Bank Holidays?

A friendly reminder that grocery stores and some businesses are very busy and have limited hours at this time of year.  Kindly note that all banks, grocery stores and most businesses are closed on April 14th and 17th as the island celebrates the religious holidays. Concierge Can would be happy to arrange to take care of pre-stocking your villa with groceries for your arrival and to help you plan your itinerary in advance so you can simply relax and enjoy while you are here!

 

Events & Shows

South Coast:

LIVE MUSIC every Sunday at Copacabana
Hours: 5pm - 8/8:30pm
Location: Copacabana, Bay Street, Bridgetown
Admission: Free!
https://www.facebook.com/copacabanabb/

 

Blakey’s Bar & Restaurant: LIVE MUSIC Thursday – Sunday, times vary

Admission: Free

Location:  On the Boardwalk, Hasting, Ch. Ch.

*All entertainment is weather permitting
If Dining, Reservations are Recommended. Please call 228-5284
 https://www.facebook.com/blakeysontheboardwalk/

 

West Coast: LIVE MUSIC every Sunday at Mullins Beach Bar & Grill
Hours: 4-ish, Bajan Time!
Location: Mullins Beach Bar & Grill, Mullins, St. Peter
Admission: Free!

https://www.facebook.com/MullinsBeachBarandGrill/

 

April 1st: Barbados Chocolate & Culinary Festival

Time: 11 AM – 7 PM

Location: Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St Michael

Admission (Advance Purchase): $20 BDS per adult/$10 per child/Free for kids under 4

Admission (At Door): $25 BDS per adult/$10 per child/Free for kids under 4
 http://www.BarbadosChocolateFestival.com or http://www.facebook.com/barbadoschocolatefestival\

 

April 8th – Rotary Charity Benefit “Music Thru the Years” featuring SPICE & COMPANY

Biggie Irie, Grynner, The Red Boyz, Peter Ram and others

Time: 8pm

Location: Barbados, Concord Experience (near the airport)

Tickets $225 BDS. Inclusive of Food & Drinks, $150 BDS With seating, $100 BDS. No seating

All Proceeds go to “The School House for Special Needs”

Contact Concierge for Tickets

 

April 15th – 17th : Oistins Fish Festival

See more on the biggest event on the island during the Easter weekend in the EASTER WEEKEND information above. 

Location: Oistins

Admission: Free

 

April 23rd, 28th, 30th & May 1st – Barbados 13th Annual Reggae Festival

Barbados pays tribute to one of the most celebrated genres of music enjoyed by locals - reggae!

Sun. 23rd: Reggae on The Beach at Pirates Cove, Lower Bay Street

Fri. 28th: Vintage Reggae Night

Sat. 29th: Reggae Cruise on the Jolly Roger

Sun. 30th: Reggae on the Hill, Farley Hill National Park- featuring the best of local and regional reggae artistes at various venues across the island.

Admission: Prices vary for each event

Tickets: Box offices (listed on site)

https://www.thebarbadosreggaefestival.com/

 

May 26th – 29th - The Celtic Festival Barbados

Celebrates the links between our wonderful balmy Caribbean island and the Celtic countries. It is a musical extravaganza with a fusion of flavours from visiting chefs and highland.

Fri. 26th May - 5pm – 7pm PIPERS ON THE BOARDWALK with 100 Pipers from Pipefest.com

Admission: Free

Sat. 27th May - Fiddlers Rally
Fiddlers from the Scottish Group Riddell Fiddles, will play along  with pupils form the Suzuki Violin School of Barbados at  Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, St. James, accompanied by some of our Scottish fiddlers – visitors welcome to join in.  With dancing from the Scottish Dance class in Barbados. #BringYourFiddle

Admission: Free

Sun. 28th May – Buffet Lunch at Atlantis Hotel

Enjoy Scottish folk music and an exquisite spread from local Chef and our Head Chef for the Barbados Celtic Festival, Scottish Celebrity Chef Paul Wedgwood– working together to theme some of the dishes Bajan/Scottish at lunch.

12 noon – 3.30pm

Atlantis Hotel Tent Bay, St Joseph, (east coast)  - http://www.atlantishotelbarbados.com

Reservations essential. $100 BDS per person. Payable on the day.  Call to book on 001-246-433-9445

https://www.facebook.com/celticfestivalbarbados/

http://www.barbadoscelticfestival.com/line-up/

07,14,21,28 April, 05,12,19,26 May 2017- Historic Garrison Night Tour

This tour is a bit of a thriller and focuses on the macabre side of life in the Garrison.

  • Murders, executions, crimes and punishments!
  • The tour will also explain:
    • The Garrison Tunnels by night!
    • Details of the construction of the unfinished Garrison Fortress.
    • How ‘Graves End Beach’ got its name.
    • You will also experience several short dramas en route including:
      • The story of a West India Regiment soldier executed by firing squad at the Military Cemetery.
      • The unsolved John Hislop murder of 1809.


Be sure to wear comfortable, reliable shoes for the tour and bring a Torch / Flashlight. 

For further details, email info@barbadosgarrison.org. Or call 233-1648 or 233-2601
Start time: 6:45 - 9:00 PM

Admission: BDS $30.00 aDULTS; $20.00 Children 5-12 yrs.

Venue: George Washington House, The Garrison, St. Michael

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Sport – Horse Racing, Polo, Motorsports, Golf and Sailing

Horse Racing

Race Days as Follows:

April 1st, April 17th (Easter Guineas), April 28th, May 13th, May 27th

Location: The Garrison Savannah, Bridgetown, St. Michael

Link: http://www.barbadosturfclub.org/racecalender/

 

Polo - Barbados Polo Club

Polo in Barbados is a wonderful afternoon out.  The game itself is exhilarating to follow but you don’t have to be an avid polo fan to enjoy the social aspects of its following!  Locals and visitors alike mingle as children of all ages enjoy meeting one another. 

April 1st – All England Polo Club, Hickstead Tour – Location: Apes Hill

April 4th – All England Polo Club, Hickstead Tour – Location: Holders

April 6th – All England Polo Club, Hickstead Tour – Location: Apes Hill

April 8th – All England Polo Club, Hickstead Tour – Location: Apes Hill

April 11th – All England Polo Club, Fern Park Tour – Location: Apes Hill

April 12th –South Africa – Holders

April 13th – All England Polo Club, Fern Park Tour – Location: Apes Hill

April 15th –South Africa – Holders

April 29th – Club Matches – Holders

April 30th – Club Matches – Holders

May 3rd – Jamaica – Holders

May 5th – Jamaica – Apes Hill

May 7th – Jamaica – Holders

May 13th – Presidents/Kearns Trophy – Holders

Timing                                                     FROM 03:00 PM 

Location                                                St. James

Price Range                                         BDS $20 - Children under 12 Free

Website                                               http://www.apeshillpolo.com/  OR https://www.facebook.com/BarbadosPoloClub/

 

Cricket

07,08,09,10 April 2017 Professional Cricket League Regional 4-day Tournament - Barbados vs Trinidad and Tobago

This is a regional 4-day tournament based on franchises. The six teams competing are Barbados; Windwards; Trinidad and Tobago; Guyana; Leewards; Jamaica
Start time: 3:00 PM

Admission: To be Confirmed

Venue: Kensington Oval, President Kennedy Drive, Fontabelle, St. Michael

30th April – 5th May Pakistan Tour Of West Indies - 2nd Test

West Indies Vs Pakistan

Start time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Admission: To be Confirmed

Venue: Kensington Oval, President Kennedy Drive, Fontabelle, St. Michael

http://www.windiescricket.com

 

Surfing

1,12,13,14,15,16 April 2017 World Surf League - Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000

Barbados' beautiful coastline will host its first-ever World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event. The inaugural Barbados Surf Pro Men and Women's QS3,000 at Drill Hall Beach, located on the south coast of Barbados near to the southern side of the Hilton Hotel.  This men's and women's qualifying event will showcase the island's surfers against some of the world's best.

Admission: Free

Venue: Drill Hall Beach, The Garrison, St. Michael

 

Golf

April 27th – 30th

Sir Garry Golf Championships

Location: Barbados Golf Club

Website: http://barbadosgolfclub.com/

 

Motorsports

May 28th – King of the Hill, Sol Rally Barbados

The Caribbean's biggest annual motor sport international event, with fierce competition between drivers from the Caribbean and UK. As the Barbados Rally Club marks its 60th Anniversary, Sol RB17 will run from Friday to Sunday, June 2-4, and Flow King of the Hill, on which the seeding for the main event is based, the previous Sunday (May 28). Since entries opened, nearly 80 have been posted, two-thirds from overseas.

http://www.rallybarbados.bb/

https://www.facebook.com/SolRallyBarbados/

 

Sailing

April 22nd & 23rd – J24 Open Championship

J24 racing has helped rejuvenate the spirit of racing boats again in Barbados. These sail boats are 24' long and need only a 4' draft or depth of water which allows them to come right inshore, bringing the fans and spectators closer to the racing than ever before.

Good vantage points to enjoy the view: Copacabana, Blakey’s, The Barbados Yacht Club (membership)

May 28th – 31st  – OK Dingy World Championships

Racing Area: The course will be in Carlisle Bay, with the staring a short 15 minute sail away.

Good vantage points to enjoy the view: Copacabana, The Barbados Yacht Club (membership)

http://2017.okworlds.org/

 

Hiking

Hike Barbados takes you through cane fields, gullies, tropical forests and coastal communities to explore the unique geological and social structure of Barbados. Along the way you will meet new friends, enjoy healthy exercise and observe the delicate balance of the unique heritage and environment of Barbados.

The hikes are FREE but donations are welcome towards the work of the Barbados National Trust (preserving our built and natural environment).

All morning hikes start at 6:00 a.m.
Afternoon hikes (medium only) start at 3:30 p.m.
The Moonlight Walks start at 5:30 p.m., you are advised to bring a torch to these walks.

There are 4 morning groups of different difficulty:
Stop and Stare... Extra Slow.... does between 5 to 6 miles in the 3 hours
Medium.... does 6 to 8 miles in the 3 hours
Fast Medium... does 9 to 10 miles in the 3 hours
Grin and Bear.... Fast..... does approx. 12 miles in the 3 hours

There is only ONE evening group...... the Stop and Stare crew

APRIL         

06                 St. Thomas Post Office

13                 ML-B'dos National Trust HQ Wildey House - St. Michael

20                 Pool Plantation - St. John

27                 Applewhaites Plantation - St. Thomas

28                 Special BH Hike-Fun Day-Haggatts Old Sugar Factory Yard - St. Andrew

                      

MAY            

01                 Special BH Hike-Hill Challenge-Haggatts Old Sugar Factory Yard - St. Andrew

04                 Haggatts Old Sugar Factory Yard - St. Andrew

11                 ML-Skeetes Bay - St. Philip

14                 Special ML Hike-Lester Vaughan School - St. Thomas

18                 Rock Hall Plantation By Old Mill Wall - St. Peter

25                 Codrington College - St. John                     

http://www.barbados.org/hike2.htm

 

Hash House Harriers

The Barbados Hash is opened to ALL: Runners, walkers, the young, the old … ALL are welcome to join us!
There is no need to phone or email or pre-register, just show up at the posted location.

There are a few things to note when joining the hash:

  • Parents are responsible for their own offspring.
  • Participation is undertaken entirely at your own risk.
  • Photos are taken during the event, and displayed on this web site.
  • There is a $1 BDS per person fee for participating in the hash.

The Next Run details are posted on the front page of the Barbados Hash site.

http://www.barbadoshash.com/


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May 14th – Don’t forget MOTHER’S DAY

We celebrate Mother’s Day with our North American neighbours so if you are visiting from the UK perhaps you can celebrate with us as well. Concierge Can make that special reservation or take care of a surprise gift basket/bouquet if you’re travelling with your mother! This is one of the most celebrated days of the year for locals who enjoy celebrating with their Mother’s and Grandmothers so we recommend making advance restaurant bookings as restaurants tend to be very busy.

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Market Days

Brighton Farmer's Market: Set in the picturesque grounds of Brighton Plantation, it is a farm gate produce market, coupled with sales of prepared food, clothing & local craft.

Location: Brighton Plantation, St. George

Dates: Every Saturday

Time: 6:15am - 10:00am

Admission: FREE

https://www.facebook.com/brightonfarmersmarket/

 

Hastings Farmers Market: An arts & food market packed with local vendors. Homemade, home grown & home created! Bring the children and let them have fun in Arty's Play Park.

Location: Art Splash Centre, Hastings, Ch Ch

Dates: Every Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

Time: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Admission: FREE

http://hastingsfarmersmarket.com/

 

Holders Organic Farmer's Market: This market specializes in organic, locally grown produce, food & beverages, art & craft, health care products & ore. All of them made in Barbados.

Live entertainment each week.

Location: Holders House, Holders Hill, St. James

Dates: Every Sunday

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Admission: FREE

https://www.facebook.com/Holders-House-Farmers-Market-274513739244229/

 

Graeme Hall Farmers & Craft Market: Shake The Hand That Grows Your Food!
Support your Farmers, strengthen the local economy & build the community
The Graeme Hall Farmers Market and Craft Fair - every Saturday
Location: Ministry of Agriculture Parking Lot, Graeme Hall Rd, Christ Church

Dates: Every Saturday

Time: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Admission: FREE

https://www.cpribarbados.com/farm-market

 

 

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