17 Jan 2013Blog

Barbados Events during January and February 2013

by Summer

The new year is here, and we wanted to share a few ideas for ways you could spend your time while holidaying in Barbados. Of course we understand if all you want to do is cool out on the beach with a cold drink, but these events might add some excitement to your Barbados holiday never-the-less.

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Naniki Jazz Safari

A weekend of Jazz with concerts throughout the Caribbean. Phase one of the Safari is held in Barbados, and features artists from the US, Cuba, Martinique, Trinidad and others.

Date: January 17th through January 20th
Time: Concerts start at various times
Admission: Box office $ 70.00 BBD | at the door $ 80.00 BBD
Venue: Concerts being held at The Hilton, Frank Collymore Hall, Harrisons Cave and others. Check out their Facebook page for details.

Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Regatta 2013

A fun sailing event with approximately 40 boats with Barbadian and Trinidadian boats competing for bragging rights. The race starts on a Friday and finishes on a Sunday.

Date: Sailing takes place from January 18th until 23rd
Time: Start time is set for 10:00 A.M
Admission: Watch the race for free from the beach
Venue: Starts from The Barbados Yacht Club

The Police Band in concert

An afternoon concert featuring our local and renowned Police Band. This concert is right by the sea, and you will need to bring a folding chair and cooler. Watch the sun set while listening to great tunes!

Date: January 19th
Time: 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM
Admission: Free
Venue: Hasting Rocks, Christ Church

Apes Hill Polo Tournaments

Polo begins in Barbados in December and runs through May. These matches are entertaining for both young and old alike, and you can be guaranteed to see a fabulous display from both riders and horses.

Date: January 20th to 27th
Time: Game starts at 3:15 P.M
Admission: Check website for details
Venue: Lion Castle Field and Apes Hill

Barbados National Trust Hike

Monthly hike at various locations throughout Barbados. The hikes are fun and interesting for visitors as well as locals. You will need to bring water, snacks and a hat.

Date: January 20th
Time: 6:00 A.M or 3:30 P.M
Admission: Check website
Venue: Bathsheba Community Centre

BARBADOS BANK HOLIDAY

Every year on January 21st Barbadians celebrate the birthday of the late Errol Walton Barrow, the first Prime Minister of Barbados. Shops and stores are closed and most locals will organise picnics or family get-togethers on this day.  If you are visiting Barbados at this time, a great way to spend the day, would be to go on an island tour, either on your own or with a tour guide such as Island Safari or Adventure Tours. In addition, booking a table for lunch at the Atlantis Restaurant on the East coast of Barbados is always a treat, and the views are spectacular.

The Barbados National Trust Open House – Fustic House

A unique opportunity to visit this historic 1740’s Barbadian home. Visitors are asked not to touch items in these homes or disturb the gardens.

Date: January 23rd
Time: 2:30 PM until 5:00 PM
Admission: Adults $ 30.00 BBD | Child $ 25.00 BBD
Venue: Fustic House, St. Lucy

Barbados Horticultural Society Flower Show

Not to be missed, this event is a great way to see a variety of floral displays by The Arranging Society, Bonsai Barbados, and many other exhibits. There is plenty for children to do as well. Tea is served from 2:00 PM, and drinks and snacks are available for sale.

Date: January 26 and 27th
Time: 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM
Admission: Adult $ 20.00 BBD | Child $ 7.00 BBD
Venue: BHS Headquarters at Ball Plantation, Christ Church

Round 1 Barbados Vs Jamaica – One Day match

A one-day match up between Barbados and Jamaica. This is one of seven rounds of matches involving the 7 regional teams: Barbados, Combined Colleges and Campuses, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Windward Islands.

Date: February 7th
Time: 9:30 AM
Admission: TBA
Venue: Kensington Oval

Round 1 Barbados Vs. Jamaica – Four Day match

A regional match between Barbados and Jamaica. This is one of seven rounds of matches involving the 7 regional teams: Barbados, Combined Colleges and Campuses, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Windward Islands.

Date: February 9th
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission: TBA
Venue: Kensington Oval

The Holetown Festival

This local event commemorates the landing of the first English settlers on Barbados in 1627. The festival features an “old car” parade, many stalls selling food, drinks, and souvenirs, as well as talent shows and performances by local bands. Parking is not allowed in the area immediately surrounding the festival, so carpooling is essential!

Date: February 11th until 19th
Time: Check out the website for details on activity start times and stalls.
Admission: FREE
Venue: Holetown, St. James

The Great Train Run Barbados

This is a 25 mile run/hike made up of eight stages. Entrants can take part as an individual or part of a team up to 8 people.

Date: February 17th
Time: Race starts at 5:00 AM
Admission: TBD – but these will probably be in the range of $ 25.00 to $ 40.00 BBD per person.
Venue: Starts at Independence Square in Bridgetown.

Round 11 Barbados Vs. Guyana – Four Day match

This is one of seven rounds of matches involving the 7 regional teams: Barbados, Combined Colleges and Campuses, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Windward Islands.

Date: February 15th
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission: TBA
Venue: Kensington Oval

Round 11 Barbados Vs Guyana – One Day match

This is one of seven rounds of matches involving the 7 regional teams: Barbados, Combined Colleges and Campuses, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Windward Islands.

Date: February 21
Time: 9:30 AM
Admission: TBA
Venue: Kensington Oval

Agrofest

A three day event that showcases local produce, animals, and promotes new technology for crops production. This festival as such, is extremely popular and is often sold out, so you would be wise to try and get your tickets before hand.

Date: February 22 to 24th
Time: 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Admission: Advance: Adult $ 12.00 BBD | Child $ 4.00 BBD. Tickets at the gate: Adult $ 15.00 BBD | Child $ 6.00 BBD
Venue: Queens Park, St. Michael