31 Jan 2013Blog

Barbados Events in March 2013

by Summer

Sandy Lane Gold Cup Day

Held every March, Sandy Lane Gold Cup is the highlight of the Sandy Lane Festival. It is without a doubt one of the biggest sporting events in Barbados, with horses and jockeys from all over the world vying for the top spot at this premier race. Parking is hard to find, and we would recommend you get there very early if you wish to park anywhere in the vicinity of the Garrison.

Date: March 2nd
Time: Gold Cup race starts at 4:50 PM [other races are on throughout the day]
Admission: Entrance fee to various stands starts at $50.00 BBD for the day and admission is free to the infield area of the grounds.
Venue: The Garrison Savannah, Hastings, Christ Church
Contact: The Barbados Turf Club

Sandy Lane Gold Cup

(Photo credit: iticketsbarbados.com)

Virgin Atlantic Holders Season

A musical festival held at Holders Plantation House that has been around for twenty years in Barbados. Shows feature international artists of Opera, Gospel, Comedy and Theatre Jazz. This year one of the highlights is the “Basil Faulty Dining Experience”. You can relax before the shows or wander through the gardens. Tickets are limited.

Date: March 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th, and 23rd
Time: Gates open at 5:30 PM and performances start at 7:00 PM sharp
Admission: Tickets range from $40.00 BBD to $200.00 BBD per person
Venue: Holders grounds, Holders Hill, St, James
Contact: 246-432-7338 or visit the Holders website

International Test Cricket

The first of two test matches between the West Indies and Zimbabwe. Watch the game for just one day or all. These international test matches are major events when held in Barbados, and are generally well attended.

Date: March 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th
Time: 9:30 AM
Admission: Check website for details
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
Contact: 246-432-7338

Barbados Hash House Harriers Weekly run

A weekly run/walk by as many as 100 participants who meet every Sunday and on a Bank Holiday. Different places on the island are chosen each week, and participants can just show up and take part. You can walk or run, but one thing that you can’t do is be late! A great way to spend a Sunday and see parts of the island you normally wouldn’t be able to.

Date: March 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th
Time: Events start at 3:30 PM sharp
Admission: Free
Venue: Check their Facebook page for details 

Polo Barbados

Polo has been played in Barbados since 1884 according to historical records, and today it is one of the most popular sports on the island. Matches draw large crowds of families who come out to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and fun. We have included events being held at three of the local polo clubs. Visit Apes Hill Club’s website to see more information.

Date: March 3rd, 12th, 21st, 24th
Time: Games start at 3:30 PM
Admission: $20.00 BBD per adult | $5.00 BBD per child
Venue: Holders Polo Field

Date: March 5th, 17th, 30th
Time: Games start at 3:30 PM
Admission: $20.00 BBD per adult | $5.00 BBD per child
Venue: Apes Hill Polo Field

Date: March 7th, 10th
Time: Games start at 3:30 PM
Admission: $20.00 BBD per adult | $5.00 BBD per child
Venue: Lion Castle Polo Field

2013 Regional Super 50 Cricket Match

Round four of the Super 50 Cricket series, this match features Barbados vs Windward Islands and takes place at the Kensington Oval.

Date: March 21st
Time: 9:30 AM
Admission: Check website for details
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
Contact: Windies Cricket

Cool Jazz at the Waterfront Cafe

Various jazz artists play from around 7:30 PM until 10:30 PM at the Waterfront Cafe at The Harbour. You can have dinner and stay on to listen to the music or just come later and have a few drinks at the bar, while taking in the great sounds of our local artists. Both indoor and outdoor dining are available, but these weekly shows are very popular so reservations are recommended.

Date: March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
Time: Dinner starts at 6:00 PM and music from 7:30 PM
Admission: No admission fee, but patrons should buy food OR drinks
Venue: The Waterfront Café, Bridgetown
Contact: The Waterfront Café

Two Guitars by the Hilton Pool

Enjoy a sundowner while sitting by the pool and enjoying the music of an experienced guitar duo performing soft rock, pop and Caribbean songs.

Date: March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
Time: Music starts at 5:00 PM
Admission: Free
Venue: The Hilton Hotel
Contact: The Hilton Hotel

Laff-it-off 2013: Come Clean

This year the show is a hilarious and side splitting commentary about local events on island such as planned layoffs, Garcia’s freedom, and where in Barbados you can buy land, or where and how the national insurance shares were invested. Not a show to be missed. Bajan lingo used and inside jokes related to local events, which may not be understood by visitors.

Date: March 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st
Time: Show starts at 8:00 PM
Admission: 35.00 BBD per person
Venue: Ann Johnson Auditorium at St. Gabriel’s School
Contact: Laff it Off

The Atlantis Hotel famous Sunday Buffet Lunch

This Bajan buffet is extensive! A full three course lunch, with everything you can imagine being offered. This amazing lunch is offered every Sunday at Atlantis and should be experienced at least once by everyone!

Date: March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
Time: Reservations are a must! Lunch from noon
Admission: $90.00 BBD per adult | $40.00 BBD per child
Venue: The Atlantis Hotel, Tent Bay, St. Joseph
Contact: 246-433-9445

Transport Board Sunday Scenic Bus Tour

This is an inexpensive and relatively comfortable way to see portions of Barbados in a very informal atmosphere. Tickets are available from the change booths at Fairchild Street or Princess Alice Terminals in Bridgetown, and the Speightstown Terminal in Speightstown. Pack a picnic basket and meet at Independence Square at 2:00 pm. This bus tour travels a different route each Sunday, making 2 or 3 stops along the way. Various routes are available and occasionally the tours do not run.

Dates: March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
Time: 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Admission: $20.00 BBD per adults | $12.00 BBD per child
Venue: Independence Square, Bridgetown
Contact: 246-310-3568 to confirm venues and tours

MCBI Speed Event

Hundreds of spectators turn out with coolers and umbrellas to watch rally cars compete against each other. Next to cricket, rallying is the most popular sporting event on Barbados. The public road being used is closed off, so if you are attending you will need to go two hours before the start of the race and you won’t be able to leave until the event has ended. Alternatively, you can park “near” and walk in. Must haves are water and sunblock!

Date: March 24th
Time: Event starts at noon
Admission: Free
Venue: Not available
Contact: The Barbados Rally Club

Hike Barbados Turners Hall Hill

Hike Barbados is a Barbados Nation Trust organised free hiking group. On these hikes you will encounter cane fields, gullies, tropical forests and coastal communities.

Date: March 31st
Time: 
6:00 AM start | 3:30 PM start | 5:30 PM for full moon hike
Admission: FREE [hikers should read the disclaimer on the website]
Venue: Get to the start: Highway 2D to Farmer’s and Mose Bottom, turn right (towards Bawden’s). Meeting point is at junction about half mile down the road (former site of Turner’s Hall plantation).
Contact: Hike Barbados