St. James, Barbados Annual Events
(February) - The Festival commemorates the landing of the first settlers to Barbados at Holetown, St. James in February 1627. Entertainment includes a variety of music, such as Gospel, Classical, Tuk Band and Calypso, as well as Folk Dancing, presented in free open-air concerts. There is also an Arts and Craft Exhibition, a display called "Beating the Retreat", by the Barbados Defence Force and a Flood Lit Tattoo which is put on by the Police and a parade of Vintage Motor Vehicles. On the Saturday, there is a Street Fair, where Vendors&lsquo Stalls offer a wide cross section of Barbadian Arts and Crafts, as well as local foods and beverages.
Crop Over Festival
(May through August) - The highlight of the Annual Cultural Calendar is the Crop Over Festival. This Festival originated on the sugar plantation as a means of celebrating the end of the sugar cane harvest season. The Crop Over Festival was revived in 1974 after a period of depression and involves community participation in fairs, concerts, cart parades and other cultural activities with an integral component being the Calypso Monarch.
(December through April): Polo matches and tournaments are played on weekends, mostly Sundays or sometimes during the week. With four world class Polo venues, Field Polo in Barbados have fantastic settings
complimented with friendships and camaraderie of visiting regional & international teams such as England, Jamaica, Ireland, Italy and more. Be part of a unique polo experience in a fun atmosphere.
Holders House Farmers Market
(open every Sunday): We provide the best quality products for sale, all sourced from Farmers in Barbados and without harmful chemicals. You can buy fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, sausages and cheeses. There are also local arts and crafts, and farm animals for kids to pet and learn about. A Healing Holistic Centre offers massages and reflexology from qualified therapist. Have a refreshing organic juices after at the Holders House Café.
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