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The Holetown festival

The Holetown Festival is an event that reflects the joy of living – representing the people of Barbados, together with their traditions and (of course) fantastic food.

The week-long festival usually takes place in February and offers a unique opportunity to admire local arts and crafts, as well as learn more about the local culture and history. Every activity is wrapped in the exotic Bajan style - fashion shows, beauty contests, street parades, concerts, and theatrical presentations.

The carnival commemorates the first settlement of Barbados at Holetown in February 1627, and if you have a keen interest in history, you’ll be happy to know that the local authorities additionally organise historical lectures and exhibitions.

Why you shouldn’t miss it

One of the most highly anticipated events during the festival is the Grand Floodlit Tattoo, featuring The Royal Barbados Police Force. The program varies every year, but right after the show, everyone is encouraged to participate in the Night March from the Trent's Playing Field to the Holetown Police Station.

Also make sure you take time out to wander through the tents in the festival village; from here you can admire and buy creations from local artists - from pottery and fine art to clothing and accessories; you can select unique hand-made souvenirs for your friends and family.

See the day out in perfect harmony with rich and tasty Bajan food that includes Holetown’s famous barbecue chicken, as well as delicious macaroni pie or pudding & souse - all enriched by a shot of rum or a cold beer!

For more information https://www.holetownfestivalbarbados.org/