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In 1627, between February 17th and 20th, eighty (80) English Settlers landed at what is known as Holetown aboard a ship called the William and John . With them were ten (10) African Slaves, who were captured on the voyage. It is from this day that Barbados became a British Colony. Holetown was originally named Jamestown, after its benefactor, King James I of England. The Holetown Monument (found in the centre of Holetown). 

The Holetown Festival, which commemorates this event, was the brainchild of Alfred Pragnell, he along with Keith Simmons and the members of Trents Northern Youth Group made up the committee that planned the first festival in 1977, it originally took place on the weekend nearest to these landing dates. It has become so popular that it now takes place over an eight day period, running from Sunday to Sunday.

Upcoming Events

  • 25Aug
    Silhouettes Dance Concert
    Silhouettes Dance Concert
    Silhouettes Dance Concert - Hosted by ACE Dance Centre as part of the Carifesta 13 celebrations. Come see an array of dance talent and techniques.
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    St. Michael
  • 26Aug
    Speightstown Sizzlin - Carifesta Edition
    Speightstown Sizzlin - Carifesta Edition
    As the sun sets along the picturesque west coast of Barbados, this quaint, north-western town comes to life, for a truly sizzlin’ night.
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    St. Peter FROM 03:00 PM To 11:30 PM
  • 02Sep - 03Sep
    The Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival
    The Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival
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  • 05Sep - 10Sep
    Barbados Cycling Festival
    Barbados Cycling Festival
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    Christ Church
  • 01Oct
    The Barbados Beach Tennis Open
    The Barbados Beach Tennis Open
    Dates to be confirmedThis invitational beach tennis tournament capitalizes on what is essentially a relatively new sport that is growing rapidly in th...
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    St. Michael
     
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