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Holetown Festival

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 had been captured on the voyage. It is from this day that Barbados became a British Colony.

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.

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. 

  • Holetown St James
When Does it Happen
  • February
Selling Points
  • A True Barbadian Event
  • Local Craft & Art on sale
  • Food Stalls packed with many local favorites
  • Antique Car parade & Queen Show
More Info
  • Very relaxed atmosphere , bring the family and have a grand Bajan time