Barbados Cricket Tour
Barbados Cricket Tour
There are few countries that have cricket so firmly rooted in their national culture than Barbados. Over the past century this small island nation has made an incredible contribution to the sport and has produced such cricketing greats as Garry Sobers and Frank Worrell. The national stadium of Kennington Oval is a place of pilgrimage for many where young Barbadians dream of emulating their heroes. A cricket tour to Barbados offers not just the opportunity to play matches against some strong local opposition, but also to enjoy the beautiful scenery and beaches of this Caribbean idyll.
The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.
Fly to Barbados
Flight to Barbados: Today you fly from London to Barbados. On arrival you are met by your guides and transfer to your hotel in the Christ Church district, a few miles away from Bridgetown and close to the beach. There will be time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool and perhaps a game of beach cricket.
Net Practice, Kensington Oval Tour and Marina & Wharf Visit
Net Practice: This morning will be spent on net sessions and training at The Wanderer’s Cricket Club, during which time you will understand what it means to play on the hard Caribbean wickets, as well as in the heat of the Caribbean.
Kensington Oval Tour: After lunch you have a tour of Kensington Oval, Bridgetown’s principal cricket ground and one which hosts the international test matches. Your guide will take you around the stadium and show you Brian Lara’s signed bat with which he scored 400 Not Out. You can see the pitch but generally it’s not allowed to walk on it. The afternoon can be spent on the beach.
Marina and Wharf: In the evening you head over to the Marina and Wharf which is the perfect place to stroll and admire the fancy yachts, before dinner at Blakey’s on the Boardwalk, just a short walk away.
First Match: Today you play your first game against Wildey Sports Club. If you have more than one team, a second match can be arranged concurrently with a different local team such as St Leonard’s School. With so many cricket teams in Barbados, matches can be arranged for all age groups and abilities.
Training and Second Matches. Bridgetown Tour
Training and Second Match: Today is a training day at the Franklyn Stephenson’s Academy, located on the private estate of Cockade House in Bennetts St. Thomas. This is the newest training facility on the island and the brain-child of professional cricketer Franklyn Stephenson. The academy provides a base for players to home their skills and a day spent here is a valuable asset for any young player. Your second matches will also be played here.
Bridgetown Tour: In the late afternoon there will be time in Bridgetown, taking in the wealth of history that lies in the city. You can see the Parliament Buildings, the oldest in the commonwealth, Queens Park, Heroes Square and Nelson’s Statue. Once the tour is over you can head to Broad Street to enjoy shopping time.
Third Matches. Carlisle Bay Beach and Snorkelling
Third Match: Today you have your third matches against Lodge School, one of the best cricket schools on the island, and with a venerable history going back over 250 years.
Carlisle Bay: In the late afternoon you head to Carlisle Bay, one of the best stretches of beach on the island with gently sloping white sand and clear turquoise waters, making it ideal for snorkelling.
Catamaran Cruise and Oistins Night Market
Catamaran Cruise: Today is a fantastic full day optional catamaran cruise which includes snorkelling on a coral reef where you can see a myriad or colourful tropical fish and swim with the turtles, a truly amazing experience. The crew will prepare local mouth watering dishes for lunch. The combination of beautiful sunshine and the warm azure sea makes it a euphoric few hours.
Oistins Night Market: In the evening you visit the fishing town of Oistins where there is lots of street music, food stalls and souvenir sellers. Grilled fish is naturally the main dish served here and should not be missed! You can enjoy the party atmosphere, dancing to Barbadian music and soaking up the sights and smells.
Fourth Matches and Mount Gay Rum Distillery Tour
Fourth Match: Today you have your final matches. In the late afternoon there is an optional visit to the Mount Gay Rum distillery. This is a fantastic tour that tells you the history of rum in Barbados, how it’s made and blended. For teachers, tasting is optional but highly recommended!
Free Time: This morning you check out of the hotel and have time to relax at the hotel pool. In the afternoon you transfer to the airport to check in for your homeward flight.
Arrive Home: Your flight arrives back in London this morning.
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