Bermuda is making it easy for visitors to immerse themselves in the island’s British charm and distinctive arts, cultural and entertainment offerings this winter with the re-launch of its “Rendezvous Activities Program.” Through March 31, the Bermuda Department of Tourism and the Bermuda Department of Community and Cultural Affairs have partnered to provide visitors with an array of daily activities highlighting the island’s rich local heritage. Most events and activities are free and range from guided tours of the acclaimed Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art and Bermuda National Gallery, historic homes, botanical gardens and the cosmopolitan capital city of Hamilton, to historical re-enactments in the UNESCO World Heritage Town of St. George, cooking demonstrations and performances by the famed Bermuda Gombey dancers. There are more than two dozen cultural activities offered each week and visitors can now download a brochure with full details and daily schedules at http://www.GoToBermuda.com .
A few highlights of the Bermuda Rendezvous Activities Program include:
!!! Guided Walking Tour of City of Hamilton: Every Monday, visitors can explore historic points of Hamilton, including City Hall & Arts Centre, the Anglican Cathedral and Fort Hamilton, among others, with the guidance of a knowledgeable tour guide.
!!! Bermuda Cookery Demonstration: Chef Cheryl Kerr whips up delicious local Bermudian cuisine for guests to sample every Monday at Fort Hamilton.
!!! Bermuda Gombey Revue: Visitors will feel the beat at the Pier Six Passenger Terminal on Front Street in Hamilton every Tuesday during live performance by Gombey dancers and Bermudian folk musicians.
!!! Historical Re-enactment & Tours in the UNESCO World Heritage Town of St. George: Each a guide will showcase the narrow alleys and lanes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. All guests will be greeted by the Mayor at Town Hall and the ducking of the “town gossip,” a light-hearted, historical re-enactment of Colonial-era public punishment.
!!! Discovering the Royal Naval Dockyard: Visitors to the island will step back in time through the historic developments of the Royal Naval Dockyard as a fortified base on Thursdays.
Other events designed to offer “So Much More” to visitors throughout the winter months include the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts — Jan. 16 — Feb. 28; Bermuda Restaurant Week — Jan. 17 — Feb. 13; Love Month — Feb. 1-28; Bermuda Spring Break — Feb. 15-22, March 1-7, March 8-14, and March 15-22.