Bermuda Cup Match 2019

August 1st and 2nd, St. George’s

During Cup Match, a public holiday unique to the island of Bermuda, the community enjoys a two day celebration of camping, boating, swimming and – most importantly – cricket. Every year before the start of the Cup Match holiday, rival fans can be seen donning their team’s colours – red and navy for Somerset, sky blue and navy for St. George’s – leaving no question as to which team they support.

The forerunner to Cup Match was introduced to mark Emancipation Day, which took place on August 1st, 1834. Bermudians from Somerset and St. George’s marked the anniversary of the abolition of slavery by holding annual picnics, with the highlight being a friendly cricket match played between lodges from the east and west ends of the island.

In 1901, during a cricket match between two major Friendly Societies, an agreement was made to play for an annual trophy. Members of the Friendly Societies and Lodges raised funds, and in 1902 a silver cup that was played for annually was introduced. Cup Match was officially born.

In 1947 two official national public holidays were introduced and are now held annually on the Thursday and Friday closest to August 1st. The first day of the Cup Match holiday was named Emancipation Day in 1999, and continues the tradition of remembering the end of slavery. The second holiday, Somers Day, commemorates Admiral Sir George Somers, whose ship, the Sea Venture, was on its way to the Virginia settlement when it wrecked in Bermuda in 1609. This shipwreck led to the island’s permanent settlement by the British in 1612.

The two-day holiday became the annual two days of cricket played between the St. George’s Cricket Club and Somerset Cricket Club for the cup – Cup Match.

However, Cup Match is so much more than cricket. The Emancipation Day holiday commemorates one of the most significant moments in our history and acknowledges a period from our past that shaped and continues to influence our society today. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing and a time for assessment, self-improvement and planning the future.

Cup Match Weekend Calendar of Events

(updated daily)

Wednesday July 31st Cup Match Eve

Rum & Rosé 6pm at Mickey’s on the Beach. Tickets are $130 and available from For more information, or to make a reservation,

contact 236-9884 or

Wednesday Quiz Night with Mike Bishop at White Horse Pub & Restaurant

Karaoke at Docksider’s Pub & Restaurant

Tiki Beach Party at Snorkel Park

Harbour Nights on Front Street More Info

North of the Wall at Pickled Onion

Happy Hour Golf at Bermuda Fun Golf

Thursday August 1st Emancipation Day

Cup Match Classic 2019 (August 1st and 2nd)

10am at Wellington Oval. Ticket price is $20 for Adults, $10 for Children 12 & under and $10 for Seniors over 65. Tickets can be purchased online at or pay cash at the gate. For more information, contact

Tacos & Tequila at Jasmine Lounge 

Industry Nights at Snorkel Park

Live Entertainment at Jasmine Lounge 

Mike Hind Rocks The Dock at Waterlot Inn

Open Mic Night at Hog Penny Hosted by Finny

North of the Wall at Pickled Onion

Latin Vibes at Sea Breeze

Live Music at Rum Bum

Friday August 2nd Somers Day 

Cup Match Classic (see Thursday’s post)

Karaoke at White Horse

Finny, Live at Hog Penny 

Live Entertainment at Jasmine Lounge

Mike Hind Rocks the Dock at Waterlot Inn

Fridays at Sea Breeze

Hindsight at Henry VIII

Sunset Fridays at Rum Bum

Saturday August 3rd

Live Entertainment at Jasmine Lounge

Working Title at Pickled Onion

Family Dayz at Snorkel Park

Mike Hind Rocks the Dock at Waterlot Inn

North of the Wall at Pickled Onion

It’s Time To Chill – Big Chill at Sea Breeze

Sunday August 4th

Raft-Up Party, Mangrove Bay, Somerset

Mediterra French Weekends at Fairmont Southampton

Live Entertainment at Jasmine Lounge

Mike Hind Rocks the Dock at Waterlot Inn

Lime Sundays at Rum Bum

Live Jazz Music by Max & Eugene at Henry VIII

This year’s game takes place at the St. George’s Cricket Club, Wellington Oval, St. George’s, on Thursday August 1st and Friday August 2nd, from 10 am to 6 pm. Entry is $20 for adults and $10 for children 5 to 12 years old and seniors.

Buy Tickets online here.


Cup Match Holiday Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2.

Banks and Government offices will be closed. Some retailers and department stores will be closed or on shorter hours.

Dockyard will be open for business as usual. Some businesses in St. George’s will be open. 

Public Buses will run on the Sunday and Public Holiday schedule

Ferry routes schedule

  • Blue Route Dockyard/Hamilton and Orange Route Dockyard/St. George’s will run on the regular Monday to Friday schedule.
  • The Pink Route Paget/Warwick Route will run on Sunday and Holiday schedule.
  • The Green Route Rockaway/Watford Bridge/Cavello Bay will not operate.

The following attractions are open: 

  • Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, Flatts
  • Crystal and Fantasy Caves, Bailey’s Bay more
  • National Museum of Bermuda, Dockyard
  • Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Hamilton more

Harbour Nights 

Street festival on Front Street, Hamilton.

7 to 10 pm, Wednesday, July 31st.

Features live entertainment, Gombeys, food stalls, artists, artisan and craft vendors, and children’s area.

Ferry for Harbour Nights 9.00 and 10.30 pm

more info

Cricket Match 

  • The Cup Match Classic takes place at St. George’s Cricket Club, Wellington Oval, St. George’s., Thursday, August 1 + Friday, August 2.
  • Entry: $20 for adults; $5 for 5-12-year-olds and seniors with ID; under 5 free. Children $10
  • Gates open at 7 am, game starts 10 am

Swizzle Inn, both locations: closed Thursday, open Friday 

DISCLAIMER: The information gathered above is subject to change and in some cases may be outdated or incorrect. Please contact businesses mentioned directly for hours, offerings and information.

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