Where & How to Celebrate Bermuda Heritage Month
Learn about Bermuda’s rich Nautical History at The National Museum of Bermuda, in Dockyard. Browse through books and displays on Bermuda Culture at the Historical Society Museum, located within the Bermuda National Libary, in Hamilton. Experience history brought to life at the World Heritage Centre in St. George’s. Learn about the accomplishments of Black Bermudians at the Bermudian Heritage Museum in St. George’s.
African Diaspora Heritage Trail
Approximately 60% of Bermuda’s population are of African descent. Learn about the hard times of slavery and segregation at the fascinating stops along this trail.
Afternoon High Tea
Our colonial heritage has given us many traditions and customs, including Afternoon High Tea. You can enjoy petit fours, cucumber sandwiches and fresh baked scones with Bermuda jam, honey and clotted cream at a number of venues across the island. The Bermuda Perfumery in St. George’s serves afternoon tea in a beautiful garden setting on Wednesday’s (email [email protected] for reservations). Or visit the ‘Crown & Anchor’ restaurant at the newly renovated Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club, any day of the week for a truly majestic experience.
Bermuda Day Parade
Bermuda Day is the highlight of Heritage month in Bermuda. The national holiday falls on May 25th. Formerly it was to celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria, but today it is simply a celebration of our people, heritage and culture. The day’s traditional events include a series of exciting and fast paced road races, starting in the morning. The Bermuda Day Parade is held in the afternoon, winding through the streets of Hamilton with colorful themed floats, dancing gombeys, majorettes and much more at this massive celebration of Bermudian culture. Info: communityandculture.bm
Replicas & Reenactments
Next time you’re in the East End be sure to visit The Deliverance, a full- scale replica of the ship built by the Sea Venture castaways to carry them to Virginia. Also located within King’s Square is a replica of the Stock’s & Pillory, used during the British colonial days to punish people who commit petty crimes, such as drunkeness. Then, along the waterfront is a replica of the Ducking Stool, used for reenactments of ducking the “nagging wench” in the harbour – a free show at 12:30pm on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs and Saturdays. If you travel over to St. David’s, you can see a replica of an early settler’s dwelling hut, at Carter House.