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England v West Indies 2019

A bucket list cricket trip to Barbados


A trip to Barbados is very much a bucket list holiday destination and when you combine it with the excitement of England playing cricket abroad, such as England v West Indies 2019, you’ve got a match made in heaven.

There’s certainly something compelling about the edge of the seat experience of a Test Series under golden, cloudless skies, even for the casual cricket fan as Amanda, Operations and Customer Experience Manager, at Thomas Cook Sport will testify.

“Back in 2015, I was part of the Thomas Cook Sport team who travelled to Barbados for the 3rd and final test of the England and West Indies series. To say it was a trip of a lifetime probably doesn’t even do half of it justice.

The trip was 7 days long, with 4 days worth of cricket included, although it did only end up with 3 days of cricket as the West Indies wrapped the final test up sooner than expected.

I don’t think anyone on the trip was disappointed with the cricket wrapping up early as it meant a bonus day to enjoy all that Barbados had to offer — of which there was plenty.”

“When it came to eating and drinking The Boatyard Beach Club was one of the go-to spots for more or less everyone that attended the trip, as it really did have something for everyone.

You could catch every sport under the sun on countless large screen TVs that were dotted throughout the Beach Club.

If you fancied getting a little active yourself there was a ton of water sports activities you can have a go at.

One of the other great appeals was the money you paid to get into the Boatyard Club is used as credit for food and drink throughout the club and both the value for money and quality of food was brilliant.

Another amazing food destination and something I’d recommend to anyone travelling out to Barbados in 2019 would be the Oistins Fish Fry on a Friday night.

Here you get the opportunity to sample all types of fresh fish including tuna, swordfish, marlin, mahi-mahi, flying fish and lobster in a really cool, informal setting.

You have the opportunity to have your choice of fish grilled or fried by each individual vendor which is then cooked right in front of you. The freshness and taste of the fish were on a different level and Oistins was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of my trip to Barbados.”

“It goes without saying that Barbados is synonymous with its stunning beaches and for me, Accra Beach was without the standout. Our hotel was based in Hastings and it was a short walk along the boardwalk to the beach where both the sand and the sea was like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

It was from Bridgetown that myself and a number of guests on the trip spent an afternoon aboard a catamaran for a cruise around the West Coast of the island, which was just unbelievable.

The cruise was booked through a company called St James Travel, a Thomas Cook Sport approved excursion company, and they really had everything covered to make the trip unforgettable.

From Bridgetown, we set off along the West Coast of the island which included some celebrity house spotting, such as Rihanna and Simon Cowell’s holiday homes.


Throughout the trip, all food and drink were included as well as a gorgeous buffet in the evening time during the sunset portion of the cruise.

As the sunset, we headed to the Harbour Lights beach before spending the night in the beach club enjoying a really old school classic cabaret show until the early hours.”

“Of the 70 guests on the trip, there was a real mixture when it came to interest in the cricket itself and I think that’s something that really stands out for the trips to Barbados.

You can have a kind of passive interest in the cricket but still head out for a week as there’s so much going on across the island you’ll never be short of stuff to do.

The vibe around the renowned Kensington Oval, Barbados’ oldest cricket ground, is amazing. There are countless local traders selling food, drink and merchandise in their own individual hut which really captures the essence of where you are.”

“For people perhaps on the fence about heading to the West Indies for the cricket, take it from me that it’s an experience that you’ll love and one you certainly won’t forget.

Even for the more passive cricket fans, like myself, you’ll have the trip of the lifetime.”

See more information on the 2019 West Indies vs England 1st Test Tour to Barbados from Manchester here.

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