Thousands of people are expected to flock to St George’s on Friday evening (December 1) to once again enjoy the magic of the Annual Bermuda National Trust Christmas Walkabout.
Now in its 39th year, the Walkabout has grown exponentially in size and popularity in this past decade and is the most profitable day of the year for St George’s merchants.
For the second year, the National has organized a ferry which will bring participants from Albouys Point in Hamilton to St George’s so they can enjoy the Walkabout without spending time in traffic.
“After the success of the ferry last year, we are pleased to be able to offer this service again,” said National Trust Development Director Kelly Way. “The ferry passengers reported that they had a wonderful voyage to and from St George’s but it also reduced traffic congestion.
“Therefore, with the cooperation of the Department of Marine and Ports, we are again offering the ferry from Hamilton to St George’s,” she said. “The ferry will take a maximum of 350 people at 5pm from Hamilt,on to St George’s and will leave St George’s at 9pm.
“In addition, the ferry will shuttle people from Marginal Wharf in St David’s to St George’s. In each case, a maximum of 350 tickets will be sold in advance and only people with tickets will be able to board the ferry.”
The last shuttle will leave St George’s for Marginal Wharf at 8:15pm.
Once again musicians, dancers and carolers will entertain the crowds and refreshments will be available throughout the old town and marked on a map that will be distributed on the evening. Children can meet Santa and make Christmas crafts at the Edith Clair Spencer Hall. We invited everyone to head east to explore some of the oldest continually occupied buildings in the New World which will be decorated and candle-lit for the event.
Old Rectory, Bridge House, Stewart Hall, Buckingham, Tucker House, Reeve Court and the Globe Hotel will be festively decorated with each offering its own yesteryear experience.
A new feature this year will be the opening of Smith’s Garden on Barber’s Alley by the Garden Club of Bermuda.
The National Trust’s members area will be located on the ground floor of the National Trust Museum at the Globe Hotel this year. As a special offer, non-members of the Trust can join for 50 percent on the night.
Many of St George’s shops, churches and other museums will also be open on the night. The Bermuda National Trust could not hold this event without a huge amount of community support, Trust volunteers and the generosity of sponsor, Butterfield, which is supporting the event for the 11th consecutive year.
Sean Lee, Executive Vice President and head of retail banking at Butterfield said: “As a company, Butterfield started in St George’s more than 200 years ago and we’ve had a banking hall in the Old Town for more than 75 years, so supporting the Bermuda National Trust’s Annual Walkabout is a natural fit for us.
“We encourage everyone to visit our historic Banking Centre and indulge in mulled wine, chocolate truffles and popcorn.”
We look forward to seeing you there and sharing the true spirit of Christmas!
- Parking – Tiger Bay/Hunter’s Wharf, St George’s Prep and St George’s Club Golf Course
- Ferry – Beat the traffic and take a ferry service from Hamilton to St George’s or a shuttle ferry service between Marginal Wharf and Hunter’s Wharf
- Ferry Schedule & Pricing: Leave Hamilton Ferry terminal at 5pm and returns leaving St George’s at 9pm. Adult to Hamilton to St George’s Return $15. Child – Hamilton to St George’s Return $10. Shuttles from Marginal Wharf to Hunter’s Wharf at 6:30pm and 7pm. Last shuttle back to Marginal Wharf 8:45pm. Shuttle to Marginal Wharf to Hunter’s Wharf $5
- For more information and to buy tickets, go to www.bnt.bm
- Photos Courtesy of the Bermuda National Trust Facebook Page