This February, as well as ensuring you don’t miss a ball of England’s six-match series in Antigua and Barbados, English Cricket Tours are also giving you the opportunity to explore and witness first-hand some of the sunlit wonders of these idyllic islands.
A cricket ball’s-throw from the hallowed turf of the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, the Legends of Barbados Cricket Museum was founded in 2005 by 42 of the greatest living Barbadian Test cricketers. It’s purpose was simple: to celebrate the rich heritage of West Indian cricket, to canonise its most famous sons and to inspire future generations of cricketers to scale even greater heights than the legends who went before them.
Located in the colonial splendour of Herbert House, the museum is packed to the rafters with priceless cricketing artefacts and state-of-the-art interactive features. Inclusive in their Barbados tour package, English Cricket Tours offer you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see perhaps the greatest collection of West Indian cricketing memorabilia ever assembled under one roof.
With Barbados having spawned some of the most formidable names in cricketing history, you will have the chance to relive the careers of, among many others, Sir Garfield Sobers, the three Ws (Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes and Clyde Walcott), Wes Hall, Charlie Griffiths, Joel Garner and the fearsome opening partnership of Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge. You can see the very bat that Haynes racked his up his first century at Lord’s with; the bat which bludgeoned Sir Garry Sobers’ world-record score of 365 and the ball with which Wes Hall took the first ever Test hat-trick by a West Indian bowler.
If you’re a keen cricket follower, the museum’s press gallery offers an unparalleled collection of West Indies cricketing press clippings to further enhance the experience, allowing the visitor to see the exhibits in even greater context. For your own little piece of history, there’s also a well-stocked gift shop to take home a unique cricketing souvenir or gift from your trip.
We all know that sightseeing, especially in the sun-soaked Caribbean, can be terribly thirsty work. So once you’ve explored all that the museum has to offer, there is ample chance to sit and soak up the stunning Barbados views with an ice-cold drink and a hearty meal in the famous Pavilion Bar and Restaurant.
Regardless of whether England can rise from the Ashes this February after their disaster in Australia or whether they walk into another tropical storm at the hands of Bravo and Gayle, only English Cricket Tours offer you the chance to take in all these games as well as fully exploring the unrivalled sights and miraculous scenery of Antigua and Barbados.