A WORLD-CLASS DESTINATION FOR VISITORS TO BERMUDA, ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD IN THE WEST END WILL AMAZE YOU WITH ALL ITS STORES, GALLERIES, RESTAURANTS AND NUMEROUS ACTIVITIES. It’s been almost 200 years since Royal Naval Dockyard on Ireland Island was built. Today, the repurposed fortification is home to some of the best shopping, dining, cultural, watersports and nightlife experiences on the island; and it simply cannot be missed. Spend a day here — though you may need to return the next day and the day after that just to finish enjoying everything Dockyard has to offer. This multi-use entertainment and shopping complex rivals major tourist meccas throughout the world thanks to its size, diverse offerings and the bustling Traffic from visiting cruises and ocean liners. However, Royal Naval Dockyard is also a magnet for Bermudian residents, who come here for the social and cultural opportunities that simply can’t be found elsewhere on the island. Development of Royal Naval Dockyard has been guided by WEDCO, the West End Development Corporation, with a variety of events and amenities for adults and families in mind. WEDCO’s goal, says Joanna Cranfield, business development manager, is to continue developing in Dockyard “a world-class destination built proudly on the past but looking firmly to the future.” Testament to WEDCO’s success: The challenge for most visitors is choosing what to do first. Various entertainment is available during the summer months in the evenings, and numerous free evening events are planned each year,The details of which are available on the WEDCO website or Facebook page. (234- 1709, thewestend.bm) The Dockyard Visitor Information Centre is conveniently located in the gazebo adjacent to the cruise ship pier and bus and ferry stops. The Visitor Centre offers up-to-date information on Bermuda events, attractions, tours and transport and can cater to your every need. They also offer the best selection on Bermuda souvenirs, T-shirts, hats and sundry items; and this is the place to pick up your public transportation passes for the buses and ferries. Wi-Fi, phone cards and tour tickets are also available for purchase. (542-7104) In conjunction with WEDCO, TeleBermuda International Limited rolled out full Wi-Fi coverage for the Dockyard area. Available from any Wi-Fi-enabled device, visitors and residents can access the Internet for a nominal fee; and it is fast and secure. A LITTLE HISTORY Royal Naval Dockyard, much like its name and appearance suggest, began as a strategic outpost for the British Royal Navy in 1814. The limestone turrets, barracks and warehouses were once protagonists in historic events such as the War of 1812 and World War II. After falling into disuse, this bastion was eventually sold, and efforts began to bring it into the modern era. However, the rich heritage of Dockyard cannot be ignored or erased and thus forms an intrinsic part of the experience. At the National Museum of Bermuda, you can explore 500 years of local history And culture displayed in British military buildings of the 10-acre Keep citadel, including the award-winning restored Commissioner’s House. Learn about Bermuda’s connections with the West Indies and the Azores, trans-Atlantic slavery and underwater archaeology, and its defence heritage. Don’t miss local artist Graham Foster’s spectacular 1,000-squarefoot Hall of History mural. Bastions, cannons, shipwreck artefacts, local watercraft, maritime art, spectacular sea views and dolphin encounters are all found here. Winter hours, November through March, are 10 a. m. to 4 p.m. (last admission at 3 p.m.). Weekend closing time is 5 p.m. Summer hours, April through October, are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission 4 p.m.). Tickets are free for children under 13, $10 for adults. (234-1418, bmm.bm) TIME TO PLAY Dockyard is full of exciting tours and activities on land and sea. And, with some of the best winds on the island and a great beach just steps away from the stores, you’ll want to dive in right away. Bermuda’s premier miniature golf course is situated on one acre of oceanfront property. Bermuda Fun Golf features 18 challenging and exciting holes that represent the best holes in miniature golf from Bermuda, U.S. and Scotland. It is as much fun for the avid golfer as the whole family. Experience beautiful sunsets, waterfalls, tropical fish and lush vegetation whilst putting in style. Relax and enjoy refreshments at their Caddy Shack Bar & Grill. (400-PUTT , fungolf.bm) For a fabulous day out on the waters check out Destiny Tours Ltd.’s premium glass-bottom boat tour on the MV Destiny. The tour shows off one of Bermuda’s main attractions: Bermuda’s natural beauty and Unique coral reefs. Guests will see spectacular views of the reefs and the shipwrecked Vixen. They will have the chance to feed schools of local fish, all whilst enjoying refreshing drinks from the bar, including the freshly made famous Bermuda Rum Swizzle and Dark ‘n’ Stormy. Enjoy an interactive, lively and entertaining commentary on Bermuda, her history, her people and sea life and reefs whilst in the comfort of their spacious 78-foot boat. Guests are provided with the traditional friendly Bermuda service that entices them to return. Join them and be a part of Bermuda’s most famous and favourite excursion. (297-7103, destinywatertours.com) It’s hard being on an island like Bermuda without wanting to get in the water. In Dockyard, there are plenty of opportunities to get wet and have fun. Dolphin Quest, located at the National Museum of Bermuda, is a place where you can let loose, laugh and have loads of fun swimming with dolphins. Experience the thrill of a lifetime as you touch, swim with and even kiss a dolphin. Programmes are available for adults, children, families and groups. Dolphin Quest is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reserve your encounter by phone or online. (234-4464, dolphinquest.Com) Fantasea Diving & Watersports is the only PADI diving centre in the historic Royal Naval Dockyard. It is located at the Dockyard Watersports Centre, the ideal jumping-off point for unbeatable diving, snorkelling and watersport opportunities. Their 40-foot custom dive boat and professional staff will transport you to some of Bermuda’s most renowned shipwreck and reef sites quickly and comfortably. Visit their beachside training centre for SNUBA or SCUBA lessons; learn about Bermuda’s unique ecosystem and history on a guided kayak, hike or bike tour; or unwind on one of their legendary sunset rum cruises. Their brand-new self-drive pontoon boats are the perfect way to explore the nearby secluded islands and beaches, and their fully crewed 40-foot and 60-foot power catamarans are ideal for private group excursions. No matter what your interests, they have the resources to make your Bermuda vacation truly memorable. (236-DIVE , 236-1300; fantasea.bm) Hartley’s Under Sea Adventures’ diving helmet lets you boldly go where you have not gone before to explore alien, exotic life. The helmet keeps your head dry, so glasses and contacts are fine. Air is pumped inside the diving bell the whole time, and its weight allows you to walk with the same confidence as you do on land. It is only 8–10 feet down, so forget the barred windows and the lead boots. Helmet diving as a tourist attraction was started by Bronson Hartley, a contemporary of Jacques Cousteau, who built his first helmet in 1930 at age 10. Now his son, Gregory Hartley, continues the tradition of a family-run, personalised undersea walk involving tame and trained fish. Fishwhisperer Captain Hartley has developed relationships with the marine life. Have Leroy the snapper pose in your photo. Share space with Charles the hog fish. You do not have to chase fish snorkelling. Diana the angelfish swims right up to helmet windows. See ad in the Sightseeing & Sports Guide. (234-3535, hartleybermuda.com) Island Tour Centre is Bermuda’s No. 1 provider of recreational sightseeing tours, activities and charters. With more than 25 years of local tour experience, countless options, easy online reservations and conveniently located booking offices, they are the first stop for your best Bermuda vacation experience ever. Choose from unbeatable diving and snorkelling opportunities, award-winning eco and adventure tours, leisurely sightseeing excursions, heart-racing thrill rides, and boat cruises to suit every taste imaginable. If you prefer to explore on your own, their knowledgeable staff can assist you with equipment rentals and private charter options. From luxury yachts to party bus pub crawls, they have it all. Visit their website, call or drop by their booking offices, conveniently located at the Dockyard Watersports Centre, which is within walking distance of the bus, ferry and Dockyard cruise ship terminals. (236-1300, islandtourscentre.com) Get ready for the time of your life with K.S. WaterSports (Thrill Adventures & Tours), Bermuda’s No. 1 Watersports Company for fun and adventure, offering Jet Ski rentals and tours, parasailing and WildCat Sightseeing Adventures out of Royal Naval Dockyard. Experience the thrill of a lifetime on one of their amazing Jet Ski Adventures, where you splash and dash throughout Bermuda’s aqua-blue waters, passing many beaches, shipwrecks, forts, the sea gardens and much more. Some of their Jet Ski Adventures even stop off at a shipwreck to feed fish, at a pink sandy beach area for a short swim or near hidden coves to spot sea turtles. Regular Jet Ski Adventures are 75 minutes long. Lowest Jet Ski rates in Bermuda with several Jet Ski Adventures to choose from. Two-hour, three-hour and half-day Jet Ski Adventures are available as well. Instructions are provided to all participants. All ages welcome. Must be 16 years or older (by law) to drive a Jet Ski in Bermuda. Jet Ski Adventures are available from their Dockyard and St. George’s locations. Fancy something a little more daring and exciting? Then experience the high-flying thrill, panoramic views and pure excitement of parasailing in Bermuda. Soar over crystal-clear waters aboard the Thrill Seeker. This powerful winch boat allows you to take off and land without getting wet, unless of course you request a dip. The professional crew assures you of a safe and memorable experience. Suitable for ages 5 years or older. Looking for the ultimate thrill ride or sightseeing adventure? Then step aboard the WildCat, Bermuda’s spectacular tour boat sensation and rated one of the best sightseeing adventures and must-do’s in Bermuda. The WildCat is a high-speed powered catamaran that is capable of speeds up to 55 mph and carries up to 54 passengers on an exhilarating and exciting sightseeing adventure around the entire island of Bermuda. See more of the island in less time. Enjoy the speed, comfort and safety of the WildCat; not to mention, it’s one fun, wild ride. There are several WildCat Adventures to choose from, which are all narrated from start to finish, and take you around the islands’ beautiful coastline, passing many historic landmarks, forts, beaches and luxurious homes, to name just a few. Suitable for ages 5 or older. No trip to Bermuda would be complete without a thrilling WildCat ride. Located at the Dockyard Watersports Centre, across from the Bone Fish Bar & Grill. (1-441-238-4155, or book online at kswatersports.com) Royal Naval Dockyard’s Snorkel Park Beach may be the most fun beach in Bermuda because all the exciting watersports and activities you want are in one fantastic beachfront location. Rent a Jet Ski for a guided island tour. Kayak or snorkel over stunning coral reefs, just feet from the sheltered beach. Relax and enjoy spectacular views, sunsets, great food and refreshing drinks at Hammerheads Bar & Grill or Club Aqua. Tropical fun awaits the whole family at their Island Beach Party. Caribbean music fills the air as you enter a limestone-enclosed beautiful beach oasis Whilst being greeted with a complimentary Bermuda Rum Swizzle, (virgin swizzle for kids). Their world-famous MC comedian will serve as the ringmaster introducing you to a selection of unique island talents. You will watch local Gombey dancers perform their ritual dance, learn soca and calypso dances from their Island Dance Team, or jump in a conga line for some classic island fun. The party heats up with a scorching fire throwing performance, and you will be amazed by the thrilling Fire Limbo show. Sing, dance, laugh and have a great carefree time. Enjoy this highenergy party set on a private white-sand beach. Stick around for the open-air nightclub and you can party under the stars all night long. Packages available with transport to and from hotels, as well as a dinner option. Book online or with your concierge. (234-6989 main, 234-3100 watersports; snorkelparkbeach.com) PIECES OF BERMUDA As you make your way through Maritime Lane, you’ll see an array of artisans and artists at work and opening their doors for you. Pop in to any of the galleries to view how they create beautiful masterpieces that you can take home. Bermuda Clayworks is a collective of local studio potters and ceramic artists offering a diverse range of professional pottery. The gallery features three full-time, independent on-site artists exhibiting as Aubrey Hardy Ceramics, Jon Faulkner Pottery and Bermuda Clayworks — Customised Signs & Designs by Sundee with the addition of work by other local ceramicists utilising the studio. For more information on ordering a customised sign or purchasing work by any of the artists, visit their website, follow them on Facebook or visit the studio, which is open yearround except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and winter hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. International shipping is available. (234- 5116, bermudaclayworks.com) The Bermuda Craft Market has the largest collection of Bermuda-made crafts and products on the island. As you wander around the historic building, you will see craftsmen at work. Please stop and chat with them. All items are available for purchase and include Bermuda banana dolls, sterling and 14-karat gold-filled jewellery, pottery, candles, handmade soaps, sea glass pendants, cedar bowls, jams and jellies, and lots more. (234-3208, craftmarket.bm) But your exploration into the delights of Dockyard doesn’t end with just artistic creations. The Bermuda Rum Cake Company is the only micro bakery on the island, and it’s dedicated to the incredible island indulgence, Bermuda Rum Cake, which is made with the island’s rum — Gosling’s Black Seal — at 80 proof. Six samples to taste daily are Traditional Rum, Rum and Ginger, Rum Swizzle, Banana Rum, Coconut Rum and Rich Dark Chocolate Rum. They also offer special seasonal cakes. Truly delicious. This is the only rum cake made in Bermuda other than every Bermudian’s Aunty and Grandma’s. (234-4216, bermudarumcakes.com) Right next to the Bermuda Rum Cake Company, the glistening of marvellous creations will likely catch your eye. That’s the Dockyard Glassworks Gallery & Working Studio, where artists will tempt your senses. Come see hot molten glass, like light on the move, as creations happen. Relax in the comfy theatre as you experience the expertise and drama. Lamp-work artists prepare small sculptural collectible creatures, many native to the island. Shop in the colourful Glass Gallery, open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and till 9 p.m. when ships are docked (234-4216, dockglass.com). The Bermuda Rum Cake Company and Dockyard Glassworks Gallery both offer overseas shipping via FedEx, or they have next-day delivery to your accommodation. Duty-free always. As you round your way through the stores and back to the pier, you’ll also have the chance to restock on anything you may need or have forgotten for your day’s activities. Located at the entrance to Dockyard, The Dockshop at Pier 41 Marina offers berthing for both local and visiting yachts, as well as a variety of marine services. Visit the Dockshop by land or sea for all your cravings. Pick up a bottle of world-famous Gosling’s Rum or chill out waterside in their huge hammock with a Cuban cigar. They carry a variety of snacks, hot food, drinks, beer, liquor, fuel, marine items, fishing gear, ice, international calling cards and much more. (238-4141, pier41.bm) Dockyard Pharmacy opened its doors in 2009 as a division of Phoenix Drug Stores. The pharmacy stocks a wide selection of European and American prescription and over-the-counter medicines, as well as vitamins. It carries an assortment of local and international newspapers and magazines, European and American health and beauty supplies, snacks and beverages, postcards, greeting cards, souvenirs, beach gear, and sun-care products. Open Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the pharmacy is located adjacent to popular tourist attractions in Royal Naval Dockyard. (279-5410, phoenixstores.bm) At the Bermuda Craft Market in Dockyard you will find Jennifer Rodrigues Designs beautiful handmade jewellery. Jennifer has a deep love and admiration for the natural beauty that the earth and ocean have to offer. Her natural gemstones, handforged into gorgeous pendants, and her Bermuda Pink Sand Collection will take your breath away. In sterling silver and 14-karat gold-filled, they are one-of-a-kind keepsakes to always remember your vacation experience in Bermuda. (504-1884, jenniferrodriguesdesigns.Com) Also located at the Bermuda Craft Market in Dockyard is Morrell Designs. As an artist, Lynn Morrell tries to re-create textures and shapes that capture her attention using sterling silver and semiprecious gems. The result is a wide range of handcrafted Bermuda charms, earrings and pendants that celebrate her island home. She also loves to use individually sourced gemstones in interesting ways as well as colourful, semiprecious beads and freshwater pearls. Lynn’s jewellery is simple, elegant and very easy to wear. (236-7138, morrelldesigns.com) EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY A day of shopping or watersports at Dockyard will certainly work up an appetite. Fortunately, some of Bermuda’s best restaurants and bars are located right here, where you’ll enjoy delicious food, deluxe libations and top off a wonderful day with friends and family. Bone Fish Bar & Grill boasts an exquisite view of Bermuda’s breezy Great Sound; an award-winning, top-rated chef at the helm; plenty of fresh fish and top-grade meats. How can you go wrong? Bone Fish offers locals and tourists alike a reasonably priced menu with seafood, homemade pastas, a great wine list, draft beer and desserts to die for. Open seven days a week. Come to enjoy daily entertainment or have a magical cocktail beneath the sky at Boner Bar. All are welcome at the most happening place to eat in Dockyard. (234- 5151, bonefish.bm) Café Amici, located at the corner of the Clocktower Mall, is an Italian familystyle restaurant in the heart of historic Dockyard. It is a place for friends and family to gather and enjoy the spirit of Italian culture and cuisine, enjoying laughter, exceptional food and each other. Executive Chef and owner Livio Ferigo has created a menu with many of his favourite childhood dishes that he enjoyed whilst growing up in Italy. Café Amici offers a friendly intimate atmosphere, with casual attire and simple, uncomplicated and affordable Italian cuisine, as well as its Bermuda codfish and potato breakfast every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. Business or pleasure, visit for a flavourful and relaxing meal. It is open seven days a week, serving breakfast 9 to 11 a.m., lunch till 5:30 p.m. and dinner 6 to 10 p.m. Café Amici, where friends and family come together. Buon appetito. (234-5009) Hammerheads Bar & Grill at Snorkel Park Beach is the place to relax and unwind island-style. Enjoy delicious Bermudian and American food, classic snacks and the most refreshing frozen cocktails and Swizzles at the huge terrace bar whilst you take in spectacular beach and ocean views. Island favourites are served daily, and sunset dining features live entertainment on select weeknights. When the sun goes down, the nightlife heats up at the open-air, top-40 Club Aqua. (234-3100) No visit to Royal Naval Dockyard is complete without a visit to the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour in the Clocktower Mall, open seven days a week and featuring only Häagen-Dazs ice cream, sorbets and frozen yogurt. Treat yourself to one of the 16 flavours in a cone, sundae or milk shake. It can even be packed for you to take home. Nannini also offers a variety of indulgences from Italy. So give yourself a treat and visit the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour. (234-2474) Making History Happen By Rebekah Cabrall, Courtesy of WEDCO There are many ways to learn about the Royal Naval Dockyard’s fascinating history, but one of the most entertaining ways for all ages is the free Historical Re-enactment and Walking Tour. Offered every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. from May 5th through October 3rd, you can experience this amazing look into the past. Actors dressed in period costume will transport you to another time as you take in this humorous and enlightening re-enactment. See what life was like in the Royal Naval Dockyard around 1809 and learn about historical aspects of breakwaters, fortifications, storehouses, workshops and barracks. Most interestingly, you will also learn a bit about the lives of those who helped to build Dockyard. You may be surprised. From convicts to captains, many people were influential in the creation of Royal Naval Dockyard, and the individual stories of those who lived and worked here lends to an undoubtedly rich history that could never be fully captured. On top of that, the overall history of Royal Naval Dockyard and the pivotal role it played in world history is one that is captivating and well worth exploring. Continue your adventure into the past by taking a guided Historical Walking Tour immediately following the re-enactment led by an extremely knowledgeable guide, also dressed in period costume. During this tour you will visit some of the most notable places described in the re-enactment. Each step you take amongst the historic walls of Dockyard comes with a unique story, allowing you to truly experience what life must have been like for those who walked those same paths so long ago. Royal Naval Dockyard Directory Galleries and Museums Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard 234-2809 Lisa-Anne Rego Gallery 238-1407 National Museum of Bermuda 234-1418 Miscellaneous Dockyard Visitor Information Centre 542-7104 Landmark International 234-7926 Spirit of Bermuda 737-5667 WEDCO 234-1709 Restaurants, cafés & clubs BermyBerry Yogurt 292-3411 Bone Fish Bar & Grill 234-5151 Café Amici 234-5009 Calico Jack’s Pirate Ship & Floating Bar calicojacksbermuda.com Club Aqua 234-3100 Dockyard Pastry Shop, The 232-2253 Freeport Seafood Restaurant & Bar 234-1692 Frog & Onion Restaurant and Pub 234-2900 Hammerheads Bar & Grill 234-3100 Island Beach Party 234-3100 Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour 234-2474 The Dockyard Brewing Company 234-2900 Shopping A.S. Cooper & Sons Ltd. 234-4156 Bermuda Clayworks (234-5116 Bermuda Craft Market 234-3208 Bermuda Rum Cake Company 234-4216 Bermuda Shop, The 238-7310 Bermuda Triangle Shop, The 234-0837 Calypso 295-2112 Crisson Jewellers 234-2223 Davison’s of Bermuda 234-0959 Dockyard Glassworks Gallery & Working Studio 234-4216 Dockyard Linens & Gifts 234-0341 Dockyard Pharmacy 279-5410 ER Aubrey Jewellers 234-4577 Fair Trade Bermuda Shop 232-7781 Grand Bazaar 234-4646 Hand Made (Bermuda) Ltd 232-0862 Harris 234-1017 Island Outfitters 236-1300 Jennifer Rodrigues Designs 504-1884 Littlest Drawbridge Gift Shop, The 234-6214 Locust & Wild Honey 238-4261 Makin’ Waves 234-5319 Morrell Designs 236-7138 Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour 234-2474 Orchid 234-0285 Perfume Shop, The 295-0022 Pier 41 Dockshop 238-4141 Rosebud’s 732-1268 Sidekicks 232-7433 Sports & Activities Bermuda Fun Golf 400-7888 Destiny Tours Ltd. 297-7103 Dolphin Quest 234-4464 Eve’s Cycle Rentals 236-6247 Fantasea Diving & Watersports 236-1300 Hartley’s Under Sea Adventure 234-3535 Island Tour Centre 236-1300 K.S. WaterSports (Thrill Advertures & Tours) 238-4155 Neptune Cinema 292-7296 Oleander Cycle 234-2764 Segway Tours 504-2581 Snorkel Park Beach & Watersports Centre 234-3100 The Local Craft Sometimes you know you just want to just grab a T-shirt and a few postcards at the local souvenir shop to take back home. But sometimes you are looking for something unique, personal or quintessentially Bermuda. If you are on a quest for that special item, there’s a good chance you’ll find just what you seek at the Bermuda Craft Market. Located in the old cooperage building in Royal Naval Dockyard, the market is where the local craft community showcases and sells its wares. “It is one of the few places on the island where Bermudian craft people can actually sell their goods, sit and demonstrate their goods, talk directly to their customers about what they’re doing and why they’re doing it,” says Lynn Morrell, a local jewellery-maker and a longtime contributor to the market. Morrell’s collections, which are most often made of sterling silver and semiprecious stones, reflect her island home surroundings. Her Bermuda Collection prominently features local wildlife, including longtails, whistling frogs and starfish, amongst others. The crafters who make up this hive of activity sell everything from handmade jewellery, candles, ceramics and wood turnings to beautifully illustrated children’s books and even cakes and jam. Many are there on a regular basis and are more than happy to field questions, customise a piece to your specifications or just chat.Then there are those who show up less often, making their goods more difficult to come by. The dynamic varies from day to day, so it’s always a great place to visit, especially as part of a Dockyard outing. The Bermuda Craft Market is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a. m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the individual craft artists and on the market itself, visit craftmarket.bm. Imagine Bermuda A litany of promising artists have died in their prime, leaving the world longing for their talent and aimlessly grasping at what could have been. In John Lennon’s case, fans have been granted an unexpected gift: a peek into the last months of the legend’s life in the form of an app. John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes chronicles a life- altering, six-day journey the late icon took from Newport, R. I., to Bermuda six months before he was fatally shot. The photos, rare interviews, handwritten lyric sheets and interactive features that make up this immersive album allow listeners and viewers to simulate the trip Lennon embarked on in the summer of 1980 — from taking the helm of the Megan Jaye to visiting a few of the artist’s favourite places in Bermuda. Some locations, like the disco where Lennon first heard the B-52s’ “Rock Lobster,” virtually lead viewers through an actual space whilst simultaneously revealing the spark that once again ignited his creative process. Fans are invited to listen in as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, collaborate on what would become the Double Fantasy album — named after a freesia flower he saw in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Intimate, acoustic demo recordings, along with audio explorations that open a window into Lennon’s songwriting, reveal the trip itself as a catalyst for his awakening from a five-year musical hiatus. All the songs on that final album were penned within a three-week period on the island, which in many ways became his muse. For those who want to take their digital immersion on a leisurely stroll, an actual visit to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art is in order. It is home to a six-foot steel sculpture created by local artist Graham Foster and titled Double Fantasy. Prominently featuring Lennon’s Rickenbacker guitar, two double fantasy freesia flowers, peace doves and a stylised image of the artist’s profile, Foster’s work is a fitting tribute to Lennon’s love affair with Bermuda. To further celebrate the artist’s connection to the island, Bone Fish Bar & Grill is hosting musical performances honouring Lennon. During the summer 2014, the Glass Onion Band will pay tribute to Lennon — plus Bob Marley and other great rock and reggae artists — every Thursday evening from 9 to 11:30 p.m. It makes for a fun and entertaining evening in Dockyard. Gombey Traditions At Christmas, Easter and during various other events in Bermuda, revellers in colourful, often grotesque, costumes take to the streets and move to the wild, tropical rhythms of drums and whistles. These are Bermuda’s famous Gombey dancers, who practise a centuries- old art form that has become something of a national icon. Gombey dancing was created by slaves brought to Bermuda from West Africa in the 17th century. Many African cultures have contributed to the dance. Gombey derives from an African word that means “rhythm.” Descriptive dances are performed to music made by a kettle drum, two snare drums and a fife. Whistles and bells often round out the sound. Bermuda’s Gombey troupes are composed of 10 to 30 dancers and musicians. Most of them are men — many from the same family — although sometimes a woman is in the group. Gombey songs and dances traditionally have been passed down from one generation to the next. Slaves created Gombey dancing to celebrate Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day, when masters granted them a break from work. This small taste of freedom inspired the slaves to infuse a sort of wild joy in their dances. Even now, Bermuda Gombey dancers still perform every Christmas. Today, you can catch an authentic Gombey performance at the Island Beach Party in Snorkel Park Beach. When you need a break from all the exciting watersports and activities Snorkel Park Beach offers, you can relax and enjoy the one-of-a-kind show while sipping on a complimentary Bermuda Rum Swizzle. It’s sure to be an experience you’ll never forget. (234-6989 main, 234-3100 watersports; snorkelparkbeach.com)
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