Aerial Trek and De Heart uh Barbados – June 20-22, 2008

?De Heart uh Barbados? ? (DHUB) is an annual event that celebrates community and nature within the Integrated Nature Tourism Area (INTA) of Barbados. DHUB was inspired in 1999 by the Environmental Special Projects Unit of the Government of Barbados — which is now The Natural Heritage Department — with a view to involving communities in St. Thomas and St. Joseph in sustainable tourism for INTA. Over the last ten years, DHUB has become synonymous with fun events and family visits to national attractions in the heart of St. Thomas during mid-June. This year, DHUB will be launched on the evening of Friday June 20th (by invitation only) and opened to the public on Saturday and Sunday June 21st and 22nd, 2008.

Those who wish to experience the zipline adventure should be aware of the following –

1. Ages 12 years and over may go on Aerial Trek

2. No pregnant women please

3. Aerial Trek participants must wear closed shoes (people wearing slippers, sandals, or other open shoes will not be admitted);

4. Trousers, jeans or shorts must be worn — no dresses or skirts please; and,

5. Weight limit is 250 pounds per person

The number for Aerial Trek is 433-8966 in case you need to contact them directly for more info.

The number for Youth Path and the Natural Heritage Department is 438-7761 in case you require any other info about de Heart uh Barbados.

DHUB highlights the talents of the community including the members of Youth Path ? a group of young people who have volunteered since the inception to make the weekend a pleasurable one for every visitor. Guests are treated throughout the weekend, to guided tours through the Flower Forest, Welchman Hall Gully, Harrison?s Cave, Jack-in-the-Box Gully, and Highland Adventure Centre. The newest attractions are C.O. Williams Flowers and Aerial Trek, offering thrills for the brave heart!!! A shuttle bus takes visitors between attractions. The shuttle bus will also take visitors to Hunte’s Gardens in St.Joseph where entry is half price.

There will be a 10K Run and 5K Walk on Saturday morning ? beginning and ending at the Natural Heritage Department to kick-off the weekend in style. The prizes are good and the competition fun, so if you like running or walking and fancy a route with views of the Atlantic and the Caribbean sea along the way, then please sign-up by Thursday 19th June. You can obtain entry forms from Surfside Gym, World Gym, the Gymnasium, and the Natural Heritage Department at #1 Sturges, St. Thomas. Tel 438-7761 fax 438-7767.

Award of prizes for the run and walk takes place on the grounds of the DHUB Farm and Craft Market at the Natural Heritage Department in Sturges, which is just a few yards down the road from the turn-off to Harrison’s Cave”.

The Farm and Craft Market features a pen with black-belly sheep, a calf, pigs, goats and rabbits ? a huge hit with the children ? Craft including pottery, paintings, and jewelry crafted by members of Youth Path using local materials; Natural beauty products; Organic plants, herbs and vegetables; Potted-plant stalls; Informative booths about Nature and Cultural Interpretation ? and of course lots of traditional Bajan food and drinks.

Other features include an HIV/AIDS booth, where members of the public may learn more about this disease; The Children’s Play area; the China State booth, displaying China State Heritage; and a booth highlighting the community projects supported by the Global Environmental Facility, Small Grants Program of the United Nations Development Program.

One large tent will showcase the work of the Barbados Horticultural Society where flowers will be donated by C.O Williams Flowers ; the work of the Ministry of Tourism; the St. Thomas District Emergency Organization; and the 75th Anniversary and Rum Heritage Festival of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.

Each passport entitles the bearer to visit ALL OF THE SEVEN attractions in St. Thomas — plus the FARM AND CRAFT MARKET– during the weekend of “de Heart uh Barbados” . EACH PASSPORT COSTS ONLY 40 BARBADOS DOLLARS!!!! (CHILDREN 5-12 YEARS PAY HALF PRICE). Children under five years old are free when accompanied by an adult with a passport (up to 2 children, under 5 years of age, are allowed entry per adult with a passport).

Contact 438-7761 for more information…. or Susan Mahon at 432-6446 or 234-3251 for groups and discounts

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