Pedro St. James Castle is very much alive and kicking as an events venue.
Despite some of the site’s buildings undergoing redevelopment and repairs, the facility is fully open for events to take place on the lawn, such as Christmas parties, and any special catered function.
The lawn is open for functions seven days a week, said Manager Denny Ebanks, who added that bookings are going extremely well at the site.
The gift shop has also been open since January and is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.
The redevelopment of other areas of the site such as the Great House and the theatre are still works in progress at the historic site. The Tourism Attractions Board is working with its project managers OBM to confirm the redevelopment timeline.
Speaking at the fifth annual tourism conference at the Westin Hotel on Wednesday Minister Charles Clifford noted that the project manager has been contracted and a schedule of repairs should be confirmed and commenced shortly.
‘We will be doing a lot more to ensure that this project realises a positive return on investment – and we do not intend to leave this to chance. New elements will be added to the overall Pedro experience and, I commit to you today, that this government is determined to see that all that needs to be done is being done, to restore Pedro to its rightful place as a national historic site and tourist attraction’.
The Minister added that Pedro St. James could very well act as an ‘anchor attraction’ for the ‘Go East’ initiative, in which it is planned to steer tourists out to the Eastern districts to spread tourism business and the numbers out around Grand Cayman.