Cruisers invited to Pedro heritage days

Cruise visitors arriving on Grand Cayman’s busiest cruise ship days this month are invited to soak up some Caymanian culture at specially-organised Heritage Days at the National Historic Site Pedro St. James.

The free cultural events, which are organised by the Department of Tourism and coordinated by Cayman Traditional Arts, are designed to encourage cruise guests to experience the Eastern Districts, while at the same time alleviating congestion in George Town, says a press release.

‘It’s fitting that the events are taking place at Pedro St. James,’ said Shomari Scott, Acting Director of Tourism.

‘As the birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands, the attraction is steeped in history and I hope that our guests will leave knowing a little more about the Cayman Islands and its culture than when they arrived. The response so far has been terrific.’

Activities include rope making, family crafts such as thatch weaving, kites, gigs and traditional games, whomper-making using car tyres and cow hydes, turtle net-making, mini cat boat-making and marine displays, and local cake and fritter demonstrations – with participants getting a taste, too.

Visitors also have the opportunity to purchase a variety of Caymanian arts, crafts and souvenirs from the displays. Other dates for the Heritage Days include 17 and 23 January.