Pedro St. James gets into holiday spirit

Pedro St. James has a new playground.

Organizers of events at Pedro St. James are inviting the public to avail of the historic site over the Christmas and New Year period.

Shayma Hamdi-Romanica, marketing coordinator at the Tourism Attraction Board, said, “With the beautiful winter breezes, Pedro is the perfect place to bring the family this Christmas to relax and unwind. Picnic on the side lawn or under the shade of the trees.

“Guests can ask maintenance staff for assistance with seating.”

The tourism attraction has a few new additions, including a custom built old-school tree swing and a small playground.

“The swing was handmade locally, and the thatch rope was woven together in the traditional way using dried thatch palm leaves,” Ms. Hamdi-Romanica said.

There is also a new history and nature trail at the site.

The trail, which has been open a month, is proving popular with visiting schoolchildren, who receive prizes when they track down historic and nature items in a “treasure hunt” on the grounds of St. Pedro.

“When the schools come, the kids can win three prizes – a pirate map, a book or a telescope,” Ms. Hamdi-Romanica said.

The children are given lists of items to find, including local plants, a cannon, a feather pen, a rocking horse and an anchor.

Visitors can also check out Pedro’s 3-D movie theater to watch a 25-minute overview of the history of Pedro Castle.

Throughout the holiday period, Pedro’s resident rates will be in place: $5 for adults, free for kids under 12, and free for senior citizens, age over 60.

Opening hours

Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Dec. 25: closed.

Dec. 31: 8:30 a.m. to noon.

On all other days, regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 947-3329 or visit for more information.


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