New waterpark, drum 'n' bass, Julio Iglesias and more March fun
Time Out Bahrain staff
This month's best deals
Buy 2, get 1 free at Build-a-bear: Head to Build-a-Bear Workshop at Bahrain City Centre, buy two teddies and you’ll get to take another playmate home with you absolutely free. For a limited time, call 17 178 560 for info. 25% off at Royal Golf Club: It’s now just BD7.5 at the golf club’s Academy driving range, with unlimited balls. Head down there and test your skills. Get daily deals: Sign up to new Cobone.com, and you’ll get special offers and discounts sent to your inbox daily, such as a 55 per cent discount on cakes from Cold Stone Creamery.
Buy Christian Louboutin shoes: This designer has just set up shop within Saks Fifth Avenue, with a 52 sq m concession enclosed in specially crafted glass, showcasing the shoes and accessories. Tue 1, Saks Fifth Avenue. More info on 17 172 000 Start with art: ‘Spaces and the In-between’ is an exhibition featuring 13 artists, mainly from the Arab world, exploring the notions of belonging and displacement. The exhibition (running until March 26) will include workshops hosted by artists Rana El Nemr and Sara Rifky. Wed 2, Al Riwaq Art Space. More info on 17 717 441
Try new water rides: The waterpark reopens today with 12 new attractions. Top of the list is Battle Boats, a motorised bumper boat game for kids in a newly constructed pool. There are also five new private VIP cabanas for families to rent out. Head online for full details, and get a season pass while you’re there. Fri 4, Lost Paradise of Dilmun waterpark. Go to www.lpodwaterpark.com Watch Channing Tatum in The Eagle: This new film about a Roman centurion sent to England and then discharged, only to set out on a quest to find a missing golden eagle, isn’t half bad. Channing Tatum puts in a good turn as the brooding soldier, with Jamie (Billy Elliott) Bell as his ex-slave sidekick. In cinemas now. Sat 5, in cinemas
Learn to write: The Bahrain Writers’ Club meets on the first Sunday of every month, and at the meeting in March will have guest speaker Hameed Al Qaed, reciting some of his poetry in both Arabic and English. Sun 6, La Fontaine Centre. Email email@example.com
Get down to Dara Singh: Not sure where to kick-start the weekend? Bushido has the answer, with a little help from Parisian DJ Dara Singh. There will be more guest DJs thoughtout the weekend to see you through. Thu 10, Bushido. More info on 17 583 555
Join the Inna circle: Inna is a 24-year-old singing sensation from Romania’s Black Sea coast, known for her singles ‘Hot’, ‘Love’, ‘Deja Vu’ and ‘Amazing’, and this month she performs in Bahrain for the first time. Tickets from Virgin Megastore or call 17 312 500 Thu 10, Amwaj Island Beach Club Grab a Friday roast: There’s a classic roast carvery with several live cooking stations at the Royal Golf Club every Friday, served from noon-4pm. There’s a special buffet for the kids, and a crèche for toddlers. Prices BD13 for club members, BD15 non-members, kids under 12 BD8.5. Fri 11, Royal Golf Club Call 17 750 777 to book
Get with the beats: The Puma Social will be a big night, with Mr K on hand to work up the crowd, ready for Dubai’s drum ’n’ bass don, Mach 4, swiftly followed by Da:Funct Sound System performing live with MC Swerte and the world-famous Freestylers. Fri 11, JJ’s, Adliya. More info on 17 742 323
Catch a bride: See exquisite French wedding dresses dating back to 1820 and learn the history of the brides who wore them. Sun 13, Bahrain National Museum. More info on 17 298 777
Sing along with Julio: One of the highlights of Spring of Culture has to be the concerts of Julio Iglesias, at Arad Fort over two nights. The Spanish singer will be performing all the greatest songs from his extensive back catalogue. Wed 16, Arad Fort. For ticket prices and info, see www.springofculture.org
Pretend you’re Irish for a day: St Patrick’s Day is the day the whole world likes to think they are Irish in order to join in the festivities. And there are plenty happening around town. Thu 17, various locations
Paint the kids’ faces: It’s free for kids to get into the Mini Pyramid event (parents pay a small donation fee), and there’s plenty for them to do when they get there – including yoga, face painting and cake decoration. All while you enjoy a coffee with the other parents. Sat 19, Children’s House, Janabiya Highway, 10am-1pm. More info on firstname.lastname@example.org Send the kids to Robo Camp: Starting today, and over the course of four weeks, Mad Science will teach kids how to build their very own robot! All the fundamentals of robot movement and sensors will be taught, resulting in a mechanical creation. Sat 19, Mad Science. For kids aged 10 upwards. Call 17 591 136 to book and for prices
Brunch for Mother’s Day: Make sure mum doesn’t have to spend her special day in the kitchen. Ritz-Carlton is hosting a special brunch with live cooking stations, mezze, salads and dessert, with free-flowing house wine. Mon 21, Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, 12.30pm-4.30pm. Call 17 580 000 to book
See the Simeen Farhat exhibition: The ‘Whirling & Swirling’ exhibition is actually on until April 30. It shows the works of Pakistan-born artist Simeen Farhat, said to challenge the perceptions of the Middle East to the outside world, protesting against violence towards women through her sculptures. Tue 22, La Fontaine Centre. Call 17 230 123 for info Eat pasta till you pop: Now’s the time to indulge in the Marriott Executive Apartments’ Pasta Festival, running throughout the month until April 30. A range of homemade pasta dishes will be on offer from the chefs at the Skyw@alk Café, with a range of sauces. Open 6.30am-11.30pm. Wed 23, Marriott Executive Apartments. Call 17 363 999 for info
Grab a cup cake: And not just any cup cake. From March 9-25, the Gourmet Shop in Ritz-Cartlon is running a special cupcake promotion with a wide range of recipes, both classic and original. Just pop by, take away and eat. Open daily 9am-7pm. Fri 25, Gourmet Shop, Ritz-Carlton Bahrain. Call 17 580 000
Test your brain: Bring along your team of four, and try your luck in the Royal Golf Club quiz night. It’s BD5 each for members, BD7 for non-members, inclusive of light snacks. It starts in the member’s lounge at 7.30pm. Wed 30, Royal Golf Club. To book your team, call 17 750 110
See Joe Driscoll: Joe is a wide-ranging musical talent embracing a mix of styles. He’s won several awards, had his album called ‘Best of the Fortnight’ by DJ Magazine, and collaborated with Arrested Development, Rodney P & Skitz and Dub FX. See him this month at JJ’s. Thu 31, JJ’s. Call 17 742 323
April 13 Scream 4 is released The Scream movies were great fun back in the ’90s, almost a tribute to the classic horror films of old, with an over-the-top villain (Ghostface) preying on a group of teens. Now the cast are older, but not wiser, as Ghostface seems to be on the loose once again.
April 27-30 Bahrain Boat Show Every April, Amwaj Marina becomes a hive of activity, with hugely expensive boats and yachts coming in to moor, and watersports and social get-togethers aplenty. Good fun to be had, even if you aren’t in the market for a home on the water. April 29 Royal wedding Over in the UK, this is the date that second in line to the throne Prince William ties the knot with long term girlfriend Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. Expect there to be a few teary-eyed Brits in Bahrain watching the proceedings on TV.