The British Embassy hosts eight days of events as part of GREAT British Week
Time Out Bahrain staff
Celebrating 200 years of Bahraini-British relations with a week-long programme of events and activities organised by the British Embassy and friends across the island.
For the first time in more than a decade Bahrain’s celebrating all things British with GREAT British Week, organised by the British Embassy and the British Council, running from January 15-22 and tying in with the Bahrain International Airshow. We’ve got details of the fun elements of the programme.
Wednesday, January 15 GREAT British Week officially kicks off with a lunch event hosted by the Bahrain British Business Forum. There’ll be a speech on vocational training, one of the strong themes of the week, an appearance from a guest VIP and an inflatable Mini. Noon-2pm, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel
In the evening there’s a knowledge event aimed at promoting British universities and fostering closer relations with their Bahraini counterparts as well as showcasing some of the research being done. There’ll be an invited audience and networking area and it will also be open to the public. 6pm-9.30pm, InterContinental Regency Bahrain
Thursday, January 16 The visiting VIP will be at Bahrain International Airshow, which starts today. Look out for London taxis, the ‘Boris bus’, Union Flag-wrapped Minis and McLaren supercars, all flying the flag for the UK. There’ll also be a UK Trade and Industry stand. Sakhir Airbase
In the early evening there’ll be a Celebration of Great British Music at St Christopher’s Cathedral with the Manama String Quartet plus soprano Erika Nottingham Rawles and pianist Michelle Miles. 6pm, St Christopher’s Cathedral
Menus with a British theme will be available at the British Club during Great British Week, with the major event being a dinner with guest speaker John Hartson the Welsh former professional footballer who’s also a survivor of testicular cancer, having been diagnosed in 2009 following his retirement from professional football in 2008. The dinner will be a black tie function with tickets shortly on sale from the club reception priced at BD23 for members and BD25 for members’ guests. 8pm, The British Club
In the evening the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra makes an appearance at Bahrain National Museum with its classical pop concert series. 9pm, Bahrain National Museum, Tickets Virgin Megastore
The Rugby Club is hosting a dinner to welcome the Crusaders, a unique rugby team based in Edinburgh, Scotland, many of whose players are cancer survivors and who play to raise awareness of the disease. Bahrain Rugby Football Club
Friday, January 17 Jaguar Landrover golf tournament at the Royal Golf Club, Riffa Views, with VIP guest attendance and awards lunch. 7am-2pm, Royal Golf Club
The Dilmun Club will be offering a taste of the 70s with a traditional It’s a Knockout Competition with teams getting up to ridiculous antics to win points and prizes and a local band too. The Dilmun Club
Back to the Rugby Club for a match between the home team and the visiting Crusaders from Edinburgh which will be part of a day of fun events in BRFC’s inimitable style. Bahrain Rugby Football Club
Saturday, January 18 The Dilly will be holding an open day funday with lots of activities and entertainment for all the family. The Dilmun Club
Sunday, January 19 Reverend Chris Butt will be organising a traditional Songs of Praise at St Christopher’s Cathedral. 6.15pm, St Christopher’s Cathedral
Sunday-Thursday, January 19-23 An entrepreneurial skills workshop organised by the British Council and tying in with the knowledge event will take place over four days. All day, Bahrain Youth Innovation Centre
Monday, January 20 St Christopher’s School is organising a typical British fish and chip supper in the style of a street party with big screens showing the best of British music, comedy and sport, a kids’ disco and a general knowledge quiz for the adults. Both the iconic Mini and the London bus are likely to be on hand too. 5pm, St Christopher’s School
Tuesday, January 21 There’ll be a kids’ science event, again aimed at encouraging young business brains and organised byt the British Council. All day, Bahrain Science Centre
Wed, January 22 Great British Week celebration dinner to say thankyou to sponsors, tickets will be available for public sale with proceeds going to charity. There’ll be a Brit comic/mc as well as a Brit brands fashion show and a good helping of Brit pop.