Bahrain Summer Festival
For the eighth year in a row, the Bahrain Summer Festival is back, under the slogan “Your Destination Bahrain”, to entertain kids and grown-ups of all ages throughout the season. Exciting regional and international musical and theatrical performances are taking place at the Cultural Hall, alongside arty activities and creative workshops for kids in the dedicated Nakhool City, a specially built tent at the Bahrain National Museum, from 4pm to 9pm each day. Now there’s no excuse to say you’re bored during summer anymore. Turn to page 26 to find out more.
Ticket prices vary. July 7-August 7, timings vary. Bahrain National Museum, Al Fateh Corniche, www.bahrainsummer.bh.
There’s a big Eid festival going on at Adhari Park throughout the holiday. Enjoy the rides, enter competitions, (hopefully) win prizes, check out the DJs and play with the cartoon characters. There’s also face painting and a henna artist, plus plenty more for all the family.
Free. 4pm-midnight. Adhari Park, Adhari (17 407 300).
Three days of activities are going on at the newly opened Downtown Rotana. There’s a kid-friendly brunch on the first day, when children under 12 can enjoy the day for free. On the second, there’s a bubbly bar and raffle draw. Then, the third day sees all guests receive discounts and coupons for their next brunch at the hotel.
From BD14++. Noon-4pm. Downtown Rotana, Manama (12 119 999).
Tuck into a traditional Sunday roast at Downtown Bar. Prime rib-eye, rotisserie chicken and Yorkshire puddings are all available, and you can help yourself to as much as you like.
BD25++ (with selected house beverages). Fri July 8, noon-4pm. InterContinental Regency Bahrain, Manama (17 227 777).
Keep the kids busy
Trying to avoid having the kids sitting around the house all day, driving you stir-crazy? Then book them into an active summer camp at the Royal Country Club, where they can do some swimming, dancing, arts, crafts and more. It’s open to kids aged three to 14.
BD75 per child, per week, BD135 per child, for two weeks (includes all activities and a light snack). Sibling discounts available. July 10-21, 9am-12.30pm. The Royal Golf Club, Riffa Views (17 750 777).
Spend the holiday at Meisei
That holiday feeling ain’t over yet, as Meisei is keeping the Eid celebrations going until the 14th, with ten happening nights on the rooftop. It all culminates with a live performance by UK saxophone sensation Sarah Chandler. When it’s a Miss Meisei night, ladies get free sparkling.
Free. July 6-14, from 9pm. Meisei, Block 338, Adliya (17 007 770).
It’s biryani time
The talented chefs at Spices Indian Restaurant are whipping up a rich, authentic and flavourful Lucknowi biryani, a dish that’s meant for monarchs in the sub-continent. Find a range of options to choose from on the special menu, all served with raita.
BD9++. July 10-31, from 7pm. The Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
The final countdown
It’s the moment all you football fans have been waiting for… the UEFA Euro 2016 final. Doesn’t matter who you’re backing (or when your original team was kicked out), expect plenty of celebrations and commiserations all over the island tonight. We recommend heading out to the brand-new Time Café, where there are loads of large screens and even an exclusive “Player’s Lounge”.
Sun July 10, from 10pm. Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair (17 616 167).
Who killed Dr Ryan O’Plasty, the famous plastic surgeon? That’s what you have to find out during the murder mystery dinner being hosted by animal welfare charity the BSPCA. Tables for eight characters are available at Candles restaurant, including a three-course dinner and a welcome beverage. There’s a prize for the winner and the best costume. All proceeds go to charity.
BD13 per person. Thu July 14, 7.30pm. The Dilmun Club, Saar (39 609 714).
Bahrain’s gone blue
Those beloved blue creatures, the Smurfs – Papa Smurf et al – are coming to Bahrain for the very first time to perform Smurfs Save Spring live on stage, just in time for the annual Spring Parade. But if Gargamel has his way, the parade won’t happen at all, as he plans to trick Mother Nature and turn Spring off, bit by bit. Watch as the whole blue gang attempt to save themselves. Riveting stuff.
BD2-10. Ages two and above. July 14-16, various timings. Cultural Hall, Bahrain National Museum, Al Fateh Corniche, www.bahrainsummer.bh.
Go to this
Send your kids, aged five to 12, to the Alliance Française Frenchtastic summer camp, as there are arts and crafts activities, music, dance, storytelling, movie screenings, puppet shows, games and sports, plus plenty more.
BD60 per week. July 10-August 4, Sun-Thu 10am-1pm. Building 51, road 4109, Isa Town (17 683 295).
Back to school
The first Absolutely Fabulous Friday brunch of the season at Crowne Plaza Bahrain has a back to school theme. So pull your socks up and party like it’s [insert relevant decade here], while eating your way around a buffet full of school-time treats.
BD35 (food and selected house beverages), BD12.750 (kids seven to 12). The Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
Bahrain’s writers meet
Get your pens prepared for yet another Bahrain Writers’ Circle meeting on Monday July 11, when you can share your prose with an encouraging bunch. The next day it’s the turn of the poets to churn out some musings. Finally, on the 18th you can join the monthly creative writing workshop.
Free (members), BD10 (annual membership fee). Umami, Block 338, Adliya. Call 39 574 795.
It’s a girl’s world
Little girls will love the Lalapaloza Doll & Me summer camp, where they get mini hair-styling lessons and pampering spa days. They’ll also get to create hair accessories and clothes for dolls, as well as get involved in some arts and crafts.
BD13 per day, BD65 per week, BD120 per two weeks. July 17-28, July 31-August 11, August 14-25, 10.30am-1.30pm, 5pm-7pm. Al A’ali Shopping Complex, Seef (16 101 612).
It’s a man’s world
The sophisticated gentlemen’s bar Burlington has a brand-new promotion going on from Friday July 15. There are four different kinds of homemade Russian short drinks being offered on crushed ice, with specially crafted canapés like salmon on blinis.
BD16++ (drinks only), BD18++ (with four canapés). Daily from July 15, from 7pm. The Ritz-Carlton, Seef (17 586 499).
Don’t bother queuing at the cinema and just head over to The Ritz-Carlton beach instead, where they’re screening family friendly movies under the stars to a backdrop of the Arabian Gulf and perfectly manicured lawns. It’s open to all ages, completely free of charge.
Free. Fri 6pm-8pm. La Plage, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, Seef (17 586 499).
Discounts at the theme park
Get major discounts when you head over to Adhari Park this summer. Pay just BD3.5 to get in and then enjoy unlimited time on rides like the log flume, bumper cars or the flying carousel.
BD3.5. Sun-Thu 4pm-midnight. Adhari Park, Adhari (17 407 300).
Have a traditional friday roast
How about a no-brunch weekend? That’s the brand-new term Links restaurant has coined. Forget giant buffet spreads and live cooking stations, it’s all about the traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings here. Choose your meat, then decide whether to add a three-hour unlimited beverage package to your day.
BD10 (food only), BD25 (with selected house beverages). Fri and Sat, from noon. The Royal Golf Club, Riffa Views (17 751 262).
A new boutique arrives
For the first time ever, TKD Lingerie is opening a boutique outside the UAE and it’s right here in Bahrain’s Al A’ali Shopping Complex. It brings with it a fashionable range of underwear, nightwear and swimwear – like this cute floral bikini – in larger sizes to all the island’s ladies.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Al A’ali Shopping Complex, Seef, www.tkdlingerie.com.
Salsa nights in Ibrida
Show off your best salsa moves on the dancefloor, as a new Latin music night launches in Ibrida. There are dance instructors to help you tweak your steps.
Free. Mon 9pm-midnight. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Seef (17 111 999).
Book a staycation
Sick of the sight of your house, but can’t afford the money or time to go on holiday? Why not try a staycation? The Crowne Plaza Bahrain has a special offer on, which includes 20 percent off on food, beverages and massage services, late check-out and activities for the kids. Sorted.
From BD49++ per room, per night. Until August 31. Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
For the rest of the year, when you buy a beach day pass at Art Rotana, you’ll also get 20 percent off on your dinner bill. That includes when you eat at the award-winning Italian restaurant Rosso, the eclectic Asian spot Wu or the fine steakhouse Flames. You’ll have worked up an appetite after all that sun-lounging on the shore.
BD15 (adult, weekdays), BD25 (adult, weekend), BD10 (children). Sat-Thu, until December 15. Not valid on special holidays. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111).
Bershka is unisex
Bershka, the popular high-street fashion brand, has launched a capsule collection that’s suitable for both men and women. It’s all greys, whites and khakis – not a print in sight – and the essentials for the season include bombers, white shirts and long-fit T-shirts in earthy hues.
Various locations including City Centre Bahrain, Seef (17 172 303).