The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Welches Plantation is this week’s Open House.
Art, antiques and history—this venue has it all. Welches is the home of three generations of Walkers, including artist Jill and architect Jimmy, who founded the Best of Barbados Gift Shops and Walkers’ World. The fine 1830s plantation house is filled with decades of her paintings. The elder Walkers bought Welches in 1966 and restored it to how it might have looked originally, while renovating the old Sugar Boiling House and Stanchion House. Along with the millwall, chattel house and two delightful cottages, the plantation buildings are all open today.
Wheelchair Access to the Grounds, 1 cottage & lower level main house.
Property opens at 1:45 pm and tours start at 2:00 pm, with the last tour commencing at 4:30 pm. The house closes at 5:00 pm.
The entertainment gets started at 3:00 pm with a 15 member-choir from the Lester Vaughn School performing a medley of Barbadian folk songs.
Listen to the Lively Lectures at 3:15 pm and 3:45 pm by Sir Henry Fraser and Ms. Penny Hynam respectively. Sir Henry will talk about the history of Welches while Ms. Hynam will speak on Jill Walker: An Artistic Life a film she made about Jill Walker.
The Food & Beverage stall will be on site selling tasty eats and thirst quenching drinks including their famous Rum Punch. Prosecco will also be on sale.
For all of you ice-cream lovers, Bico will be on site so bring your sweet tooth.
The souvenir shop will be selling interesting books about Barbados’ history and heritage, novels, National Trust mugs and tea towels. Also on sale will be beautiful flowers.
Welches is located opposite Automotive Art on Highway 2A about a mile north of the Warrens roundabout. Please park as directed, just outside the gates.
Parking for the Open House at Welches will be at Welches Grove which is just to left of the main entrance to the property.
General Bds $35.00
Children under 5 Free
BARP, AARP and CARP Members Bds $30.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust Bds $25.00 upon presentation of membership card. Also applicable to reciprocating Trusts and Societies members.
Children 12-17 y.o. and Students (BCC, UWI and Polytechnic with ID): Bds $15.00
Dress nicely casual.
No pre-booking is needed. Just follow the directions – look for the signs.
For more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised, please contact the Barbados National Trust:
Tel: (246) 426-2421/ (246) 436-9033
Barbados National Trust Open Houses
The Open Houses Programme is a Winter Season Tradition in Barbados presented by the Barbados National Trust (BNT). It allows visitors and residents alike access to some of the island’s loveliest houses. Discover more about our island’s diverse architecture and history.
The programme includes all types of houses – from the grand old plantation houses rich with centuries of history, to the newer, luxurious Bajan-style villas.
Grounds and gardens are part of the attraction. Sip your rum punch in stunning tropical settings.
The BNT sets up a bazaar with books and crafts people. Refreshments are on sale.
In addition, they provide historical and architectural information which you can take home with you at no additional cost.
At 3:15 pm, short lectures are given by the BNT’s experts on heritage. These are:
Prof Henry Fraser – a past president of Barbados National Trust and the author of ‘Historic Houses of Barbados’ and ‘Treasures of Barbados.’
Mr. Peter Stevens – BNT’s current president.
The Barbados National Trust was founded in 1961 to preserve our unique heritage – be it historic buildings, place of natural beauty or out flora and fauna.
It’s a very active Trust and was recently successful in achieving UNESCO International Heritage Site status for Bridgetown and its Garrison.