Oistins, the main town in the parish of Christ Church, was named after Edward Oistine, a plantation owner in the area.
It was important in colonial times as the place where the ‘Charter of Barbados’ was signed in 1652, giving the island to the Commonwealth Parliament. It is now the main fishing port. Christ Church parish church overlooks the town...
Crop Over is the main festival, with parades and calypso competitions over the weekend leading up to Kadooment Day (the first Monday in August), and calypso ‘tents’ (mostly indoors though) for several weeks beforehand.
The celebrations begin with the ceremonial delivery of the last canes on a brightly-coloured dray cart pulled by mules, which are...