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Swap muddy fields for sandy beach this August with the Anguilla Summer Festival

Join locals for a week of boat racing, music and food as Anguilla bursts with technicolour for Summer Festival 2019
Vibrant parades, lively music and thrilling boat races - topped off with a delicious array of food to set every mouth watering. Enticing sounds, sights and smells combine on Anguilla’s Summer Festival (5 to 11 August 2019), turning the island into a technicolour dream.

The island nation’s Summer Festival allows visitors to completely immerse themselves in the rich culture as Anguilla celebrates its indigenous roots through its cuisine, art, music, dance and the national sport of sailing.

The main Festival events run from 5 to 11 August 2019, with unmissable celebrations like the Parade of Troupes and J’ouvert Monday Caribbean Beach Party bringing an exciting and infectious atmosphere to the island, events where locals and visitors celebrate side-by-side.

J’ouvert Monday Caribbean Beach Party: Monday 5 August
Dance through the streets from The Valley to the pristine white sand beach at Sandy Ground. A highlight of the Anguilla Summer Festival, J’ouvert Monday capitalises on the talent of local musicians and artists to create 24 hours of street jams, beach parties and raves. Visitors can kick off their shoes, let down their hair and dance the night away.

August Thursday Boat Race & Beach Party: Thursday 8 August
Sailing is the national sport of Anguilla and watching a race while on island is a must-see. Relax and watch the boats whisk by whilst enjoying delicious, freshly-prepared food and listening to music on the beach. The Thursday Boat Race is part of several races during the week leading up to the Champion of Champions Race, with qualifying boats competing to take the title.

Parade of Troupes: Friday 9 August 
Troupes from all over the island come together on the last Friday of Summer Festival to parade through the streets of The Valley. Flamboyant costumes line the streets, as music, dancing and food depicting cultural and fantasy themes ignite the other senses. Visitors are encouraged to join in the parade; this year the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) is inviting UK visitors to join its ‘Beyond Extraordinary Troupe’. Those wishing to join the ATB’s Beyond Extraordinary Troupe must complete a registration form and pay the $5 USD (approximately £3.78) registration fee in advance. The registration form, which includes costume order details, is available from Carolyn Brown (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The festivities are one of the most joyous and rich ways to experience Anguillan culture. Think sequins, feathers and a kaleidoscope of colour!

Poker Run: Saturday 10 August

Feeling lucky? Join the hotly anticipated Anguilla Poker Run, with boats of islanders and visitors alike beach hopping across the island to play through their hand of poker (drawing a card at every stop), take part in mini challenges on each beach and enjoy tasty food and drink. Entrance to the Poker Run costs EC $250 (roughly US $93) and includes a hand, Poker Run souvenir t-shirt, sunglasses and bag.

Champion of Champions Boat Race: Sunday 11 August
A colourful climax to the Summer Festival, the Champion of Champions Boat Race features winners of the week’s races competing in the Festival’s defining competition. An exciting day watching the boats race around the island while enjoying tropical cocktails and fresh seafood is the perfect end to Anguilla’s Summer Festival.   

Getting there:
Visitors can enjoy the Anguilla Summer Festival delights with Caribtours ( / 020 3553 7543), which is offering 7 nights at Malliouhana from £3,499 per person based on two adults sharing a Garden View Deluxe Room including breakfast, return international and inter-island flights (from London Gatwick), private transfers and access to a UK airport lounge.

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