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As a special offer, British Airways Holidays is currently offering direct flights to Barbados for £689 per person with seven nights’ accommodation at the four star Silver Point Villa Hotel for selected dates in May and June 2014. Read below for more details.

Calling all Top Gear fans and car fanatics – Top Gear is heading to the beautiful island of Barbados for the very first time, for the Top Gear Barbados Festival, 17 – 18 May 2014. Jeremy Clarkson,Richard Hammond and James May will present the exciting event at the island’s Bushy Park Circuit, with an action packed schedule of events including track races and Top Gear style stunts with special celebrity guests, and of course, The Stig.

With its white sandy beaches and year round climate, Barbados has long been known as the destination of choice for the discerning traveller, and this year will take on a new and exciting twist, with the Top Gear Festival adding a little speed to sun, sand and sea.

If you’re also looking for a little culture during your stay, then the island has plenty to offer as the home of an impressive number of architectural gems and historical sites waiting to be discovered. Explore the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison; the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere; George Washington House, the impressive 18th Century residency of future US president George Washington; and St Nicholas Abbey, a stunning Jacobean plantation house surrounded by sugarcane fields.

For those that enjoy the great outdoors, Barbados’ 60 miles of coastline offers the perfect excuse to try a little surfing, sailing or swimming. Back on dry land, visitors can catch the horse racing at the Garrison Savannah or take a hike to discover the island’s natural wonders, including sugarcane fields, tropical forests, and local wildlife, from green monkeys to the Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles that come to nest and feed on the island.

As the first Zagat-rated island in the Caribbean, Barbados also offers plenty for food and drink fans, who will find a wide range of local and international cuisines to choose from. Popular restaurants include The Cliff, which serves up Asian-Caribbean fusion food against a stunning beachfront backdrop, and Cin Cin By The Sea, offering elegant Mediterranean dishes with a Caribbean twist.

Barbados is an island that loves to party, and there are plenty of events and festivals taking place throughout the year. Crop Over Festival sees the whole of Barbados taken over with the party spirit, with added sequins, feathers, body paint and of course, rum.

Dating back to the 1780s when Barbados was one of the biggest sugar producers in the world, the end of the sugar cane harvest was always celebrated with gusto. Today, this tradition continues, aslocals and visitors are invited to enjoy the extravagance and flamboyance that lives on in the festival celebrations. The Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival takes place each November and will celebrate its fifth anniversary event in 2014. The four day extravaganza invites locals and visitors to indulge in tasting sessions, classes and demonstrations led by international chefs, as well as learn how to make the perfect Caribbean Rum Punch from the island’s finest distilleries, Mount Gay and Foursquare Rum Factory.

British Airways Holidays is currently offering direct flights to Barbados for £689 per person with seven nights’ accommodation at the four star Silver Point Villa Hotel for selected dates in May and June 2014. Located only a ten minute drive from the airport, this boutique beachfront hotel offers an ideal location from which to discover Barbados. Terms and Conditions apply: Prices are based on two people sharing for selected travel dates in May and June 2014. The price includes return flights from Gatwick and room only accommodation. Visit ba.com/Barbados or call 0844 493 0758. Bookings must be made by 28 January 2014.