October on the Rock


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October in the Isle of Man means the arrival of autumn, carved turnips and darker nights. But don’t hibernate indoors – there’s too much going on that you won’t want to miss. Get your social life sorted with our handy guide to the best events, activities and spooky Hop-Tu-Naa experiences happening this October.  

6 Oct – Chai Night at Mother T’s

Where: Mother T’s, Laxey

When: 7.30pm

Cost: £10

Fancy an alternative to a typical Friday pub night? Come along to Mother T’s in Laxey for a night out without the dreaded hangover. Instead of a pint or glass of vino, come and enjoy a traditional chai using the finest spices, and share stories and ideas with fellow creatives. Bring your instruments, sketch pads, crafting material or any other creative project for an evening of making new friends, eating hot vegetarian food and drinking delicious chai!Find out more here.  

7 Oct – Southern Vintage Market

Where: Castletown Civic Centre

When: 11:00

If you’re a lover of all things vintage, head down to Castletown this Saturday for The Southern Vintage Market.As well as vintage clothing, jewellery and bits and pieces there’ll be vintage teas, coffees and cakes on sale from Flo the Coffee Van!Oh and it’s fancy dress too, so dust off your best vintage clobber!Find out more here

7 & 8 Oct – Heritage Open Days: Meet the Trammers

Where: Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

When: Hourly tours at 10 am, 11 am and 12 noon

Cost: Free

Find out more about the beautiful Shires and Clydesdales (known as ‘trammers’), who provide the motive power for the iconic tramway running along the seafront in Douglas. Explore the Victorian and Edwardian stables, learn about the trammers’ lives and discover the hidden story of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway. A must for horse lovers or anyone who wants to learn more about the history of the Douglas horse trams. Don’t be the last to get the skeet! Find out more here. 

7 Oct – Thriller in the Villa 2017

Where: Villa Marina, Douglas

When: 7.30pm

Cost: £25

Round 3 of the island’s number one charity public boxing event is set to be even bigger and better than the previous showdowns. The boxers are ready to lace up the gloves and raise money for Hospice Isle of Man and Rebecca House, so head down to the Villa Marina to support them. There will be 28 volunteer fighters battling it out in the ring with Manx residents being pitted against ‘comeovers’ (boo hiss). Tickets are selling fast so grab your three-legged flag and get ready to support your fellow Manxies. Find out more here.  

12 Oct – Isle of Man Drawing Club

Where: Noa’s Bakehouse

When: 7-9pm

Cost: £5 (or £7 on the door)

Not only are they in a new location this month, but they’ve also got a new model! A male one!Join the Isle of Man Drawing Club for a drinking and drawing sesh, ideally more drawing thank drinking, and a chat with art-lovers from around the Island.Tickets are £7.00 on the door, but book them in advance for a fiver.Just bring yourself and your weapon/drawing materials of choice.Book your tickets here and, while you’re at it, RSVP on the Facebook page and invite a friend or two! 

13 Oct 20 Oct* – Astrophotography Meet-up with Brook Wassall

Where: Niarbyl

When: 8pm

Cost: FREE!

If you’re interested in finding out more about Astrophotography (or just finding out what it is in the first place), join Brook Wassall down Niarbyl.From 8pm onwards, he’ll be there to give advice and answer any questions you may have about taking pictures of the spectacular night sky.If you’re looking to take some pictures of your own, Brook recommends bringing “…a DSLR camera that takes long exposures, a wide lens with a low f-stop (around 2.8 or as close as), a sturdy tripod, and of course warm clothes.”You can even bring a telescope if you fancy, or just go down and enjoy the sights that only the Isle of Man can offer.The event is of course weather dependent, so keep an eye on Facebook, and find out more about Brook and his stunning work.*Date has been changed to Monday 16 October to a cloudy forecast for the weekend. 

21 Oct – Pie in the Sky: The Moon, our nearest neighbour

Experience the night sky at the Snaefell summit with the Isle of Man Astronomical Society. The moon is our closest celestial neighbour which can be viewed using telescopes provided by the society. An explanation will be given of the many features visible through the telescopes and with the naked eye.If it’s cloudy there will be a talk about the Moon, Saturn and other features in the night sky. The ticket cost of £32 per person includes supper, an evening of astronomy and return tram travel. The pie really is as good as the sky.Find out more here.*Unfortunately this event has now been cancelled. 

27 Oct – An Evening with Andy McNab

Where: Palace Hotel, Douglas

When: 7.30pm

Cost: £79

Ex 22 SAS, best-selling author, Andy McNab, will share his extensive life experiences, including recent expeditions to the North and South Poles. Hear how he overcome the greatest of odds to survive – touching upon motivation, inspiration, and endurance – through his own life experiences and surviving to tell his story.The black-tie dinner event welcomes both individual and corporate bookings with every attendee receiving a free copy of Andy’s new novel, Line of Fire. Find out more here. 

28 Oct – Guts Grave

Where: Guttery Gable, Douglas

When: 12noon-4pm

Cost: Free

Follow the bubbles that will be floating down Strand Street from midday to locate Ginnie’s Grotto. The grotto will be guarded by two Grim Reapers but if Ginnie’s feeling generous she’s giving away sweets to anyone who is brave enough to visit her!Ginnie will be accompanied by Frankenstein, Rosie Rib the Skeleton and a few more spooky characters with some hidden surprises if you dare to enter her grotto. Find out more here. 

28 Oct – Hop-Tu-Naa Murder Mystery

Where: Douglas

When: 7pm—10.30pm

Cost: £49

All aboard The Manx Murder Mystery Express. Unravel the murder that unfolds before your very eyes by identifying the clues and interrogating the suspects. A delicious four-course dinner will also be served as you travel to Castletown and back. The perfect spooky night awaits you from the moment you step onto the train to the moment you arrive back into Douglas. Find out more here. 

28-31 Oct – Turn up for Turnips

Where: Cregneash

When: 12noon-4pm

Cost: Adults £6, children £3

Celebrate Hop-Tu-Naa with a unique Manx celebration at Cregneash. Hop-Tu-Naa was traditionally considered to be the beginning of the Celtic New Year and the start of winter and is now typically celebrated in place of Halloween. Turn up to carve your turnip lantern, make a herbal charm, discover seasonal baking, join a storytelling session and learn about superstitions from the past. Ideal for all the family!Find out more here. 

29 Oct – October Market

Where: Castletown

When: 11am-4pm

Cost: Free

The Market brings together Traders of Castletown and some of the Island’s’ best craft and produce exhibitors. Come and see local craft stalls selling handmade gifts and local food and produce. They’ll also be entertainment and much more to enjoy as you wander through the stalls gaining inspiration for Christmas presents! (Is it too early to say the ‘C’ word?!) Find out more here.——There’s always lots to do on the Isle. But if you’re looking for some other free activities to do this Autumn with the kids, we’ve got you covered.

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