February on the Rock


Cold and dreary January is finally out the way and it’s beginning to brighten up a little! REJOICE!Whether you’re loved-up or single, February has plenty of things to celebrate other than Valentine’s Day. It’s the beginning of the Year of the Dog in Chinese New Year and, not forgetting, Pancake Day and National Pizza Day!Here’s your guide to the best exhibitions, events and things to do in the Isle of Man this February.

1 Feb – Harry Potter Book Night

Where: The Henry Bloom Noble Library When: 6pm-7pm Cost: FreeFans of all ages are invited to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful series – Harry Potter – at The Henry Bloom Noble Library. The unforgettable books and the unforgettable worlds created within are just as magical today as when they first graced our bookshelves.For 2018, the thrilling theme is Fantastic Beasts, so the evening will be filled with magical creature themed games for children. You can get your free tickets from the library counter.Find out more here.

2 Feb – The Heritage of the Heavens

Where: Milntown When: 7pm-10pm Cost: £37.29 ppLocal astronomer and outstanding speaker, Howard Parkin, will talk at Milntown about Astronomy from a Manx Perspective. Guests will be treated to a delicious two-course dinner and a chance to venture into the gardens and take a look at the night sky.An avid astronomer and space enthusiast, Howard Parkin is a fully trained teacher. He is a member of the BAA and was a founder member and chairman of the Isle of Man Astronomical Society (IOMAS) and has been an accomplished speaker throughout the Isle of Man, the UK, and South Africa.Find out more here.

4 Feb – Yankee-Stew’s Super Bowl Party

Where: Hooded Ram When: 9pm Cost: £10Super Bowl fans can come and watch the Eagles vs. Patriots at the Hooded Ram on Sunday 4th February. The game will be the first Super Bowl in Minnesota since the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills in 1992.For just £10 you can watch the game streamed live and fill up on hotdogs and Stew’s famous bean stew. Your ticket price will also include multiple pool entries and more.Tickets can be purchased directly from the Hooded Ram.

9 Feb – National Pizza Day

Where: The Railway Inn, The Royal George, The Whitestone, The Cat with No Tail, The Highway Man When: Varies Cost: Subject to orderForget Valentine’s, the day of true love is taking place on the 9th February with National Pizza Day!The Railway Inn, The Royal George, The Whitehouse, The Cat with No Tail and The Highway Man can help you celebrate with their special offer of building your own stone baked pizza and getting two free toppings.Check out the Facebook page for each participating pub to find out more.

9-11 Feb – Keird Collective ‘Galentine’s’ Weekend

Where: Onchan When: 10am-5pm Cost: FreeCelebrating creativity and love in all its glorious forms, The Keird Collective hosts a variety of creative workshops and crafty shopping from a group of talented local artists and makers.’Galentine’s’ Weekend includes a unique fashion figure drawing workshop from Kim Gee Studio, a signature crocheting workshop from Yarny Gráinne and an innovative upcycling workshop where you can learn how to turn leftover scraps into amazing new designs.Special guests Glampervan, Rock Hard Nails, and Lisa Horisk will also be in attendance Saturday night for an evening of pampering. And of course, the shop will be open and ready for customers all weekend.Find out more here.

9-17 Feb – Half Term Drive-In Cinema

Where: Home of rest for old horses When: Varies Cost: £20 per carEspecially for half-term, Ultimate Productions are showing a wide range of films such as Thor, Despicable Me 3 and Blade Runner.If you haven’t been before then you’re in for a real treat from the moment you arrive.You’ll park up facing a giant 20-foot air-screen and then be hooked up to a Digital Cinema Audio System. Simply, sit back in the comfort of your car, enjoy the movie and text your orders for food to the on-site catering partners if you’re feeling peckish.Find out more here.

10-11 Feb – Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch Show

Where: Villa Marina When: 10am-4pm Cost: FreeCome face to face with life-size, realistic marine creatures which can all be seen in Manx waters at the Island’s first ever Whale and Dolphin Show. The free event allows you to chat to local experts about research and conservation work, including the issue of plastic litter pollution.There’s lots of activities for children in the craft corner where you can plot real sightings on a map, make a baleen mask and take part in a marine quiz. Binoculars are also available so you can look out across Douglas Bay and see if you can spot these incredible animals from our very own coastline.Find out more here.

15 Feb – Isle of Man Drawing Club – Nude Life Drawing

Where: Noa Bakehouse When: 7.00pm Cost: £5To celebrate the ‘season of love’, the Isle of Man Drawing Club are holding a Valentine’s themed life drawing session. There are only 50 tickets available, so grab yours quick.This event is now sold out but keep an eye on the Facebook page incase any become available!

16 Feb – Noa’s Big 5th Birthday Bash

Where: Noa Bakehouse When: 7.30pm Cost: £6.50Come along to Noa Bakehouse to celebrate their 5th birthday, including a night of disco and house music from some of the Islands’ very best DJ’s.Sound Records will also be on hand all night selling the very best vinyl the Island has to offer. Tickets just £6.50 and available from Noa Bakehouse.5thBirthday

21 Feb – The IOMBN Annual Budget Breakfast

Where: Palace Hotel When: 7am-8.45am Cost: £13-16 ppThis year’s Annual Budget Breakfast is being held at The Palace Hotel and Casino. Hosted by IOMBN, it’s an opportunity to hear from our Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan MHK, who will talk about the highlights and implications of the 2018-2019 Isle of Man Budget and his plans for the next four years.The Budget is the Isle of Man Government’s most important economic policy tool that translates Government policies, commitments and goals into decisions on how much revenue to raise, how to raise it and how to use these funds to meet the competing needs of the Island.Find out more here.

22 Feb – Isle of Man Tourism Industry Day

Where: Villa Marina When: 8am-4.15pm Cost: FreeThe Department for Enterprise are hosting a Tourism Day at the Villa Marina. Those in the Island’s tourism and hospitality sectors are invited to attend where they will receive workshops and interactive talks on marketing, pricing strategy, customer service and audience development.The event is perfect for accommodation providers, activity and attraction providers, restaurateurs and retailers. However, any Isle of Man business with an interest in tourism and the visitor economy are also encouraged to come along to the free event.Find out more here.

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