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The days are brighter and spring is finally here (…ish). If you’re looking for an excuse for a good old drink, there are lots to celebrate this month with International Women’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day. Or if you’re on a detox, there’s some interesting heritage experiences and events to keep you fit and healthy in the lead up to summer.Here’s your guide to the best gatherings and things to do in the Isle of Man this March.

3 March – Timebank IOM Launch

TimebankIOMWhere: Laxey Pavillion   |  When: 6:30pm-11:30pm   |  Cost: FreeHead to Laxey to find out more about Timebanking with Timebank IOM, the new initiative taking the Island by storm.There will be live music, food, and a bar. This event is child-friendly.Find out more here.

3 March – Heritage Walks – World War II & Meayll Hill

Where: Cregneash   |  When: 2pm-4pm   |  Cost: £15Wrap up warm and explore the WWII radar station at Meayll Hill and discover the effects the RAF had on Cregneash and the surrounding area.The tour is led by Dr Andrew Foxon of Go Mann Adventures – a qualified Isle of Man Tour Guide and a Hill and Moorland Leader with a background in archaeology and landscape history.Find out more here.

4 March – Keird Collective Spring Gathering

Where: Old Fire Station, Castletown |  When: 10am-4pm   |  Cost: FREEThe Keird Collective pop-up of Onchan Precinct are going on tour…to Castletown! Head down and purchase a unique Mother’s Day gift, or just treat yo’self!KeirdCollectiveFind out more here.

8 March – Love Tech Workshop

Where: Microgaming  |  When: 5:45pm-7:00pm|  Cost: FREEFollowing on from the success of the first mother and daughter tech workshop, the Love Tech collective are repeating the event on the 8th March – International Women’s Day.Would you like to encourage your daughters to embrace science and technology? Then attend the FREE ‘Love Tech’ mother and daughter workshop.There are just 12 parent and child tickets available, so register today to secure your place.This workshop is free to attend due to the kind support of the sponsors; Continent 8, Microgaming and Peggy & Mills.Find out more here.

8 March – Peeps Into The Past

Where: Ramsey Methodist Centre  |  When: 7.30pm-11.30pm  |  Cost: £6Peeps Into The Past is an Evening of local interest with Jack Kaighin – Programme and Publicity Officer for The Isle of Man Family History Society.Explore pictorial memories of old Ramsey, take part in the fabulous raffle and enjoy a light refreshment at Ramsey Methodist Centre, Waterloo Road, Ramsey.Find out more here.

8 March – Wine Tasting Evening

Where: Bar George  |  When: 7.30pm-10.30pm  |  Cost: £15-20IOMBN are hosting their annual Wine Tasting Evening at Bar George. Test your blind-tasting skills with a fun prize for the winning team. Even if you don’t know your Malbec from your Merlot, this is a great opportunity to connect informally with new faces and old friends.Guests will be invited to form teams and taste a selection of reds and whites in a competition to identify the wines and their tasting notes.Tickets are £15 for IOMBN members and £20 for non-members.Find out more here.

10 March – Women of Mann Bash

Where: The Embassy Room  |  When: 7pm-11.30pm  |  Cost: £5.83In the spirit of International Women’s Day, come and celebrate at The Embassy Room in The British.It’ll be a night filled with top-notch musical entertainment, dancing and lots of event-exclusive amusements for an all-round evening of fun and frolics!There’s also a collection of female sanitary products for vulnerable women on the Island, so if you are able to donate something please bring it along.Find out more here.

10 March – Arabian Night

Where: Salmon Lake Centre, Laxey  |  When: 6.30pm-11.30pm  |  Cost: £30In aid of Manx Breast Cancer, this Arabian style evening includes a Moroccan themed buffet, on-site henna artists and burlesque dancers.There will also be a raffle with lots of spectacular prizes including vouchers from Utopia Hair Salon, Charles Alexander Jewelers, IOM Steam Packet and Shoprite Hamper and a 40″ Samsung TV.Find out more here.

10-12 March – Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea & Garden Admission Special

Where: Milntown  |  When: 2pm  |  Cost: £14Treat your mum this Mother’s Day to afternoon tea and a wander through Milntown’s beautiful gardens to work up an appetite / work off those extra (but well deserved!) calories for just £14pp.The delicious March Afternoon Tea and entrance to the gardens is the ideal way to spend a few hours celebrating and acknowledging the special lady who raised you.Find out more here.

17 March – Shamrock Express Train

Where: Douglas Railway Station  |  When: 7pm-10.30pm  |  Cost: £39Celebrate in style with the Isle of Man Railways St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Express train. The train will have a special Irish flare and passengers are encouraged to unleash their inner leprechaun and dress in green.Your ticket includes return train travel, a three course meal inspired by the Emerald Isle and a whiskey cocktail.Find out more here.

25 March – Complementary Health Fair

Where: Laxey   |  When: 11am-4pm  |  Cost: FreeWithout Wing’s first major awareness and information event of 2018 will see complementary health practitioners from all over the island gathering in Laxey for the day to give you a taste of the wonderful services they have to offer.Guests include Reiki with hot yoga superstar, Jacqui Kelly, Mindful Meditation with Mike Kewley, Fresh Start healthy eating with Lynsey Martin, massage with Sara Callow from the Beauty Zone and many more.Enjoy a free cup of delicious homemade soup or a turmeric latte as you look around the stalls.Find out more here.

29-31 March – IOM Gin Fest

Where: Laxey Pavilion  |  When: 2pm-Midnight  |  Cost: £30-60Gef the Mongoose, Roots Bev Co. and lewislewis are throwing a full-on, three-day bank holiday Easter weekend extravaGINza!The event begins with an exclusive launch party on Thursday 29th March with ‘Swing When You’re Ginning’, a civilised A.F. evening of food, swing music and bucket tonnes of gin.The weekend then boasts a booming line up of homegrown musical talent, talks from industry experts, a Tonic Bar from Roots Bev Co., the Virtual Ginstanity cocktail bar by lewislewis, gin inspired beers from Bottle Monkey, a guaranteed INSANE food pop-up from The Alpine Cafe, an exciting new product launch from Foraging Vintners and, of course, ALL OF THE GIN!Find out more here.

30 March – IOM Easter Festival of Running 10k

Where: Port Erin  |  When: 6.30pm  |  Cost: £12If you’ve overindulged this month, why not take on the challenge of a scenic 10k road race?Taking place in the south of the Island over an undulating course, the road race marks the first day of the Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running.Find out more here.

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