Pinch, punch, first day of the month. 

Here at Gef, we love food and drink. Pretty sure we’re not alone on that front, especially after SIXTEEN THOUSAND filled their boots with local food and drink a few weeks ago.

We are in a very fortunate position here on the island, no social distancing or curfews in sight. And although we’re not free to go our usually autumnal jaunts off Island, some local businesses are going above and beyond to create unique experiences for us here on the rock. 

So grab your wands / lederhosen / turnips/ face masks and check out Gef’s round up of October fun on the rock….

09/16/23/30 October – Wine Tasting

 

Where: Wine Cellar

 

Perfect for: Anyone keen on a tipple

Booking: Call 611793

 

With 30-40 Wines and Champagnes to sample, the Wine Cellar is heaven for anyone keen on a glass of vino. Accompanying the wines are some nibbles from Noa’s Bakehouse and Robinsons. Best of all, if you purchase 12 bottles on the night, the tickets are fully refunded.

 

16 October- Tapas train

 

Where: On the STEAM train

 

Perfect for: Railway enthusiasts who enjoy a small plate

Booking: Call 697457 or email steamdining@gov.im

 

Is there anything more glam than being able to dinner on a steam train? Enjoy the Spanish flavours as you ride across the Manx countryside. Olé!


Imagine this, but less Costa coffee and more Costa del SolImagine this, but less Costa coffee and more Costa del Sol

Imagine this, but less Costa coffee and more Costa del Sol

28th October-1st November-  Harry Potter Takeover

Where: Harbour Lights at the Sefton and Sir Norman’s Bar

Perfect for: Potterheads of all ages

Booking: https://hlgroup.im/whats-on/harry-potter 

Potterheads unite! Everyone’s favourite boy wizard is taking over Harbour Lights at the Sefton and Sir Norman’s bar for a half-term to remember. There’s brunches, dinners, afternoon teas, and alcoholic potions, all with a magical theme. 

31st October- Oktoberfest

Where: Villa Marina

Perfect for: Beer lovers

Book: https://www.villagaiety.com/whats-on/oktoberfest/

While we might not be able to go to Bavaria this year, you can get a cheeky little slice of Munich in Dougie. The Villa Marina is holding an Oktoberfest event, which promises an evening of ‘non-stop music, fun and games’. To top it off, there will be an oompah band, who will play “an eclectic mix of traditional Bavarian songs and anthemic pop tunes with a funky twist”. The event is so popular, that an extra date has already been added due to demand. Prost!

30-31st October, 7-11pm- Secret Pizza & Potions

Where: The Secret Pizza Company

Perfect for: Everyone… who doesn’t love pizza?

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secret-pizza-potions-friday-30th-tickets-122550322313

The Secret Pizza company are celebrating Hop-tu-naa with pizza (obviously) and fancy dress (duh).  However, as always, they’ve gone above and beyond and are holding a potion (cocktail) making competition, and live music from Lava. 


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31st October, 7-12pm- Spooktacular Halloween Party

Where:  Woodbourne house

Perfect for: Fancy vampires

Booking: Call 229229

Wanting to celebrate Hop-tu-Naa in style? Whack out your spookiest costumes for a 3 course menu at Woodbourne house. The event will raise money for Remember Me, a charity that grants wishes to children with very sick or terminally ill parents to create family memories. 

If you’re planning a sober October and wanna save yourself until November, then here’s a preview of the events we think are going to sell out soon…

13th November, 7-10pm- Dining in the Dark

Where: The Fishery

Perfect for: Foodies looking for a different experience

Booking: To be added to the waitlist, email Ciara at ciara@thefishery.im

Providing us with something different, The Fishery are holding a ‘dining in the dark’ night that promises to be an ‘immersive sensory dining experience’. There is something for everyone, with a fish, meat and vegetarian menu.  Great if you want a date that you don’t have to put slap on for… 


The Fishery is very ‘grammable, not like you’ll be able to see it though…..The Fishery is very ‘grammable, not like you’ll be able to see it though…..

The Fishery is very ‘grammable, not like you’ll be able to see it though…..

21st November, 7-11:30pm- Disco and Apres Ski

Where: Cycle-360

Perfect for: Punters wanting to get piste-d

Booking: cycle360apres.eventbrite.com

What’s the best bit of a skiing holiday? Is it the speeding down the hill on a pair of skis, or is it the drinks at the chalet after? If you think the latter, you’re a) correct and b) in for a treat at Cycle-360. For one night only, Cycle-360 is becoming Cycle-36-ski, as it will be decorating to the nines and have music from the Allan Vannin Experience and Ariel Amoedo Duran on the live saxophone. Not only that but there will be a custom Aperol Spritz bar, replicating the authentic alpine experience..