It’s that time of the year again, the sun is shining through the clouds, the kids are almost finished with school and in the distance you can hear the faint sound of MHKs patting themselves on the back for a job, well, done. It’s Tynwald Day again. Whether you’re just looking to get out the house for your day off or need somewhere to bring the kids, we’ve got you covered with our guide to all the events happening over the bank holiday weekend.
Ramsey Rocks is an annual event taking place on Ramsey Quay that this year has been extended to two days to celebrate the bank holiday with musical performances and family entertainment on offer. Saturday will see Soundcheck take to the stage in the afternoon with band A Stones Throw performing at 6:30, followed by The Tides. Sunday will see Soundcheck again putting on the afternoon entertainment with the evening’s performances including The Birds and The Beards, Sunset Jet and Jesters Dead.
The Sunday will also see family activities from 12-4 which in the past have included bouncy castle obstacle courses, mechanical bull riding and various food stalls. Chairman of Ramsey Commissioners Andy Cowie said: ‘We hope that people from all over the island will take the opportunity to visit Ramsey this weekend where in addition to Ramsey Rocks there is a fantastic range of shops and hospitality.’
Peel Equine Day
The second annual Peel Equine day, hosted by IOM Equine on Peel beach will see a day of fun for the island’s horse enthusiasts. There’ll be stalls and bouncy castles on offer all day as well as Buddy the therapy pony who will be on the prom to greet everyone attending. There’s also two talks from Vannin Reptilia who will be coming along with their collection of interesting reptiles.
The main events though are the games, displays and mini grand national taking place on the beach throughout the event, a chance to see the island’s equestrian talent perform.
Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra
For the island’s music fans there’s not one but two concerts from the IOM Symphony Orchestra. Led by Tom Field and with conductor Maurice Powell, the orchestra will be performing a classical programme including Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven for their summer concerts. Tickets are available from Bridge Bookshops in Port Erin and Ramsey as well as Lexicon in Douglas or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Saturday performance will take place at 7:30pm in Ramsey Grammar School whilst the Sunday performance will be held at 2:30 in King William’s College. You can find out more on the orchestra’s website www.iomso.im.
An Evening of Dance
The Academy of Dance’s ‘Evening of Dance’ will be taking place on Friday and Saturday with their display of the island’s many talented dancers. The show will include a variety of dance styles from modern to contemporary and even classical ballet, performed by the academy’s various dancing talent.
Tynwald Hill and the fair
There’s a lot on offer for the Isle of Man’s national day, firstly, for the extra keen politics enthusiasts, there’s the political proceedings on Tynwald Hill. The events begin at 11:10 with the schools parade and the Guard of Honour, including Onchan Silver Band and the RAF college band leading The Queen’s Colour Squadron, the Standard Bearers and all Manx units and organisations. Tynwald will then proceed into the Royal Chapel for a service until they march up to the hill for their seating which will last until about 2pm. The sitting this year is not only the first full event since 2019 but also a sort of changing of the guard as it’s not only the last of this administration but also the last for many senior politicians, including the Chief Minister and the President of Tynwald. All of this will be live streamed on the Tynwald website, for those interested enough to watch but not able to go.
However, the political processes aren’t the only point of interest in St John’s with the fairfield, viking village, Manx Tent and Global village all hosting various stalls and performances throughout the day. Some of the highlights include the ‘Grand Manx Dance’ on the field, Biskee Brishit in the ‘TynwaldFest’ marquee, Scran in the chapel and the day closing out with Kipperceilli, the Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums and Spinnin Vannin.