Now the kiddy winks have finished school and you have them 24/7 for the next few weeks, you may need something to do.

Fortunately, Gef is a social animal who likes to get out and about, so has come up with some ideas.

Ravens Take Flight!

After some pre-season friendly games in recent weeks, our friends from the Channel are here as FC Isle of Man take on Guernsey FC in the Skipton Cup. It’s great to see the lads back in action ahead of the new season and all of us at Gef can’t wait to be there to follow the journey along the way!

Go on, get your tickets here!

Douglas Carnival

Fun for all the fam, marvel at the nearly finished promenade as Douglas Carnival returns! Douglas Council has said that in the year the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is being celebrated, the vehicle from the 1953-54 Commonwealth Coronation Tour is to lead the procession on Saturday (23 July), carrying the Mayor, Councillor Janet Thommeny.

The theme of this year’s Carnival is ‘Queens’ in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee, with entrants expected to explore the theme as widely as they choose whether via the traditional royal route, the legendary rock band, dancing queens or iconic drag queens.

The procession will also take a new route with performers travelling along Loch Promenade from the Bottleneck carpark to the new cultural area on Harris Promenade. As well as free children’s rides and a circus skills workshop, there will be entertainment led by a 10-piece samba band and an acclaimed UK Bee Gees tribute act.

The procession will form up on the Promenade walkway near the Jubilee Kiosk for a start at 4p, and travel along Loch Promenade to the new cultural area on Harris Promenade.

Manannan 25

The House of Manannan turns 25 this weekend and is celebrating with two days of fun, arts and crafts.

As well as arts and crafts, there are ‘live’ demonstrations in Traders of the Lost Arts and live music.

Live entertainment will take place at the entrance to House of Manannan, overlooking Peel Marina with: Roc Vannin Choir performing on Saturday at 2pm, Cookie the Clown entertaining children on Sunday morning and Crosby Silver Band performing on Sunday afternoon.

Bicycle!

This weekend sees the British Cycling International Stage Race (try saying that three times after a couple of G&Ts)

Its on from this evening through to Sunday, so let’s see how we do with getting these times right:

Friday (6.30pm women and 7.45pm men) – Evening Kermesse on a 1.1Km circuit on the Isle of Man Business Park

Saturday morning (9.30am women and 10.45am men) – Circuit Race on the Jurby Raceway

Saturday afternoon (1.30pm women and 2.30pm men) – 10-mile Time Trial on a flat, out & back course on closed roads in the north of the island

Sunday afternoon (12.30pm women and 1.15pm men) – Hilly Road Race on fully closed roads. Women 90Km / Men 135Km. The course is generally hilly, including two major climbs (The Mountain and Injebreck).

There are plenty of places to watch around the courses, included Cycle 360 which is hosting a special night tonight!

90’s Hip Hop Legends

Not really one for the kids, but a great night nonetheless as the wildest, baddest & most influential names of 90’s hip hop come together for the ultimate beast of the beats, spitting rhymes harder than Tyson. All live at Mad Jacks and Glitch Bar.

Join Allan Vannin & Rogue Fader on a five hour trip of hot & sweaty hip hop. The night also includes a prize for best dressed and BBQ ticket choices, get your order in early, all this stuff will be homemade and mighty tasty, meat or vegan choice to pick from. Served on the sunny veranda, sippin on gin and juice, what could go wrong?

Grab your tickets here.

Dark House

Sadly for anyone who doesn’t have tickets, it’s sold out, but we’re just glad to see it back. Three days of camping, music and drinking responsibly, what’s not to love.

There’s Penelope Isles, Voodoo Bandits, Dusty Plankton, Persian Doormats, 13th Pillar, Call me Amour, Terence George & The Shakies, Stanton Warriors & Sian Evans, if you’re going, enjoy it!