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List of festivals in the Isle of Man

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The Isle of Man - is in the Irish Sea between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, and is most famous for its motorcycle TT races.


Traditional festivals

The Isle of Man is a Celtic nation, and as such there are close correspondences to Irish and Scottish festivals.

  • Hop-tu-Naa, the Manx New Year.
  • Sauin/Halloween
  • Boaldyn/Beltane
  • Shelg yn Drane/Hunting the Wren.
  • Mhelliah
  • Tynwald Day, 5 July
  • Motorsports

    The T.T. The Isle of Man is renowned for the T.T..

    The International VMCC TT Rally This rally is held during TT Week. It is a motorcycle event that lasts six days and is organised to take place on non-race days.

    Douglas Beach Race This motorcycle race is held on Douglas Foreshore during TT week. The bikes race over huge man made sandcastles.

    The Ramsey Sprint The Ramsey Sprint has been run since 1978 and is one of the biggest events outside the T.T. races.

    Formula 2 Stockcar Manx Open F2 TT The stockcar racing is a contact motorsport where the more experienced drivers start at the rear of each race. They have a set number of laps to make their way to the front, using their bumper to push their opponents aside.

    The Manx Two Day Trial The Manx National Two Day Trial is for solo and sidecar competitions. The event covers all areas of the Island over two days. The event caters for modern and older machinery. One of the biggest and best Trials in Europe with two full days of Off Road endeavour.

    The VMCC Manx Rally A week of events for vintage motorcycle enthusiasts, centred on the Manx GP Week.

    Coastal events

    Round the Island Yacht Race Held on 4 May 2008. The Round the Island Yacht Race is a large event that is held every year. They race anti-clockwise around the Island. Although this is a competitive sport there is also a full social programme. The participants compete for a chance to win a trophy but also to be awarded PY handicap points.

    Ramsey Angling Festival The Ramsey Angling Festival includes a series of beach fishing competitions held over the weekend. Held annually.

    Mannin Angling Club Festival The event consists of two shore and five boat fishing competitions. Boat competitions are classed in two categories: private and charter.

    Sport events

    The Crown Green Bowls Festivals During the events calendar there are two bowls competitions: the June Festival and the September Festival.

    The Parish Walk

    Isle of Man Dance Festival

    Manx Mountain Marathon This Marathon is a 31-mile fell race that takes competitors from Ramsey in the North of the Island to Port Erin in the South. The course is mostly on fells and country and visits all the major hill summits. The race is one of athletics ultimate challenges covering 31 miles of difficult, rugged terrain as it visits the Isle of Man's major peaks.

    Isle of Man Easter Athletics A three-day festival of athletics held at various parts of the Island over the Easter weekend. The event attracts adult competitors of all abilities from clubs and heavily from universities throughout the UK. A 10k road race is held on Good Friday, Peel Hill Race on Easter Saturday and a 4 x 5k road relay on Douglas Promenade on Easter Sunday. The event culminates with the prize presentation and a party on Easter Sunday Evening.

    IOM Sports Club Challenge A series of sporting events aimed at club members, not elite players. The S.C.C.S now incorporates the student weekend and up to two other events (netball + squash). The number of sports may expand in the future. We are hoping to add either basketball or golf later.

    Isle of Man Marathon and half Marathon Race The full marathon and half marathon road races - on a quiet, scenic and rural course - starting and finishing in Ramsey.

    NBC Basketball Camp The Basketball Camp is a week-long event providing basketball and life skills coaching for youngsters between the ages of 10 and 19. We encourage parents to attend parts of the camp throughout the week.

    Specialist events

    Isle of Man Queenie Festival

    The Isle of Man Queenie Festival - A Celebration of the sea. Usually held over 3 days in Port Erin and Port St Mary.

    The Spring Darts Festival

    The Isle of Man's International Darts Festival is held annually. More than 800 competitors took part in last year's event for a chance to win some of the £20,000 prize cash fund.

    Manx Model Meet

    Gathering of model aircraft flyers for a club event on Jurby airfield.

    Isle of Man Bridge Congress

    The congress is a duplicate bridge competition which forms part of the English Bridge Union's calendar of events. Its small size makes it ideal for club players who are new to congress events.

    IOM Chess Tournament

    An international chess event attracting top chess players from all over the world was held on a yearly basis in Port Erin from 1992 to 2007. It resumed in 2014 and since then has been held annually in Douglas.

    Isle of Man Festival of Pool - British Open

    The Isle of Man Festival of Pool/British Open Pool would see pool players of all ages, male or female and from all parts of the UK and Ireland as well as players from France, Spain and other European countries attending the festival.

    Manx Model Boat Festival

    Music festivals

    IOM International Jazz Festival
    Mananan International Festival of Music and The Arts

    The Mananan International Festival of Music and The Arts attracts artists of all ages, from the Island and the UK, as well as from around the World. The festival is held at the Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin for the past 26 years (1975–present).


    List of festivals in the Isle of Man Wikipedia

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