Lots to do at St John’s Tynwald Day celebrations

Tynwald Hill in St John's is the focus of the island's national celebrations

Tynwald Hill in St John's is the focus of the island's national celebrations

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Tynwald Day takes place on Friday, July 5, and there is loads of entertainment on offer with events running from 9.30am to 11pm.

Tynwald enhancements co-ordinator, Aalish Maddrell, who organises the afternoon and evening programme of events, said: ‘The thing that is probably most important to me is to encourage families to see Tynwald Day as a really fun day out that doesn’t need to cost them very much money at all.

‘I’m really excited about this year’s Tynwald Day. We have a packed programme, with new performers alongside the old favourites. Every event is free to watch or take part in, meaning that even for families with several children, Tynwald Day can be a fun and inexpensive day out.’

This year’s focus is to ‘Take Part in Art’.

Gavin Carter will be making a storytelling chair, allowing children a chance to have a go at woodcarving or you can have your face painted with the help of Jo Callister.

Elaine Edge, who is an educational support officer at Rushen Primary School, will be running a mosaic workshop in order to create two mosaic panels to commemorate the day. There are examples of Elaine’s mosaics displayed in the school playground, including a Viking longboat, which she will be recreating on the day.

These activities will take place at the Bunscoill, opposite the front green, and are free.

Performing on the front green will be the Manx Folk Dance Society, the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra and Samba Mann.

A Manx dance group from Western Massachusetts in the US, ‘And Sometimes Y, Manx, Morris and Sword’, who have raised more than £7,800 in order to achieve their dream of visiting the island, have been asked to perform while they are here.

Ceili band, Kippercaillie, will also be playing and there will be a hog roast, with local produce from the Quines from Ballakilley, by the Manx tent in the evening.

At Cooil y Ree, The Play People will be back with circus workshops and their fire show, plus plenty of new performances.

Former Isle of Man Newspapers reporter, Sue Woolley, will be telling tales of Manx folklore in the storytelling tent.

There will also be an international element to this year’s entertainment with Llanrwst Welsh male voice choir performing in the chapel on the day, along with tenor soloist, Mike Corkhill, the Regal Singers and Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band.

The Royal Marines will be running fun physical trials in the Arboretum in an event open to teenagers and adults.

Rounding off the night will be a performance on Tynwald Hill by Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums, followed by a fire show by The Play People.

There will be an island-wide bus service with additional late night buses to help people get home after the festivities. For more visit www.iombusandrail.info

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