The island’s children are looking forward to Hop tu Naa on October 31.
Since this year’s celebrations coincide with the half term holiday, Manx National Heritage has a packed programme of events.
Every year Cregneash welcomes hundreds of children to the farm to select their turnips and help them carve their turnip into a lantern for Hop tu Naa, as well as holding a celebration of crafts, music, dance and storytelling, celebrating traditions old and new.
Tomorrow (Saturday) at Cregneash at ‘Hop tu Naa Nippers’, children can sing-along and dance, join a welly walk around the farm, enjoy the well-known tale of ‘The Gigantic Turnip’ and create a colourful autumn picture. On Sunday the public is invited to go to Cregneash to celebrate the unique Manx Hop tu Naa traditions and customs. Participants can enjoy live music, carve a turnip lantern, join in the traditional song and dance and discover recipes and superstitions from the past.
Both events take place 12pm to 4pm and feature seasonal produce from the Farmer’s Market and Apple Orphanage, hog roast and face painting. Every child receives a free turnip to carve – but be quick as stocks are available on a first come, first served basis. Admission to each event is £5 adult, £2 child and £10 family. Train and bus links also operating from Douglas to Cregneash on Sunday, see www.iombusandrail.com for further information.
During week-days from Monday 28 – Thursday 31, children can go to collect and carve their turnip at Cregneash or visit The Grove, Ramsey at ‘Turn up for Turnips’.
A small charge of £1.50 per turnip will apply or bring along your own. Standard admission – local school-children go free with their ACE cards.
Later in the week Niarbyl hosts a Hop tu Naa mhelliah supper on Friday, November 1, with live music, three course harvest supper, turnip and pumpkin carving competition and fancy dress competition for just £25 per person. Call 843300 to book.