The Tynwald Day celebrations on Monday (July 7) include activities and entertainments aplenty for those planning to attend St John’s to celebrate the island’s national day.
The formal business of the day is carried out by the Manx parliament at Tynwald Hill after a service at the Royal Chapel of St John.
The island’s Lieutenant Governor, Adam Wood, will preside over events as the Queen’s representative. Invited guests also take part in the ceremony.
Meanwhile, there will be the usual stalls on the fairfield and entertainment throughout the day.
Activities kick off on the front green, beside Tynwald Hill, at 9.45am with the Manx Folk Dance Society. Later at 1.30pm traditional dancers from Menorca will give a 15 minute demonstration. This will be followed by Onchan Silver Band, Jem the Juggler, dog agility trials, the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra and a display by the Vikings of Mann.
In the evening the Royal Air Force Regiment Band will perform and this will be followed by the Vikings of Mann giving a re-enactment of the first Tynwald at 10pm.
The Vikings will gather near the hill to tell the dramatic story of the first meeting of Tynwald in the year 979AD. There will be music, battles and flaming torches and organisers say it will be an ‘experience not to be missed’.
During the day there will be a Viking Village set up in the Cooil y Ree gardens from 10am-4pm. Here you can enjoy a taste of Viking life, such as trying out weapons in the warriors’ tent, learn about how food was prepared and cooked, weapon making, loom weaving, wood carving, and children can try on Viking garments.
Free children’s activities will be available at the Bunscoill from 10am-4pm, such as face painting, a mosaic workshop and a Manx dancing workshop with Bock Yuan Fannee at 2pm to which children and adults are welcome.There will be the usual free-to-enter Manx Tent showcasing many fascinating aspects of the island’s cultural heritage such as photography displays and an opportunity to learn about what has been happening in the first half of 2014 for the island’s year of culture.
Kipperceili will lead the Tynwald Day ceili in the Manx Tent from 8pm until 10pm.
The One World Centre’s Global Village at the arboretum will be open 10am-4pm, with entertainment such as didgeridoo playing, African singing and karate. There will be Fairtrade drinks, snacks, crafts and gifts. The Isle of Man Chinese Association will be offering to transcribe your name into Chinese characters. There will be a solar powered cooker demonstration
It will also have stalls from charities working overseas.
Tynwald Day will draw to a close at 11pm with the Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums performing on Tynwald Hill from 10.30pm.