Free fun and games for all on Tynwald Day

Tynwald Hill and fairfield, St John's. Picture: John Maddrell

Tynwald Hill and fairfield, St John's. Picture: John Maddrell

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Tynwald green will be the centre of activity for the day with folk dancing, silver bands and even dog agility trials taking place in the heart of the action.

But don’t forget to explore St John’s on Monday as a host of attractions - all free of charge - will be on offer to visitors.

The Vikings of Mann will be setting up camp in Cooil y Ree gardens before they do battle on the field at 5pm.

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Children can join in face painting, wood carving, dance and art workshops at the Bunscoill between 10am and 4.30pm.

Meanwhile the Arboretum will echo with music and song from around the world.

Once the official Tynwald ceremonies are completed the One World Centre’s global village will come alive with African singing and dance, didgeridoo and harp playing, Bulgarian folk and Bollywood dancing as well as a variety of martial arts. There will be food from India, Africa, the Philippines and the Caribbean.

The Island’s Fairtrade Group will be selling fairly traded goods and the Manx Co-operative will be making Fairtrade smoothies on their smoothie bike.

The Isle of Man Chinese Association will also be attending and translating Manx names into Chinese script.

The Manx tent next to the big screen will be open from 10am to 4.30pm with exhibitions celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Women’s Institute in the island, and other aspects of local history and culture.

Tours of the Royal Chapel will be on offer after the church services are completed. Concert Organist Dr Gail Archer will perform in the chapel from 3pm, a celebration of Manx music and dance will take place at 4pm and Castletown Silver Band will perform from 6pm.

The entertainment continues into the evening with the sunset ceremony from 7.15pm, where the visiting military band play their final concert. At 8pm there will be a family ceilidh in the Manx tent and a performance by the Regal Singers will begin in the Royal Chapel.

Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums will bring the day to a close with a concert on Tynwald hill from 10pm.

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