It’s Tynwald Day!

What on earth is Tynwald day, I hear you ask? In short, it’s when our government meets to discuss new laws & anyone can present a petition to Tynwald.

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For me, it’s basically a bank holiday and a chance to enjoy our fair isle.  So today we decided we would visit Tynwald itself.  It starts around 10am and the programme is filled with local dancing, local music and local food.

So we are taking the kids for their first time to see what goes on.  To be fair, I think the last time I went was when I was little.  It gets quite busy, as you can imagine, so we are going by the best means of transport – bicycles!  There is a great route along the old railway lines from Douglas to Peel, so nice and easy for the kids.  I’ll post more about good cycle destinations for kids here shortly…

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UPDATE:  So, we have just returned from our first family Tynwald Day.  The bikes were all loaded up and we travelled from Braddan Bridge, along the railway lines to St Johns.

When we arrived I was surprised that there was more to do than I thought, especially for children.  This was helped by the weather, as I can imagine it would be a little less inviting had it been raining or grey skies!  Instead there were plenty of locals around.   The event was split into several areas:

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Tynwald Hill – The hill itself had seating set up and you can buy a ticket to get a comfortable view of the proceedings.  However, on the side of the wall was an open grass area, it was free, and quite a few people were sat watching the tradition that is Tynwald.  There was even a massive screen to watch it on if you couldn’t be bothered standing up!

Stalls – At the back of the grandstand there were supposedly 140 stalls with local produce and a fine display of our manx businesses & charities.  In between these were lots of catering vans which were extremely busy, as were the ice-cream vans.  On top of this there were bouncy castles & rides so make sure you bring some pennies with you!

One world Global village – lots of music from around the world and more stalls, plus free enterainment each half an hour.  However, you need to walk down a steep hill to get to the event.  We decided not to go down only because we only had a short time left and opted for the….

Viking Village – This was very well set up.  There was lots of areas that were interactive, and children could snoop around.  There was..

  • a ‘play’ fight with swords, shields, bows & arrows – always good entertainment for boys!
  • a blacksmith creating a knife using tools from the viking age.
  • a man make a cup from wood.
  • stands with shields and metal helmets that anyone could have  a go at.
  • some women making rugs and different craft areas demonstrating what they used in the viking days.

The boys certainly enjoyed this area the most.

For more information about Tynwald day itself visit:  www.visitisleofman.com/whatson/traditional/tynwaldday.xmliom flag

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