7 Great Spring Experiences in the Isle of ManA new season brings a fresh perspective on things to do in the Isle of Man. From cultural festivals to beautiful landscapes, springtime on the Isle of Man offers something for everyone!
#1 Embrace nature
Awarded UNESCO Biosphere status, the Island is naturally beautiful and now is a great time to explore the Island's diverse nature – spot the puffins, visit bluebell woodlands or watch the lambs. Why not head for Peel Hill and Castle to look out for a spring flock of birds, head for a walk with the family to Glen Wyllin, Kirk Michael?
#2 Have a pint or two at the Isle of Man Beer and Cider Festival
It’s hard to argue with the calibre of your brew when it’s still made from quality standards set forth by an act of Parliament in 1874. The Isle of Man Beer and Cider Festival is a three day event every spring celebrating "Real Ale" and "Real cider and Perry" (As defined by CAMRA - the Campaign for Real Ale) featuring 150 different beers, ciders, perries and fruit wines all around the British Isles and offerings from our local breweries and producers.
#3 Be a culture vulture!
The Isle of Man hosts a Celtic festival, Shennaghys Jiu, in April featuring local talent and visiting groups from the Celtic Nations. Enjoy traditional celtic music and bask in the warm, friendly environment of the weekend.
Want more music? Enjoy the Manx Music Festival (The Manx Competitive Music, Speech and Dance Festival to give it its full name) or “The Guild” as it is affectionately known on the Island which has delighted residents for over 125 years with music, dance and drama competitions and workshops.
For the art lovers, you will definitely want to head to the Isle of Man Art Festival in early May. The Creative Network’s 3-day festival features local artists.
The Isle of Man's cultural community is not only vibrant but also welcoming, and with venues and galleries dotted around the Island, you're never far away from a new and inspiring exhibition, performance or opportunity to get creative.
#4 Enjoy a walk on the Promenade
Begin your spring stroll from the Terminus Tavern at the northern tip of the promenade. Stroll along the waterfront towards town while admiring the Victorian architecture on the strip. You’ll see the Gaiety Theatre by renowned architect, Frank Matcham, the Tower of Refuge in Douglas Bay and the famous horse trams traveling up and down the road.
Make sure to travel through the sunken gardens and take in the gorgeous topiaries and flowers. Finish your stroll with dinner and drinks at one of the cafes and restaurants in the Quay!
#5 Visit the Island’s newest residents
How do we know spring has sprung? By the new-born lambs frolicking in the country! Head to Knockaloe Beg Farm every Easter for ‘Lambing Live’ and welcome the news lambs to the flock. If you’re lucky you will get to see a live birth (but this is pretty dependent on the girls!) You will also feed the ewes and try your hand at nursing.
#6 Hitch a ride
As the weather warms up and spring sets in, many of the Island’s heritage attractions reopen including the railways! Manx Steam Railway offers amazing experiences on their dining cars from Sunday Roast to Murder Mystery dinners. Whether you want to watch the world go by as you nibble tapas or are in the mood for a flapper and gin inspired party, you will absolutely love the journey!
#7 Pack a picnic in the sun
Whether you want to enjoy an alfresco feast or a simple, laid-back lunch eating outdoors, you can be sure to find a good spot to enjoy the sun on the Isle of Man. Our top recommendations are Bradda Head in Port Erin, Fanella Beach in Peel and Ballaglass Glen, just north of Laxey.
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