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Join us for Tynwald Day and TynwaldFest

This week on the 5th July we will be celebrating our Manx National Day and this year we are again hosting a series of events and activities alongside the formal annual open-air proceedings of Tynwald Court on Tynwald Hill. The events will focus on showcasing Manx heritage expressed through music, song and dance.

A great success last year; the TynwaldFest tent will again be hosting a number of events throughout the day. Located on the little Fairfield next to Cooil y Ree, the tent and stage area will be open to all for a mix of activities, music and in the evening refreshments from a range of local suppliers.

The first events in the programme start at 9am around the Tynwald Hill in St. John’s. The Manx Folk Dance Society will be dancing on the Front Green before the official ceremony. In the Arboretum is the popular One World Village featuring international cuisine and entertainment; and the Viking Village will be camped in Cooil y Ree.

Family entertainment has always been a focus of events at St John’s and as always there is plenty of activity on the Front Green after the ceremony, including Onchan Silver Band, Perree Bane and Friends, the Grand Manx Dance and the Fairly Famous Family circus act.

At the TynwaldFest tent events will start at 10am when Sue Quilliam will be running family arts and crafts sessions. In the afternoon there will be performances by dancers from Gena’s Dance Academy and more from the Fairly Famous Family circus act. 

From 5pm the TynwaldFest tent will continue to be the main focus of events with the ever popular Retrospect playing followed by the Mollag band. The traditional Ceili will be held from 8pm, with the aptly named Super Manx Ceili Band getting people up and dancing. There will also be the opportunity for face painting with the ever important touch of glitter from Get Glitfaced.

The Bunscoill always host interesting family events on Tynwald Day. This year, iMuseum and the World Manx Association will be showcasing their work at the Bunscoill and the family activity will be a family mosaic workshop using sea glass collected from our beaches to create a mosaic in the image of the Isle of Man.  Activities in the Bunscoill run from 9am through to 5pm.

2018 celebrates the special Year of Our Island activities including a Film Bus, in the Bunscoill car park and the brand new garden show at the old Farmers Arms site on Station Road. Join in with us celebrating our Island as a special place to live and work: “Jannoo ardeailley jeh nyn Ellan myr boayl er-lheh dy vaghey as dy obbraghey ayn"

Coinciding with our national day, July is the Year of Our Island culture month so when visiting St. John’s why not visit the Culture Vannin where there is a Tynwald Hill made completely out of Lego! They are right next to the Bunscoill and will be open 9:30am to 4:30pm and welcome visitors all year round – including Tynwald Day!

All day on the Fairfield there will be a variety of stallholders selling local food and drink, arts and crafts, as well as stalls promoting local charities. In line with Isle of Man Government’s aim to reduce single use plastics, stallholders will be required to supply and use eco-friendly containers/cups/glasses etc as an alternative to single-use plastics, where appropriate.

Food and drink is available at other locations across St. John’s including the Bunscoill, the Methodist Hall, the Tynwald Inn, Greens Café and in the Global Village.

Every year, there is a Tynwald competition and this year we are pleased to be working with the Gallery IOM. Tynwald Day is our National day so we would like everyone to take photos of their Tynwald Day at St John’s. Entries must be emailed with the subject line 'Tynwald Day Comp' to by the closing date of 10th July 2018. Include your name and a name for your photo (max 10 words). Entries will be published in Gallery magazine and the winner will receive £100 cash.

The Manx Tent, previously known as the Homecomers’ Tent, will be positioned on the Fairfield again this year next to the Tynwald Millennium Stone. The Manx Tent will showcase Manx groups and societies including Basket Weaving, IOM Family History Society, Manx Dialect Group, Mannin Quilters, Peel Secret Gardens, Peel Heritage Foundation, Rock Project, Yn Chruinnaght and the Women's Institute.           

Our heritage in the form of music can be heard in the Chapel, after the Tynwald ceremony has taken place. From 1:30pm the Chapel will host a number of musical acts and will be the venue to hear Jamie Smith & Paul Rogers, Ruth Keggin and Friends, the IOM Wind Band, Castletown Metropolitan Band and the Regal Singers.

Tynwald Day 2018 celebrations will be drawn to a close with a performance on Tynwald Hill from the Ellan Vannin Pipe Band and a display by local fire troupe Spinning Vannin starting at 10pm.

The President of Tynwald, the Hon Steve Rodan MLC, said: “There is something for everyone at St John’s on the Isle of Man’s National Day - colourful ceremonial and the old traditions, music, dancing, entertainment, competitions and fun. Be sure to bring the family, and stay for Tynwald Fest in the evening”.

A list of all events and times of activities is available on the Tynwald website:

Follow our Tynwald Facebook page for updates on individual events and photos on the day:



For further information contact:

Joann Corkish

Third Clerk of Tynwald

Telephone: 01624 685500



The Hon Steve Rodan

President of Tynwald

Telephone: 01624 685500 / 861514


Published - 03/07/2018