Get out in Nature

The Isle of Man is the only entire nation UNSECO Biosphere, which means that the Island promotes three global functions of conservation, learning and sustainable development to create a balanced relationship between people and their environment. Therefore, beautiful scenery and stunning wildlife can be promised all year round, but there’s something especially stunning about the Island in the spring. From the 27th April to the 5th May, Manx National Heritage will be hosting its annual Manx Wildlife Week, in association with Manx Wildlife Trust and UNESCO Biosphere. The event will feature everything from mushroom hunting and silk painting, to wildflower seed paper making and more.

Spring is the perfect time to get out and about in nature, some of our favourite beauty spots can be accessed on these walks;

Railway Ramble: Ballasalla, Rushen Abbey, Silverdale Glen & Grenaby- a beautiful stroll that takes you past Rushen Abbey and Silverdale Glen. Following the babbling river, you’ll pass the historic Monks Bridge and Monks Well, as well as the pretty Lily Ponds. What’s more, you can stop for refreshments at Silverdale Glen Café.

Silverdale Glen

Baldwin Bluebell Walk- a blooming lovely walk that takes you past the rural St Luke’s Church and West Baldwin (Injebreck) Reservoir, where you can see the striking bluebells. Additionally, if you follow Saint Luke’s to Brandywell Road past the church you’ll come upon the Old Tynwald Hill which is commemorated with a dry stone enclosure.

Railway Ramble: Santon Station, Glen Grenaugh, Port Grenaugh and Santon Head – a vibrant route that takes you along the Daffodil Walk before joining part of the Raad Ny Foillan coastal footpath, passing Cronk ny Merriu, a Celtic Iron age fort. The section along the coast is an ideal opportunity to spot sea-birds, including choughs and cormorants.

Port Grenaugh Daffodil Walk

For the Kids

Groudle Glen Railway will be hosting Easter Bunny Trains on the 31st March and the 1st April, featuring a steam train journey through Groudle Glen to meet the Easter Bunny who will be handing out eggs to all children. Tickets also buy you a refreshment from the Tea Rooms. What’s more, children can join in the free Easter Egg Hunt to win a prize. 

Groudle Glen Easter Bunny Train

The Dino Express will be taking off between the 10th and 14th April, giving children a special adventure aboard a beautiful historic steam train, in association with Rushen Abbey.

On the 1st April, Manx National Heritage will be hosting Egg Rolling at Cregneash, giving children the chance to win prizes for the best decorated egg and the egg that rolls the longest distance.

Berties Farm is holding an Easter Extravaganza from the 29th March to the 7th April, the event features a variety of activities for all the family, including; Easter egg hunt (with prizes for all), a visit from the Easter Bunny, face-painting, meeting newborn chicks and lambs, and much more! 

Curraghs Wildlife Park will be open every day from the 21st March and will feature special Easter events. Their Easter Treasure Hunt Trail will be active throughout the Easter holidays, with the Miniature Steam Railway running on the 29th and 31st March, as well as the 1st April. What’s more, you can book their animal experiences from the end of February, including; Penguin Experience, Red Panda Experience, Meerkat Experience and more.

Curraghs Wildlife Park

For the Adventurers

This spring the island is hosting both the Easter Festival of Running from the 29th March to the 1st April, and the Manx Mountain Marathon on the 30th March. These are ideal events for those who love to keep active alongside taking in the breath-taking Manx scenery.

Manx Mountain Marathon Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running

If exploring is your passion make sure to attend Isle of Man Orienteering Klubb’s Orienteering Event at Conrhenny Wood on the 1st April. Suitable for all ages, this family-friendly event allows you to walk, jog or run around the woodland searching to find as many control flags as possible in one hour.

Orienteering Conrhenny

For the Culture & Heritage Seekers

On the 6th May Laa Boaldyn Manx May Day at Cregneash will see Manx May Day traditions being upheld with the making of Croish Cuirns to protect against mischievous fairies. Folklore stories will also be shared, as well as performances from Manx dance group Perree Bane.

Laa Boaldyn

The Dining Car will be running Easter services from the 29th to 31st March, giving you the opportunity to have some tasty food whilst aboard the Isle of Man Steam Railway’s fabulously restored narrow gauge dining car. A truly unique experience that all the family can enjoy.

If music and entertainment appeals to you, the Manx Music Festival will be held from the 27th April to the 4th May, while the Manx Amateur Drama Federation will be showing an array of both one act and full-length plays from the 30th March to the 5th April as part of their Easter Festival.

Countryside Stays

On a springtime break to the Isle of Man, you can truly embrace the season by choosing accommodation in the gorgeous countryside.

If you fancy immersing yourself in nature, but with the added extra of home comforts, check out our glamping options, such as; Saba’s Glen Yurt Eco Campsite, Glen Helen Glamping or Knockaloe Beg Farm.

Glen Helen Glamping

Perhaps a farm stay is your idea of springtime heaven? You can embrace country living at; Ballawyllin Farm Manx Dome Cottages, Willow Nook Cottages, Maggie’s Cottage or Ballavoddan Farm Cottages.

If a hotel stay is more up your street, we’d recommend The Comis for a luxurious stay including; a spa, golf course, champagne bar and restaurant, whilst surrounded by beautiful nature in the Santon countryside.

The Comis Hotel & Golf Resort Isle of Man

Take a look at the spring section of the Visit Isle of Man website for more information on how to embrace the season this year!