Today Visit Isle of Man, an Executive Agency of the Department for Enterprise, has announced the cancellation of the 2021 Isle of Man International Darts Festival, due to be held in March. This cancellation is due to the effects of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

The Isle of Man International Darts Festival which attracts up to 1000 out-of-season visitors each year from the UK, Ireland, Europe and further afield, was due to take place between the 11th and 14th March 2021 at the Villa Marina in Douglas.

Rob Callister MHK, Political Member with responsibility for Visit Isle of Man and Motorsport, commented:

‘I know this will be a disappointment to our visiting darts players and fans, as well as the Isle of Man’s own darting fraternity. It has not been possible to find a suitable alternative date for the Festival later in the year so the decision has been made to reinstate the Festival between the 10th and 13th March 2022. Further details of which will be released at a later date.

‘The Festival is a major component of the annual events calendar organised by Visit Isle of Man and private event organisers and we very much look forward to welcoming everyone back for what we hope will be a bumper Festival in March 2022.’

Howard Miller, Promoter for The Isle of Man International Darts Festival, commented:

‘We are naturally saddened by the news, but under the current global circumstances it is unfortunately inevitable. The public’s health is and always will be the paramount objective, and we very much look forward to meeting up next year’.