21 September, 2022

The end of September sees the welcome return of Isle of Man’s Heritage Open Days, the Island’s largest free celebration of heritage with over 80 weekend events taking place from Friday 30 September to Sunday 9 October. The spirit of the event is about rediscovering some of the historic or unusual places, stories, objects, characters and culture from around the Isle of Man.

Isle of Man Heritage Open Days are a proud celebration of our heritage as a community. To take part in the festival organisations, individuals and groups provide public access to buildings, landscapes and displays that are usually closed to the public, have an admission fee or can provide new insights into the significance of the area, artefact or story. The events take place all over the Island and have inspired people to embrace the heritage on their door step. The entire festival is free to attend. 

The programme this year has been designed to keep you and your senses alive with new contributions (including tasters) from Moore’s Traditional Smokehouse and Fynoderee Distillery.

Tiffany Kerruish, Co-Founder of Fynoderee Distillery said:

“We’re really looking forward to taking part in the Heritage Open Days Programme for the first time and welcoming visitors to the Fynoderee world! We will be talking about the folklore that inspires us, the history of distilling on the Island, the local botanical ingredients featured in our products and taking guests behind the scenes to see where the magic happens.  There will of course be the opportunity to sample the range!”

Helen Ashcroft, Pubic Engagement Manager for Manx National Heritage said:

“Heritage Open Days are the favourite time of year for many of the festival visitors, who enjoy this incredible island-wide event.  Our 2022 Programme includes many established favourites ranging from Charles Guard’s popular presentations, which include a tour of Government House to Beth Martin’s tours on Smeale Farm.  There’s a Vintage Vehicle Running day at Jurby Transport Museum, a walk through time in Dhoon Glen with Brian Beattie and a wide variety of walks, talks and special events”. 

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the doors of the Public Record Office where thousands of documents are retained on behalf of the nation, you can find out at Heritage Open Days. 

The full Isle of Man Heritage Open Days programme can be found online at https://manxnationalheritage.im/whats-on/detail/hod22/. Bookings for all events opened on Wednesday 14 September.  With significant interest form the opening of bookings some events are already full, however, there is still availability across a range of events, please visit https://manxnationalheritage.im/whats-on/detail/hod22/ to find out more and to book.