While the focus of Tynwald Day might be on politics, the highlight is definitely the fair!
In years past I’ve worked at the fair on Tynwald Day so it was so much fun to just walk around and take everything in. I figured that a lot of my artisan and maker friends would be there too so I could catch up with everyone in one go and do a little shopping on the side.
Tynwald Day is the Isle of Man’s national day and celebrates the island’s history in being the longest sitting democratic parliament in Europe – it was founded by the Vikings a thousand years ago. Though many people will sit in the grandstands and listen to the new laws being read out by our politicians, most, like myself, come to enjoy the festive atmosphere, local food, and artisan booths.
My gatherings from the day included Elderflower Cordial from Staarvey Farm, a seaglass necklace from my friend Eve, a tiny three legs of Mann from Dalewood Craft Designs & Laser Cutting, and a sprig of Mugwort.
This herb is called Bollan bane in Manx Gaelic and is traditionally worn on your chest or button hole on Tynwald Day. Mugwort was used in Manx folk medicine and white magic but is also the symbol of St. John, the saint whose day falls on the fifth of July too.
Manx Artisans, Crafters, local food Producers
I made a game of spotting people I knew, having lively chats and catch-ups, and of taking photos of friends. The rest of this post is mainly just photos of all the talented people I met along my meander through the fair. I’ve included links to their websites and Facebooks too – just click the photo to head their direction.
All of the producers in this post work from small businesses and even at home here on the Isle of Man. Supporting their creative efforts is both a delicious and beautiful way to spread the love in our local community.