The Isle of Man is famous for a number of things. The Laxey Wheel and the Heritage Steam Railway, the punishing Parish Walk and the High Speed TT races. But it is also becoming a hotspot for its local festivals and shows.
If you are a fan of racing but can't get enough of a fix during TT week then the Festival of Motorcycling offers a great time to get extra biking action in between August and September each year and includes the Classic TT, a real chance to experience classic bikes and racing.
For foodies visiting the Island festivals such as the Queenie Festival in Port Erin and Port St Mary keep entire families entertained with competitions, stalls, rides, and live music over the weekend. Events such as the CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival offer a more adult orientated place to visit with over 3,000 people attending and 10,500 pints being sold in 2014.
If you are the sporting type then there are plenty of events for you spread throughout the year and many offer an ideal chance to enjoy the Manx countryside while competing. The Easter Festival of Running offers a series of highly competitive races over various terrain but, if you want something a little more relaxing for your break then it may be worth timing your visit with the Isle of Man Walking Festival. This offers events for people of all fitness levels and experience and is ideal for newcomers to walking.