Saturday, July 15 at 12 PM – 5 PM : The Cathedral and Corrin Hall, Peel

This free-to-attend community event (12 noon – 5pm) brings together the best of Isle of Man traditional music and dance with local artisan crafts. The Cathedral Isle of Man provides a spectacular space for music concerts, while the outdoor spaces will be utilised to create a family-friendly festival atmosphere, ensuring there is plenty for culture lovers, families and music fans alike!

In the Cathedral:
In the Cathedral Isle of Man there’ll be performances throughout the afternoon by Manx and guest artists, including Scottish harpist Rachel Hair, Manx singer Ruth Keggin, young folk group Share na Veg, organist Peter Litman, pianist Madeline Kelly, and a sneak preview of Saturday evening’s headline act, Connla.

In the Corrin Hall:
The Corrin Hall will be the setting for the artisan craft fair, which demonstrates the range of skills and products available through the Island’s talented community of artists, craft workers and producers. Artisans include (in alphabetical order): Alice Rose Fayle Design; Alice Quayle; Apple Orphanage; Artforms from Nature (Graham Hall); Breeze Candles; ElementIsle; GetGlitFaced!; Katy Mitchell Ceramics; Little Tree Soaps; Manai (Henna and Body Art); Manx Mohair; Nicola Dixon; Reap What You Sew; Stixx; Sweet Ginger Emporium; Taylor Made Cakes; Yarny Grainne. We’re excited!! 

Around the grounds:
Piper Sharon Christian will open the event at noon, then there’ll be dancing from Perree Bane, Scoill Daunse Yernagh Ellan Vannin, Skeddan Jiarg and Rhythm of Bulgaria on the Labyrinth. Mooinjey Veggey pre-school will be celebrating 20 years with a range of family-friendly activities, John Dog Callister will be reciting his poetry, Manx Litfest will join forces with the Bridge Bookshop, and there will be a treasure-hunt and free face-painting for children… plus a chance to grab some refreshments from Black Dog Oven pizzas and Stixx Ice-cream. 

Meanwhile, the renowned puppeteer, Fi Angwin, will be entertaining kids young and old with her unique brand of storytelling and at 4pm, adults can pick up some storytelling skills from Fi in a free workshop. If the weather isn’t as kind as we would wish (and it is St Swithun’s Day!), these will take place indoors in the Cathedral, Corrin Hall & Centenary Centre.

Our grateful thanks go to the Dean and Wardens of Cathedral Isle of Man, and particularly to Conister Bank.

Celtfest – The Gathering: Artisan Fair and Family Day