Isle of Man
Think of the Isle of Man and you might think motorsport and financial institutions.
But take a trip here and there's a lot more to discover – an island of breathtakingly diverse natural beauty, where historic sights blend into the landscape and you can get a genuinely wild outdoor experience.
Festivals and events
TT Races, Manx Grand Prix and Southern 100 The entire Isle of Man transforms for two weeks in early June every year for the biggest event in the island's calendar: the TT (Tourist Trophy) races. This annual event sees world-class bikers come to race along the roads of the Isle of Man. Tens of thousands of motorsports enthusiasts come to watch the races during both practice week and race week. A fairground opens on Douglas promenade, spectators line the roads and special performances from stunt bikers and jet planes are put on to create an energetic atmosphere across the island.
If you can't make it for the TT, then there are other, lower-profile races throughout the year. Head here in late August for the Manx Grand Prix and July for the Southern 100.
Tynwald Day Another major day in the Isle of Man calendar is Tynwald Day, an island-wide holiday on 5 July. The island's politicians gather in St John's, the historic heart of the government, for a formal political ceremony held on Tynwald Hill, but there are also concerts, a parade and fireworks.