Queenie Festival Eve

June 28, 2013 by  
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Well its the eve of the Isle of Man Queenie Festival taking place in Port St Mary over the weekend of the 29th and 30th June.

Make sure you head on down to the Alfred Pier (the break water) to take in all the sights and smells of one of the islands friendliest festivals.

On Saturday and Sunday the gates open at and its free to children under the age of with donations for adults.

There will be usual stalls, cakes, cooking demonstrations plus favourites such as the Manx Wildlife Trust Touch Tanks and local arts and crafts. There will also be a selection of tasty seafood treats on offer featuring of course the star of the show local Isle of Man Queenies!

The Queenie Festival is a great day out for all the family so why not come on down to friendly Phurt Le Moirrey and join in the fun!

See you there!

Local chefs to feature in cooking demonstrations

June 13, 2013 by  
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A number of local chefs will cooking up some tasty seafood treats at this years Queenie Festival. There will be the normal chef cooking demos taking place over the Saturday and Sunday of the festival and held in the normal marquee.

Kathryn Sentance of Relish cookery school will be hosting the demos throughout the day with some names taking to the stage including:

Marcus Sutton of Nexus

Steve Quirke of The Tickethall

Stephen Dedman of The Regency Hotel

Plus there will be a special appearance by non other than Port St Mary’s Mr Fish himself, Tim Croft!

Be sure to pick up your free Queenie Festival programme containing further details of cooking demos and whats happening during the festival weekend!


Entries Open for Manx Mile Swim

June 11, 2013 by  
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Manx Mile Swimmers

It’s that time of year again when the sea is looking bewitchingly tempting – as long as you ignore the temperature and jellyfish!

The first of the EMCS IOM Bay Swim Series is on 29th June 2013 at Port St Mary as part of the Queenie Festival, followed by the Port Erin Sports Festival & Regatta swim on 13th July. Both are 14:00 sign-on, 15:00 safety briefing for 16:00 Start, with all entries to be in by the Monday before each swim (at the very latest!) to give us time to sort the start-lists with Graham at www.manxtimingsolutions.com . It’s all computerised due to the electronic timing chips used, and we therefore can’t take any late or on-the-day entries, so please enter promptly to avoid disappointment. If you’re thinking of swimming in either event, entries are limited to 100 and we’ve got a lot of off-island interest already, so get your entries in ASAP.

For all details, and to enter,  EMCS Manx Mile Open Water Swim, 29 June 2013. 14:00 sign-on, 15:00 safety briefing for 16:00 Start
Enter Online . There’s 800mm Junior (12-U16), 800m Novice (16+) and 1600m Senior (16+) events, with categories for wetsuit/costume and male/female.

If you’re receiving this as you’ve helped out in previous years with the Queenie Festival / Port Erin Regatta, as or boat/kayak support,  then please e-mail me back if you’re able to help this year. We’re particularly looking for boat support as breakdowns and problems getting round from PSM to Port Erin meant we nearly had to cancel the Port Erin event last year.  We also need people to help marshall / stopwatch, so don’t worry if you don’t want to get your feet wet there’s a place for everyone!

You’re welcome to swim for charity, or by all means donate to this year’s chosen charity, the IOM Children’s Centre:

At the end of June this year regular IOM swimmer & triathlete Richard George of EMCS will cycle from Lands End to John o’ Groats as part of a team raising funds for The Isle of Man Children’s Centre – www.thechildrenscentre.org.im, an Isle of Man based independent charity focussed on the support and well being of local children through numerous initiatives. The event will involve cycling over 1000 miles in 9 days solid. If you would like to donate you can do this directly as part of your event entry for the bay swims, or email Richard on richardgeorge@emcs.co.im , or bring some money down when you come for your swim and chuckit in a buckit!

The swims are run under BLDSA rules, with the exception that there is a wetsuit category as well as costume swimming.
If you’ve got any queries or can help out, send me an e-mail by all means. Our Child & Vulnerable Persons Officer is Carole Laporte, our Race Referee is Jill Bunyan, and our Lead-Safety-Kayaker is Steve Watt, thanks to all of them for their help again this year.
Please feel free to forward to anyone you think my fancy it or be able to help with support boats/kayaks, or stick the “sientries” links at the top of the page on your sports club website. Apologies if you get this e-mail more than once, or don’t want to receive e-mails on the swims, let me know and I’ll remove you from the list.

If you need a bit of practice beforehand, we’re still swimming every Sunday at Port Erin, 10:30am, meeting at the top of the slipway just past the Bay pub for a lap around the bathing beach. Please note though that Sunday swims don’t have any boat cover and are a group swim at your own risk, not an organised event, and under 16′s need an adult present on the beach or in/on the water while they swim. Other swims are posted on our Facebook group.

Lastly, thanks to Steve & Richard George at EMCS for their generous sponsorship of the event, following on from sponsoring last year’s Port Erin Sports Festival Regatta swim, and to the Mannin AnglingClub for the loan of their inflatable turn-bouys and ManxPaddlesports for Kayak cover.


Mark Gorry

Message from Queenie Festival HQ

June 10, 2013 by  
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Well the TT is now but a distant memory as the roads become one way and beer tent is dismantled the focus turns south to Port St Mary and the 2013 Queenie Festival.

This years festival will take place on the 29th and 30th of June in Port St Mary.

The Rushen MHK’s would like to welcome you to The Sure Queenie Festival 2013 and hope you have an enjoyable visit to Phurt Le Moirrey. The entire festival is centred on the Alfred Pier and kicks off with a mighty Ceilidh with ‘Kipperceilidh’ in the marquee on the Quay Friday night. There is fun for the whole family on Saturday and Sunday with the ever popular marine touch tanks kindly provided by the Manx Wildlife Trust, Chef demonstrations, Angling, kayaking, diving exhibition, music, food & craft stalls and much more. Saturday evening we have the fabulous Fecktones providing the music for The Herring Dance. Daytime entrance by donation for the Manx Wildlife Trust and evening events £10 each night or £15 for both nights.

We sincerely hope you come and join us celebrating our heritage by sea in the Phurt Le Moirrey.

Laurence Skelly, Juan Watterson & Phil Gawne

Hunt for the Golden Queenie Hots Up!

July 25, 2012 by  
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Organisers of this year’s Isle of Man Queenie Festival have announced that the Golden Queenie still remains unclaimed, despite a large number of treasure hunters searching hot on the queenie trail.

The Golden Queenie Conundrum was launched in Queenie Festival programmes on 2 June with 10 clues based on people, most of whom were connected to the sea. On solving the answers to the cryptic clues, treasure hunters must complete a grid similar to a crossword which will reveal an answer to be sent by text to the specified number which will then reveal further clues.

Tim Croft, Queenie Festival organiser commented, “On solving the initial conundrum grid and texting the answer, hunters receive a further clue which takes them to level two. Once this has been solved, the final clue, level three is revealed and this will give the actual location to the Golden Queenie!”

So far just one person has reached as far as level three and hot on their heels is well over twenty others now at level two!

For those treasure hunters on level 2 a further clue can be found here:

For those solving level 2, you feel you have cracked  the code

Remember we need a position,   to keep you on the road

So if you think you’ve answered correctly but getting no text reply

Make sure from nothing you know where you are , because that will tell you why.

Last year’s Golden Queenie Conundrum remained unsolved. Despite many people searching and attempting to solve the clues the Queenie Festival organisers took the decision to reveal the solution and relaunch a new Conundrum for 2012.

Festival Programmes now on sale!

June 3, 2012 by  
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Queenie Festival Programme

We are very pleased to announce that Isle of Man Queenie Festival Programmes are now on sale in selected newsagents island wide.

The programme has a whole heap of information about the festival weekend including a full intenerary for the Sure Mobile Beach Party on Friday 29 June in Port Erin and the very popular Marine Weekend that takes place in Port St Mary over 30 June and 1 July.

The programme also contains the highly sought after clues that will reveal the location of the Golden Queenie! So all you treasure hunters pick up a copy at newsagents or head for Island Seafare in Port St Mary where Tim Croft, Festival organiser has a stash. They are very reasonably priced at just £1.

We hope you will buy one and head down south for what promises to be a great a weekend!

Queenie Festival 2011 dates for the diary!

January 28, 2011 by  
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We are happy to announce the dates for the 2011 Queenie Festival, following the very successful 2010 event. The three day celebration of the sea will take place on the weekend of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd of July.

The festival will kick off with the Off Sure beach party on Port Erin beach on the Friday evening. Food tents hosted by celebrity chefs, live music, marine activities, beach cricket and the Off Sure dip are some of the attractions.

Day Two commences with a Marine Day in Port St Mary, in and around Alfred Pier & Paddy’s Market. Live chefs, music, Trawler racing, Kayak racing and the Viking Manx Mile are amongst the events on show. In the evening there is the Herring Dance a ticket only event with live music, as well as some of the best cuisine this side of the Atlantic!

Completing the weekend on Sunday afternoon is the second part of the Marine Day. Manx scallop dancing, traditional Manx music, more live chef action & music round off a fine weekend.

More details to follow in the coming months…

Golden Queenie is claimed!

July 13, 2009 by  
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Sarah Brown of Edremony, Port Erin, has claimed the coveted Golden Queenie, pipping fellow explorers at the post on a Port Erin beach.

The organisers of the Isle of Man Queenie Festival buried the treasure in a secret location several weeks ago, encouraging the public to discover its whereabouts with a series of teasing clues contained in the festival programme.

With an estimated value of £4,000, the hiding place of the solid gold queenie shell has been the subject of intense interest – and much digging!

The treasure trail has taken Queenie hunters far and wide over the Island, from St Trinian’s Church to the Round Table.

But yesterday (Sunday 12th July), Port Erin woman Sarah Brown dug up the prize virtually on her own doorstep: the Golden Queenie was buried on ‘Mortuary Beach’, a small, pebbly cove adjoining the main Port Erin shore.

Sarah describes the lead-up to her discovery: ‘I realised weeks ago where it was and I’d been digging, trying to find the exact spot, ever since. Everything fitted, all the clues linked up in my mind. Also, I’m quite obsessive – I’m the sort of person who counts their steps wherever they go – so I knew straightaway, for instance, how many steps there were down to the beach.’

Sarah was not the only person to pinpoint Mortuary Beach as the Queenie hotspot; she estimates that there were around 30 people digging at the site, and 6 at the time of her discovery – leaving few stones unturned!

‘I must have spent about 40 hours digging – I’ve given myself a bad back! I’d dug these huge, deep trenches but the Queenie was buried in quite shallow ground. I just scraped some sand away from one of my trenches and there it was, right next to where I’d already been digging.

‘When I found it, I couldn’t stop screaming and pointing! I was so excited.’

How did the other treasure hunters react? ‘Other people on the beach were telling me to pick it up. Everyone came and huddled round and one woman said I deserved it, because I’d spent so many hours digging’.

On that day, Sarah was digging on her own but on other occasions, her young son was a willing helper. She says ‘He’s really excited too. I’m going to buy him a present for helping me’.

Sarah has yet to claim the actual Golden Queenie: buried in the sand was a tupperware box with a yellow painted Queenie shell and a code number, which Sarah had to quote to the festival organisers to verify her find. She will now receive her prize at a special presentation, to be announced soon.

Apart from winning the prize, Sarah says that one of the best things about the challenge has been the other treasure hunters: ‘I’ve never met so many new people as I have in the last few weeks; it’s been fantastic’.

Festival organiser Tim Croft, of Island Seafare, says, ‘The hunt for the Golden Queenie has captured the public imagination. People have been researching and discovering things they never knew about the Isle of Man. What’s also been great is that it’s got people out and about, seeing new places, meeting people they know and having a yarn!’

The discovery of the Golden Queenie, which was donated by Celtic Gold of Peel, brings the hugely successful Queenie Festival to a close for another year.

Saturday 4th July – Marine Day & Yn Daunse n Skeddan’

July 4, 2009 by  
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Marine Day 2009 builds on the success of last year’s event where thousands came out despite the rain for what was a fantastic Day in Port St Mary. This year’s event starts at 11am and has the extremely popular marine touch tanks, courtesy of Manx Wildlife Trust, for kids and adults to get up close with the fish and plant species that live in the surrounding sea. Around the touch tanks will be a whole host of events, stalls, live music and competitions.

This year also sees the return of the Port St Mary Trawler race! Prizes are on offer for a time trial and also the best dressed boat which I bet will be worth the trip to Port St Mary in themselves.

Again there will be cooking and seafood preparation demonstrations as well as plenty of food available for you to enjoy throughout the day. The Lifeboat, Barrule Fisheries Vessel, Coastguard, 7th Wave and Manx Wildlife Trust will all be there giving you a chance to interact and maybe get involved with.

It really will be a great family day out and if last year’s is anything to go by it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing.

Yn Daunse n Skeddan’ or The Herring Dance starts at 8pm in the Stone Field in Port St Mary and goes on till late. For those of you that don’t know the Stone Field, it is at the cross roads by Port St Mary School. This is just a good old fashioned knees up; licensed bar, live music and a great laugh. Those of you that remember the Stone Field doos from the past will be able to vouch for how good these nights are and I’m sure there’ll be many Stone Field veterans there on the night. Bunch of Skankas & The Tholtan Builders are providing the entertainment so not one to be missed!

Fun on the Water goes Swimmingly!

July 1, 2009 by  
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The weather was in our favour again tonight and ‘Fun on the Water’ at the The Shore Hotel and Gansey went swimmingly.

Actually, quite literally as the first legs of the Scallop Shell Swims got under way. With contestants travelling from across to take part this was a really great event to watch. Have to say I chickened out this year!! The main swim was 1mile long and was won in a time well under 30 minutes which is pretty impressive.

The Kayaking sessions provided by Adventurous Experiences went down extremely well too and I believe a couple of the groups heading out had a couple of playful Seals swimming along with them! There was also a kayak race and Dinghy sailing to entertain the crowds gathered along the seafront to watch and cheer on the competitors. It was fantastic to see Gansey so busy especially on such a good night.

Manx Queenies were back on the menu with barbeque and of course the special Queenie Festival beer brewed especially to compliment the sweet taste of the Manx Queenie by Okell’s.

To round the night off nicely Truman Falls set up outside the Shore for an evening of live music. Queenie Beer was flowing pretty nicely when we left so I’m sure there’s still many hardy souls making the most of the weather and the festival.

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