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Edwardian Day at the Grove - A Great Day Out for the Whole Family! 18 June 2008

On Sunday 29th June 2008, Manx National Heritage are inviting both residents and visitors to step back in time and enjoy an Edwardian Day at the Grove Museum in Ramsey, a special event celebrating Edwardian life on the Isle of Man.

The event will focus on the period of 1901 to 1910, during the reign of King Edward VII, and will offer a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of the then youthful, Miss Janet and Miss Alice Gibb, the owners and residents of the property who bequeathed it to the Manx nation on their deaths.

The Gibbs lovingly preserved legacy has been maintained by Manx National Heritage, with period rooms retaining sumptuous original furnishings, costumes and a wealth of accumulated possessions, while the complex of outbuildings show early farm vehicles and equipment including a restored horse-powered threshing mill.

Matthew Richardson, Curator for Social History at Manx National Heritage said:

“The Edwardian Day at the Grove promises to be an event for the whole family, with visitors being able to enjoy a fascinating insight into Edwardian pastimes, see vehicles of the period and gain an intriguing insight into the Isle of Man in this fascinating era”.

Throughout the day, a variety of activities and entertainments will take place including a Magic Lantern Show of old Ramsey and the Isle of Man, traditional handcrafts including embroidery, lace making, spinning, weaving and crochet demonstrations, as well as traditional cookery demonstrations including butter making.

Steam Car
1903 Turner Miesse Steam Car
There will also be the opportunity to learn to play croquet and other traditional Edwardian garden games, see carriages and vehicles of the period including a fascinating 1903 Steam Car manufactured by the Turner Motor Manufacturing Company, together with the opportunity to enjoy two timed performances by Ramsey Town Band (commencing at 1pm and 2pm).

Light refreshments including homemade cakes, tea and scones will be served in a marquee within the grounds throughout the day, with lunches and refreshments also available in the Grove Conservatory Restaurant, along with the opportunity to purchase souvenirs of your visit to historic Ramsey.

Matthew Richardson continued:

“We hope that visitors enjoy the many attractions and activities that the Edwardian Day has to offer, together with taking the opportunity to enjoy a day out at the Grove in historic Ramsey”.

The Grove is situated on the A9 Andreas Road on the outskirts of Ramsey and ample free parking is available for the day. Visitors to the Edwardian Day will have the opportunity to enjoy a free excursion aboard a Vintage Bus travelling from Ramsey Bus Station via Mooragh Promenade to the Grove.

The Vintage Bus will depart from Ramsey Bus Station every half an hour from 10am to 11.30pm and 1pm to 4pm throughout the day, returning at half hour intervals commencing 10.10am to 11.40 and 1.10pm to 4.10pm. There will a 1 hour break in excursions between 12pm and 1pm. Transport to the event will also be available through the 17A and 18A Sunday Bus Services.

The event will take place at the Grove Museum in Ramsey on Sunday 29th June between 10am and 4.30pm and all are welcome to attend. For furtehr details on the event, please click here.

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