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MNH seasonal sites to open on first day of Easter holidays 31 March 2009

Manx National Heritage seasonal sites will re-open to the public for the 2009 summer season on 4th April, the first day of the school holidays. There will be plenty going on at all 13 ‘Story of Mann’ sites during the Easter break and for the rest of the season, for adults and children alike.

To celebrate Easter, from 4th to 18th April at the Manx Museum every child completing the fun quiz, ‘The Manx Museum Discovery Trail’ will receive a FREE Easter egg, as well as a voucher giving them FREE ENTRY to a ‘Story of Mann’ site. Watch out for new discovery trails at MNH heritage sites across the Island this season, beginning with Castle Rushen in the near future!

The Christmas Farmers’ Market at the House of Manannan.The ‘I love Manx’ symbol.At The House of Manannan in Peel there’ll be children’s Easter craft sessions every day during the holidays, including design your own egg cup and make your own sequin egg or Easter egg character. These crafts will be available to every child visiting the interpretive centre over the holidays for just £1. For adults, building on the success of the Christmas farmers’ market in the same location, there will be an Easter ‘I love Manx’ market taking place on Easter Sunday at the House of Manannan piazza from 11am to 3pm. Howard Parkin, Public Services Manager, Manx National Heritage commented:

“There will be a range of stalls selling fresh, seasonal, local produce for all your Easter culinary needs.”

This April will also see the launch of a great money-saver ticket, the 5 site pass. This special ticket enables people to visit 5 heritage attractions in 7 days at a reduced admission rate, and will be available to buy from ‘Story of Mann’ sites.

The 5 site pass will be launched this season. Howard Parkin continued:

“This great money-saver ticket means that visitors can get the most out of the ‘Story of Mann’ sites for less. It’s the perfect buy for locals with friends and family over to visit, or as an unusual gift for a heritage enthusiast.”

The ‘Story of Mann’ seasonal sites include The Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail, The Grove Museum in Ramsey, The Old House of Keys, The Nautical Museum, The Old Grammar School and Castle Rushen in Castletown, Peel Castle, The National Folk Museum at Cregneash and Rushen Abbey in Ballasalla. They will be open daily from 10am to 5pm until 31st October 2009. The Manx Museum, House of Manannan, Niarbyl Café and The Sound Restaurant are open all year round.

Further details on forthcoming events at the Manx National Heritage sites are detailed on www.storyofmann.com or in the Manx National Heritage What’s On leaflet, available now at all Story of Mann attractions.

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