Monday, April 23, 2018
You are here: Isle of Man > Isle of Man News
Isle of Man News
General News
Turnip Thinning at Cregneash! 26 June 2009

A Turnip Thinning Competition at CregneashOn Saturday 4th July from 2pm, visitors are welcome to join in the Annual Turnip Thinning Competition at The National Folk Museum at Cregneash.

The turnips were sown in May and are now ready to be thinned – requiring a 9” space between each plant. The activity once took place throughout the Island at this time of year and involved the whole community. The turnip crop was very important to the Manx farmer as a cash crop and most importantly for feed for the livestock for the long winter.

This year, the turnips at Cregneash will be used not only for feeding the sheep and cattle but also for the annual Hop Tu Naa event when they will be used to make lanterns.

Pete Kelly, Cregneash Farm Manager for Manx National Heritage, said:

“Traditionally, people thinned turnips on their knees and ‘crept’ along each of the ridges pulling out the plants that were not required. Sacks were tied to their knees to provide protection from sharp stones!”

The Turnip Thinning competition will take place at Cregneash on Saturday 4th July 2009. All are welcome to come along and enjoy this hands-on experience of Manx farming life. Registration is at 2pm when all competitors will be issued with a row of turnips to thin and traditional sacking for their knees.

More stories >>>  

Related News Articles
Wartime at Cregneash 15 August 2012
This weekend, as part of the Island at War event on the Steam Railway, visitors can travel by free vintage bus service from Port Erin and Port St. [More]
Hop tu Naa Weekend at Cregneash 25 October 2011
Young visitors with their turnip lanternsAs the rest of the British Isles prepares to celebrate Halloween, the village of Cregneash gets ready for a wonderful weekend of Hop tu Naa celebrations starting at 10am on Saturday 29th October, with ‘Jinnie the Witch and Friends’ and Traditional Hop tu Naa on Sunday 30th October. [More]
Hop Tu Naa Celebrations at Cregneash 21 October 2010
As the rest of the British Isles prepares to celebrate Halloween, The National Folk Museum at Cregneash will stage the annual traditional Manx Hop tu Naa celebration starting at 10am on Sunday 31st October 2010. [More]
Fun for All the Family at 'Cruinnaght Chreneash' 27 August 2010
The National Folk Museum at Cregneash is once again showcasing the traditional methods of farming and craft at the annual ‘Cruinnaght Chreneash’. [More]
O Land of Our Birth in the 21st Century 12 July 2010
The Isle of Man Arts Council is very pleased to present an exhibition by Sally Hogarth entitled 'O Land of our Birth - Cultural Identity within a Global Age’ at the Sayle Gallery from 16th July until 5th August 2010. [More]

Other Guides by Maxima Systems Ltd: Disney World