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Ramsey

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Taking position as second largest town on the Isle of Man. You will find quite a lot on the busy shopping street. There is a harbour still in daily use and a beach for the sun seekers, as Ramsey boasts the most sunny spot on the island.

Ramsey, capital of the north, is the main town in the north and is known as the island's agriculture town. Named by the Norse as 'Wild Garlic River' due to settlements nearby where wild garlic grows in abundance. In the past its harbours saw the shipping of livestock and seed, but that was not all its harbour here saw. It also saw the start of many invasions upon its shores. Most notable in 1079 with King Orry and then in 1313 with Robert the Bruce. Being the most convenient harbour to England, Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia, Ramsey saw a fair few armies just passing through on their way to somewhere else.

In 1865, Ramsey became a town and at that time was at the forefront of ship building, being the first shipyard to build an oil tanker known as 'The Jane'. Within the same year Ramsey shipyard also built the Euterpe or 'Star of India', which today moors at a floating museum in San Diego.

The town is also known as Royal Ramsey, due to a couple of royal visits. One in 1847, by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and later in 1907 by King Edward VII and Queen Alaxandra.


Events
Dates: Sunday 01 May 2016
Description: Queens Pier Ramsey unlocking. We have organised, by road closure, for all to meet on May 1st at 2.30pm to witness the 'unlocking of the Pier' celebration. The historical event needs your face in it. Eric Corkish, the offical Pier photographer, will be in attendance to catch you all for posterity. (You can also take selfies!). This is the first step on the road to getting our Pier back and it's a great opportunity to see the gates being opened again, something many people thought would never happen. Please note spectators will not be able to access the Pier itself. Queens Pier,, Ramsey, 474333 http://www.ramseypier.co.uk.
Dates: Sunday 05 June 2016 - Tuesday 07 June 2016
Description: Ramsey TT Sprint. Ramsey TT Sprint. 5th and 7th June. Mooragh Promenade,, Ramsey, http://www.iomtt.com.
Dates: Monday 25 July 2016 - Friday 19 August 2016
Description: Learn to sail. Monday to Friday 25th July to 29th July and 15th August to 19th August. Sailing session for children 9.30-11.00 and 11.15-12.45. Whilst on holiday why not learn a new skill? £30. Please telephone 814240. Venture Centre, Jacks Lane, Ramsey, 01624814240.
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Event information supplied by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure (01624 686766)

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