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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 09 August 2015 - Monday 10 August 2015
Description: IOM Marathon and Half Marathon. Classic distance marathon and half marathon road race on quiet scenic and rural course, starting and finishing in Ramsey 9.am Please enter on line, Ballacloan Stadium,, Ramsey, http://isleofmanmarathon.com.
Dates: Saturday 15 August 2015
Description: Houghton Weavers. An evening of humour and song, from 8pm. Tickets £15 from Celtic Gold-Peel, Shakti Man-Ramsey, Peter Norris Music-Douglas and Thompson Travel-Port Erin. Also available online at www.centenarycentre.com, Centenary Centre, Atholl Street, Peel, http://www.centenarycentre.com.
Dates: Sunday 23 August 2015
Description: Ballet at Ballaglass. Manx Wildlife Trust presents Ballet at Ballaglass on Sunday 23rd August from 2.30pm to 5.00pm. A performance by Dancer's Barre from their Gaiety Theatre production at Cornaa Mill, Ballaglass. Courtesy of Dora Johnstone. Tickets, including afternoon teas, available from The Wildlife Shop, Peel; Welcome Centre, Douglas; Visitors Centres and Shakti Man, Ramsey or ring 882401/462504. Parking at the Trout Hatchery. Cornaa Mill, Ballaglass, Maughold, 882401 or 462504.
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Event information supplied by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure (01624 686766)

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