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Villa Marina

Open: All Year: Daily, 9am - 5pm
Price: Gardens Free
Event Prices as Shown
Disabled: Access
Location: Douglas
Parking: Ample, close by.
Park along the Promenade.

History

The Villa Marina started as an Estate. The land was acquired by George Steuart, who shortly after the purchase died in 1806. Some of the land was sold off and on the rest a house was built by the late Steuart's son for his mother. Upon Mrs Steuart's death the house become a school and then a governor residence. The latter in 1861 indicated the starting move from the capital then in Castletown to Douglas, as accommodation in Castletown was unavailable for the new Lieutenant Governor Pigott.

In 1868 the Estate was bought by Henry Bloom Noble for 7,000. Upon his death in 1903 the Estate was offered for sale as a tourist site to Douglas Corporation in his will. In 1910, the Villa Marina Estate, then known as Marina Lodge, was purchased by Douglas Corporation from Noble's Trustees for 60,000. The Villa Marina Royal Hall and Gardens were opened in the the summer of 1913. Extensions to the Villa Marina were made in 1931. These included the Colonnade, Veranda, Public Conveniences and Arcade.

In 1973, the Reading Room was converted into a Conference Hall. A new bandstand was erected at the Villa Marina in 1996. In 2001, the Villa Marina underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment, which was completed early in 2004.

Location

The Villa Marina is located along Harris Promenade overlooking Douglas Bay.

By Vehicle:
Travel to Douglas and then along the sea front to Harris Promenade.

By Bus:
Douglas can be reached by most main bus routes: 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 6's, as well as many others minor routes. On the island most routes leads to/from Douglas.

By Railway:
By Electric Railway, take the trams heading to Douglas. Then walk along the Promenade to Harris Promenade and the Villa Marina.
(Note: It is a long walk, there are always buses and in the summer a regular service by the Horse Drawn Trams.)

By Steam Railway, take the train to Douglas and then walk along the Promenade to Harris Promenade and the Villa Marina.

Visiting the Villa Marina

The Gardens are open to the public all year round. In the summer outside concerts are held on the grounds. The Villa Marina main complex was rebuilt and opened to the public again in April 2004. A range of facilities are available in the new complex, as well as the Royal Hall for concerts. Check listings for events held there.

Royal Hall
With sound, stage and lighting technology, this 1500 seat venue is perfect for concerts, shows and events. There is a spacious dance floor.

Broadway Cinema
State of the art cinema entertaining all the family with a range of new and old favourites.

Promenade Suite
Often rented room for meetings, events and local interest shows.

Dragon's Castle
Dedicated soft play area over many levels for children. Refreshment counter as well as seperate party room available.

Colonnade Gardens
Popular raised walkway, which links to the Villa Marina Gardens. Take in the wonderful sea views as well as the refreshing sea air.


Events
Dates: Friday 27 May 2016 - Sunday 26 June 2016
Description: Around the World in 90 minutes: An Astronaut's Perspecti. After a 28 year career, NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott (Ret.) has now embarked on a new adventure as an artist, using her painting and photography as a way of expressing her spaceflight experience and the awe of living and working in Space. From her first 'Earth view' watercolour, also the first painting in space that she created whilst aboard the Internaitonal Space Station, Nicole has been developing her artistic practice, now choosing a mixed media approach to painting. Sea glass fragments, stones and textured gels are a few of the materials that she has incorporated into her paintings, allowing her to express the many shapes and forms on show when when viewing the Earth at 17,500 mph from 250 miles up. Nicole Stott's exhibition 'Around the World in 90 Minutes: An Astronaut's Perspective' will run at the Sayle Gallery from 27th May until 26th June and is presented with support from MannSat and the Isle of Man Arts Council. Villa Marina Colonnade, 1-3 Harris Promenade, Douglas, 674557 http://www.sayle.gallery.
Dates: Sunday 12 June 2016 - Thursday 30 June 2016
Description: Brass Bands Summer Season (June). Brass Bands of the Isle of Man. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Villa Marina Arcade, Harris Promenade, Douglas, 01624694598 http://www.iomarts.com.
Dates: Friday 01 July 2016 - Sunday 31 July 2016
Description: Of Time and Place art exhibition. Peter Davies-Of Time and Place Art Exhibition. Peter has enjoyed a long career spanning five decades in the arts. Born in Moreton on the Wirral peninsula, he was educated at Wallasey School of Art, Birmingham College of Art and Birmingham University, and latterly served as Principal of Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. Throughout this time he has produced a richly diverse body of work, inspired by his fascination with a sense of time and place, encompassing paintings, drawings, studio pieces, illustrations, collages and prints. Much of this is produced on location, notably around England, France and the Isle of Man, where he records the prevailing weather conditions, seasons or time of day, capturing the unique spirit of a moment in time. Villa Marina Colonnade, 1-3 Harris Promenade, Douglas, 674557 http://www.sayle.gallery.
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Event information supplied by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure (01624 686766)

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