Interested in touring?
M any people who have never been to the Isle of Man, whilst having heard about what a fantastic place it is, they are not sure exactly where it is! The answer is that it lies in the Irish Sea, between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, less than 60 miles west of the Lancashire coastline, and it is easy to get to thanks to excellent air and sea services.
The Island is a unique self-governing kingdom - a Crown dependency which belongs to neither the UK nor the European Union. It has its own parliament (called Tynwald), laws, traditions, culture, cuisine and postage stamps. Other differences include the Manx language and currency (though English is the spoken tongue and English and UK currencies are accepted everywhere).
The thriving east coast town and port of Douglas, where Vagabonds is located, is the capital of the Isle of Man. The hub of much Island activity, it offers a great variety of accommodation, pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants.
In terms of sporting events, the Isle of Man is probably best known for the TT races, only closely followed by:
The I.O.M. Vagabonds Easter Festival of Rugby!!
The Festival is now in its twenty third year and, being intended for all ages and levels, still attracts teams from all over the U.K. and beyond. We welcome some teams back on a regular basis and we also like to see and welcome new faces each year.
Due to an increase in the number of women's teams traveling to the Festival over the last couple of years we have introduced a Ladies knock-out tournament for the Cain's Cup and Plate which takes place on Easter Saturday and a separate sevens competition on the Sunday.
Saturday also sees the Manx Challenge Cup match where the host side invites a visiting club to compete for the trophy.
The format of the Festival weekend this year can be found at the following link: http://www.vagabondsiom.net/index.php?p=custom4&edit=1&f=preview
In / Out of season tours