Christmas takes to the streets in Douglas

Christmas is taking to the streets in Douglas in the run up to Christmas with an outdoor Christmas ‘emporium’ every Thursday and Sunday.

ChristmasTreeCopy_of_QSC_1635VersionOrganised by Douglas Development Partnership each emporium event, which will be held the full length of Castle Street and Marina Road, will showcase some of the finest and fabulously festive products the Isle of Man has to offer, from cup cakes to candy floss, Christmas cards to Christmas puddings, delectable delicatessen dishes and much more.

Douglas town centre manager Gill Anderson said: ‘The Christmas emporium is the essential place to be for distinctively different gifts, festive food and entertainment…and with free parking every Thursday evening from  now until Christmas in the Bottleneck and Shaw’s Brow car parks and on Douglas Promenade walkway Douglas is the destination for Christmas shopping with a difference. We’re also grateful to the Department of Economic Development for attracting a number of small businesses who have benefited from its small business start-up scheme to participate.’

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GillAnderson_DSC1775Pitch up for Christmas: street entertainers sought for Douglas town centre

Street entertainers are being urged to book early to reserve their pitches in Douglas town centre over the Christmas period.

Town centre manager Gill Anderson (pictured) said: ‘Having buskers in the town centre at Christmas has proved very successful. Street entertainment adds to the atmosphere at this busy time of the year and helps attract greater number of shoppers.

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North Quay captures crowds with crafts, cupcakes and cars

Douglas’s North Quay hosted an autumn market fair featuring crowd-pulling attractions ranging from cupcakes to craft stalls, cars to carousels.

GeneralZSC_7564The organising body for the event was the recently formed North Quay Community Association whose chairman Laurence Keenan said: ‘These markets demonstrate yet again how well the North Quay and its existing businesses lend itself to outdoor events, especially those offering a compelling mix of specialist Manx products and lively street entertainment. The association’s members are meeting regularly to develop a programme of events to promote the facilities and businesses on North Quay and are committed to realising the area’s full potential as a prime location for leisure and entertainment in Douglas.’

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Success for Island’s first Festival of Youth

The Island’s first Festival of Youth has been hailed a success.

Held at sites along the southern end of Douglas promenade and in the town centre the festival took place on Saturday September 10 to coincide with the town’s hosting of the Commonwealth Youth Games.

ZombiesTownZSC_5154Organised by Douglas Development Partnership and supported by Britannia International, one of the Games’ partners, with additional support from Mannifest, the festival provided an opportunity to showcase young people’s talent across a range of performance arts.  Douglas town centre manager Gill Anderson said: ‘The event was a fantastic success and generated a really animated atmosphere and elements of surprise, thanks in no small measure to the creative input of Mike Bell of The Play People.

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Douglas regeneration scheme at Prospect Hill: traffic restrictions

Work to improve the pedestrian facilities on Prospect Hill between Ridgeway Street and Upper Nelson Street has begun. This work is the second regeneration project in Douglas and will enhance this important gateway into the town centre.

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