The Christmas Emporium

The Christmas Emporium added to the atmosphere and footfall in Castle Street and Marina Road this Christmas.  The various stalls selling everything from cupcakes to soaps and pet gifts helped attract shoppers along the full length of the street reminding them of some of the great local retailers at the northern end of the main retail area.  The Emporium has demonstrated the value that street trading can have in increasing vitality and footfall in the town centre.







Festival of Youth

The Festival of Youth was organised by the Development Partnership during September 2011 to coincide with the staging of the Commonwealth Youth Games in Douglas.  The event, which was sponsored by Britannia International and Mannifest involved performances by young performers on the Promenade stage alongside demonstrations by skaters, bmxers, skateboarders, sea cadets and schoolboy motocrossers. 

In the town centre itself we worked with the Play People to stage three amazing events, the first Douglas Zombie Walk, the "MP3 Experiment" and "Parkour Stopping".

A group of tormented and decomposing zombies gathered at Villiers Square before rampaging through Strand Street, invading the Game store and then invading the main stage on the Promenade.  Several onlookers were devoured on the way.  A terrifying video of the zombies can be viewed here.  If you're are interested in taking part in zombie related events in the future like our facebook page.  You'll also find more photos there.



The MP3 experiment saw some crazy antics with strangers all doing exercises in the Strand Centre, reading out loud in Waterstones, freezing in the middle of Strand Street and running from monsters on the Promenade.  The lucky people who followed the Parkour Stopping tour witnessed free-runners hanging from parapets by their toes and other feats of skill, strength and courage.











The Schoolboy Motocross on the beach was a spectacular way to end the day-time festivities. The day finished with an urban variety show at the Gaiety Theatre.








Garey Glass

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The Garey Glass project, completed in July 2011, was jointly funded by the Development Partnership, Douglas Borough Council and Marks and Spencer.  M&S became involved through teir Plan A initiative in which profits from the sale of carrier bags are invested in environmental projects.  Garey Glass involved the repaving of one of the sunken Marine Gardens on Loch Promenade using paving made using recycled glass.  The Council also installed a new ramp to allow access through te garden by those using wheelcahirs or pushchairs. 

Artist Debra Tracey of the Creative Space Studio worked with groups of local people to create mosaics on local and environmental themes. Some of the glass used in the mosaics was itself made from recycled glass. 

Children enjoy spotting the mosaics of insects and other creatures hiding on the rocks and amongst the planting.  Two treasure hunt sheets (for young and older children) are available from the Henry Bloom Noble Library in Victoria Street and the Welcome Centre in the Sea Terminal.  Completed sheets can be returned to the library in order to claim a small recycled prize and a badge. 

The treasure hunt sheets for younger children can be downloaded here

A more challenging treasure hunt for older children can be downloaded here.




In addition to co-ordinating the project, the Partnership funded the installation of low energy LED lighting to illuminate the garden at night.  The lighting, which was designed and installed by Douglas Borough Council's Electrical Services Team, was inspired by the Guerilla Lighting event held in 2010.



Nelson Street Regeneration

Nelson Street at NightThe upper section of Nelson Street is the first part of the town centre to be regenerated.  Nelson Street was chosen as a prototype area in which to test the concept designs, materials and working practices.  In addition to the fact that Nelson Street forms an important pedestrian link between Shaw's Brow Car Park and the town centre it was also chosen so that any minor changes to the design or materials could be introduced easily before the main project commences in Strand Street.

The design uses high quality granite paving in both slabs and setts.  The seats are also carved from granite and have been designed to incorporate motifs inspired by the work of Manx designer and artist Archibald Knox. 

Work will continue in Wellington Street and the lower section of Nelson Street early in 2012.  The following stages will involve the regeneration of the northern sectin of Duke Street and Regent Street.  This will be followed by Strand Street, Howard Street and Granville Street in 2013.


Busking in Douglas

Busking adds vibrancy and vitality to the streets of Douglas town centre throughout the year.  The quality of buskers is managed by the Partnership which operates a licencing system on behalf of Douglas Borough Council.  Licences are free of charge but are limited to specific dates, times and locations and all new buskers are required to attend a short and informal audition in the DDP office to ensure high standards are maintained.  We would very much like to encourage new buskers to participate.  Please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange for a licence.  Please be aware that busy times such as Christmas and the TT Festival book up very quickly.  The deadline for a slot at Christmas is 1st November.

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