Port Erin boasts an internationally acclaimed arts venue, the Erin Arts Centre which hosts ground-breaking music and opera programmes.

 

Port Erin has a vibrant arts scene where you can watch a play or film, experience some traditional Manx music, enjoy performers of International renown, all in an intimate venue in the lovely seaside resort.

‘EAC’ runs over 200 events each year open to the public providing a varied programme of instrumental recitals, small orchestral ensembles, choral concerts, opera and film, as well as the leading international competitions, for young viola players and oboists.

In addition to the performing arts, the landscape of Port Erin and the surrounding area has long attracted visual artists and photographers. You may be tempted to take some landscape photos while you are here!

Visit of a lifetime

Welcoming and dog friendly. Beautiful view. Also welcomed local visitors, as purpose of visit was to visit friend. Impressed by wonderful Arts Centre activities and shops and much more.

Ferry

United Kingdom

from Booking.com

5.0
2016-09-28T12:55:23+00:00

Ferry

United Kingdom

from Booking.com

Welcoming and dog friendly. Beautiful view. Also welcomed local visitors, as purpose of visit was to visit friend. Impressed by wonderful Arts Centre activities and shops and much more.

Convenient and pleasant stopover for Port Erin Arts Centre

I've stayed overnight at this hotel several times after attending musical events at the Port Erin Arts Centre. For me it's good value, relaxing and pleasant. The single room that I usually have is all that I need and the breakfasts and service is excellent. The bar and dining room overlooking the Bay has a great view out to sea and to Milner's Tower on Bradda Head. They have another bar where you can watch sports on several screens. The atmosphere is relaxed quiet and friendly.

ManxSailor

Ramsey, United Kingdom

from TripAdvisor

4.0
2017-03-30T12:57:33+00:00

ManxSailor

Ramsey, United Kingdom

from TripAdvisor

I've stayed overnight at this hotel several times after attending musical events at the Port Erin Arts Centre. For me it's good value, relaxing and pleasant. The single room that I usually have is all that I need and the breakfasts and service is excellent. The bar and dining room overlooking the Bay has a great view out to sea and to Milner's Tower on Bradda Head. They have another bar where you can watch sports on several screens. The atmosphere is relaxed quiet and friendly.
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“Port Erin’s outstanding natural beauty, the brilliance of its colouring, and the extreme clarity of its atmosphere, yield ideal subjects for artists and photographers.”

Official Handbook of The Official Board of Advertising for The Isle of Man, 1940

Find out how Bradda Head found fame in a 1931 Photographic competition…

Find out how Bradda Head found fame in a 1931 Photographic competition…

Our Famous local Artist

William Hoggatt moved to the Isle of Man in 1907 and subsequently painted solely Manx landscapes.

 

Many of his finest watercolours, pastels and oil paintings were drawn from scenes within walking distance of his Port Erin home. These local scenes won him an international reputation and during his lifetime his works were exhibited at The Royal Academy, London.

He was a great believer in the protection of the Manx landscape from development;

“The preservation of the Island’s beauty is the duty of each in his generation, so that he may hand on a heritage of natural charm and beauty as unspoiled and unimpaired as possible to the generation to come.”

Lecture by Mr. William Hoggatt, 1951

Several of his paintings are on display at the Manx Museum and you can view them online at the imuseum.

Erin Arts Centre
Erin Arts Centre is one of Britain's leading Arts Centres, known for its groundbreaking music and opera programmes including the Mananan Festival and Mananan Opera Festival. EAC runs over 200 events each year open to the public providing a varied programme of instrumental recitals, small orchestral ensembles, choral concerts, opera and film. It runs the Tertis Competition for young viola players, the Barbirolli Competition for oboists, both the leading competitions in the world for these instruments. The Tertis attracts many more international entrants than the other world leading viola competitions in Moscow and Munich. Opened in 1971, Erin Arts Centre can be found in what was formally the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Victoria Square.
Sir James Mellon Art Gallery
The Sir James Mellon Gallery, within Erin Arts Centre, was opened in 1994 and hosts an annual programme of arts and crafts projects and exhibitions. Gallery exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:30am - 4:30pm and 30 minutes before events.
Mananan Festival
The Erin Arts Centre headline event is the annual Mananan Festival, a must for classical music lovers but spans folk, jazz, drama, dance, puppets, talks, films and art featuring artists world wide.The festival was founded by John Bethell in 1975 and is supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council. John Bethell has directed the festival from its beginning. Patrons have included Sir John Betjeman, The Earl of Harewood and Lady Barbirolli. The present patron is the pianist, Stephen Hough. The Festival is held during the last 2 weeks of June with an event every evening and sometimes during the daytime at weekends.
Tertis International Viola Competition
The Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition is an international music competition for viola players established in 1980 to honour the memory of the English viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis. This triennial event is held at the Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin, Isle of Man. Participants are of any nationality and are under 30 years of age.
Barbirolli International Oboe Festival & Competition
Founded in 1993 by the late Evelyn Barbirolli, an outstanding oboist, this is an event of exceptional quality which stands as a lasting memorial to her. The festival, now based in the Erin Arts Centre, has attracted competitors from as far away as Australia, China and the United States.