A Laxey Day Out

A Laxey Day Out

15th Dec 2021

Found on the east coast of the Island and just above Douglas, you’ll find the old mining village of Laxey. Known for its rich history in mining and fishing, Laxey is now a well-known residential and tourist village filled with activities, shops and places to eat and drink - both at Christmas and beyond.

JJ Ribbons

The family run business JJ Ribbons was the concept of two sisters, Justine and Jessica, who took their passion for haberdashery and created a quirky and fun shop stocked full of gorgeous ribbons, buttons and much more – all perfect for a Christmas gift or stocking filler.

Based in Laxey at their 1 New Road shop, the sisters are both creators in their own unique way. Working together in partnership to make the lovely gifts that are available to purchase on their website and at the many markets they attend. Alongside gifts, they also have everything you need to make your Christmas gifts extra special. With plenty of Christmas wrapping paper, tags and cards.

Just down the hill from JJ Ribbons and found in the heart of Laxey and home to the Hodgson Loom Gallery, is the Laxey Woollen Mill; a family-owned business that is the last remaining working woollen mill on the Isle of Man. Originally established in 1881, the woollen mill has slowly developed itself into a craft centre as major renovations have taken place in the building.

Photo Credit: Hodgson Loom Gallery Facebook Page

Part of that shift to a craft centre has been the opening of the Hodgson Loom-Gallery. Showcasing the work of both established and new artists, as well as a range of creators from textile groups and collectives. Collections and exhibitions can be found in the old Loomery on the Laxey Woollen Mill first floor.

Photo Credit: Hodgson Loom Gallery Facebook Page

Laxey Beach

A short drive from the Mill (or a pleasant walk alongside Laxey River) is Laxey’s pebble beach sat on the east of the Island and bordered by cliffs. The beach is an ideal location for any occasion – and season. A place to grab an ice-cream in the summer or get cosy next to the fire during the winter nights.

The beach also has a couple of fantastic local businesses on the front including The Shed and the beachfront café. There’s also a grass area and beachfront parking so you can take the whole family down for a trip.

Photo Credit: Visit Isle of Man Website

The Shore Hotel

Originally built in 1837 and just a stone’s throw from Laxey beach, The Shore Hotel combines Victorian design with modern contemporary styling. The public house has just been renovated into a space made for locals and guests from further afield, and serves local and traditional ales, beers, wines and spirits.

Photo credit: Shore Hotel Laxey

The Laxey Glen Café & Restaurant

A short walk away from the Shore and set in the picturesque surroundings of Laxey glen, you’ll find The Laxey Glen Café and Restaurant. An ideal venue for a bite to eat or to host a festive event, the restaurant use only locally sourced ingredients for the highest standard of food as well as their homemade Laxey Glen coffee blend found on their widespread drinks menu.

Bookings are still available for their highly rated Christmas dinner, which you can book via their website.

Photo Credit: The Laxey Glen Facebook Page