In the bleak of March, you can be forgiven for thinking that there is not much going on, but you would have overlooked possibly one of the most widely celebrated days of the year! St Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on 17th March and often involves pints of Guinness, bright green hats and fun parades.
What once began as a day of feast and celebration in observance of the death of St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, has evolved over the years and results in a day full of celebrating the Irish culture across the world. Some of these celebrations are quite unique, such as the fact that over 40lbs of dye are used in the Chicago River in order to colour it green! In New York, between 150,000 to 250,000 take part in the St Patrick’s Day parade and during the celebrations in Ireland, 13 million Guiness are consumed in just one day!
Here on the little (not so emerald) isle, there are a few events going on where you can get involved in the craic:
The Spyglass Inn are hosting their annual St Patrick’s Day Breakfast where you can expect to eat a full Irish breakfast (same as a full English but with a pint of Guinness) for just £11.95 per person. Breakfast is served at 10am with pre-booking being essential. A shuttle taxi to the Crab and Lobster to watch the England V Ireland rugby match will also be available for £2 a person.
For an evening of Irish fun, The Garlic Farm are celebrating with a party featuring a three course irish menu, plenty of Guinness and live music from Last Orders, local Irish band.
For something a bit different, try an Irish performance. Trinity Theatre in Cowes are performing Ceilidh with well known local band Slainte Va. Expect plenty of dancing and singing plus a ploughman’s supper. Tickets £9, under 16s £6.