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The Isle of Man Go Congress will be held at the Cherry Orchard Aparthotel in the small town of Port Erin in the south-west of the island.
Port Erin is a quiet pretty seaside resort with a sandy beach and a pleasant ambience. There are many attractive walks around Port Erin, plus boat tours to the Calf of Man (a National Heritage Area, equivalent to a National Park), an island wildlife sanctuary with a bird observatory and flock of Loaghtan sheep.
There is a Steam Railway Museum adjacent to Port Erin Railway Station. It has an interesting collection of excellently refurbished locomotives, and carriages, track, railway equipment, memorabilia and relics dating back to 1873, the opening of the Island's first passenger steam railway. There is also a souvenir shop, and the trains run from the station to Douglas every day throughout the summer season.
The shops in Port Erin are mainly small independents, selling a varied range of goods. There is a large Shoprite supermarket a few minute's walk from the Cherry Orchard. They sell all the usual supermarket goods, including sandwiches, salads, drinks, and other lunch/picnic food. There is a good selection of eating places in Port Erin, both eat in and takeaway. We recommend a visit to the Bridge Bookshop in Shore Road (nearly opposite the ice cream shop). They sell a wide range of books, including a good selection of books about the Isle of Man, CDs (mainly classical), artists materials and music, and are well worth a browse.
Port St. Mary and Castletown are a short steam train or bus ride away.
Further information can be found in the Isle of Man website: port-erin and Manx National Heritage.