FESTIVAL DATE - 11th to 14th March 2021

Introduction

2021 Poker Stars Isle of Man International Festival of Darts

The 36th Isle of Man Darts Festival

The Isle of Man darts festival is undoubtedly one of the most iconic, eagerly anticipated and best attended events in the WDF calendar. For three decades hundreds of darts enthusiasts have been flocking to the island not just to participate, not just lured by the guarantee of over £30,000 in prize money, but almost uniquely, just to be a part what many consider to be the biggest 'party event' of the year.

Okay it is fair to say that the main singles event, one of the most prestigious  titles in WDF darts has been won by a couple of fairly decent players over the years, including the likes of Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall, Ted Hankey, Scott Waites, Dennis Harbour, Steve Bunting, Robbie Green, Darryl Fitton not to mention a certain Phil Taylor whoever he is, but for hundreds of enthusiasts who make the pilgrimage every year, though obviously really important, it's not just about winning, it's also about having a great time, about having a few days away with your mates, or in many cases with your whole darts team.

In that respect the IOM darts event is a bit like the darting equivalent of the Cheltenham racing festival, where so many of those who go year after year actually book the following year before they even leave the one they're at.

Obviously for 2021, we the EDO are the events organisers. Following a very lengthy and in depth tendering process we are honoured that the IOM Government have entrusted us with the responsibility of moving the Festival forward in the years ahead, and we will be working very closely with the Department of Economic Development, Tourism Events’ to ensure everybody enjoys themselves as much, and if possible even more than they have always done previously.

At this stage it would be totally remiss of us, if we were not to publicly acknowledge the amazing work and job done by the previous organisers Les and Steve France. For thirty years they were solely responsible for making the Festival what it is today and though, as always happens with new incumbents, we will be making the odd tweak here and there, our main three priorities will be to show the IOM government they chose wisely, to ensuring those who attend continue to have a great time and importantly to preserve then extend the legacy that Les and Steve have given the event.


It is important to us at the EDO that we cater for all our players, all our customers who attend the events we organise and the more players who return home with prize money the happier we are.


That said there will obviously be some, including the significant introduction of an on line booking service where you can all simply enter and pay on line for all events which has proven to be very popular at all our events.


But please note that particularly for all the ranking events, there will be no bookings taken on the day, everyone has to be pre-booked into these events to allow us not only to post the full draw sheets prior to arrival but also to ensure we can start on the advertised times and to assist this online entries will close on 3rd March.

If anyone has any questions whatsoever be it on the events, accommodation travel or indeed anything else to do with any part of the festival just pop into the contacts page and we will do our best to answer them for you all.

Whilst the Festival is now under our guardianship we are very mindful that the IOM International Darts Festival is the players event, and it will always remain the players event, so equally if you have any advice, comments or suggestions then again please feel free to share them with us, and please when you finish reading this pop into,  'like' and hopefully share the Isle of Man Darts Festival FB page where you will be kept up to date with all news, and developments as well as being able to take part in numerous free to enter competitions.

see you there!

Tommy Thompson
English Darts Organisation Chairman