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Posted on: Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Umhlanga Summer Carnival – the “coolest” place to be this festive season!

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Summer Carnival

Summer Carnival

The festive season is upon us, and the postcard-perfect Umhlanga main beach and village will become a hive of activity from 10 – 23 December with the sixth annual Umhlanga Summer Carnival. The end-of-year holidays is all about relaxing family time. This year, the Umhlanga Summer Carnival features a line-up with 14 days of fun-filled beach events designed to encourage outdoor activities for young and old.

The two week long carnival kicks off with the Lizzard Summer Surf Session organized by the KwaZulu Natal Surfing Association that takes place from the 10 – 12 December with well known local surfers all vying for the title and prize cheque. The amateur division welcomes young, old, accomplished and social surfers all to participate. Adding to the action of the event is the radical ‘Hooters Air Show’ where the surfer that lands the best aerial walks away with R5,000 …

For the more active and adventurous, the public is welcome to participate in the Umhlanga Summer Carnival 16km Trail Run on 19 December – a first of its kind in Durban. Have your trainers on and be geared up to trail through the Umhlanga coastal area for an invigorating sunrise outing starting at 6am from Breakers Resort. Entry forms are available from Umhlanga Tourism.

Umhlanga Summer Carnival event coordinator, Peter Rose, enthused, “The Umhlanga Summer Carnival 16km Trail Run is unique to Umhlanga and we are expecting a huge interest in the trail run, so therefore we will be limiting the entries to 150 athletes for the first year. We are hoping that it will grow to a well-known event for Umhlanga.”

The off-road race takes competitors across rivers, up and down hills and through the bush and sugar cane fields around Umhlanga ending with a short section on the beach. Prizes are up for grabs and the entrance fee of R130 includes breakfast.

Umhlanga Summer Carnival

Another newcomer to the Umhlanga Summer Carnival is the SABC Beach Cricket on the 18 December where beachgoers can get involved in an entertaining game of cricket on the sand. A team of experienced coaching staff will be on hand to give some valuable tips to the budding players and promote the international Indian cricket tour that is coming to our shores.

Summer is here and the attire for the holidays is beachwear. Over the Umhlanga Summer Carnival beach beauties can compete for the Miss, Ms Mum and Mr Umhlanga titles. Initial judging begins on 13 December on the beach on specific days. The finals will be held at Max Institute of Fashion at Gateway on 22 December and an entry fee will apply for contestants entering. Spectators, families and friends are invited to come and support, the finals start at 6pm and an entry fee will apply. The official crowning will take place at the Castle Lite Cold Zone street party on 23 December at 8:30pm.

For the children, kiddies sing-along, mini-talent and egg throwing competitions, buried treasure, tug-o-way, and beach games will take place on selected days on the Umhlanga Millenium stage and beach with many exciting give-aways and prizes from Coke Cola and Ola Ice Cream.

The Oros ‘Bursting with Fun’ Family Arena on 14 December will offer giant beach volleyball games, sandcastle building competitions, lifesaving flags competition and if you aspire to be a top surfer you can start off with lessons with the Learn2Surf crew.

Getting into the spirit of Christmas, the Carols by Candlelight will be taking place on 20 December at the Granada Square with the appearance of Santa Claus as well as the exciting arrival of the local HOG (Harley Davidson motorcycle) club. The public are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys for young children to the Carols as this is a charity event to benefit underprivileged children Entry is free and all are welcome, the live music starts from 6:30pm.

And finishing in carnival style, the Umhlanga Summer Carnival will play out with the Castle Lite Cold Zone street party in Chartwell Drive. The street party is suitable for families with a variety of al fresco dining to choose from along Chartwell Drive. Chartwell Drive will be closed to traffic from 6pm when the street party ignites and continues till late and entry is free.

Over the entire Umhlanga Summer Carnival, Coca Cola, Nivea Sun, Oros and Vitamin Water will keep you well protected and hydrated.

When & Where?
Main Beach and Village, Umhlanga from 10 – 23 December 2010
Fun in the sun is definitely the order at this year’s Umhlanga Summer Carnival from 10 – 23 December where Umhlanga certainly will be the “coolest” place to be this festive season.
For more info please contact Makulu Events on 031 312 1281.

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