Events to get you going in March … popular festivals in South Africa
With January behind us and February almost over, suffice it to say we are in the swing of 2010 and if you haven’t quite hit fever pitch yet, what with the World Cup just around the corner, how about we get your excited with the upcoming events in South Africa in March.
… in the Free State
If you have ever visited a farm or watched any sort of farming programme on television or even a movie with a farm setting you are sure to have seen a big machine rumbling around the fields. If you are not sure what that machine is you really should get out more, but if you know what a tractor is by sight and sound and would like to know more about these machines why not head in to Clocolan in the Free State from 5-7 March for the annual Vintage Tractor Fair …
Yes boys and girls there has been a vintage tractor and engine fair every year since 1989 and more than 150 of these on display. Some of the tractors come from as far afield as Natal and will parade the streets on Friday the 5th. You can also watch these machines take part in the National Ploughing Championship or hand ploughing with a team of Nguni bulls. For more information you can contact Coenie on +27 (0)82 374-4690 or Ferdie on +27 (0)51 943-7108.
The Free State is also home to the Surrender Hill Marathon in Clarens on Saturday 6 March which is organised by the Bethlehem Marathon club. There are 3 options for you to choose from, depending on your fitness level. The full 42.2km, half 21.1km or fun 5km races which all begin at the Martie Lotz Hall. Don’t be fooled though, this is a tough course with beautiful scenery. For more information you can telephone Enslin van Blerk on +27 (0)58 223-1042 for more information.
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… in the North West Province
Another sporting event being held on Saturday 6 March is the Lichtenburg Zebra Zamba and MTB Race in the North West Province. Why should you take part in this event you’re asking yourself? Well the answer is simple, it is because you’ll be running in a very unique setting, the Lichtenburg game breeding centre. Some of the endangered species that have made this centre their home over the years include white Rhino, Pere David’s deer, Cape mountain zebra and various oryx. The 32km race commences at 06h00, the 10km at 07h00, the 5km fun run at 07h45 and the 32km MTB at 10h30, you can contact Mariette van Biljon on +27 (0)84 550-2006 for more information.
North West Province seems to be all about fitness this March with the Om Die Dam Ultra Marathon close on the heels of the Lichtenburg Zebra Zamba on Saturday 20 March. The popularity of this race is due to the magnificent surroundings and the organisation of the race (as it is regarded as one of the most well organised in the country) and is fondly known as the race for the man in the street. It takes place at the Hartbeespoort Dam and so is easily accessible to all.
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… in Limpopo
From Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 March the Limpopo Province hosts the Polokwane Show and Music Festival, originally started by 2 members of the Lions Club of Pietersburg way back in 1968. Not only will 11 of South Africa’s top talents be there to entertain you, but there will be foodstalls, a beer tent, drum majorettes, a military band and a fun fair all for your entertainment. Don’t forget to get their early on Friday and Saturday so that you get a good spot in the marquee. Tickets cost R50 for adults and R30 for pensioners (65+ years) and children 6-11 years. If you need more information you can telephone the events manager, Raymond, on +27 (0)83 625 5318.
The Pick ‘n Pay Bosveld Mile takes place on Sunday 28 March in Bela Bela, Limpopo, now in its 12th year. This Mile attracts swimmers from all around the country and with such a beautiful setting it is not surprising. The water is clean and clear and it is also good to note that the ablution blocks are clean and tidy as well. There are 3 categories of swimmers, 13 years and under; 14-30 year olds and 31 years and older. If your children who are 9 years and under would like to participate there is a 200m swim. Each person who completes the event is awarded a medal. Come and take part in a bit of fun!
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… in Gauteng
March brings the Hobby-X to Johannesburg from 4-7 March. This is the highlight of any crafter’s calendar with something for everyone in the family. Undoubtedly South Africa’s biggest and leading exhibitions of materials, supplies and equipments for a wide variety of hobbies and crafts you will find everything from DIY to décor to adventure and outdoor crafts and hobbies. Thursday 4 March is exclusively for those in the trade and the public is welcome from Friday to Sunday, 10h00 to 18h00 on Friday and 09h00 to 18h00 on Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday 7 March come and support the Henley High and Preparatory Schools in their annual Regatta at Henley on Klip. Use your creativity because there is no limit to your creative you can be, if it floats it can be entered, a previous entry was a group who floated bravely on top of a bakkie and when reaching the other side they drove up the banks and off. There will also be a cricket match afterwards as well as arts and crafts stalls, children’s entertainment and food stalls on offer. For more information telephone Carol on +27 (0)82 773-5464 or Igmar on +27 (0)83 417-4294.
The Groot Gat Fees takes place from Saturday 20 to Monday 22 March 2010 in Cullinan where you can come and enjoy a day in the historic town of Cullinan, the site of the discovery of the world’s largest diamond (the Cullinan diamond, weighing an incredible 3,106 carats). Don’t think that there aren’t still big diamonds to be found, in 2009 another big one was discovered, this one weighing nearly 500 carats (to give you and idea of size – that’s about as big as a chicken egg). Not only can you enjoy all the town has to offer, but there will be wine, whiskey and cheese tastings, food stalls, beer gardens and so much more.
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… in KwaZulu Natal
The Baba Indaba in Durban takes place from 19-22 March 2010. This is South Africa’s premier baby show, but don’t worry if you can’t get to the Duban one there are ones taking place in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and even Soweto this year. You will find everything you need at this exhibition as manufacturers, suppliers and retailers of baby care products will be there to give you advice and a chance to shop for the things you need. If you’ll be attending a baby shower in the next few weeks this is an excellent place to find the perfect gift. The exhibition takes place at the Durban Exhibition Centre.
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… in the Eastern Cape
The annual Science Festival (SciFest) is held in Grahamstown from 24-30 March 2010 and it’s a must for science fanatics. With over 600 events taking place during the festival you can chose between lectures, interactive exhibitions, workshops and even educational theatre. This is a great option for school trips as there are high school quizzes, laser shows, science Olympics, shows and tours. Come along and rediscover why science is in fact fun!
The Bathurst Agricultural show from 26-28 March 2010 had approximately 20,000 visitors to the 200 standholders each year to celebrate all things farming. With competitions, exhibitions, demonstrations and more you will definitely find something that tickles your fancy. The show takes place at Bathurst Showgrounds and for more information you can telephone +27 (0)46 625-0759.
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… in the Garden Route
George on the Garden Route brings us the Outeniqua Expo and Festival from 5-7 March, previously known as the Garden Route Expo this event has been running for over 50 years. Come and enjoy some of South Africa’s top entertainers as well as various themed expos such as agricultural, gardening, industrial, food and wine, hospitality and more. For more information telephone +27 (0)44 873-4165, please note the event takes place at the George Showgrounds.
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… in the Western Cape
If you are busy planning your wedding or helping a good friend plan hers then set a date to get to the CapeGate Wedding Expo at the Cape Gate Shopping Centre in Brackenfell from 4-7 March. You will find fantastic jewels to drape yourselves in on your special day, inspiration for your wedding dress, help with make-up and hair, photographers to capture your special moment and so much more. If you are planning a Cape Town Wedding, let the CapeGate Wedding Expo make your dream wedding a reality. For more information telephone Natasha on +27 (0)78 700-6815. (Find other Wedding Expos here).
OmniBerg ‘Round the Rock 2010’ rocks Paarl on Saturday 13 March 2010. Want a unique opportunity to share with your friends? Why not organise a trip to Paarl to taste the first of the 2010 vintage, unfiltered and straight from the tank in the middle of harvest time. Your children will enjoy all of the entertainment on offer during the day and there will also be traditional harvest activities for you to enjoy as well as music to listen to. Tickets can be purchased at your first port of call on the day and if you’d like more information please telephone Sandra or Annelize on +27 (0)21 863-4886.
One of the most famous events Cape Town hosts annually is the Cape Argus Cycle Tour with cyclists from all around the world competing in this event. Young and old can take part on Sunday 14 March this year and perhaps you will catch a glimpse of Lance Armstrong who is said to have entered the race this year. With over 35000 cyclists it is something you can’t miss, the race takes cyclists on 109km of some of Cape Town’s most beautiful spots.
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March is a busy month and this is only just a snapshot of what is happening in your area for more exciting events check out our events section. Let us know in the comment box below if there are any other events happening in March that you’re looking forward to!