Weekly Events Round Up (12-18 Mar 2012)
This week is really busy and will keep you entertained throughout most of the provinces around South Africa; it’s time to have fun this March so get yourself out and about and enjoy yourself. Take your friends and family with you and make the most of these fantastic events!
Harvest festivals are in full swing so wine lovers and their families should head to the Cape Winelands or for those of you who enjoy an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party get dressed up and head to Durbanville to be flamjangled. The annual South African Navy festival is also worth a visit especially the evening concert performed by the SA Navy Band in the dry dock.
For scientific minded visitors join us at the national science festival in Grahamstown and learn something new at the exhibitions, workshops, field trips or just enjoy the amazing laser shows.
For swimming athletes there are two annual swimming events you can participate in, so head to either Limpopo or Eastern Cape for a challenging swim in the dams. Runners can head to the Free State, Northern Cape and North West Province for a selection of marathon races to help with training towards the annual ultra marathons. There are many more activities to enjoy with the whole family this week, so get your family and friends together and plan to visit some of these fantastic events on offer …
Events in the Western Cape:
It is harvest time in the Cape and the Wellington Harvest Festival in Wellington from Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 March 2012 gives you the opportunity to experience just what the harvest is all about; good food, fine wine, and superb entertainment. Your ticket includes a free wine tasting at one of the participating cellars and there are a variety of activities that will be free of charge. Telephone Peter on +27 (0)21 864-2479 for more information.
Wine lovers if you are regular participant of the very popular ‘Pinotage on Tap’ event then you will be happy to attend the new Diemersfontein ‘Whites on Tap’ at the Wellington Wine Harvest Festival on Saturday 17 March 2012. The award-winning range of Diemersfontein white wines: Carpe Diem Chenin Blanc and Viognier and Thokozani White Blend will be paired with a selection of delectable gourmet food. Bring the family as there are plenty of activities to keep your children entertained. Telephone Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate on +27 (0)21 864-5050 for more information.
If you live near Paarl and would like to experience a night race, why not participate in the Drakenstein Correctional Services 10km Nite Race on Wednesday 14 March 2012. This is a circular, fast but easy race and walkers are welcome. Contact David Strauss on +27 (0)83 980-6495 for more information.
Simons Town will be buzzing from Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March 2012 as the South African Navy open their gates for the annual South African Navy Festival. Enjoy the SA Navy Band Dry Dock Concert in the evening and then spend the rest of the weekend watching the naval displays.
All flamjanglers are invited to the annual Flamjangled Tea Party in Durbanville from Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March 2012 the party within a party! You can expect to find several themed spaces and places, great music, top food, fine cocktails, oversized art, dress-up, surprising performances, ridiculous games and daft competitions.
… see more events and festivals at Western Cape Events
Events in the Eastern Cape:
Grahamstown is host to SciFest Africa from Wednesday 14 to Tuesday 20 March 2012. This is South Africa’s national science festival and includes more than 600 events such as popular lectures, exhibitions and workshops, field trips, laser shows and more with attendance exceeding 45,000 visitors.
All swimmers should join us at the annual Merrifield Mile on Sunday 18 March 2012 for a swim in the Wriggleswade Dam in East London. The swim draws over 1000 swimmers and there are fantastic prizes to be won. Contact Merrifield School on +27 (0)43 748-6094 from more information.
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Events in the North West Province:
In 1991 there were only 1950 athletes taking part in the ‘Om Die Dam’ Ultra Marathon and now 21 years later this is a thriving and extremely popular race taking place in Hartbeespoort Dam on Saturday 17 March 2012. The route is circular, challenging and is set in beautiful scenic surroundings with a steep climb at the 38km mark over Saartjiesnek.
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Events in Limpopo:
The Ebenezer Mile Open Swim takes place at the Ebenezer Dam in Magoebaskloof on Sunday 18 March 2012 and is hosted annually by the Mountain Yacht Club and incorporates the South Africa “B” national qualifier 3000m. For more information you can telephone Heinz Hass on +27 (0)83 626-0297.
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Events in Gauteng:
Head to the National School of Arts and other theatre venues in Johannesburg for the “truly famous, newly famous and the about-to-be-famous” Festival of Fame; a six-day festival from Monday 12 March to Saturday 17 March 2012 showcasing the talents of young people, up-and-coming stars and established artists. You can enjoy a wide range of performances, workshops and exhibitions. Telephone +27 (0)11 339-6539 for more information.
Duncan Yard is to host its first ever Bridal Show, An Intimate Wedding Affair from Saturday 17 March to Sunday 18 March 2012. Duncan Yard is nestled in the heart of Pretoria in the quiet suburb of Hatfield and is a distinctive and picturesque Boutique Lifestyle Centre which has recently gained popularity as a charming wedding venue and offers a variety of wedding suppliers including: jewellery, boutique clothing stores, wedding decor hire, a florist, a beauty salon and a hairstylist to made any Wedding a dream come true!
… see more events and festivals at Gauteng Events
Events in KwaZulu Natal:
All sign makers, display companies, marketing or ad agencies, digital printers and those within the digital graphics industry should visit The Sign and Digital Graphics Road Show in Durban from Wednesday 14 March to Thursday 15 March 2012 for the latest in products and services available for signage and sign systems.
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Events in the Northern Cape:
If you live in the area or would like to head to the Northern Cape to take part in a road running race then add the Jan Kempdorp Half Marathon and 10km race on Saturday 17 March 2012to your running calendar. Jan Kempdorp is located north of Kimberley, so why not make a weekend of it and include some sightseeing of this infamous diamond field town. Contact Talana on +27 (0)73 151-0493 for more information.
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Events in the Free State:
The Pentagon Pistols 32km takes place in Bloemfontein on Saturday 17 March 2012 and is organised by the Pentagon Pistols. If you are running the Comrades Marathon this is a good weekend training run two months before the big race. The race starts at Northgate Mall and walkers are also welcome to take part in the event. Telephone Francois Cilliers on +27 (0)82 755-5559 for more information
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