Weekly Events Round Up (30 Apr to 6 May 2012)
This week continues with the hive of activity surrounding the public holiday season and if you are lucky enough to take the Monday off work as well you can make an extra long weekend of it! We all lead busy lives but it is a good idea to get out and do something different over the holidays.
South Africans will be commemorating Workers’ Day on 1 May, a public holiday that is a testimony to the hard battles that workers in this country and in other parts of the World have waged for workers’ rights and social justice over many decades. The focus is on working together to create jobs and fight poverty.
Check out some of the fabulous suggestions of annual events and festivals taking place all over South Africa. Bring your family and friends together to enjoy some these memorable activities. Whatever you might be looking for we are here to help you with suggestions of what you can do to keep yourselves entertained this week …
Events in the Western Cape:
Adults and kids are in for a really fun and educational experience at the Energy Expo in Hermanus from Monday 30 April to Tuesday 1 May 2012. There are solar toys, wind generators, a merry-go-round with a mission, a bungee-jumping bear; hands-on experiments; and enough energy facts to light up your brain.
I’m sure when you were growing up you had a favourite stuffed toy and I’m pretty certain that it was a teddy bear. If you’d like to reignite that love for your bear then why not come to the Teddy Bear Fair on Tuesday 1 May 2012 at the Buitenverwachting Wine Farm in the Constantia Valley. If you’re a keen teddy bear collector meet up with other crafters and collectors on the day. The fair is open from 10h00 to 16h00.
The Safari Half Marathon celebrates its 25th Anniversary on Tuesday 1 May 2012 in Wellington. So plan well in advance and organise a long weekend away! The event is a fun-filled, memorable day for the whole family and the race has become one of the largest in the Western Cape. Contact Top Events on +27 (0)21 511-7130 for more information.
The Riebeek Valley Olive Festival is an opportunity to sample an assortment of cuisine favourites in the picturesque Swartland towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West from Saturday 5 May to Sunday 6 May 2012. This event will be showcasing the diversity of olives with many activities to keep you entertained including an Olive Emporium, a country fair, a fresh goods market and an Olive Martini bar and so much more. For more information and a list of participants contact the organisers on +27 (0)82 909-1116 or +27 (0)84 207-3820.
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Events in Gauteng:
If you’d like to get out and do some exercise the Traumeel Wally Hayward Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km on Tuesday 1 May 2012 (a public holiday) is an excellent opportunity. The race starts in Centurion at the Hoerskool Zwartkop in Mopanie Road and begins with an easy downhill for the first few kilometres. If you need further information telephone Mike Summerfield on +27 (0)82 781-4357.
Organisers of the Johannesburg Wine Show are expecting another bumper edition for the 2012 event as they are being inundated by queries from potential exhibitors. The three-day wine extravaganza is scheduled for the weekend of Friday 4 to Sunday 6 May 2012 at the Coca-Cola Dome in Randburg. For further information contact +27 (0)21 888-8800.
The Wonderwater NG Vaalpark Half Marathon takes place in Sasolburg on Saturday 5 May 2012. The route of this race is circular and after starting at the church on Keiskamma Street heads towards the Vaal River. Walkers are welcome and grand masters and blind runners enjoy free entry. Contact Boet Beukes on +27 (0)16 960-3275 for further details.
The River Place Country Estate Bridal Faire in Hennops River, Gauteng, will be open to the public on Sunday 6 May 2012. There will be a Wedding Dress Fashion show from 11h30 and the Al Fiume Restaurant will be open to the public for their renowned 3-course Sunday lunch. For lunch reservations and event information telephone +27 (0)79 886-9827 or +27 (0)72 862-9752.
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Events in the Northern Cape:
The Phokwane Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km takes place in Kimberley on Tuesday 1 May 2012 and offers all participants of varying fitness levels a challenge. Wheelchair athletes and walkers are also encouraged to take part. The race starts at the Hoerskool Hartwater Sports Grounds and for further details you can telephone Christel Pelser on +27 (0)53 456-5004.
Looking ahead to May don’t forget to make a stop at the Upington Landbou Skou from Thursday 3 May to Saturday 5 May 2012. The show will be jam packed with great South African artists to entertain you, plenty of food stalls with decadent and delicious produce. Join the town of Upington and see what they have to offer.
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Events in the Eastern Cape:
Ladies get your friends and family together on Saturday 5 May 2012 to join us at Kings Beach for this fun annual event. The route of the well known Spar Ladies 10km Challenge in Port Elizabeth is circular and for the most part is flat and fast. Contact EP Athletics on +27 (0)83 299-1775 for more information.
The Jikeleza Jog takes place along an 80km stretch of the Wild Coast, from Mazeppa Bay through to Cintsa – over three days; an experience no runner should miss. Run free along miles of empty beaches and undulating hills, following the paths of sure-footed cattle and fisherman. Contact Sarah on +27 (0)84 240-7277 for more information.
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Events in the Free State:
The annual Autumn Fair organised by the Anglican Church’s Ladies Guild will be held at the Green Goose Organic Farm also known as Uitkyk on Saturday 5 May 2012 and is located 15km from Ficksburg. Visitors will be able to sample the various delicious organic cheeses produced on the farm as well as locally made chocolates, smoked trout, venison and purchase fresh farm produce. You can also purchase new goose down pillows and duvets ready for winter.
The Interstate Buslines Glen Half Marathon in Bloemfontein is to be held on Saturday 5 May 2012. This 21.1km distance race is run point to point with the start at the circle on Andries Pretorius and Wilcocks Road and the finish is at the Glen Agricultural College. The course is moderate and undulating with seven kilometres run on gravel roads. Contact Marijke de Wet on +27 (0)51 444-5867 for further information.
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Events in KwaZulu Natal:
On Saturday 5 May 2012 come and see who will be crowned as the uShaka King and Queen at uSkaka Marine World in Durban. This beauty pageant is now in its 8th year and is becoming extremely popular and a ‘firm’ favourite on the uShaka Marine World calendar.
If you are a lover of music and good clean country air this is the place to be, so head to the Korongo Valley Music Festival in Ixopo on Saturday 5 May 2012. Old and new generation muso’s get together to create an amazing platform for new up and coming artists to play amongst the more well know bands. So join us for a relaxed country outing. Contact Sue on +27 (0)82 815-2003 for more information.
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