Get into The Swing of Spring …
The 1st of September welcomed us to first day of spring, but for those of us who were in Cape Town the weather didn’t quite match up. So, if Spring hasn’t quite “sprung” for you yet, here are a few ideas to get you into the swing of it – we hope this helps in the pursuit celebrating the warmer weather we know will come …
On Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September 2009 make you way to George on the Garden Route for the Outeniqua Country Hop Strawberry Festival. Starting at 13h00 on Friday afternoon and running until 20h00 that evening and on Saturday from 10h00 to 18h00. Live entertainment will be on offer in the evenings and the Cossack Stunt Academy will put on a fantastic display that also includes a fire dancing show …
Celebrate spring outdoors at the golf day on the Three Chameleons short course (to book contact Jeff on +27 (0)44 876-9988). One of the great things about spring is that strawberries are back in season – come along and feast on these juicy ripe berries or take part in the strawberry and pie eating competitions. Every member of your family will have fun! The venue is the Redberry Farm in Geelhoutboom, George – for more information about the festival you can contact Nadine on +27 (0)82 926-5928
Jeffreys Bay hosts their annual Shell Festival from Tuesday 22 to Friday 25 September 2009. I’m sure everyone has one memory of visiting the beach when they were younger and collecting shells of any number of shapes, colours and conditions.
Jeffreys Bay will be celebrating all things “shell” in the Central Business District with crafts, food, expos, entertainment and activities as well as competitions. Celebrate spring through this festival by enjoying the beauty shells have to offer. For more information contact Marie Du Toit on +27 (0)82 633-3693
From Thursday 15 October to Thursday 22 October, Bloemfontein holds their annual Rose Festival, started in 1976 in Bloemfontein, fondly known as the City of Roses. The Mimosa Malls plays host to the event where you will find a wide variety of rose exhibitions and will be able to witness the Champion Rose Competition. This is also the pickup point for the bus tour of the competitions winning gardens. If you require more information please contact Merryl on +27 (0)82 416 7837.
In Hermanus in the Western Cape is celebrating spring in all corners. The Hermanus Flower and Eco Fair takes place from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 September at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve and the star of the show will be the flower display created by the multiple gold winner for South Africa at the Chelsea Flower Show, Riaan Maritz and David Davidson.
Informative talks educating visitors to the importance of biodiversity preservation and our Fynbos habitat will be a focus of the show. South Africa is the only country to house an entire floral kingdom and this kingdom is fynbos (thanks to South Africa – The Good News for that fact). Plenty of entertainment for children is planned which will allow you browse the botanical display, purchase some of the plants for sale or indulge in the fantastic eats that will be on offer. For more information you can telephone +27 (0)28 313-0819.
The Darling Wild Flower Show takes place over the weekend of 19 and 20 September 2009. Presented by the Darling Wildflower Society since 1917, this is a standard tradition – view stunning displays of the most fragile and rare Darling wildflowers to those more commonly found. Food stalls to fix those hunger pangs and an exhibition tent with everything garden related are part an parcel of this annual event. The show takes place at the Darling Club and if you require more information please telephone +27 (0)22 492 3361.
Spring festivals and shows focus predominantly on flora and so those of you who are passionate about fauna must be feeling a little left out …
The Tulbagh Horse & Wildflower Show comes to your rescue as the South African National Horse Championships are held annually in Tulbagh with a highlight of the show being the wild flower exhibition. This exhibition is unique as it displays the flowers as they would appear in their natural state.
A Wine and beer garden, various exhibitions and arts and crafts stalls will keep you entertained. This show takes place from Wednesday 23 to Sunday 27 September 2009 at the Tulbagh Show Grounds – for more information contact Elsa on +27 (0)23 230-0189.
For more ideas on what to do this spring see Spring Festivals and Flowers Shows.
What other things will you are doing to get into the swing of spring?
We’d love to hear other ideas – please share with us by posting your comments and suggestions below.