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RAMSGATE BOOK & ART FESTIVAL: 2nd – 5th August 2018

The annual Ramsgate Book & Art Festival is set in the picturesque, seaside village of Ramsgate on the Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast. This cultural, colourful and community-driven festival is entering into its fourth year and is now firmly entrenched on the S.A. annual events calendar. 2018 sees the Festival expanding to include another day and the impressive programme kicks off on Thursday 2nd and runs until Sunday the 5th of August. The Festival takes place along the main road of Ramsgate village itself. Galleries, restaurants, antique shops, courtyards, car parks and the beautiful Whale Deck overlooking the ocean are all ‘venues’ where events unfold. All are within walking distance of each other. Book signings, authors talks, art exhibitions, art demos, poetry by candlelight, crafts, entertainment, street food, panel discussions, book sales and creative workshops are all part of a beautifully laid out and varied literary programme. The overriding theme for Festival this year is “# Connecting” – a broad subject encouraging communication in all imaginable spheres – both physical and abstract. The official opening of the Festival takes place on Thursday 2nd August at 6pm at The Artists’ Gallery in the heart of Ramsgate. The opening of the Festival will be coupled with the opening of the prestigious and historical art exhibition entitled “Boyley’s World” – the centenary celebration of the life and works of South African master painter Errol Boyley. A superbly fitting exhibition as Errol Boyley along with Tittal Fasciotti, WH Coetzer and Walter Battis are but a few names synonymous with the area and serve as a rich inspiration for various art forms, which have blossomed in this... read more

The Ramsgate Literary Festival 2016

PRESS RELEASE BY UGU SOUTH COAST TOURISM: The second Ramsgate Literary Festival, sponsored by Ugu South Coast Tourism, returns to the Village of Ramsgate on 24th September as part of Heritage Day Celebrations. Set in the picturesque seaside hamlet of Ramsgate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, the Festival will once again celebrate all things unique about Ramsgate including good books, art exhibitions, quirky museums, fine wines and antiques. According to Festival organiser Vicky Wentzel of Wozani Africa Events, “Last year’s inaugural festival was such a success that the Ramsgate Tourism Sub Committee has decided that this Festival should become an annual event and are looking towards growing this into a must-do, annual cultural calendar event each year over the Heritage weekend.” The Festival programme consists of 10 guest speakers who will be presenting talks on a variety of topics at The Whale Deck in Ramsgate, starting at 10h00 and running through until 16h00. In addition, book sales, cuisine and entertainment are included in the line-up. The Tangent Strings Duo will be performing at the Author’s lunch that takes place at 13h15 on Saturday at The Whale Deck. Throughout the day, Ramsgate Stationers will be selling guest authors’ recent publications as well as a selection of local authors’ works. Festival visitors can expect artisan food stalls, oysters and bubbly as well as beautifully bespoke baked goods. The Ramsgate Knit Twits will also be in attendance at the Festival supporting their charity The Comfort Fund. The Knit Twits are a group of ladies who meet once a month to yarn for... read more

Ocean Gaze B&B

Ocean Gaze B&B is a recently refurbished home with breathtaking views of Ramsgate beach and lagoon. They are close to all amenities but enjoy the peace and quiet that Ramsgate has to offer.   Four beautifully decorated rooms are available, each with a King size bed and en-suite with shower. Each room is fitted with luxury linen, a flat screen TV with full DStv bouquet, tea and coffee station and free Wi-Fi. A door from each room leads to a private verandah or patio.   All four rooms enjoy stunning views of the Indian Ocean, with Ramsgate beach below. Enjoy the morning sunrise from your private balcony or patio or relax on the pool deck before enjoying breakfast in the dining room. They serve a vegetarian breakfast with a choice of fruits, cereals, yoghurt, toast with preserves and a cooked breakfast. For those who would like an alternative, they offer a voucher towards a Waffle House breakfast. Spend the day lounging alongside the pool overlooking Ramsgate beach or take a quick walk down the hill and enjoy the beautiful beach for yourself. Ocean Gaze B&B is across the road from the famous Waffle House and within walking distance to a number of local restaurants, cafés and shops.... read more

Ramsgate Knit Twits

As a Ramsgate Tourism Event in June 2014, Hazel Voice and Elsbeth Koen ‘yarnbombed’ the Tanglewood area in Ramsgate in time for the World Wide Knit in Public Day. During the event about 20 ladies sat under the ‘bombed’ trees, knitting, crocheting, chatting and enjoyed a wonderful day out.  By popular request Hazel started the regular “yarning together group” …and that is how the Ramsgate’s Knit Twits began. We meet once a month, for a couple of hours or so. The meetings are twofold: We get to see one another and do what we love i.e. knit/crochet, chat and put the world to rights Plan and prepare for our next public event or needy cause. Our aim is to knit/crochet items for various charities. Bed Socks for the HIV AID’s patients Blankets for needy children Teddies for the Rape Crisis Twiddle muffs for the dementia patients Other items made, are sold to raise funds for the purchase of more yarn or for donations. Our chosen charity (this year) is to help Michelle Pearson of Second Chance Avian Rescue in Shelly Beach. http://secondchanceavianrescue.blogspot.co.za/ https://www.facebook.com/Second-Chance-Avian-Rescue-237707162985939/?fref=ts If you would like to join us every month, call Hazel Voice Events 2016 Knit in Public Day Our Knit in Public day was such a high and we thank the public for their support and hope to see you at the next event on Heritage Day, 24 September 2016. The raffle for this blanket was a huge success and our thanks to all who supported us. A percentage of the funds we raised has been... read more

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