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Articles by Veronica Ridderhof

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... 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... 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... 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,... read more

Soup & Sherry Winter Warmer!

Both the Ramsgate and Southbroom Tourism Committees invite all business owners from these two areas to an informal get together at the gorgeous Artists’ Gallery in Ramsgate (Between the Crayfish Inn & the Lobster Pot on Marine Drive). This will be taking place on Tuesday 14 June from 5.30pm till 7pm. Sherry and perfectly prepared soups & breads will be served free of charge. Pop in directly after work. Your better half is very welcome to join you! This will be a time to hear a little about the developments in our villages of Ramsgate and Southbroom including news on the Eco-Tourism Information Kiosk and an update from the Ramsgate Conservancy. It will also be a good time to chat and meet others involved in business in the area and catch-up with local natter. Please RSVP to Nandipha of Ugu South Coast Tourism on 039 312 2322 or email... read more

“Basket Bombing” in Ramsgate for 2016 WW Knit in Public Day

The Ramsgate Knit Twits will be “Basket Bombing” next to the R620 in Ramsgate on 18th June 2016 from 10h00 to 15h00 for World Wide Knit in Public Day. Come and join this fun day, simply turn up or you can register below or call Hazel Voice on the details below All knitters and crocheters welcome! Bring a comfy chair and your knitting needles/crochet hook and own refreshments Yarn will be provided for those wishing to partake in a joint project or else bring whatever you are working on. Proceeds will go to our chosen charity Second Chance Avian Rescue in Shelly Beach. Visit their website or the Facebook page for more details on their amazing work. For sale on the day: Bombed Baskets filled with all sorts of delicious things Baskets on their own Scarves Beanies Mittens Blankets Toy birds, in honour of our chosen charity And if that’s... read more

Yoga Lab in Ramsgate

Yoga Lab is a new Yoga Studio that has recently opened its doors in Ramsgate. Instructor, Scott Getkate, has a YTT 200 hours qualification, is a qualified lifeguard, and has for many years been a bodyboarder on the KZN South Coast.  He will help you increase your fitness, muscle tone and wellbeing. Look out for SUP yoga classes coming soon, as well as sports-specific yoga for golfers and surfers. Yoga is a way of increasing your fitness without over-extending the capabilities of your body. As you increase your practice, you will find satisfaction in noticing how your flexibility, stamina and core strength increase, as well as visible improvements in muscle tone.  Yoga is for everyone, whether you are 90 or 19 years old, and Yoga Lab have classes to suit everyone. Class Details R90 per session walk-in (R10 mat hire) R850 per month unlimited classes Morning classes Ramsgate Lions Hall – Monday,... read more

A bit of Ramsgate in Van Reenen

2 Ramsgate ‘locals’ unite for a weekend of storytelling, good food & laughter in Van Reenen this May! Some may not know but local Ramsgate residents and business owners Bill & Gail Ross-Adams also own the charming and historic Green Lantern Inn in Van Reenan. They, together with local actress and Bosman storyteller, Barbie Meyer (who can be found in the delightful mix of artists at Artists’ Gallery in Ramsgate) have conjured up an amazing night away. The overnight stay will include hilarious storytelling, good food, gorgeous old world accommodation and scrumptious breakfast at the Inn. Van Reenen is a languid four hour drive from Ramsgate. Barbie will perform her entertaining one-woman, Herman Charles Bosman shows entitled “Bosman’s Veld Maiden”. The show is all in English. Bill and Gail felt this type of classic, hilarious storytelling lends itself to ‘kuiering’ and supper and not having to drive home on... read more

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