Articles by Veronica Ridderhof

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

Join South Coast Tourism & Get on the map

Calling all Ramsgate Businesses Have you signed up as a member of South Coast Tourism yet? Please call Noklunga on 039 68 27944 for details. Noklunga is the Membership Officer and will furnish you with the relevant form to fill in and help with any information you need. The annual fee is only R360 and this will put you on the map so to speak – literally and figuratively! One of the benefits of being a paid up member will be that your business will be included in the next batch of Ramsgate maps to be printed. This successful and colourful flip-out map of Ramsgate has been very well received by both business owners and visitors to the Ramsgate Area. In a nutshell it has been described by one holiday maker as ‘informative, interesting and incredibly user-friendly’. The first issue included all Ramsgate businesses and landmarks irrespective of whether... read more


Artists’ Gallery in Ramsgate is home to a collective of eight top South African artists. A unique aspect of the gallery is that one or more the artists’ themselves are usually in attendance at the Gallery daily. This provides a fabulous opportunity to chat with them directly. The Gallery holds Workshops and Exhibitions on a regular basis and next up is the world renowned pencil artist Vincent Read who is part of the collective. Vincent lives and works in his studio in Howick and will be in attendance at the opening on Thursday the 16th of June, starting at 6p.m. He will be exhibiting some of his latest work and the exhibition is entitled “Drawn to Africa”. All art lovers are invited to the opening to enjoy snacks and a glass of wine and where they will get chance to meet the Vincent Reid as well as the array... read more

Earth Hour 2016

The Ramsgate Conservancy invites you to join them in participating in Earth Hour 2016 on Saturday 19th March 2016. Please switch off all your lights and appliances from 8:30pm to 9:30pm in an effort to raise awareness about the very real dangers of climate change. Switching your lights off for one hour may seem insignificant but if we all do it together, the energy saving alone is a positive step in the right direction. Earth Hour is the united call to action for people around the world to take positive action for the planet and we look forward to being a part of it. For more info, please visit the website... read more

Live Music @ Burlesque Cafe

What can be better than whiling away a summery evening listening to talented musicians sing and strum the guitar in a cosy French-style cafe? Not much. The Burlesque Cafe is delighted to welcome back Steve Fataar, who will be performing on Saturday 5th December. Steve performed two amazing sold-out shows at the cafe earlier this year, so be sure to book your tickets now. Tickets cost R150 and include a gourmet burger. For more info, please contact The Burlesque Cafe using the details below. On Sunday the 13th December, the Steve Newman Trio – Carlo Fabe drums, Peter Ndlala bass & Steve Newman guitars will play a Tananas Tribute. The trio will cover Tananas material as well as new pieces. Carlo & Peter currently perform with the Errol Dyers Quartet as well as with other Cape luminaries. So come and enjoy the exceptional entertainment. Expect contemporary world sounds flavoured with herbs &... read more

Ramsgate Literary Festival – 25th September

The second day of the Ramsgate Literary Festival is no less exciting, with a highlight being the Alan Paton Beach picnic at Little Billy Beach Have a look at the itinerary for the 24th September Friday 25th September TIME EVENT/SPEAKER TOPIC VENUE 9h00 – 17h00 Errol Boyley Retrospective Exhibition “Contemporary Realism Mastered” Riverbend Crocodile Farm 10h00 – 16h00 Hazels World of Miniatures Exhibition in miniture of Charles Dickens Street Themes and much loved Enid Blyton famous Children’s Story Scenes Hazel’s World of Miniatures 11h00 Nazim Gani / Alan Paton Beach Picnic Head and Senior Librarian at the Alan Paton Centre, Nazim Gani, will present the story of Allan Paton and his life works Little Billy Beach Grass Park 11h30 – 12h30 String Quartet Beautiful Strings set to the sound of the crashing ocean Little Billy Beach Grass Park 16h30 for 17h00 Gela Tolken Art Jewelry Exhibition Entitled “The Words... read more

Ramsgate Literary Festival – 24th September

A wonderful line up has been scheduled for the first day of the Ramsgate Literary Festival, the 24th September 2015. Along with scheduled events, there will be a number of activities happening throughout the day. Ramsgate Stationers Local Authors & Alan Paton Book Exhibition – Ramsgate Stationers will have a great selection of local authors’ books and Alan Paton books for sale at the Ramsgate Whale Deck Gourmet Cupcakes & Tea Garden – Gourmet “Literary” cupcakes will be on sale at the Ramsgate Whale Deck South Coast Oysters & Caviar – Come Dine With D & enjoy her unique signature foods at the Ramsgate Whale Deck Medieval Wine Tasting – Enjoy the FARRAGUT 1303 Medieval Wine Tasting at the Ramsgate Whale Deck Ramsgate Knit Twits – The Ramsgate Knit Twits will be yarn bombing and knitting in public. Their work and skill will be on display at the Ramsgate Whale Deck Hazel’s... read more

The Ramsgate Literary Festival

The inaugural Ramsgate Literary Festival will take place on the 24th and 25th of September as part of UGU South Coast Tourism’s Heritage Day celebrations. The festival will highlight all the wonderful things that make Ramsgate such a special town; good books, art exhibitions, quirky museums, music, tasty food, fine wines & antiques. A dominant theme of the festival is the celebration of the local talent we have on the South Coast and we really do have some talented folk. Vicky Wentzel, from Wozani Africa Events, is the main organiser of the event. “Our focus this year is “Read Local” featuring 11 authors, 10 of whom are from the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast – many of them have written historical books on the area.” Books by local authors will be on sale throughout the event from Ramsgate Stationers, both at their store in the Southcoast Mall and from a special display at the Ramsgate Whale Deck. We are really proud... read more

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