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African Sunrise Beach House

African Sunrise Beach House, true to its name, is a stylish self-catering beach house that overlooks the Indian Ocean. Enjoy the colourful African sunrise as you relax on the patio, or from one of the rooms of the house that overlook the sea. On a warm day, you can laze on the covered veranda next to the pool and enjoy a braai while taking in the sweeping ocean views. Comfort is the main theme of African Sunrise Beach House, which boasts a generous queen-size bed and en-suite bathroom in the main bedroom and two single beds in the second and third rooms. Each of the rooms has a fan and extra mattresses for children are available on request.   African Sunrise Beach House has a fully equipped kitchen and an open plan living area with a long dining room table for formal or informal family meals. Large, comfy couches and a television (DStv enabled) adorn... read more

Nikia Art (Nic Grobler)

Nic Grobler’s art can be viewed at his gallery in Ramsgate, Nikia Art, which stocks some fabulous original sculptures that portray messages of hope. Nic Grobler is a talented South Coast sculptor who is famous for his meaningful “art with a message.” Nic intertwines his passion for theology with his art to create pieces that portray positive messages and tell stories, many of them Biblical. Combining his love of fine art with his interest in theology at university level, led Dr Grobler to receive a BA in fine arts, a B.Th degree, an M.Div and Doctorate of Theology. This wealth of knowledge and passion is evident in all his unique pieces.   Nic creates pieces that seek to evoke emotions in the viewer and so, naturally, he has a keen interest in Impressionist work. His work is remarkable in capturing, not only the actions of his subjects, but the emotions they feel. Nature... read more

The Portuguese Mariners Food, Wine & Family Festival

Traditional dancing, scrumptious food and awesome entertainment are what makes this event one of the most anticipated of the year. The Portuguese Mariners Food, Wine and Family Festival takes place at the Mac Banana estate from Friday 24th until Sunday 26th July 2015. The event kicks off on the Friday night with a shipwreck party at Fazenda Restauranté to commemorate the sinking of the Sao Joao in 1552. The shipwreck theme of the event is sure to be entertaining with guests requested to wear “whatever they were wearing when the ship went down.” From nightgowns to ball gowns, expect to see it all. Tickets for this event are R150 and guests will enjoy a traditional Portuguese feast, live music and dancing. Children are welcome at R35 per child, which includes a burger, chips and soft drink. The Mac Banana estate will be all abuzz on the Saturday as the food, wine and... read more

Tom, Dick and Harry

Tom, Dick and Harry is a locally owned and operated Great British themed Restaurant, Bar and Take Away in Ramsgate. This popular restaurant has stood the test of time, having been in business for over 23 years, the last 16 of those years under the management of Peter and Theresa and now in 2015, Peter and Theresa have handed over the reigns to Elaine and Tonja. Décor is, expectedly, big on soccer memorabilia and a huge display of over 600 unique beer cans and bottles with more being added all the time. English bulldogs, red double-decker buses and traditional British phone-booths all form part of the wonderful décor and lend themselves to the unique, warm and welcoming British theme.   Some of the delightful, freshly prepared English fare on the menu include the ever-popular English-style fish and chips, tripe, haggis and black pudding, but they also serve prawns, steaks, ribs, burgers, snack baskets, curries, seafood platters and... read more

Villa Del Peche

Relax in your cozy villa overlooking the ocean while listening to the waves breaking on the beachfront, just a few short footsteps away. Villa del Peche has two and three bedroom self-catering cottages available. Each cottage has an open-plan lounge and dining area that extends from a fully equipped kitchen, perfect for informal family entertaining and communal cooking. Equipped with a microwave, dishwasher and a dryer, all your needs requirements are met in these fully equipped units. Each room has either a fan or an aircon to keep you cool during the summer months and the wonderful patios with braai facilities will make outdoor dining a cinch. There is a communal swimming pool in the complex for all guests’ enjoyment and for those days when you do decide to stay indoors, each cottage has DStv for your viewing pleasure.   All the units are serviced Monday to Saturday, except on public holidays, and coin-operated laundry facilities are available.... read more

The Sardine Marathon & Half Marathon

The Sardine Half Marathon, presented by the South Coast Striders, has been a highlight on the local running calendar for a number of years. Runners come from far and wide to take part in this beautiful race. The race is a challenging one with some serious climbs, awesome downhills and welcome flat sections. The scenery makes it all worthwhile, with some of the best views you can find on the coast. This year’s race sees a few changes to the route, so if you have run it before, take note of the map below. The route is run in the opposite direction to previous years and starts and finishes with some great downhills to get the blood pumping. Starting at South City Christian Schools, with a quick downhill and a meander towards the sea, the route runs right alongside the ocean at two sections before turning inland for a bit of a climb.... read more

The Margate Hook, Vine & Craft Beer Festival

If you are a fan of artisan food, craft beer, seafood and fine wine then this event was tailor-made for you The first ever Hook, Vine and Craft Beer Festival will be taking place from 10am Friday 3rd July until 4pm Sunday 5th July at Margate Beachfront. This event looks set to become a highlight on the market calendar, with wine farms, breweries and seafood vendors from around the country invited to display their wares. Entrance to the festival is R35 in the form of a “tasting ticket” which will enable you to sample the delicious wines and beers on offer. Fresh seafood will be available to purchase, whilst experts will be on hand to teach you the art of food and wine pairing. There will be live music acts playing throughout the three day festival including a talented Jazz Quartet, a Swing Quartet and an Electric Violinist. A Jazz and Swing DJ will keep... read more

World Wide Knit in Public Day

The Ramsgate Knit-Twits are celebrating World Wide Knit in Public day on 13th June. You will find them knitting and crocheting in public from 10:30am until 4pm at the entrance to the Ramsgate Whale Deck and Enviro Centre. These talented folk will be “Beanie Bombing” and hope to have over 200 hand-crocheted and knitted beanies on display and for sale, with all proceeds going to charity. The Burlesque Café will have their delicious vegetable and beef burgers for sale, so bring your crochet or knitting needles, a comfy chair and join in the fun. If you are not keen to join in the actual knitting, that is okay too. Just pop on down to see these crafters at work, enjoy something delicious to eat and maybe purchase a new beanie or two.... read more

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