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Articles by Veronica Ridderhof

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

The Moondeckers Evening

What can be better than pulling up a chair, sitting under the stars and watching the moon rise over the ocean? The Ramsgate Moondeckers Evening, hosted by the Ramsgate Conservancy, is a monthly get-together that just seems to be growing in popularity and it isn’t difficult to understand why. Each month, members of the community and visitors meet at the Whale Deck Education Centre and watch the full moon rise over the ocean. Delicious food will be on sale, with all proceeds going to the Ramsgate Conservancy, and entertainment is provided by the mellow sounds of local guitarists and vocalists. Details of each month’s Moondeckers Evening will be updated on our Facebook page, so be sure to keep a lookout for the next event.  This really is a wonderful night out, bringing people together to enjoy a few drinks, chats and eats whilst watching the full moon rise over the ocean. So bring... read more

Bring & Braai and Quiz Night

A great evening of fun and games Once a month the Ramsgate Lions host a bring and braai at the Ramsgate Village Hall. This is a social evening that is eagerly anticipated by members of the community. All visitors are welcome to join in the fun and get to know some of the Ramsgate locals. There are ample fires which are lit from 6pm and lots of lovely salads are on offer for a donation of R25. The cash bar is available so all you need to bring is the meat or veggies you wish to braai. One of the highlights of the evening is undoubtedly the famous quiz. Teams of four take part to see who is the “cleverest of them all.” This is always highly entertaining and great fun for all ages. Be sure to check our Facebook page for the date of the next event or contact the president of the... read more

Steve Fataar at Burlesque Cafe

Visitors to Ramsgate are in for a treat. South African music icon, Steve Fataar will be performing at Burlesque Cafe for one night only on Saturday 30th May at 7pm. Steve is well known for his laid back music style and engaging manner that captures the audience’s attention and keeps it for the duration of his time on stage. He tells beautifully poignant stories in song with his skillful guitar playing and smooth voice. His artistry on stage leaves no doubt as to why this talented musician has had such an illustrious and lasting career in music. Best known for his accomplishments with his South African music group, “The Flames,” Steve has toured Europe, America and Australia with the likes of the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones. Having a few of his songs in the top 10 charts in a number of American states and playing two concerts at... read more

The Hibiscus Coast Ultra Marathon

Sunday the 26th April 2015 sees the inaugural running of the Hibiscus Coast Ultra Marathon. This highly anticipated event is hosted by the South Coast Striders and looks set to become a highlight of the running calendar. The event caters for all distance enthusiasts. There are three distances to choose from, the 48km ultra, a 24km run and a 5,6km fun run. The challenging 48km ultra route includes some of the most scenic views the Hibiscus Coast has to offer. Starting from Southcity Christian School in Ramsgate, the route will take runners down past some breathtaking ocean views then up into rural Gamalakhe and then onto the lush green hills KZN is famous for where you will be awarded spectacular inland views on one side and ocean views on the other. This beautiful race is a comrades qualifier and a great run to try as your first ultra. There is a cut off time of... read more

Riverbend Crocodile Farm

A visit to Riverbend Crocodile Farm is a very popular outing on the lower South Coast.  The beautifully landscaped farm is home to hundreds of Nile Crocodiles, snakes, and birds. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the farm and get to know the beautiful inhabitants. For an added thrill, visitors can view feedings on Sundays at 15:00 and on some Wednesdays during the warmer summer months. The farm offers valuable information on crocodiles and snakes, and their biology. Bring along the whole family for an insightful and comprehensive presentation in the language of your preference:  English, Afrikaans, Zulu or German. While the Riverbend Crocodile Farm focuses on crocodiles, that’s not all there is to it. The farm is home to the The Crocodile Café, which serves light lunches and afternoon teas and there are craft and curio shops that offer a variety of lovely gifts and souvenirs for everyone. Riverbend Art and Wine... read more

Ramsgate Organic Market

The Ramsgate Organic Market held at the Lions Village Hall in Glenmarkie Drive is a local treasure that is fast growing in popularity and stalls. Every Saturday from 8am to 11am you will find eager customers lining up to purchase their weekly fruit and veggies, homemade breads and jams or just enjoy a friendly cup of tea and a chat. All items sold at the market are locally sourced, handmade and artisan products that you will be hard-pressed to source anywhere else. Local, fresh, organic fruit and veggies are always on offer from the friendly group at Kumnandi. The freshly baked bread stand is always a winner with lots of options including banting-friendly and gluten-free options. Homemade jams, preserves and pickles as well as delicious quiches, cakes and crunchies are wonderful treats to take home to loved ones or you can sit down at the market and relax while Le Petit cafe provides you with... read more

Positano Lodge

For tranquil beauty at its best, look no further than Positano Lodge. Situated on expansive grounds in lush, subtropical gardens, Positano Lodge is a wonderful Bed & Breakfast to escape to. All the rooms are spacious with en-suite bathrooms. Guests looking for more privacy can book into one of the self-catering units, which offer private entrances from delightful Spanish-style patios. The lodge and flatlets are wheel chair friendly, comfortable and fully equipped with bar fridges and coffee and tea making stations. The lodge even offers a laundry service for those that need it. Positano Lodge is within walking distance of beautiful beaches where you can safely swim, surf and enjoy the ocean. Or if you would prefer to spend your day at the lodge, the beautiful blue pool in the garden is a great place to socialize with other guests and to cool off after a busy day exploring the... read more

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