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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... 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

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

TOP SA PENCIL ARTIST VINCENT REID EXHIBITS IN RAMSGATE THIS JUNE

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

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

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