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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

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

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

The Ramsgate Literary Festival Highlights

Here are some of the highlights of the Ramsgate Literary Festival. For more details of when these events take place, please have a look at the itineraries for Thursday 24th September and Friday 25th September. “KZN Literary Tourism & the South Coast Writers’ Trail” – Prof. Lindy Stiebel The highly acclaimed Prof. Lindy Stiebel will be officially opening the festival with a presentation titled “KZN Literary Tourism and the South Coast Writers.” Lindy Stiebel is Professor Emeritus of English Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is the also the author of a number of books, her latest being, “Thomas Baines: Exploring Tropical Australia.” 2016 will see her further work on Lewis Nkosi entitled “Writing Home: Lewis Nkosi on South African Literature.” She also looks forward to the the e-publication of “A Literary Companion to KwaZulu-Natal,” a book which collects over 10 years of the KZN Literary Tourism projects which she leads. In addition to these... 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

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

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