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Famous Fishing Spots – Shirley Avenue, Ramsgate

There are two types of fisherman – those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.  ~Author Unknown Shirley Avenue (S30 54.236 E30 20.404) This is a deep water spot, situate just south of Ramsgate. A good fishing platform, but take care on spring high tide. Bring the family and a picnic basket. There is also opportunity to cool off in the rock pool close by. Relatively safe parking is close... 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

Famous Fishing Spots – Pot Hole & Orange Rocks

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught Pot Hole & Orange Rocks (S30 49.654 E30 24.210) These two deep water spots are found alongside each other between St.Michaels and Uvongo. Pot Hole can be a little challenging for novice anglers and the sea must be closely watched on spring high tides. Orange Rocks, immediately south, is an easier fishing platform with similar fishing opportunities on offer. Swimming beaches are a way off but take along the family and a picnic basket and simply enjoy the environment. There is ample safe... read more

Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide

Nature’s refuse collectors on our doorstep Vultures are usually associated with our wild open spaces and national parks, where they squabble over the rotting remains of a lion or leopard kill. However, the hinterland of our piece of paradise on the South Coast, is a haven for the largest of the African vultures, the Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres. Nine species of vulture are to be found in Southern Africa, all of which are under immense pressure for survival. Poisoning is a major problem, with large numbers of vultures feeding on carcasses that have been baited by farmers to control jackal, baboon or other predators. They quickly succumb to the ingested toxins. Veterinary drugs, such as Diclofenac, used to treat livestock, are also highly toxic to vultures. Indian vulture populations declined by 99 per cent as a consequence of Diclofenac. Another very worrying turn of events is that rhino poachers... read more

Sonny Evans Small Craft Harbour

“You have left your footprints, not only in the sand, but also in the sea”. Thus reads an extract from the book The Sonny Side of Life written by Hazel Lodetti, in honour of her late father, South Coast legend, ‘Sonny’ Evans, who was born in South Africa in 1910. These sentiments were expressed by the Acting Mayor of Shelly Beach on the occasion of Sonny’s 80th birthday bash held at Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Clubhouse back in 1990. Never were truer words uttered in recognition of a stalwart pioneer, a son of the South Coast, in fact, our very own ‘old man of the sea’, to whom the region owes so much. Long before anyone was enjoying the amenities now provided by the Sonny Evans Small Craft Harbour, this intrepid adventurer would set out to sea from the bay in front of his home to the north of the... 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

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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