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November Festivals in the Garden Route

The weekend of 5 and 6 November 2016 has reasons aplenty to head down to the Garden Route with events such as the Leisure Isle Festival, Rocking the Lake, the Airport Road Community Celebration and the Ratelman Challenge.

For the past fourteen years Knysna’s Leisure Isle has turned itself into a veritable ‘Treasure Isle’ during the annual Leisure Isle Festival. Kingsway Park will once again be the venue for this authentic craft market. Encouraging a real ‘buy local’ philosophy, the festival offers a platform for local entrepreneurs, crafters and artisans to showcase their skills and talents to the thousands of visitors who flock to this ever popular event on the local calendar.

The festival has always offered activities for the whole family like the Doggie Walk around the island, the ever popular barrel train and a jumping castle for the kids; this year also sees the introduction of a Wheelchair Walk. Come and relax in the idyllic setting of the tea garden, browse through dozens of stall offering art and crafts, indigenous plants, homemade goods, books and a large variety of food. Experience all of this in the delightful ambiance of the festival that visitors have come to know so well during the years.

The festival grounds will be open on Saturday the 5th from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday the 6th from 10am to 2 pm.

On Saturday the 5th of November Lakeside Lodge & Spa will be hosting Rocking the Lake on the banks of the Swartvlei estuary. The sweeping views from the immaculate lawn, looking out over the amphitheatre, provides the perfect backdrop for legendary local band, Cloud 9, to entertain guests with music from the sixties, seventies and eighties.

A pop-up bar will serve food and local beer or you can enjoy the superb wine from the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate’s cellars. Rocking the Lake will start at 3pm until 7pm. Tickets are R120 per adult and R80 per child. Get your tickets as soon as possible as this is an annual sold-out event and not to be missed.

Anticipated for decades, the 6th of November is the date for a Plettenberg Bay celebration like never been seen before.

Talks on tarring the Airport Road have been around since 1975 and locals are rejoicing in this milestone being reached with a community festival hosted by Cairnbrogie. The Airport Road Community Celebration started off as a chat on WhatsApp and has grown into a festival that surpassed organiser Jules’ wildest expectations with the enthusiastic support of the local community.

Children will be well entertained by jumping castles, games, face painting and Puff the Party Pony. It is the perfect opportunity to come meet the neighbours and be entertained by the firefighters from the local volunteer Fire Management Unit. As befitting a festival on the airport road, the day’s celebration will include tandem jumpers, aerobatics and kites from Kites by Design who recently had the very successful Eden Kite Festival.

For Jules, one of the highlights of the day will be the Lucky Cow Pat Lotto. Daisy will make her way through a gridded field and may just poop you into a magnificent prize or two. Watching the crowd cheering on Daisy may just be the best entertainment you will get this month. With more than 40 stalls, a beer tent and a plethora of food stalls this is going to be a day not to be missed.

You can contact the Leisure Isle Festival on 044 384 1896 or 083 754 5390

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You can contact Rocking the Lake at Lakeside Lodge on 044 343 1844

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You can contact the Airport Road Celebration 083 380 2001

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