Le long weekend

2018-05-03 06:00

AT this month-end, it is another long weekend which for our visitors and hosts can provide no less than five days of relax and leisure time opportunity here on the South Coast.

Tourism trends suggest that people prefer to have multiple mini-breaks as opposed to a couple of longer breaks each year.

In some respects this month-end is an extension of our Easter Season which should provide additional tourism and leisure revenues for our hospitality providers and product owners.So what’s lined up for our ever welcome guests?

The really big one is the South Coast Bike Fest (April 27-30) which is probably the event to attend in KZN at this time.

This year, the programme has been designed to entertain families, bike enthusiasts and from young to old musical offerings that suit those restful or party like crazy preferences. Visit Southcoastbikefest.co.za

But there is more to this forthcoming “Le weekend”.

For golfers there are competitions at Margate, Umdoni and Wild Coast courses (I am sure the others have as well).

The Marlin Game Fish Classic at Port Edward seems to be the fishing draw card albeit that each of our launch sites will be busy with anglers going out to sea.

At Scottburgh, the challenging Joberg 2 C bike race finishes at the beach on the 28th and the popular Margate Bowls week commences on the 30th. Some 350 bowlers for a week! I hope the liquor outlets are well-stocked.

We also cannot forget the weekly events such as the Park Runs (on Saturdays) at Umdoni Park and St Michaels Beach and the Uvongo Flea Market on Saturdays and Sundays.

So, even though the local school breaks are at an end, the South Coast has made ample provision to cater to our imminent visitors and residents.

Hey and if you want to swim, surf, chill, wine and dine, dive, jump off cliffs, traverse cross country, sample local culture and cuisine, horse ride, bike ride, fish from the rocks, go to farms, check out nature or simply park off with loved ones, that is a given at any time. Information on all things we offer can is available for our Visitor Information Centres or off our website.

At this point, I also invite all organisers to submit their event details in advance of their event date so we can update our events calendar — contact Vanessa on eventing@tourismsouthcoast.co.za

Have a lovely, safe, enjoyable and splendid South Coast weekend.

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