SA Insider: Dock yourself in the Bay this weekend

It's the weekend and to make it special, we've listed some fun things to get up to in the Bay!

Friday, 23 March

SEE: Head on over to the Alliance Française of PE to see Bob Binnell's photo exhibition, 'Port Elizabeth in the Good Old Days'. The exhibition opened on Saturday, 10 March and is open between 09:00 and 17:00 weekdays until Friday, 6 April. There will be food and wine! Entrance is free and the exhibition is open to all. 

DO: Horse around at Fairview Racecourse to witness Live Thoroughbred Horse-racing. Entrance is free and group bookings are available. Safe and secure parking options are promised and there will be full catering, bar facilities and betting facilities at the event. Trot on by between 12h00 and 18h00. 

TASTE: Sip some Tea by the Sea at The Verandah this weekend. Enjoy ocean vistas over piping hot and soothing tea between 07h00 and 11h00 for the early birds or 14h00 and 18h00 for the later birds. R85 a head gets you this experience in the tea bag. 

EXPLORE: Get Francophonie this Friday over at the Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth. This festival was launched in 2010 and is a platform available to Embassies, Institutions, Francophone and Francophiles in PE for the promotion of French cultural and linguistic diversity. Friday, 23 March happens to be the day of a cooking contest at 17h30 and if you're a participant you enter free, otherwise R50 gets you in! The event runs until Saturday, 24 March and you can view the full programme here.

READ: #FamilyEscapes: School holiday activities to tick off in Port Elizabeth

Saturday, 24 March

SEE: Drive on down to see a film at the Drive In Movie Night being hosted by Port Elizabeth Drive In Movie Nights in Park Drive, Port Elizabeth. The festivities revv into motion at 17h00 and will be showing Toy Story for the kids at 18h00 and Grease for the adult crowd at 21h00. There will also be food stalls and popcorn available and live music! Ticket costs range between R50 and R140 and can be bought through Webtickets

DO: Get your Easter on early at the Herald's Easter on the Farm event coming up. This shindig throws down at Holmeleigh Farmyard in Grey Dawn, Nelson Mandela Bay, between 09h00 till 17h00. There will be Easter egg hunts for the kids, an Easter bonnet parade, a kid's action zone where they can enjoy rides and inflatables and fun Easter activities for the whole family. Tickets are available on Quicket for R50 per head, with kids under four-years-old entering for free.

TASTE: Get munching and brunching at the closing event of the Francophonie event. The free brunch event kicks off at 10h00 and wraps up by 13h00. You can view the full event schedule here.

EXPLORE: Say 'I do!' at the I Do! Bridal Expo going down at the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth between 09h00 and 17h00. This two day event is a one-stop collection of the best in the bridal business to help brides plan their perfect day. The weekend programme will include onstage workshops, live entertainment, a stylish bar lounge area as well as the ever-popular Bridal Café to enjoy sweet and savoury lunch and tea treats. Tickets can be bought pre-event for R50 per day, at Westway Café, Newton Park or at the expo entrance. 

SEE: Last-Minute Port Elizabeth

Sunday, 25 March

SEE: Check out the Wreck of Sacramento this Sunday fun day! This is a FREE popular 8km round trip coastal walk through the Schoenmakerskop-Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve and is accessed by travelling along Sardinia Bay Road. Immerse yourself in nature and get a workout while simultaneously snapping aesthetic shots of the canons and wrecks (perhaps you'll count as one after the walk too) spotted along the route. 

DO: Take a horse ride in Sardinia Bay! Heavenly Stables offers a one hour free horse ride through the Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve - granted you have a Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) pass. Bookings are essential at least two days prior and can be done here or via phone call: 081 890 7080. The rides are weather dependent and they operate seven days a week, from 09h00 to 17h00 at Plot 431, Sardinia bay Road, Lovemore Park, Port Elizabeth.

TASTE: Lick your lips at the original Vovo Telo and enjoy the popular freshly baked breads and pastries. Check out their website for more info and to view the menu.

EXPLORE: Soak in the flower power at Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve for FREE. Situated in the Uitenhage Farms, just 40km out of PE, the reserve protects rare and endemic plants. The venue open from 07h30 to 18h00 in summer at close at 17h00 in winter (1 May - 31 August). At the reserve, guests are welcomed and encouraged to visit the traditional Xhosa umzi (homestead) and learn about traditional Xhosa culture.

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