Sardine season surprises for all holidaymakers – event guide

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The “winter” holidays are never cold and boring on the KZN South Coast. It’s a time of great abundance and excitement with heaps of sensational surprises awaiting all who seek fun and games at the beach and beyond.

A family destination, the KZN South Coast caters for everyone and looking at the event line-up this holiday, if you are into diving, fishing, surfing, nature, sport, golf, bowls, mountain biking, running, motor racing, jazz, dogs and browsing at flea markets, we may just have an event that will warm your heart and keep you entertained.

On the beaches this season, you would want to make your way to Scottburgh beach (26 June, 2-5 July), Hibberdene beach (24-25 June, 27-30 June, 1 July); Margate beach (1-6 July, 13 July) and Port Edward beach (17-21 June, 27-28 June). Activities include a Basketball Beach Series; Sardine Beach Sports Tour; Sardine Festival of Beauty; Big Talent Search; Kids Zone Beach Fest.

The Blue Marlin in Scottburgh will be hosting a charity gala dinner on 13 July at 6pm as part of the Miss Hibiscus Queen pageant finals, following semi-finals on 6 July that includes a fashion show on Margate beach, 11am onwards. All other beach activations are from 10am-2pm, weather permitting.

For the first time, the holiday activations are spreading out and including the hinterland. A Mini Cricket Series and separate Soccer Series will be put on to entertain the crowds with different rounds being held in different municipalities.

Round 1 will kick-off in Umdoni at Phindavele Sports Ground on 15 June and 16 June; Round 2 in Umzumbe at the Bhekameva Sports Ground on 22-23 June; Round 3 at KwaXolo Stadium in Ray Nkonyeni on 29-30 June, Round 4 in Umuziwabantu’s 5 Mkhoba KwaMachi on 6-7 July.

The Mini Cricket Series Finals will be held on 13 July at Margate beach and the Soccer Series Finals on 14 July at Scottburgh beach. Participants don’t need to be at all the Rounds to take part, it’s all for the sake of fun!

June events include the Mercury Skiboat Festival in Shelly Beach (19-22); South Coast Mixed Pairs Bowling Tournament in Margate (20-23); KZNRRC at Dezzi South Coast Raceway (21); Margate Kennel Club Open Show, Port Shepstone (23); Fantastic Family Fun Fishing Weekend at Umtentweni beach (28-30); Umdoni Team Challenge (28); Ugu Jazz Festival (29); 4BBB at the Wild Coast Country Club and the UBC 2019 Winter Fair (30).

July events include the Men’s Amateur Classic at Southbroom Golf Club (1-5); Maidens Ceremony in KwaNyuswa (6); South Coast Fever MTB Series Race 1 at the Port Edward Holiday Resort (7); Classic Car Show in Scottburgh (7); Margate Kennel Club Open Show in Port Shepstone (14); Umdoni Team Challenge (26) and 4BBB at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club (27).

The Ugu Jazz Festival, which is presented by Eyadini Events on 29 June at Gamalakhe’s Ugu Sport & Leisure Centre is a celebration of jazz with diverse jazz genres represented. Top artists will be performing live including Lira; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Judith Sephuma; Thandiswa Mazwai; Mafikizolo; Sjava; Caiphus Semenya; Tshepo Tshola; Mbuso Khoza and many more. Tickets from R280 are available at Computicket.

The South Coast Fever MTB Series is a series of mountain biking and running races that is unique in showcasing the various terrains that makes the KZN South Coast destination so special: beach, desert, forest and game reserve. The series starts on 7 July and the final race is on 22 September, participants can sign up to the whole series or for individual races if they wish.

The Maidens Ceremony on 6 July in KwaNyuswa gives those who venture into the hinterland to be part of this a rare insight into a revered Zulu cultural ceremony.

This is all while you wait for the natural spectacle of the Sardine Run, of course. Our best seats this season are for free, with all the action seen from the beach. So, follow all the sources you can find plus your gut feel, as even the experts find the silvery fish mysterious, just adding more to their star appeal.

Make sure you visit or call the friendly staff at the Visitor Information Centres around the KZN South Coast this holiday to get more information about the events or the Ugu South Coast Tourism head office on 039 682 7944.

Enjoy your stay!

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