Ten summer events you need to diarise
Summer is our busiest time in Plettenberg Bay and, while that doesn’t mean that you can’t take it easy on the beach or soak up the sun at the pool, it certainly isn’t the only game in town. With two international sporting events, various open-air music venues and any number of seaside activities, you’ll get all the summer fun you’re looking for in Plett these holidays. Here are ten events that you won’t want to miss:
SABRINA LOVE OCEAN CHALLENGE
27 & 28 December 2018
One of Plett’s favourite sporting events and a highlight of the Plett Summer calendar, the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge has grown year-on-year into a fabulous event with something to offer super sportspeople and families alike. This year’s event will take place on Plett’s Central Beach with a 10km road and beach run, 15km surf ski challenge, fun beach walk and one-mile ocean swim. Kurland Estate will host the 6km and 10km trail runs, 25km MTB ride and “Kids of Steel” run/swim. Proceeds from the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge go to the Sabrina Love Foundation which cares for children with special needs.
SUMMER SLAM BEACH TENNIS
15 – 21 December 2018
Plett’s Central Beach will play host to international beach tennis this December at the Kia Beach Tennis Summer Slam. Summer crowds will witness some of the world’s best beach tennis players competing on our South African shores. The final event, in Plettenberg Bay, will be one of the five richest beach tennis events in the world, in terms of prize money. The Kia Beach Tennis Tour forms part of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Beach Tennis Tour and spans two weeks in December. The matches will take place in Plett from 15-21 December with two prizes totalling $31 000.
PLETT POLO PONY PARADE
27 December 2018
The Polo Pony Parade has become an iconic Plett Summer event and is the only one of its kind in South Africa. Held on the 27thDecember this year, in the lead-up to the Polo International, the Springbok and Irish players will parade along Main Street and, to the delight of spectators, the young polo players, on their magnificent thoroughbred ponies, will ride alongside the international players. With banners flying and a music truck, it promises to be a festive, and memorable, occasion.
GET LUCKY SUMMER
(Sundays 16, 23, 31 December 2018 & 6 January 2019)
There are few venues along our coastline more perfect for a summer concert than the lawns of the Beacon Island Hotel and GoodLuck’s ever-popular Get Lucky Summer series is back! GoodLuck will be joined by the iconic Freshlyground, dance music powerhouse Kyle Watson, and folk-pop sensations Rubber Duc in ringing in New Year at the Get Lucky Summer NYE Party on the Robberg Rugby Club lawns. In addition, 2018 sees the return of the fifth season of the Get Lucky Summer Concert Series to the seaside lawns of the BI. This year, GoodLuck will be joined by international DJ and Producer Sam Feldt, South African live electronic duo Black Motion and electro-swing act The Kiffness. With this amazing mix of some of the country’s top live acts, the Get Lucky Summer Series at the BI and the Get Lucky New Year’s Eve concert are set be the most memorable of events to attend in 2018.
PLETT GCQM EXPERIENCE
15 December 2018
Join DJs Mlungu, Zodwa Wabantu, Lulo Cafe and Ed Harris at the Plett GQOM Experience in Kwanokuthula, Plett for a memorable mid-December bash. GQOM is a style of mosono music that emerged a decade into the 21st century from the city of Durban in KwaZulu Natal. The word gqom derives from an onomatopoeic combination of click consonants from the Zulu & the Xhosa language that represents a hitting drum.
SUMMER MUSIC COLOUR RUN
30 December 2018
Where movement, sound and colour collide in a cacophony of summer fun! The 5km Summer Music Colour Run is back for its fifth year and runners will be entertained at three colour stations, two music stations (each hosting a local DJ) playing the best of the best summer tunes… You won’t need your iPod, because this event brings the beat! The 2018 series will also see three new event experiences unveiled to participants: a glitter start to get proceedings underway; a giant inflatable slide; and a dodgeball arena. What’s not to love?
ROBBERG FINE FOODS CLASSIC BEACH REGATTA
15-17 December 2018
The sight of the multi-coloured hobies flying across the bay brings back happy childhood memories for many people and has, again, become an integral part of Plett’s summer season. For sailors, this legendary regatta is one for the Bucket List and sailors from all over South Africa take part in this fun regatta, amongst them Hobie national and world champions! Get up close and personal and watch as the boats do a beach start, race “round the cans” (a set of buoys in the bay) or do a long-haul race from the mouth of the Keurbooms lagoon all the way across to Robberg 5. While things may look calm from the beach, they’re anything but on the water as boats jockey for position on the start line and then race each other for line honours! Hobie sailors are famously easy-going and spectators are welcome to come down to Hobie Beach and “meet the fleet” when the boats are on the beach. Who knows, you may like it so much it may be you out their next time!
PLETT POLO INTERNATIONAL
29 December 2018
It’s time for polo action at our second international sporting event of the season and a much-anticipated Plett summer tournament! Polo is a large contributor to Plett’s summer appeal and includes several matches leading up the international between Ireland and South Africa, and an enviable social scene stemming from our summer polo visitors.
The international match is the polo event of the year, held at the exquisite Kurland Estate polo pavilion, and spectators are invited to book their VIP boxes or pack a picnic blanket to watch from the lawns. VIP ticket holders can look forward to following delights: accelerated traffic entrance, VIP-box runners to attend to guests’ needs, a cashless “Howler” system, British high tea, Newstead Bubbly and Oyster Bars and gin cocktails – on tap. The match afterparty promises to be memorable with entertainment from The Kiffness, Kevin Flloyd Project, DJ Dru, The Forgery and Oliver Leigh. It’s going to be just as marvellous as it sounds and R1000 deposit will secure your box.
PLETT SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
26, 27, 29, 31 December 2018
Another of our outdoor summer venues, at Plett Primary School, will include an incredible lineup up South African musicians and DJs including Jeremy Loops, Roger Goode, PHFAT, HEADROOM and more. The venue will host several events during December including a family-day concert and adults only New Year’s Eve with 5FM.
(December 2018 – January 2019)
Plett’s Barnyard Theatre is well-known for being the first theatre of its kind in South Africa and is evening favourite with our visitors. Every summer, the Barnyard hosts musicians and performers at their rustic venue and this year the lineup will include Watershed, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Joshua na die Reen and much more. You’re encouraged to pack a picnic or preorder your meals, sit back and enjoy the holiday entertainment, you can even shuttle out and back home on the Barnyard Bus.
But wait, there’s more…
Plett Streetlights Party (16 December 2018)
Sound on Sound with DJ Mjilo (29, 31 December & 1 January 2019)
New Year’s Eve (31 December 2018) at various venues around Plett
**Article and Images courtesy of Plett Tourism