SA Insider: Your weekend POA in PE

2018-03-31 09:35 - Saara Mowlana
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The weekend has returned and it's time to ring it in with the Bay this weekend!

Here's what the Friendly City has in line for you:

Friday, 13 April

SEE: Gallop on over to Fairview Racecourse to witness Live Thoroughbred Horse-racing between 12h00 and 18h00. Entry 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. 

DO: Visit the South End Museum on the corner of Humewood Road & Walmer Boulevard in South End, Port Elizabeth. The museum's operational hours are 9h00 - 16h00 on Mondays through to Fridays and 10h00 - 15h00 on weekends. There is no entrance fee but donations are encouraged for the maintenance of the museum.

TASTE: Enjoy fine dining at Ginger and set the tone for your weekend chill. They are open daily for lunch between 11h00 - 15h30 and for dinner between 18h00 - 22h00. The average price for a meal is around R165 and you can find Ginger located in Marine Drive, Summerstrand. 

EXPLORE: Tread through Pearson Conservatory in St George's Park, Park Drive in Central PE. Time travel through Victorian architectural history and get lost in the floral wonder or merely just picnic in its shade. Entry is free and the park is open between 08h00 and 16h00 on Fridays.

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Saturday, 14 April

SEE: Check out the Southern Kings vs Cardiff Blues at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Gates for the rugby showdown opens at 17h00, kick off is happening at 19h35 and the game ends at 22h00. Tickets cost R10 (for a scholar ticket - available at the stadium ticket office), R50 (for the unreserved, open stand seating area) and R150 (for the reserved Royal Lounge seating) - the latter two prices can be bought here.

DO: Get fit every Saturday with the Hobie Beach Park Run that treads a smooth 5km through P.E from 08h00. The run is free - all you have to do is register online beforehand and you're good to go.

TASTE: Get your tea on this Saturday with the Tea by the Sea event takes place at The Verandah at The Beach Hotel. This permanent Saturday event stirs into motion between 11h30 - 14h00 and charges guests R85 each for the tea experience. 

EXPLORE: Embrace your inner Beauty or Beast at the Old Library - a Victorian Gothic era portal is nestled in central Port Elizabeth and will transport you to another time before even reading a book. The trading hours vary in the week and the library is closed on weekends - view all of the operating hours here.

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Sunday, 15 April

SEE: Sea and assist some penguins over at SANCCOB situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Marine Drive. The Port Elizabeth Centre offers self-guided tours at a cost of R40 per adult and R25 per child / pensioner and Home Pen feeding times are 09h00 and 14h45. There is also a coffee shop where you can grab a quick cuppa and a bite to eat. For more information, visit their website or call 041 583 1830. Go on a virtual tour here.

DO: Get jazzy by the water with the Jazz by the River event that goes down at Bridge Street Brewery in the Baakens Valley every Sunday between 13h00-16h00. The event, hosted by Tim Sedso, has no entrance fee allowing you to save your coin for the beverages. 

TASTE: Whet your appetite at the Sunday Lunch at Bridge Street Brewery which takes place every Sunday lunchtime at Bridge Street Brewery in the Baakens Valley and costs a measly R65 per person. 

EXPLORE:  Support the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship participants kicking into gear in Nelson Mandela Bay this Sunday between 06h30 and 23h59. General entries are closed, however professional athletes and partners can still register here. For more information, check out their facebook.