School holiday family fun in the Garden Route

2016-05-20 11:05 - Nadia Krige
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The school holidays are around the corner - 24 June to 18 July to be exact. And there can be nothing more depressing for children of any age to either to be stuck at home, facing the entire break without anything to do.

We're sure many of a parent has thought about the costs of a family holiday and how expensive things are at the moment.  

But we'd like you to know that with a little bit of planning, keep an eye out for great special deals and packages or even just thinking of ingenious ways to spend the holidays in your own city means they will be able to have some really special family memories. 

We've rounded up some fun, fresh ideas to help you out this school holidays. So now you have no excuse not to find you family holiday #FindYourEscape

If you’re heading out along the Garden Route these winter school holidays, schedule some time for these great events and fun activities.


Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 2016

When: 1 Jul 2016 - 10 Jul 2016
Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds, Waterfront Drive, Knysna,South Africa

South Africa’s premium sport and lifestyle festival, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival runs during the winter school holidays from 1 to 10 July 2016. 

Plett MAD festival

When: 24 Jun 2016 – 18 Jul 2016

Where: Various venues throughout the town

Music, arts and drama – this is what Plett’s MAD festival is all about. You can expect to fill up your senses these school holidays with spectacular stage productions, live bands, choir performances, art exhibitions and demonstrations. There will be loads of entertainment for the kids and, of course, a wealth of delicious food, wine, beer and coffee.

Plett Food Film Festival

When: 11 Jul 2016 – 13 Jul 2016

Where: Venue tbc

Forming part of the MAD festival, the Plett Food Film Festival celebrates the delectable convergence of cinema and cuisine. Films that will be featured include Like Water For Chocolate, A Good Year and Les Emotifs Anonymes.

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Outdoor Adventures

Knysna Cycle Tour

When: 2 Jul 2016 – 3 Jul 2016

Where: Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds

Comprising MTB events, road races, children’s races and a relaxed family ride through the forest, this is truly a cycling event for the whole family. It forms part of the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival mentioned above, so be sure to factor in some extra time to enjoy good food and great vibes.

FNB Knysna Forest Family Hike

When: 4 Jul 2016

Where: Harkerville Hiking Trail

A family hike that allows the whole family to experience the wonder of the forest instead of Mom & Dad only taking part in events. The aim is to promote the ecological importance of the forest whilst promoting the quality of family time, health and wellness in an eco-friendly way. . It forms part of the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival mentioned above, so be sure to factor in some extra time to enjoy good food and great vibes.

Knysna Forest Marathon

When: 9 Jul 2016

Where: Glebe forest

By far one of South Africa’s most popular races, the Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon takes you through some spectacularly beautiful scenery. It forms part of the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival mentioned above, so be sure to factor in some extra time to enjoy good food and great vibes.

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George Transport Museum

When: Mondays – Saturdays between 08:00 and 16:30 (closes at 14:00 on Saturdays)

Where: 2 Mission Road, George

One of the lesser-known highlights of the Garden Route, the George Transport Museum provides a fascinating trip down memory lane. It’s home to no less than 13 beautifully preserved steam locomotives as well as a huge range of classic cars.

Wilderness hiking trails

When: Whenever you feel like a walk

Where: Ebb and Flow rest camp, Wilderness

The Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park offers a selection of five walking trails, one even including the option of a canoe ride on the Touw River. They range in distance, but all are exceptionally family friendly.

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Amazing markets

When: Mostly over weekends

Where: Throughout the Garden Route

With delicious food, quaint crafts and load of space for kids to play, markets are always a good idea for a family outing. And luckily the Garden Route is overflowing with options! Here are a few worth checking out: Wild Oats Community Farmers Market (Sedgefield), Outeniqua Farmers’ Market (George) and the Milkwood Evening Market (Wilderness).

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