SA Insider: Fun in the Friendly City, Port Elizabeth

2018-04-19 10:21
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You’re in for a good time this weekend if you’re around Nelson Mandela Bay. With a selection of things to do and places to see, you’re never far away from a good time in PE.

Friday, 20 April

SEE: 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 12:00 and 18:00.

DO: Check out the Here Today, Here Tomorrow Exhibition at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum. The exhibition looks at easel paintings, ceramics and works on paper and highlights the differences between conservation and restoration. The Museum is open from 09:00 to 17:00.

TASTE: Grab a slice or five at Charlie's Pizza. With a relaxed, cafe-like ambience, Charlie's Pizza and Pasta is a great place to enjoy an unpretentious meal with friends and family. Try the gorgonzola and salami pizza or the pizza bianca - it’s all good. For more information follow this link. Charlie’s is open from 09:00 to 22:00.   

EXPLORE: Connect with the heritage of the friendly city at the Donkin Reserve. The reserve is one of the greatest markers of Port Elizabeth’s historical development. Delve deep into the history and interact with the stone pyramid that overlooks the bay. Explore the lighthouse that continues to vigilantly watch over the bay. For a detailed history of the area, consider taking a formal guided tour.

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Saturday, 21 April

SEE: Check out the launch of the Epic Soul MusiQ Obsessions EP at Liquid Lounge. Epicsoul MusiQ is a house music producer and DJ producing some of the best beats the friendly city has ever had the opportunity to dance to. Head to Liquid Lounge to celebrate the release of the Obsessions EP. The event runs from 18:00 to 06:00.

DO: Push yourself to the limit at The Jendamark BellBuoy Challenge. Billed as Africa’s ultimate Indian Ocean swim, this is an event only for the stoic and the bold. The event comprises a 5km sea swim from Pollock Beach to a nautical bell buoy and back in incredibly difficult ocean currents. Naturally, with an event of this kind, there is an age limit and a swimming competency requirement that needs to be satisfied before organisers allow you to compete. For more information follow this link. Tickets can be purchased here for R250.

TASTE:  Stretch your little finger and head on down to the High Tea at Boardwalk Port Elizabeth Kipling’s Brasserie. With a wide selection of sweet and savoury snacks to choose from, patrons will feel like royalty as they relax and enjoy a leisurely high tea. Book in advance by calling  +27 41 507 9452. The High Tea will cost R125 per person.

EXPLORE: Make sure you check out Sards in the Market at Sards Bark Park. Have a fun-filled day with the entire family (including four-legged members) at this event. With food truck and stalls, jumping castles, music, homemade goods and produce and other crafts, Sards in the Market is sure to keep the family smiling. Bring a blanket, some camping chairs and get comfortable. Entrance is free. Dogs are welcome but have to be registered to enter. Follow this link for more information.

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Sunday, 22 April

SEE: Slow things down at Acoustic Sundays at Bocadillos at Bocadillos on First. Unwind and allow yourself to be moved by the music at Acoustic Sundays where the food is good and the music is better. This week, the Bay’s very own Marc Anthony is providing the sonic delights, live and unplugged. Book your table by calling 041 581 8081 or following this link.

DO: Consider heading on down to St Georges Park. St George’s Park is Port Elizabeth’s oldest park, uniquely located within walking distance of the city centre. Established in 1860, the park spreads over 73 ha. and includes pristine wooded areas with extensive collections of plant life. Check out the Victorian Pearson Conservatory, located on the grounds, with its unique collection of exotic plants.

TASTE: Satiate your appetite over at Apron Strings with their weekly Sunday Roast lunchtime event in Sardinia Bay. This event will leave you content and appeased with its appetising dishes and traditional approach to a Sunday meal. Call ahead at 041 366 1217 to make bookings and get more information.

EXPLORE: Head on over to Bayworld and take a trip into the Jurassic period and see the incredible bones of the Algoasaurus on display. The museum is the third oldest of its kind in the country. The museum has a host of other interesting exhibits, such as the skeleton of the last Southern right whale harpooned in the bay, and a replica of the Dias Cross. The museum is open from 09:00 to 16:30 and is located in Beach road. Tickets cost R35 to R45.