Many schools close for the mid-year break on 22 June this year and only reopen nearly a month later on 18 July. With so many vacationing young ones in need of entertainment we believe we have the answer - the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival (July 1 – 10) offers the solution for the perfect winter break for the entire family.
This year the Festival is jam-packed with events, bound to keep the family busy for the Best 10 Days of Your Winter. The programme offers to entertain the children while their parents participate in the numerous available events such as the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour presented by Rotary, or the Momentum Health OatWell DualX powered by Peptopro.
Children between the ages of two and nine can participate in the Spur Rotary Knysna Children’s Cycle Tours. Those aged six to twelve years can compete in the new Casper Kids Adventure Run in partnership with Simola or the DualX Quarter and DualX Brats races while their parents test their night running skills in The Simola Phantom Night Forest Run at the magnificent Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa.
A family visit to Knysna will not be complete without discovering the wonders of its natural forests. Join in the Festival’s FNB Knysna Forest Family Hikes and experience the best of Knysna’s natural beauty.
Children can further keep busy outdoors with the new DaretoDash Kids obstacle course, SWD Development runs and the Parent & Child Golf Day which forms part of the Imperial Auto Festival of Golf at Pezula.
The SA Navy’s vessels will once again visit the Festival. Watching their entry through the often treacherous Knysna Heads and a visit on-board while they are docked at the SANParks jetty on Thesen Island is an education for all. Older children can also attend a polo clinic, just around the corner from the jetty, presented by the Waterfront Canoe Polo Tournament team.
This year will be the fourth year that the Knysna-Plett Herald Young Oysters children’s programme takes fun and entertainment to children all over the Greater Knysna area. The programme, which takes place at all libraries as well as the Khayalethu and Smutsville community halls is free of charge and includes decorating of cupcakes and gingerbread men, arts & crafts and sculpting with recycling materials. The programme starts at 10:00 every day from Monday to Friday during the Festival.
The Festival Pavilion at the Knysna High School sport fields will provide a fun-fest for the young with a funfair and inflatable activity equipment. Alongside the Momentum Health Kiddies Area (where children are supervised while parents take a well-deserved break) the Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival presented by Humpty Dumpty Windmeul Eggs programme will takes place.
This programme promises to entertain children aged two to ten with cooking lessons, arts and crafts.
A new addition to this year’s line-up is Seafood Wednesday (6 July) - bound to spoil Festival participants with an array of seafood. A Seafood Route will lead to participating restaurants where they can savour 34 Degrees South’s delicious East Coast sole or the pan-fried Cape yellowtail with Salsa Verde and new potatoes from The Bell.
The SASSI Fish Seafood Braai, Oyster Shucking and Eating Competitions, as well as Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna served with Tabasco will turn the Festival Pavilion into a hive of activity from 17:00 later the same day.
Tickets to the Festival’s variety of events are available at Webtickets: www.webtickets.co.za
For further information on what to expect at this year’s jam-packed Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, visit the website www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za or follow the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival on Twitter: @OysterFestival or on Facebook: Facebook/KnysnaOysterFestival for daily updates.