It’s all happening on Leisure Isle this weekend when the island turns into a sparkling Treasure Isle for the annual two-day Festival in aid of local charities. There are so many treasures and attractions for all ages to take part in you need to spend a full day there to enjoy the whole experience, so block off Saturday and Sunday in your calendars and head for Treasure Isle.
As well as over 100 stalls featuring crafts, art and food this year’s Festival offers a whole range of activities you can take part in. The younger generation are well catered for with traditional favourites the barrel train rides and a jumping castle where they can use up their energy, and two new attractions a Pirate Treasure Hunt and Snag Golf. The Treasure Hunt is open to all aged between seven and ten and will take place between 11.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday. Go to stand 15, Knysna Basin Project, on your own or with friends and collect an entry form. When you have solved all the hidden clues you can claim some Pirate’s Treasure – and everyone will be a winner! Dress up as a pirate if you like but it’s not essential. When you have won your treasure have a go at Snag Golf where you can test your golfing skills, and perhaps challenge your mum or dad.
While all this is going on dads, and mums of course, can visit the display of vintage and classic cars, kindly presented by Brian Bruce. This was a very popular attraction last year and there will be some amazing cars on show that will turn enthusiasts green with envy.
Baden will once again be providing relaxing background music on 87,8 mHz and keeping you up-to-date with the latest Festival news and activities.
The Festival is a great shopping experience and ideal for serious Christmas shopping, with a huge selection of crafts, clothes, paintings and food stalls including Christmas cakes and other festive fare. No excuse for giving yet another pair of socks this year! If you enjoy books then get to the Hospice Book Stall early – it’s very, very popular and they have a huge range of titles. Gardeners will be pleased to see the rose stall there again plus an interesting selection of other nurseries and plants to fill the gaps in their borders.
If all this works up a thirst you can enjoy cooling draughts at Mitchells Beer Tent and taste Painted Wolf wines, all in aid of e’Pap Childrens Feeding Scheme, or a restorative cuppa at the Hospice Tea Garden. Hungry appetites are also well catered for with a great selection of food stalls offering food for all tastes – from boerewors and other traditional dishes to curries, ragouts and lasagne. Top it all off with some of the best coffee in Knysna.
Please remember that while you are enjoying yourselves you are helping the local charities that benefit from over R200,000 raised by the Festival each year - e’Pap Children Feeding Scheme, Knysna/Sedgefield Hospice, Vermont Old Age Home, the Hands and Hearts Centre, Steenbok Nature Reserve and Knysna Animal Welfare Society (KAWS). And this is all made possible by the generous support of many local sponsors that are too numerous to list here.