There will be lots of fun and entertainment for the whole family at this year’s SPUR Children’s Cycle Tour at the SPUR Race Village where families are invited to spend time before, during and after the events.
The cycle tour takes place on Sunday 23 June at the Knysna High School Sports Field with three different routes and distances for different age groups:
2-4 years – 400 m:
A circular loop on the field. The ride is open to anything on wheels including prams, pushbikes, tricycles, small bicycles with training wheels and scooters. Helmets are recommended. All accompanying adults must be on foot.
5-7 years – 1,5 km:
From the field to Hedge Street, then Waterfront Drive, onto the old railway line, past the station to turn at the turntable, then back to Hedge Street and onto the field for the finish. This ride is small bicycle-friendly, and helmets are compulsory. Accompanying adults may be on foot or bicycle.
8-10 years – 2,5 km:
As per the 1,5 km race, but riders will continue along the railway track to Long Street, turn into Waterfront Drive and then back to field. This ride is small bicycle-friendly, and helmets are compulsory. Accompanying adults may be on foot or bicycle.
Entry fees are R100 for the first rider and R50 per child for additional family members. Registration will be from 07h30 – 08h30 and the first start is at 09h00. There will be medals and goodie bags for every participant. Parents and guardians should wear flat, comfortable shoes if they want to follow their younger children on foot!
Don’t forget to dress up because there are great prizes for the best dressed participant, parent and ride! So, make sure you pimp your ride before the start!
Ongoing entertainment at the SPUR Race Village will include face painters and cheerleaders.
The SPUR Children’s Cycle Tour forms part of the annual Knysna Cycle Tour. The event is all about fitness and fun and is a great way to entertain the kids and family. You can enter your children online before 14 June at www.knysnacycle.co.za.
Route Manager Andrew Finn said that there is an exciting new route for the longer road race, which is now a 104 km ride. Says Finn: “The route will take riders on a thrilling, scenic adventure through one of the most picturesque sections of the Garden Route, revealing stunning views of ocean and beach, mountains and pristine forest along the way.
“Leaving and returning to Knysna along the N2, cyclists will experience the Knysna Lagoon then, after the first big climb up Kytersnek they will turn off to Buffalo Bay with all its beautiful views of the sea en route to what is arguably the best beach and surfing spot in the Knysna area. Then, after another stretch along the N2, there will be some great climbs through natural forests and farmlands on the way up to Barrington.
“The most interesting addition to this race is a brief 2,1 km gravel pass along the Seven Passes Road between Barrington and Karatara. From Karatara, it’s fast downhill all the way back to the N2.”
The tour’s MTB routes have been designed and are being maintained by a group of keen local cyclists led by Stuart Lightley, Greg Penrith and David Correia who volunteer their time and promote the beautiful tracks available in Knysna’s backyard at every opportunity.
Lightley explains: “I was asked to contribute to a route redesign for the 30 and 50 km MTB routes and to incorporate more single track, making the routes more fun and technically challenging. The idea with both the mountain and road events is to show off some of the areas where the Knysna locals ride.
“I’ve been riding mountain bikes and exploring the Knysna forests for almost 30 years and know the forest quite well. I enjoy the more technical type of riding, and actively help and encourage others to improve their technical skills. With this in mind, I have built tens of kilometres of single track, mostly in the Concordia Contours Trails area, to the north of Knysna, near Simola. We have selected a number of these trails for the mountain bike events.”
Says Finn: “The end result is that this year, for the first time, our 50 km and 30 km MTB events will take participants along routes created by locals. After the climb up the Simola hill both routes will use single track sections designed and built by these local track designers and builders which will add a new dimension to both events.
“Our official route managers, Corne Botha and Pat October from Jakhals Events in Oudtshoorn will oversee safety, the marshals, and all signage on these routes amongst other things.”
The MTB races have all had exciting single track added to the first sections of the route, including a lap of the stunning Oakhill School purpose-designed track, the Life of Brian single track link to Narnia Village, the Knysna Montessori single track to the drop-off onto the Salt River farm track, and the iconic SANParks single-track Petrus Se Brand through to Harkerville.
Once back at the finish on the Knysna High School sports field there’ll be plenty of entertainment for the whole family and time for cyclists to relax with food from local food stalls, listen to some music and enjoy a beer or two.
Online entries for the Knysna Cycle Tour races close on 14 June. For more information and to enter go to the website: www.knysnacycle.co.za.
When was the last time you hiked through the beautiful Knysna Forests, swam in the magnificent Knysna Estuary or had Sunday Lunch at one of our great local restaurants?
The 2019 Knysna Oyster Festival is arranged and hosted by locals and we are proud to announce that it will be one of the best yet! We always say “support local”, so why not get out there and enjoy our beautiful area, with drinks at The Turbine Hotel (22 & 28 June), Burgers at the Burger Exchange (22 June), Forest Hikes with the family, Live music with friends (27 June) and a round of golf at the Pezula Golf Course (27, 28 & 29 June).
Get out your camera for the Woodcutter’s Trail (25 June) and River of Gold Forest Walk (27 June), tie your shoes laces for the FNB family hike or trail run (24, 26 & 28 June), hold your breath for the Lagoon Mile Swim (28 June) or get involved in one of the sport tournaments, many of these being hosted by the ever-friendly Hornlee community.
Not the outdoor type? Enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner (28 June), book a babysitter for the Not So Secret Something (adult only) Comedy Show (23 June) or attend the Flavours of Knysna (26 June) for some really good food!
We have something for everyone and invite, encourage and challenge you to make the most of this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival!
Visit the website www.KnysnaOysterFestival.co.za for more details of our fully packed programme and regularly updated eatery and activity specials.
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There’ll be oysters (of course there will!) at this year’s ‘Flavours of Knysna’ - the Knysna Oyster Festival’s annual cooking competition - but they won’t be the subject of the competition itself.
Instead, that honour will go to the versatile canapé when local chefs come out to play on Wednesday, 26 June.
“The idea is to highlight the many talents of the chefs by allowing them to cast their nets more widely than they could when we limited entries to oysters alone,” said the event’s organiser, Picca de Bruin. “Now they can make any kind of canapés they like - sweet or savoury, meat or vegan - and the guests will judge them, and vote on them, accordingly.”
Ms. de Bruin said that opening the competition means that restaurants and chefs who don’t normally serve oysters will now be able to show off their own, unique culinary skills and styles.
Prizes will be awarded for the best canapé, as well as for the best stand.
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“We’ll be bringing everything about the evening back to Knysna this year in order to make a real local meal of it, and to shine the spotlight on our local chefs and their restaurants,” said Ms. de Bruin.
This, she explained, covers everything from sponsorships to entertainment. Music for the evening, for example, will be provided by Knysna’s stalwart DJ, Alan Sass - remember Al's Dance Club? - while the oysters will be supplied by the home of the Knysna Oyster, 34 South. Drinks at the cash bar will come from local breweries and Knysna’s own gin distillery, and gifts in the guests’ goodie bags will be locally sourced wherever possible.
“Sponsors this year include the Knysna Mall, Metelerkamps, Bosch, 34 South, Acton Signs, and Blitsdruk, and we’ve also received unstinting cooperation from the Knysna Municipality, which will provide us with logistical assistance,” said Ms. de Bruin.
Having organised events in Knysna over a period of nearly two decades - more often than not on limited budgets - Ms. de Bruin is keen to encourage new and emerging event organisers to work with local businesses, rather than hoping only for large corporate sponsorships.
“It’s important for the Knysna Oyster Festival to have strong, popular, midweek events, which shore up confidence in the festival, and which inevitably become important showcases when you’re out looking for sponsorships in the future,” she said.
“Producing an event without major corporate sponsorship is a major challenge, but you have to understand that every little bit helps - and that many small local businesses would be happy to come on board, if only you ask them to. This is how we’re doing it this year - with no naming sponsor, but with the generous help of many, many local contributors.
“It’s a two-way street, of course - local business supports us, and we support local business. And that’s what the Knysna Oyster Festival should always be all about.”
The Knysna Oyster Festival’s Flavours of Knysna canapé cooking competition will take place upstairs in the Knysna Mall on Wednesday, 26 June, at 18h00. Tickets - at R 220.00 per person (cash only) - will be on sale at the tourism information office at 40 Main Street from Monday, 27 May.
One of the Western Cape’s most hotly anticipated events, the iconic Knysna Oyster Festival, will take place from 21-30 June and includes a diverse range of things to do for those looking to explore the Greater Knysna area this winter.
This year’s festival goers can expect an even bigger range of unique experiences than ever before - including everything from cycling to running, a wine festival to a pianist, fun runs and kiddies activities, and burgers to oysters in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the country. A full programme is attached to the release.
Visit Knysna's General Manager, Colleen Durant, adds, “This year’s Knysna Oyster Festival offers something for everyone. The community have taken ownership of the event again, which means 10 full days of exploring everything that the Greater Knysna area has to offer; whether it’s an activity that is always on offer or something set up specifically for the festival days, visitors and locals will be spoilt for choice.”
This famous festival, now in its 36th year, adds to the region’s abundance of tourism activities for all ages and continues to draw local and international guests looking for adventure. Visit Knysna recently underwent a brand refresh, including a compelling and vibrant new logo, which encapsulates what this beautiful destination stands for.
“The Oyster Festival is the Knysna highlight of the year and a very valuable asset to all locals in Knysna. I am proud to see the commitment of the local community and other stakeholders to ensure that the Knysna Oyster Festival will see the 36th event take place. With a new local look and feel the this year’s event, I want to encourage all our locals and visitors alike to embrace this event. It is a vital boost to the local economy of our town during the winter months and will certainly give the town a warm glow of excitement with all the varied sports and vibrant food and entertainment events to suit the many diverse tastes of all who attend.” said Mark Willemse, Knysna Executive Mayor.
The Western Cape Minister for Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schafer added: "Traditionally, the Oyster Festival has been a major tourism draw card for Knysna, creating an important economic boost in the region during the winter season. This year's event, with its new look and feel will showcase a number of the adventure, gourmand and family tourism offerings available in the area, helping to stimulate growth in the town's tourism and hospitality markets."
Knysna Oyster Festival 2019 event highlights include: iKASI Colour Fun Run on the 22nd, the FNB Family Forest Hike on the 24th, The Woodcutters Trail – a guided 3km forest walk on the 25th, the Lofts Atrium’s “out of this world” craft gin and food experience on the 27th and Turbine Hotel’s “Liquid Sunsets”, with live music on the 28th.
Wesgro’s CEO, Tim Harris, praised the Knysna Oyster Festival and the Knysna tourism sector for helping create a world-class destination that adds significantly to the tourism economy of the Western Cape. "Tourism is a key economic driver in our province, supporting over 300,000 jobs. Events like these are a critical part of this tourism offer, and we thank all stakeholders who are involved in making this a success. We are incredibly excited about this year's Knysna Oyster Festival, and we encourage everyone who loves
Knysna as much as we do to go and visit during this exciting time. It promises to be the coolest winter break yet!"
Travellers are encouraged to visit the official website, www.knysnaoysterfestival.co.za, to explore the calendar, discover more and book to experience the festival of all festivals.
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An annual highlight on the Western Cape events agenda is the Knysna Oyster Festival.
Established in 1983, it has been decided that it is fitting to celebrate the 36th Anniversary by introducing a new look and feel for the event.
“As Visit Knysna is tasked with event promotion on behalf of Knysna Municipality, we felt that the time was right to re-energise the Knysna Oyster Festival look and feel and share it with the local tourism industry. A new identity allows for everyone to feel a part of something new,” commented Colleen Durant, General Manager of Visit Knysna who boasts 18 years of tourism industry experience.
“A key drive for us will be to promote the many tourism experiences on offer in the greater Knysna area, creating awareness for festival goers on what is available to do in the five day gap between the cycling and running races,” said Durant.
To encapsulate the multi-faceted nature of the festival, the logo has been re-imagined to capture the plethora of experiences on offer at the event. Sticking to the theme and celebrating the key protagonist – the oyster – a multi-coloured, oyster shaped logo has been created, with a colour designated to each experience on offer. This provides for further marketing collateral to be developed around a particular event experience, which will be identifiable by the colour.
Continuing the look and feel will be a dedicated Knysna Oyster Festival website, which will contain all relevant event information and partner details and experiences on offer in the greater Knysna area. To drive support and create pre-event hype, a traditional media, social media and digital campaign will be launched – driving audiences to the new website. A marketing campaign will also be created to support the overall awareness of the festival.
“The new creative direction will assist in re-positioning the festival in the hearts and minds of locals and potential visitors. We are pleased to see the work that Visit Knysna is already doing to move ownership of the festival back to the community, highlighting the variety of experiences on offer in the greater Knysna area. We look forward to seeing the roll-out of the marketing initiatives and hope to see re-newed interest from a diverse range of visitors at the 2019 event,” said Wesgro CEO Tim Harris.
Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer, commented: "The annual Knysna Oyster Festival is an important fixture on the Western Cape and the Garden Route's events calendar, providing a major boost the economy and job creation in the area. A new look and feel for the event will not only make it easier for visitors to access information about the many activities on offer, but will also assist in marketing the festival to new visitors, boosting the tourism sector."
Visit Knysna, a division of the Wesgro's Destination Marketing Unit, has been mandated by Knysna Municipality to assist with local tourism promotion and visitor services for the Greater Knysna area. Visit Knysna is based on 40 Main Road, Knysna.
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Plans for this year’s Knysna Cycle Tour are on track and online entries will open on 1 March 2019. The event will take place in the scenic Garden Route town over the weekend of Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June as part of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.
The tour is one of the iconic sporting events of the festival and has been running for over 30 years.
Andrew Finn, marketing director for the Knysna Cycle Tour, said that the 2019 event will provide an exciting weekend of cycling for the whole family. “The main events - the MTB Races, the Road Races and the SPUR Children’s fun ride - will be back to thrill and challenge the thousands of participants who flock to Knysna every year for the tour,” said Finn.
“This year we’ve relooked at our routes and made some exciting changes, particularly to the longer road race for elites and experienced roadies, which is also a seeding race for the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour. This 104 km route is much more scenic now with the inclusion of Buffalo Bay and a section of the historic Seven Passes road between Barrington and Karatara, a 3 km stretch of gravel road.”
With a total ascent of 1,588 m and a maximum elevation of 239 m, the 104 km road race route will also be more challenging than ever.
Says Finn: “The route will take riders on a thrilling, scenic adventure through one of the most picturesque sections of the Garden Route, revealing stunning views of ocean and beach, mountains and pristine forest along the way.”
The 50 km road race will follow the same route as previous years, from Knysna to Sedgefield and back along the N2.
There are also some changes to the MTB events which consist of two premier races – the 80 km race for elite riders and the 50 km event for experienced MTB cyclists – and two family events - the 30 km and 15 km rides.
“This year, three of these events have been reinvigorated with changed to the routes and new challenges,” enthuses Finn. “The premier events will have more sections in pristine forest areas and more single track. Both these races as well as the 30 km race will descend via Eastford to the Oakhill School cycle track, thus avoiding the SImola Hill descent.”
The route for the 15 km race, which was introduced in 2017, will remain the same. This race is for children under 16 and their families. Both the 30 km and 15 km races will be priced for families, with only one adult in the group paying the full price and the others paying just 50% of the entry fee.
Says Finn: “We are very excited by our new routes. We wanted to make the events more challenging for both those competing in the Cycle Tour for the first time, as well as our regular participants and I think we’ve succeeded. These races are set to become iconic, bucket-list events on the national cycling calendar.”
The third event of the weekend is the Children’s Fun Race on Sunday 23 June for kids aged 10 and under. This popular race will take place on the Knysna High School sports field in three age group categories: 2-4; 5-7; and 8-10. There will be goodie bags for all entrants and medals for all finishers.
The Knysna Cycle Tour is organised by local volunteers and is the biggest fundraiser for Knysna Rotary, raising substantial amounts of money for local charities every year.
All events can be entered online. Race packs should be collected in Knysna at Registration on Friday 21 June for all events and on Saturday 22 January for the road races and the children’s race.
The most glamorous period in motoring history will be given pride of place at this year’s Knysna Motor Show, which will be held for the eighth successive year in the heart of some of best driving roads in South Africa.
This year a number of marques are being honoured by special celebrations of their centenaries, and cars from this period on display will include the halcyon era between 1925 and 1940.
Think The Great Gatsby, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich and the unspeakably elegant cars that they drove, and you will be on the right track!
However, other important eras and genres in the classic car field will be equally prevalent. The 2018 Knysna Motor Show drew a record number of over 400 vintage and veteran machines, classic cars and motorcycles and modern supercars, and once again the organisers are aiming for a turn-out of this magnitude.
Last year’s event drew a record number of over 8 000 spectators and this year the organisers, the Garden Route Motor Club, are on track to surpass that figure.
“It’s never been just about the numbers,” says Peter Pretorius, Chairman of the Garden Route Motor Club and principal organiser of The Knysna Motor Show.
“Primarily the focus is to put on the best classic show possible. And judging by reports from the past two years at least, I think we are working in the right direction.”
Indeed, there are many enthusiasts who believe that already the Knysna Motor Show surpasses anything else on offer in South Africa. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly the cars on show are present by invitation only, which means the quality of exhibited cars is very high. Secondly, by making the show an invitation-only event for owners to display their cars, the organisers can establish a fine mix of exhibits from the various genres of classic, vintage and veteran machinery resident in South Africa.
Another reason that the Knysna Motor Show is so eagerly anticipated is that various new themes within the show are introduced at each succeeding event, ensuring that it is fresh, even for people who have attended many of the preceding seven shows.
This year, for instance, will see the anniversary celebrations of a number of great marques. It is known that there will be an extremely impressive display of Bentleys celebrating the great British marques centenary this year. Another British make that will be similarly honoured is Morgan, which celebrates 110 years of being one world’s most exclusive sports car manufacturers.
The Knysna Motor Show is held in traditional holiday season in the Garden Route, and is also attractive to out of town visitors as it is held the weekend before the Knysna Hill Climb, so many enthusiasts take in the show before staying on for a holiday to enjoy the hill climb the following weekend.
This also applies to owners of vintage machinery from destinations far away from Knysna, and last year the show drew a number of exhibitors from as far afield as Johannesburg, Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
A unique part of the show’s huge appeal to enthusiasts and public alike is that it is held in very beautiful surrounds bordering on the Knysna Waterfront, on the sports fields of the Knysna High School. The area is easily able to accommodate around 400 cars and motorcycles, as well as extensive hospitality and food and beverage areas, and also includes specialised displays for companies associated with the classic car fraternity.
For the third year in a row the show will have Sanlam Private Wealth as a headline sponsor.
“The show is organised primarily for the pure and simple pleasure of seeing these wonderful cars and motorcycles on display in such congenial surroundings,” said Peter Pretorius.
“However, our secondary objective has always been to raise money for local charities. We are very proud to announce that over the past years we have raised a total of well over half a million rand for local charities with the Knysna Motor Show, and we aim to add to that figure substantially with proceeds from the 2019 event at the end of April.”
The Garden Route Motor Club has already been organising this year’s show for many months. However, the organisers are pleased to announce that owners of exceptional vintage, veteran and classic cars, as well as classic motorcycles and rare modern supercars, are still able to apply for entry in this year’s show.
However, as far as spectators to the show are concerned, there is no hint of exclusivity! It is a motor show fair for the whole family. The 2019 Knysna Motor Show is a one day event that runs from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds.
Today, Wesgro signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Visit Knysna, a division of Wesgro, and Knysna Tourism Association.
The signing of the MOU follows the successful signing and implementation of the Service Level Agreement, signed between Wesgro and Knysna Municipality last month.
A non-negotiable condition from Wesgro in responding to the initial request from the municipality to assist with tourism promotion for the Greater Knysna area was that the service be delivered with the support of the tourism industry from the area.
The relationship between Visit Knysna and the industry would be through a Steering Committee made up of representatives from Visit Knysna, Wesgro, Knysna Tourism Association (an industry body formed through the amalgamation of Knysna Tourism NPC and Knysna Accommodation Association) and Knysna Municipality. This relationship would be governed through the MOU.
“We recognise that there are significant benefits that can be gained through the development of a collaborative approach for tourism promotion for the Greater Knysna area. The aim of the MOU is to achieve improved awareness and attractiveness of the greater Knysna area to both local and international visitors. This contract will in no way affect delivery of our existing long-standing mandate to promote tourism for the Western Cape, and with it every region, town and attraction across the province,” commented Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris.
The objective outlined within the MOU include:
“We can only build from here and create increased awareness of our destination and tourism offering. We as both tourism and business people need to work together to make our area a success. It is important that our Municipality invest in our town and surrounding areas, making the greater Knysna area even more desirable as a preferred tourist destination. I want to thank my committee for all their hard work this year and look forward to continuing our efforts to promote the region in 2019,” commented Albert Lombaard, the Chair of Knysna Tourism Association.
Judy Lain, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer for tourism added: “Leveraging our network, skills and access to research - we believe the combination of support from the municipality, the strength of the local tourism industry, and the destination marketing experience of Wesgro will make this new arrangement success for the area.”
Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer, concluded: “All parties to this MOU have the best interests for tourism in the Greater Knysna area, and its signing cements the partnerships that will help to develop and grow tourism in the region. We believe that going forward, it will provide certainty in the industry as well as a forum where issues can be collaboratively worked on, and solved.”
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