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WIN: Open air cinema your ticket to romance this Valentines



Old Mutual Music in the Lake is lighting up the silver screen this Valentines Day, bringing Durban film fanatics the best of Hollywood with the city’s most magical outdoor movie experience on Saturday, 13 February 2016 at the Durban Botanic Garden

If you loved the box office hit, Love Actually, then you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to see it again, in what will be a majestic night under the stars, with live performances by local band, The Subway Run.

Who can forget Hugh Grant showing off his dubious dance moves in the movie in which he plays the role of British Prime Minister, or heartbroken Colin Firth, the frustrated writer, who falls madly in love with his Portuguese housekeeper? Relive these movie memories as you cuddle up with your loved one under the stars.

The evening will kick off with performances by local artists, The Subway Run. The band, whose music has soul, indie, folk and a touch of acoustic influences, is made up of long-time friends, Freddy Lalendle, Celene Ann Adams and Bradley Downs. The tuneful trio have performed in venues across Durban and are currently working on their first EP.

Bandile Mngoma, Old Mutual Sponsorship Manager “This is the 10th year of the Old Mutual Music at the Lake series of concerts and we are excited to be bringing the first open air cinema to the Durban Botanic Garden this. The lush green park makes for the perfect setting for this screening makes for the perfect romantic date experience while savouring a picnic with good company.”

Relish the tranquillity and fresh air of the Durban Botanic Garden and bring your blankets and picnic baskets or enjoy delectable meals and treats from local food vendors and celebrate the most romantic weekend of the year.

Ticket prices: R120 adults,
Children aged 8-12 pay R60; kids under 8 are free. All children are welcome at the KidZone for some extra fun and games.
Gates open at 16h00 for pre-sold ticket holders; 17h00 for on-the-day saleMusic from 17h00 – 19h00
Movie starts at 19h00
Drinks, cooler boxes and picnic baskets are welcome.
Secure parking is available on the Juventus ground. Entrance to all parking is off lower John Zikhali (Sydenham) Road, adjacent to the Botanic Gardens and the Munies Hockey Field, also off lower John Zikhali (Sydenham) Road.


Durbanite have five double tickets to give away.
To enter, simply leave a comment below as to who you would take with you, and why you think you deserve these tickets.

Winners will be contacted via email on Friday 12 February.

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  1. caitlin borain

    10 Feb 2016 at 8:35 am

    This is the perfect opportunity to have a romantic night with my love Timothy Bouch. After a tough couple of months training hard for the Dusi canoe marathon, an evening of relaxation and Love Actually situated in Durban’s beautiful Botanic Gardens sound incredible and very well deserved.

  2. Nombu

    10 Feb 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I would definately take my man Magz and our 1 year old daughter. And make it a family day out. I deserve to win these tickets because we really need this time out as he works away from home and is only back Fridays and gone again come Monday. This movie/picnic is much needed for all 3 of us.

  3. Aneesa Vally

    10 Feb 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I would take my hubby Adam Vally as we work hectic schedules and hardly spend time together. This would be an amazing way to spend quality time together 🙂

  4. Carmen Du Plessis Buckle

    11 Feb 2016 at 9:47 am

    I would take my husband Harry who is the love of my life and he really deserves a night of relaxation and this would be a lovely ‘pre- valentines celebration’ 🙂

  5. Elaine Davies Costello DuPless

    11 Feb 2016 at 8:14 pm

    My husband really deserves this treat. I can’t think of any better way for us to celebrate Valentine’s Day and for me to show my appreciation to him for being the dearest and most caring husband in the world!

  6. Randhir Badal

    11 Feb 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I would take my fiance! We’re usually working on Valentines Day but this time we’re free 🙂

  7. So

    12 Feb 2016 at 9:58 pm

    All you need is Love, love, love… love is all you need.
    My fiance and I were actually big fans of the drive-inn, we deserve these tickets, so it can be a nostalgic evening under the stars.

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With nobody travelling internationally at the moment The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph and his culinary Team, decided to take guests to exotic places through their food instead. So the Flavour-cation concept was born. Through a variety of food experiences ‘flavour vacations’ are put together to showcase exciting new tastes… literally on our doorstep.

With the Tapas menu (Spanish word for small savoury dishes), each item, has a main ingredient and everything else on the plate contributes to the overall taste sensation. “We looked at what is popular with diners,” says Chef Joseph, “such as oysters, prawns, sharing platters etc. and then added our own taste profile and flair to each dish, to give it an Oyster Box twist. The babotie spring rolls are an example; our steamed buns are baked in-house; the Oysters harvested from our own beds and the pear chutney and hummus cooked from scratch.” The menu also offers ample choice for Vegetarians.

Tapas will be on offer in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars until the end of November, with new and exciting dishes being added to the menu on an ongoing basis, so that our guests always have something new to look forward to.

Alongside the menu, a wide selection of wine, beer, Champagne and sparkling wine is on offer. A special mention should be made of the House Wine Selection, from our internationally-acclaimed sister winery, Bouchard Finlayson in the Hemel en Aarde Valley in Hermanus. Known for producing exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and renowned Pinot Noirs.

The TAPAS Menu is served in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars from 12:00-19:30 daily.

Booking is essential on 031 514 5000 or by e-mail

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Diarise these upcoming Old Town Italy events



Don’t miss out on Old Town Italy’s upcoming events:

Pizza Making Class

We’re happy to let you know that Old Town Italy will be hosting regular Pizza Making Classes from Thursday, 17 June! 🍕
Old Town Italy brings you an evening filled with Antipasto’s, their house wine and an experience to create your own masterpiece with their esteemed chefs, for R325 per person🥂

🇮🇹 Book at Umhlanga between 5pm – 8pm. | 031 566 5008

Upcoming Classes:
15 July
19 August


24 June – La Dolce Vino

Join Old Town Italy for yet another incredible wine & dinner pairing, hosted at their Old Town Italy stores alongside Steenberg Wine Farm 🍷

Bring your Amico’s along and prepare to be taken on a wine journey, exploring 5 wines of which Steenberg has carefully selected to offer from their range of wines, paired with an exciting menu, curated by their in-house chef.

Allow the live entertainment to ease you into an evening filled with famiglia, fun & festivity 🎷
The evening begins promptly at 6pm on Thursday, 24 June

See the Menu below;

🥂 Welcome Drink
Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

🍴 La Minestra
Roasted Tomato and Red Bell Pepper La Minestra
Served with Parmesan Grissini
🍷 Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc

🍴 Antipasti Board
A Selection of Imported Italian Cheeses and Cured Meats.
Served with Traditional Sides
🍷 Steenberg Nebbiolo

🍴 Fesa di Agnello
Grilled Lamb Rump
Served with Cauliflower, Baby Peas & Marrow Ribbon Salad
Finished off with Mint Gremolata
🍷 Steenberg Merlot

🍴 Dolce
Classic Tiramisu.
Served with Wild Strawberry, Balsamic and Pink Peppercorn Compote.
🍷 Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir Cap Classique

Tickets are R425 per person. 🇮🇹

Bookings are essential.
Make your booking at your favourite store below: | 031 566 5008


3 July – Cake & Prosecco

Join Old Town Italy on the first Saturday of every month for a fun Cake-Decorating class, hosted by renowned bakers at their adored Old Town Italy stores.

Start your morning at 10am, where you will learn a series of cake decorating techniques while sipping on refreshing Prosecco.

This class is R750 per person & includes your own cake to decorate and take home, Prosecco and a selection of Old Town High Tea treats.

Upcoming dates & themes:
3 July – Naked Cake w/ Rice Paper Flower
7 Aug – Buttercream Flower

Bookings can be made below:
Umhlanga | 031 566 5008


9 July – Pasta Making Class

Enjoy a Pasta Making Class at Old Town Italy  Umhanga from 6pm for just R325 per person.
Grab your wine-loving partner and come join for a fun and pasta-filled evening.

On arrival, you’ll enjoy a light antipasto to warm the appetite as well as a bottle of wine to share during the class. Next, their head chef will teach you how to cook like an Italian and finally, prepare your homemade creation for you to enjoy in-store!

Seats are limited to 12 pax and booking is essential:
Here’s our calendar for the rest of 2021:
9 July | Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini
13 August | Tomato Fettuccine Pasta
10 September | Cavatelli Pasta
8 October | Sacchetti Pasta
12 November | Manicotti Pasta
10 December | Fusili al Ferretto

Bookings can be made below: / 031 566 5008

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The Durban Gin & Tonic Experience




The Durban Gin & Tonic Experience is supported by Hall & Bramley is guaranteed to be an unforgettable day out. Bringing you the best Gins and Mixers with Live Artists performing to keep you entertained.

Tickets include entry in to the event as well as a complimentary Festival Gin glass.

Saturday 8 May 2021
Gates open at 12:00
Event ends at 18:00

Northwood Crusaders.
The perfect setting for a Saturday sundowner in the picturesque lawns.

Please note tickets are limited to 500 so get yours early to avoid disappointment.
Early Bird – R160
General Admission – R180
Add a picnic hamper for R150

Tickets available at Webtickets:

This event is strictly over 18 – leave the kids at home
No own food or drink is permitted in to the venue
No weapons, drugs or illegal substances are permitted in to the venue
There will be cash and card facilities at the Cash Loading station
Don’t drink and drive – Arrive aliveCovid-19 protocols will be in place to make the event a safe environment for all in attendance with plenty of space for social distancing and sanitising stations. Don’t forget your face masks and personal sanitiser.

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