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WICKEDLY ODD – The Night Garden



Durban Botanic Gardens: 1st December – 17th December 2016
Tuesday – Saturday @ 18h00

Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden is a delightful dining and innovative entertainment experience, perfect for year-end corporate functions, to be held in the Durban Botanic Gardens over the festive season.

Have you ever wondered what happens after the gates at Durban’s iconic Botanic Gardens are locked? Do the trees, birds and animals settle in silence, or is it then, when Durban sleeps, that these magnificent Gardens wake?

Welcome to Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden….

The Durban Botanic Gardens has teamed up with Emma Lockhart and Bradley Porter of Specialist Event company Experience This, award winning actor/producer Ben Voss (Beauty Ramapelepele, Spud, Green and Black Mamba) and acclaimed set designer and video producer Clint McLean to bring you a night of experiential food and festivity set in the heart of Durban’s greatest botanical wonderland.

On arrival, guests will be welcomed with a glass of champagne and taken on a whimsical amble up the garden path, to the sunken summer garden beneath the gnarled branches of South Africa’s oldest Litchi tree, for a 1930’s “garden party” welcome drink and snack.

After some champagne, floating canapes and a gin and tonic, and as the sun sets over Giant Jacarandas, Paper Trees, Figs and Banyans, patrons will be given an hour and a half to enjoy the gardens at night – sauntering through pockets of botanical curiosity and wonder individually chosen by Curator Martin Clement. The gardens will be lit up and brought to life by quirky characters, musicians, drummers, dancers and puppets with hidden bars and experiences waiting to be discovered.

At 8:30pm the performers will lead the guests to a glorious Bedouin tent for dinner. Here they will be treated to the most delightful plated menu Durban has to offer designed by Silwood Cookery School graduate Kathryn Stone & Paula Elliot. Throughout dinner, the trees, birds and hidden creatures of the gardens will permeate proceedings, morphing the night into a whimsical, bewitching and fantastical blend of luscious food, crisp champagne, magical puppetry and curious delight.

The evening will flow into an upbeat razzle in the most enchanted venue in Durban.

Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden is not a show, a dinner, or a party. It’s a gloriously unusual Christmas dining and entertainment experience. We invite you to slip behind the moss curtain of fantasy and immerse yourself in our captivating world of botanical peculiarity, four metre flamingos, marvellous praying mantis’s, aerial acrobats, beetled barmen, feathered barmaids and cantankerous crows.

This is an experience with a difference. Like nothing Durban has seen before. It’s excessive, it’s outrageous, and it’s WICKEDLY ODD.

Bring as powerful a torch as possible.
Dress elegantly but wear sensible shoes
Bring umbrellas for rainy days.
Bring a QR reader downloaded on your smart phone.
Dancing is encouraged but we are near a residential area so from 10pm onwards volume will be kept to acceptable levels.
The gardens are a Durban treasure. Treat them as your own.

Booking Details
Guest arrival 17h30 for 18h00 show starts
Recommended parking in Botanic Gardens alongside Visitors Centre.

OPTION 1: Corporate Booking
Exclusive Evening for your company’s year-end function.
Cost: R325 000.00 exclusivity of the venue.
Venue setup for up to 450 pax.
Includes unique venue experience; extraordinary entertainment; a five course menu and champagne on arrival.
Contact (031) 3133330 / / Facebook: Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden
OR buy your tickets here

OPTION 2: Corporate Booking
Table Booking Experience for smaller groups. (shared venue)
Cost: R850 per person / tables of ten & fourteen or share a table.
Includes unique venue experience; extraordinary entertainment; a five course menu and champagne on arrival.
Contact (031) 3133330 / / Facebook: Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden
OR buy your tickets here



We have x2 Wickedly Odd tickets to giveaway to the value of R1,990!

To enter, like and share the Wickedly Odd Facebook page and drop a comment below telling us why you need a wickedly night out in the Garden.

Winners announced on 28 November 2016.
Don’t forget that all 3 steps need to be done in order to WIN.

This is an experience with a difference. Like nothing Durban has seen before.

It’s excessive, it’s outrageous, it’s WICKEDLY ODD.

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  1. Jo-Ann Van Der Merwe

    9 Nov 2016 at 7:51 am

    Pick me! Pick me! This sounds absolutely amazing and I’m in desperate need of a fun date night.

  2. Heidi

    9 Nov 2016 at 8:48 am

    Would love a wickedly odd evening out with hubby after the wicked happenings of 2016!

  3. Jessie Riddin

    9 Nov 2016 at 8:56 am

    My fiance and I NEED this prize because we’ve been planning our wedding this whole year and a much needed distraction and spoils would be really amazing! Not to mention a distraction from the fact that I only earn commission, so planning a wedding on a phantom salary….ya no! Streeeeesful!

  4. Harsha

    9 Nov 2016 at 8:58 am

    Botanic is fabulous during the day, would be awesome to experience this spectacular event at night and what a better way to kick of the festive season than spoil hubby with an early birthday present (Xmas Eve birthdays are sooo often put on the back burner) . Have been following the Wickedly Odd online and would be fantastic to actually experience it!!! Have already shared their FB page with friends ages ago!!!

  5. Gonzalo

    9 Nov 2016 at 9:08 am

    I like to party 😉

  6. Mandy

    9 Nov 2016 at 9:13 am

    This looks incredible! I would LOVE to get lost in this magical wonderland!!

  7. Kendra Stoffberg

    9 Nov 2016 at 9:15 am

    Just finished reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, this sounds just like that! Would love to go and live the experience in real life!


    9 Nov 2016 at 9:20 am

    Wow this this will be super awesome , an incredible magical night full of fun, laughter, excitement and more, making memories to treasure in my favourites Garden. It’s my Birthday Month and this will be the best present ever.

  9. Mamta Thakersee

    9 Nov 2016 at 10:12 am

    this looks incredibly amazing 😀 would love to experience something so magically wicked and make wonderful memories !!!

  10. Robyn Furber

    9 Nov 2016 at 10:22 am

    This sounds like the perfect way to celebrate my birthday and managing to get through the year without having a mental breakdown 😛

  11. Antonella Fyall

    9 Nov 2016 at 10:33 am

    Would love love to win a Wicked night out with my wicked old man who loves nature and experiencing something different …sounds magical and would be an absolute treat!!

  12. David

    9 Nov 2016 at 11:03 am

    Short and sweet …..because it took me a hour just to comment ….. I would love to go to this …. Because I am wickedly odd ask my friends that I have tagged they will vouch for me . I would love to take my wife my best friend and partner in crime . This years been down them more up for us. Was thinking this would be the best thing for me to win tickets to the Wickedly Odd . Like I said I will wash my own dishes and everyone’s just so I can see this . I will feel like I am home at the Wickedly Odd . Must I post a pic with both legs behind my head ….👀👀👀👀

  13. Teevashnee Bernie Munsamy

    9 Nov 2016 at 11:15 am

    Wow! This sounds like just what the doctor ordered
    It will definitely be the perfect way to begin the wind-down to the festive season.

  14. JesseCoutts

    9 Nov 2016 at 11:37 am

    Oh my goodness who wouldnt want to win this amazing prize!

    I love the odd and unusual, being alowed to show off your strange, quirky, fun and exciting side is just awesome.

    Who wants to be normal when its far more fun being wickedly odd.

    I would love to win this prize so that my fiancé and i vould expierience the emmersive, captivating, strange and wickedly oddness of this incredible production while exploring the beauty of the botanical gardens at night. We will certainly come dressed up and bring all our unique oddness along too.

    Please please pick us


    9 Nov 2016 at 11:40 am

    The only way I’m going to get my husband to stop harassing you guys is to win a pair of tickets he he. Hey David Hall ?? But honestly this is just some thing i would love to see and experience. I love all things weird, wicked and wonderful ❤️💛💚 And I deserve to win these tickets because I’ve been a #Durbanite all of my 35 years 😉

  16. Courts24

    9 Nov 2016 at 11:52 am

    I need to win these 2 tickets please. Firstly because Trump just became the 45th American president, and I think we all deserve some cheering up. Plus the world is about to get more than 1 night’s worth of wickedly odd – and I’d like to actually enjoy the one that is minus the incessant rants of a naartjie coloured troglodyte. Also I’m pretty odd, I like to dance, flowers/trees are pretty damn awesome, and I just really want to experience this whole show… So please?? 😀

  17. Pauline Vincent

    9 Nov 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I would so love to win tickets.The music.The food.The ambience.The talent.The awesome experience of it.Something so very unique and different.Ah man it would be so awesome.I would love love love to win tickets to get the opportunity to come to your show!!!!

  18. Tracey Daniel Vieira

    9 Nov 2016 at 12:15 pm

    This is just wicked!

  19. Bianca Erasmus

    9 Nov 2016 at 2:25 pm

    #wickedlyodd2016 I would so love to take my Mom. ❤ She does so much for me. It is time I pay her back by taking her to this lovely event/evening.

  20. Diane Sharon Van Wyk

    9 Nov 2016 at 2:47 pm

    After a wickedly stressful year a night like this would be a real tonic

  21. Lizeldi Baars

    9 Nov 2016 at 4:07 pm

    My fellow creepy crawlers, my downright witchery sisters,
    let this spell twist your ears and make not only my best year,
    but let me win these tickets before I make things oddly wicked 😉
    #wickedlyodd2016 #ObedienceSpell #Win

  22. Verushka Naidoo

    9 Nov 2016 at 4:43 pm

    My fiance and I have spent most of this year apart due to work commitments. Apart from being together for just over a month between August and September, we have literally been in a long distance relationship 🙁 My biggest wish is that he returns home in time to spend my birthday with me on the 6th of December. It would be even more amazing if i could be treated to this wickedly night out under the Durban stars with him.. The botanic gardens is a special place for us… we had our first date there, and we also had our engagement shoot there.. we would love to be able to create more memories there..please pick us!!

  23. Sharon Lawson Brown

    9 Nov 2016 at 8:04 pm

    A wickedly wonderful whacky whimsical evening of waggery while wafting round the gardens on a warm Durban night would make me wiggle with delight!!!

  24. Courteney Wentzel

    9 Nov 2016 at 9:22 pm

    I would love this! I need this fun filled evening after matric exams

  25. Priscilla Burkinshaw Boscombe

    10 Nov 2016 at 8:44 am

    Oooooooooo. How awesome. Mom is visiting from PE and she would absolutely love this treat. To see four metre flamingos, marvellous praying mantis’s, aerial acrobats, beetled barmen, feathered barmaids and cantankerous crows would be just up her alley. 💖💖💖👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

  26. Yashupal

    10 Nov 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I’m a alice in wonderland/alice through the looking glass fan, this sounds like that.

  27. Carmen Du Plessis Buckle

    10 Nov 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I would love to go to this magical affair at one of my favourite places…the Botanical Gardens

  28. Tash Burton

    13 Nov 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I’m just up for an awesome, out of the ordinary, whacky PARTY!! I’m ready to enjoy a night out with the most fabulous Durban peeps, meet some new people, create some memories and jol the night away! I love a good dress up party…I will definitely be creative in my attire, as will my gorgeous hubby who is game for anything! LOVE IT! 🦄 Fantastical oddness…just up my alley! #wickedlyodd

  29. Jennet Brown

    15 Nov 2016 at 7:16 pm

    A large rose tree stood near the entrance of the garden the roses growing on it whehdre white, but there were three gardeners at it, busy painting them red and the flamingoes are being unmanageable… I want to fall down this hole to the gardens…

  30. Jennet Brown

    15 Nov 2016 at 7:28 pm

    A large rose tree stood near the entrance of the garden the roses growing on it whehdre white, but there were three gardeners at it, busy painting them red and the flamingoes are being unmanageable… I want to fall down this hole to the gardens…

  31. Larrinae Ballantyne

    17 Nov 2016 at 10:12 am

    I would love to spend my b’day at this fantastic event. Watching the videos and seeing the photos is inspiring so many wonderful outfits I could conjure up. If I were lucky enough to win this amazing prize I would share it with my best friend, who I have not seen in two years. She will be home from China for the festive season – how #wickedlyodd would it be to experience this with her.

  32. Tarryn-Jayne Dunkley

    19 Nov 2016 at 8:26 am

    When it comes Wickedly Odd…no one quite embodies the phrase like we do. 30 something couple (artist and musicia posing as normal parents and coworkers …well lets just say its time that the inner crazy was set free for a night. Support a good cause… we are desperate for tickets!

  33. Angela T

    21 Nov 2016 at 12:15 pm

    A Wickedly Odd garden event at night,
    Is just the thing for this Durbanite!
    The splendor and pure fantasy of it all,
    Means we are guaranteed to have a ball!
    To go out & celebrate our 10 year anniversary,
    Instead of taking turns in our child’s nursery!
    A blessing we were told was not be,
    But hahaha, we beat the odds with our new baby!
    An evening that sounds truly magical,
    Let us be delighted in this theatrical!
    A night that I imagine for everyone,
    To be Wicked and Odd and just have fun!

  34. Sharon Friedland

    28 Nov 2016 at 9:18 am

    I would love to win and have a long overdue date night with my husband!

  35. anisha_singh

    28 Nov 2016 at 9:30 am

    Normal is boring! Having said that to be able to enjoy a soirée in Durbans best asset at night.. The botanical gardens, would be dreamy! I have always been enchanted with gardens especially after literally spending most of my childhood in my granddad a massive garden! I have spent my childhood at the Botanical gardens, so there’s loads of wonderful memories there! My daughter & I are quite a wicked and strange pair. We would feel right at home at this iconic event! So please pretty please wave that magical wand so that these odd divas can feel wickedly amazing for one night?

  36. Jessie Riddin

    28 Nov 2016 at 11:24 am

    I would LOVE to go to Wickedly Odd because it sounds like an amazing adventurous night out filled with spooky scares and talented performers. I would also like to WIN tickets because i am planning a wedding and have to save as much money as I can! Which sucks! But it will all be SO worth it 😀 Please pick me!

  37. Karen

    28 Nov 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I’m a little CUCKOO myself nowadays… Lol

    I am a full time mom of 2…kids are 2 and 4… And THEY ARE BUSY!! I really need time to relax and let loose! Would love to win.

    I’ve never been… But would love the experience xx

  38. Farla Simon Ribbonaar

    28 Nov 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I haven’t had much luck with these competitions but have a good feeling about this one! So 3rd time lucky would be nice! I am a drama teacher and I would absolutely love to experience this! Unfortunately the ticket prices are a little out of my range! I would really love a night out with my friend and would love to have the chance of having a wickedly odd evening! Drama and performance is my life. Everyday I teach kids the importance of performing arts and how it can transform your life! Ahhhhh it would be soooooooo cool! Farla

  39. Chandre Jones

    28 Nov 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I desperately need a wickedly Odd night out as it seems to be the time of year that everything seems to go haywire 😫 My washing machine decided to die on me, my garden is over grown from all the rain (when you the untidy house in the entire street), meaning we spend our weekends gardening while our friends go out for lunches 😫 and my car makes a terribly embarrassing screeching noise when I start it… I need a night out to let my hair down, be entertained by amazing WEIRD and wonderful stunts and of course delicious food…

  40. Tanith

    28 Nov 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I would like to win the 2 tickets and take my older sister as we have recently just reconnected after not speaking for 5 years. I think it would be a great bonding experience for us!!!!!! Thank you!!!!

  41. Larochelle Landsberg

    28 Nov 2016 at 10:27 pm

    After a horrible weekend of being pick pocketed and going through a tough time to apply for bank cards and ID and everything else stolen I think winning 2 tickets to wickedly Odd will brighten up my week. Great time to just have fun and enjoy time with my partner 💙❤️️

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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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Plan ahead for the winter holidays in South Africa’s warmest province and celebrate the festive season early at The Oyster Box.
There’s something for everyone this July.

July 2021

– There’s no doubt that Christmas 2020 was a fairly low-key event compared to the usual festivities The Oyster Box is known for. To make up for it, their food and beverage team is promising more fun and festivity during the month of July, than we’ve seen for a while…AND it includes a Christmas celebration…Yes, in July!
They are also going ‘glam’ in true Oyster Box style, for one of the country’s most prestigious horse-racing events, The Vodacom Durban July.
So, get your hat on and don’t miss the chance to join us in this ‘sport of kings’ event on Saturday 3 July.


Treat yourself to our legendary Crayfish and Prawn Cocktail and a complimentary glass of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel from Monday to Sunday, 12h00-19h00 in The Oyster Bar at R390.00 per person.

Celebrate the Vodacom Durban July at The Oyster Box – 3 July 2021

Let Executive Chef Kevin Joseph bring the Vodacom Durban July to you this year, with all the elegance and style you’d expect on the big day! Dress to the theme, get to know more about the jockeys and their mounts and stand a chance to win a variety of prizes during the course of the day. 

Pick the most Winners and stand a chance to win a night’s stay at The Oyster Box.  Drinks and luxury canapes on arrival in the Durban July Room from 11h00, followed by a traditional braai and accompaniments on the Lighthouse Bar Terrace from 13h00.  A bottomless gin bar will be available with a DJ keeping the punters’ spirit’s up. 

From Monday to Sunday 5-31 July, The Oyster Box Christmas in July Ski Lodge is back in the Lighthouse Bar, from 12h00-19h00 daily. With Live music on a Saturday and Sunday at lunchtime with Rob Warren performing Christmas and contemporary rock , the nostalgic atmosphere of a mountain ski-lodge is brought to you Durban-style. Choose between one of our three gourmet Christmas Subs (Gammon, Turkey or Roast Beef), served with a Ciroc Christmas cocktail at R250 per person. 

On Wednesday 7 July, the Rebels of Black Elephant Vintners & Co, pair 13 of their wines with a musical soundtrack of their lives. Strong supporting line-up provided by Executive Chef Kevin Joseph and his Kitchen Team, from 18h00-21h00 in the Oyster Bar.  Cost is R590.00 per person.

One of Durban’s most respected Cocktail Mixologists, Haroon Haffajee brings his innovative magic to the Wonderful World of Whisky at The Oyster Box on Wednesday 14 July 2021.  Drinks in the Oyster Bar on arrival at 18h00, with dinner in The Grill Room from 18h30.  The four-course sensory experience will feature whiskies from the Diageo World Class portfolio, paired with Haroon’s inimitable style, at R690.00 per person.

Finally…a chance to celebrate the Festive Season that wasn’t!! Join us for a traditional Christmas in July lunch on Sunday 25 July 2021 on the Ocean Terrace from 12h00-15h00.  With live music by Leon, a visit from Santa and entertainment for kiddies, you’re in for a fun time. Adults are R690.00 per person and R350.00 for Kids under 12 years.

The monthly Wine Wednesday food and wine evenings are back, with different South African wine estates hosting the monthly dinner, in conjunction with Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph and his Kitchen Brigade. The evening kicks-off at 18h00 in The Oyster Bar with canapes (first course) and a welcome drink at individual tables.  Guests move to The Grill Room at 18h30 for dinner, with an explanation from the Chef about the Menu and comments from the Farm representative on the various pairings, throughout the evening. Wines from the featured estate will be available to order on the evening.

July’s event on Wednesday 28 July features French-style wines from Morgenster Estate and a French-inspired menu courtesy of The Oyster Box. Family-owned and family-run, Morgenster has a long history dating back 300 years. Situated near the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West, the property produces award-winning Bordeaux-styled wines, Italian cultivars and extra virgin olive oil.



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* Legendary Breakfast in the Ocean Terrace – With al fresco tables offering panoramic Indian Ocean sea views and regular sightings of passing whales and dolphins, the generous breakfast buffet which includes fresh Oysters and Sparkling Wine, is the perfect way to start your day. Breakfast is served from 07h00-10h30 daily at R450.00 per person.

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Versatile muso Leon, provides Live Music from Thursday to Saturday evening and on a Sunday at lunchtime. 

Due to current covid protocols, reservations are essential.  Dinner bookings are available from 17h00-19h30 and Lunch bookings from 12h00-15h00.


For enquiries and to book for one of the events, contact Restaurants on (031) 514 5000 or by e-mail on


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Cake & Prosecco Class at Old Town Italy




Join Old Town Italy on the first Saturday of every month for a fun Cake-Decorating class, hosted by renowned bakers at our 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 includes your own cake to decorate and take home, Prosecco and a selection of Old Town High Tea treats.

See upcoming dates below:

5 June – Marble Buttercream
3 July
7 August
4 September
2 October
6 November
4 December

Price: R650 per person
Limited tickets available at each store

Enquire in store or contact us directly to book & find out more info: | 031 566 5008
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