Admittedly the usual festive cheer that takes hold of Durbanites and visitors around December, has been a bit wanting over the past two years, with the covid pandemic scuppering the holiday plans for many.
The team that brings you KZN’s largest holiday light show got thinking about a complementary experience that would cater to the many that would not be able to enjoy a walk in event due to capacity restrictions, being aged, vulnerable or immuno-compromised. To help, they called on Durban’s ‘king of lighting’ Nevon Singh from Magic Lighting and between them they hatched a plan, that promises to bring joy to young and old alike.
“Reminiscent of days of yester-year many Durbanites have fond memories of viewing holiday lights from their cars, driving though the main streets of Durban,” says Nevon Singh. “We’ve designed Candy Cane Lane to evoke those same feelings of awe and wonder. It’s an immersive drive-through lighting experience, that’s been designed to transport visitors into a festive wonderland of lights, festive characters and selfie opportunities, all in the comfort of your own vehicle.”
“This is a first for Durban and we’re thrilled that The Pavilion Shopping Centre could bring this event to local audiences this year,” says Julie-Anne Zuma, Marketing Manager for The Pavilion. “Similar events around the country have sold out soon after bookings opened and we’re expecting a similar reaction. We encourage early booking to avoid disappointment.”
Candy Cane Lane will feature just under a kilometre of lights and activations, as well as KZN’s tallest and brightest Christmas tree, standing at almost 10m tall.
The Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Drive Through Experience is being held on the rooftop (Parking D & E) of The Pavilion Shopping Centre from 8 December 2021 – 2 January 2022 (closed on Christmas Day) from 18h30 – 21h30 each night. A fully contactless experience a number of covid protocols have been implemented to make the encounter comfortable and safe at the same time. These include, timed slot entries to prevent overcrowding or traffic jams; the scanning of tickets through the vehicle’s window and sanitising stations at key points along the route.
Tickets are R199 per vehicle and are available online on http://www.howler.co.za/candycane2021.
Due to traffic and space limitations, limited tickets will be sold at the gate each night, but entry is not guaranteed without pre-booked tickets. #CANDYCANELANESA
Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights Gets the Green-light for 2021
“It has been touch and go as to whether the 2021 event would even be able to take place this year,” says Alene Naidoo, Organiser of The Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights. “Last year was such a disappointment, when we had to close early, due to covid regulations; but we are have received the go-ahead from eThekweni Municipality and barring any major announcements from the President, we are optimistic that the 2021 show WILL go ahead as planned – kicking off on 3 December 2021. This has been a challenging year in every way and this year’s event offers a celebratory moment for us all.”
Now in its fifth year, The Trail of Lights is a firm fixture on both the City and the Gardens’ festive season calendar,” says Martin Clement, Curator of the historical Gardens. “We are grateful that our various media partners including East Coast Radio and Independent on Saturday, have joined with us again to bring Durban’s favourite festive event to as many people as possible. We are all desperate for some year-end relaxation and fun and that’s what you’ll get at The Trail of Lights.”
With the Gardens festooned with thousands of lights, 2021 is sure to delight visitors of all ages, with world class lighting displays, nightly entertainment, charity activations, a food garden and festive characters.
The Trail of Lights will open on 3 December 2021 and run until 2 January 2022. To meet protocol requirements and ensure the safety of patrons, key operational changes have implemented this year. Most significantly, the introduction of three entry times at 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00 respectively. This will allow for social distancing, as families can navigate their way around the trail before the next group arrives. There will be no ticket sales at the door.
The Trail of Lights takes place from 3 December 2021 to the 3 January 2022, excluding Christmas Day, in Africa’s oldest botanical gardens.
Tickets are extremely limited and NO tickets will be available at the door. Children two years and under enter for free.
Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za or Pick ‘n Pay.
TIMES & PRICES:
18:00 Entry R70 per person
19:00 Entry R65 per person
20:00 Entry R60 per person
SOUTH AFRICA’S FRIENDLIEST FESTIVAL RETURNS!
SPLASHY FEN IS SET TO WELCOME 3000 FANS AFTER A 2 YEAR BREAK.
3 000 eager fans can let out a sigh of relief, as the promise of another beautiful Splashy Fen Music Festival is confirmed by event organisers, Impi Concept Events. Finally, something to look forward to, Easter 2022 is set to be one to remember as the Splashy Fen Farm in Underberg, KZN is once again transformed into a magical music festival for those who have been missing out not only on the festival’s traditional music, arts, crafts and lifestyle festivities, but a sense of freedom and normality.
Tell your friends, gather your families, mark your calendars and get ready to secure your limited #splashy2022 ticket to what will truly be the best, most anticipated, Splashy Fen Music Festival ever. South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from Thursday the 14th of April to Monday the 18th of April 2022, and tickets, which are limited to 3000, will open on Wednesday the 6th of October.
All ticket holders from the cancelled 2020 festival will have first dibs on purchasing tickets for next year’s event. These 2020 ‘ticket holders’ will be sent an exclusive clickable link via email, which gives them access to buy the same amount of tickets as they had in 2020 at the discounted Otter Club ticket price. There will be a 2 week period in which to purchase these discounted tickets, thereafter, general and normal priced ticket sales will open to the public. Those who became a #splashyhero back in 2020 when they donated a portion of their 2020 ticket to the festival, will be eligible for the promised 20% discount – which will be applied to the Otter Club ticket price.
The year 2020 would have been Splashy Fen Music Festivals’ 31st edition. It would have been 4 days of music, merriment, and time away from the hustle and bustle of city life for fans looking for a fun, safe, inclusive home away from home in one of the most beautiful parts of our country. But the year 2020 was a non-event for the music industry, and the world at large, as festivals across the globe were shut down due to the global pandemic that was, and is, Covid-19.
“It seems like a lifetime ago when we made the announcement to cancel our 2020 edition festival,” says Stu Berry, Festival Director. “Collectively, with our fans, we were devastated, but the choice was not ours to make. None of us had any idea just what we were up against, how long we would be away for, and what the music scene would look like when we eventually returned. For months we have waited patiently for the green light from authorities and for the infection rate to drop. We have also watched, longingly, as international festivals have taken the lead with a number of entry regulations that allow hundreds of thousands of fans to return to packed stadiums to enjoy live music and entertainment again – something that we are determined to be able to offer to both our South African fans and musicians; as we continue to champion the local entertainment industry that has been hit so hard with the shutdown of events and festivals.”
The Splashy Fen website – www.splashyfen.co.za – has been updated with all the important information that fans need to navigate the latest ticket options. In keeping with the festival’s ethos of transparency and integrity, event organisers have done everything they can to ensure no risk to ticket holders, and fans are therefore guaranteed a 100% refund on their ticket, should the festival be cancelled due to COVID lockdown regulations. At this stage, no day visitors will be allowed to the 2022 festival.
“We are sure our fans will have many questions regarding the 2022 festival,” says Festival Creative Director Andrew van Rensburg. “Our website should be able to address all of these queries, including what we envisage will be the COVID regulations at Splashy Fen 2022. It has been great watching the European Festival season operating with full capacity crowds and we cannot wait to get back out there and deliver a world-class experience once again. It has been a tough 2 years, in which we have all been taught to stay away from each other and disengage, and we hope to get everyone back sharing, laughing, and smiling together again. Now more than ever, we need it.”
Summary of pricing options:
Otter Club Ticket R1050** Available 6th Oct – 20th Oct
20% Discount R840
Early Bird Ticket R1300* Available 21st Oct. Limited to 1000 tickets
General Festival Ticket R1450*
Kids 4-12 R450*
Kids U4 R50*
Early Camping R180* Limited to 500 passes
Family Camping R180* Limited space: 1st come, 1st serve
Reserved River Camping R1200* Limited to 80 sites. 4 adults per site
Powered Campsite R2000* Limited to 50 sites. 4 adults per site
* Excludes bank charges (4%). All tickets are fully refundable on the ticket price (not the bank charges) should the event be cancelled due to COVID regulations. Should a ticket holder test positive for COVID-19 and be unable to attend, the normal refund policy will apply.
** R840 (excluding booking fee) for 2020 ticket holders
The Beauty of Brahman Hills, Midlands
Our Durbanite contributors, Shelley and her mother, Carmen were invited to experience Brahman Hills, their spa as well as the Midlands Kitchen.
Read more on what they had to say about it.
“I had been to Brahman Hills back in March with two of my friends, and I absolutely loved it! So you can imagine my delight when I would be returning, but this time with my mom.
We left our busy little city of Umhlanga and made our way towards Brahman Hills. The drive there is fairly quick and accessible, taking only an hour and a half.
THE MIDLANDS KITCHEN
Before arriving at Brahman Hills, we decided to try out The Midlands Kitchen.
The Midlands Kitchen is an eating area which hosts 15 kitchens, including Mexican, Mediterranean, Burgers, Chicken, Pizza, Indian and Vegan dishes. There’s also a harvest table for instant artisan fresh meals.
We loved the fact that is is both kid and pet-friendly!
We sat down and our waitress promptly greeted us while handing us menus to browse through. We were given a card with a table number on it. This is for The Midlands Kitchen to keep track of our orders throughout our visit.
I ordered a vegan dish which was a Cauliflower-based burger, while my mom opted for the spring-chicken burger. We added on two cappuccinos to go with our order.
The food was DELICIOUS! We were both delighted to have made the right choice, but I’m sure with any one of their options, it would never be a disappointment.
We ended off our meal with an ice cream cone each from their gelato station. Oh, and can we make a note that this was undoubtably the yummiest gelato? I mean, they had Nutella flavoured ice cream!
On our way out, we grabbed two chocolate croissants for later indulgence, because… why not?
BRAHMAN HILLS SPA
After our lunch at The Midlands Kitchen, we arrived at Brahman Hills to check into our room. We were seated in the lounge area and offered tea/coffee while our room and key was being organised.
We checked in to the most beautiful little hotel with a private garden all to ourselves!
After a quick power nap, we headed out to the much talked about spa. We were excited to experience our treatments in the countryside.
At the spa, we both had a full body massage with an exfoliation and soak off in a bath. Beforehand, we got to choose which essential oils we would like. We both opted for lavender which helps with stress and sleep.
After our massages, we headed upstairs to get a mani & pedi done. There’s nothing quite like getting a mani while watching the cows roam around outside in the open. So incredibly relaxing!
89 ON COPPER
For dinner we had the pleasure of dining at the incredibly beautiful 89 on Copper restaurant which is underground in a cellar-like environment.
We had the two-course dinner. Both of us chose the rib wing for mains, and had the cheesecake & brownie for dessert.
Can we talk about how pretty this restaurant is?
We loved the holes in the walls where different bottles of wine was stored!
BREAKFAST AT BRAHMAN CAFE
We woke up early to start off the day with breakfast Brahman cafe.
We had the choice of choosing which breakfast we wanted.
Never in my life have I had such a good start to the day with their breakfast!
If you’re ever in the Midlands, do yourself a favour and pop into the Midlands Kitchen and of course, Brahman Hills!
Phone: +27 (0)33 266 6965
Mobile: +27 (0) 81 370 9478
Address: Old Curry’s Post Road, Mount West, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
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