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Skills – Introducing… Plett Summer School

Sport – Tsitisikamma Ultra Trail Run

Blog – Plett Conversations starts 2020 on a high note

In the media – Pret in Plett

Activities – Up the river with a paddle (Bitou Kayaks)

Easter – Easter Weekend Celebration

Tourism – Invitation to new Plett Conversations

Events – Current and upcoming events in & around Plett

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Introducing – Plett Summer School!

This one is for the eternal student, for the continually curious – but, don’t worry, nobody is forcing you to go to summer school 🙂

Following the popularity of the Plett Winter School programme at the Plett ARTS Festival, we’re pleased to introduce you to Plett Summer School! If you’re looking for a unique location to host your photography seminar, yogalates retreat or wine-tasting workshop, Plett is the place and Summer School is the banner under which to market your special skills. Our aim is to offer marvellous masterclasses throughout the year on a wide range of topics.

The first of our Summer School sessions is The Scribe Story Workshop facilitated by veteran, award-winning South African writer, producer and director Richard H Nosworthy. Empower yourself to generate a stream of unique stories. This 3-hour workshop – to be conducted at the Red Room at Mel’s Place – for writers of all levels, will instruct on how to craft a narrative that is filled with all the necessary elements to ensure that you’ll always know what to write! Whether you want to write a feature film, an original TV series, a short film, lyrics or even a speech… you will leave with all the tools that you need to put your creativity to work!

More information on The Scribe Story Worskshop

To host and list your event on the Plett Summer School calendar, please complete this form

 
 
Tsitsikamma Ultra

It’s time to take a run on the wild side as a firm trail-running favourite, the Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run returns for another year of spectacular trails from Storms River to Nature’s Valley.

The run is a 60km, linear trail that follows the beautiful Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail, in reverse, starting under ‘The Big Tree’ and finishing in lovely Nature’s Valley in the Garden Route National Park. This is a toughie, as runners will need to be self-sufficient on the route.

However, there will be marshals at all four huts, in the event of an emergency. Runners will travel through the Tsitsikamma forest and mountains, encountering mountain streams and endemic fynbos.

It’ll be a journey to remember.

 
 
PLETT CONVERSATIONS START 2020 ON A HIGH NOTE

A blog by Wandisile Afrika Sebezo

At a conference room in one of Plett’s fine hotels, Sky Villa, tongues were wagging and wine glasses were tinkling. The issue? Tourism!

Chairman Bruce Richardson welcomed members and other guests to one of the many programs of the Plett Tourism Association that has come to be known as “Plett Conversations”. It’s really an opportunity for networking. On the grand scale though, the vision is to bring people together, and unite under a common vision in what former Plett Tourism Chairman Peter Wallington used to call “One Plett”.

Last year Plett Tourism hosted Plett Conversations with Andile Khumalo at N2 Lounge in Kwano to talk and inspire young entrepreneurs. Khumalo is an entrepreneur and chartered accountant with almost 20 years of business experience.

The topic of discussion on this year’s Plett Conversation was the tourism strategy for the Garden Route and how the towns in the district work in collaboration. The presentation was made by the manager of economic development and tourism for the Garden Route District Municipality, Melanie Wilson and tourism official, Denver Johnson.

Bitou Municipality was represented by the manager of Local Economic Development Lesley Jacobs, who entertained one of my pet subjects, Township Tourism. Saying that the municipality is for the idea of creating a tourism route in places like Kwano, Kranshoek and Qolweni for example, provided that there’s proper infrastructure and tourism products to sell.

In attendance where about 50 or so locals from the tourism industry, from tour operators to restaurateurs, and marketers from both Plett and Knysna.

The importance of the conversations cannot be stressed any further; not only are they platforms for networking and engaging, but really the idea is to close the gap, especially now that tourism becomes the catalyst in growing our economy and creating jobs.

You really do not want to miss the next “Plett Conversations” which will be on the 12th of March where Margie Whitehouse, Chief Tourism Officer for Wesgro will make a presentation.

 
 
IN THE MEDIA: PRET IN PLETT

Plett – making waves! Look out for a super feature on Plett in the latest issue of Vroukeur magazine!
 
UP THE RIVER… WITH A PADDLE

Introducing Bitou Kayaks…The twin Bitou and Keurbooms rivers are a delight to explore, hiding all manner of wildlife and birdlife.

Bitou Kayaks offers 2-, 3- or 4-hour guided tours on these waterways. Settle back to paddle along these meandering rivers and experience peace and tranquility. Highlights of the Bitou paddle are the magnificent birdlife, whereas the Keurbooms is bordered by pristine indigenous forest.

Self-guided tours are available, and no previous kayaking experience is necessary. A marvelous new way to enjoy Plettenberg B

 
EASTER WEEKEND CELEBRATION

The Easter Weekend Celebration will take place over 3 days from 10-12 April at Faris Industrial Area, Plettenberg Bay. M&M Braai’s will be turning one in April, so this is a very special celebration.

Local DJ Sivo and others will be playing everything from house music to jazz and M&M Braai’s will be serving up delicious chicken wings, pork, livers, hot dogs, lamb and potjie!

Dates: 10-12 April
Time: 5pm – midnight
Venue: Faris Industrial Area, Plettenberg Bay
Tickets: R40 adults R20 kids.

Tickets on sale at Lucky Store, Plett Tourism Office and Cheap Cheap, Bossiesgif.

 
 
INVITATION TO PLETT CONVERSATIONS

Following the very successful engagement with the Garden Route Municipality at the end of February, Plett Tourism takes Plett Conversations to the next level, and is proud to host the newly appointed Chief Tourism Officer for Wesgro, Margie Whitehouse. Please join us for a keynote address from Margie, followed by Q&A.

This meeting is open to all Plett’s tourism businesses.

DATE: 12 March 2020 │Sky Villa Boutique Hotel
TIME: 10am for welcome tea & coffee | 10.30am Margie Whitehouse address
RSVP to thandi@pletttourism.com or 044 533 4065

 
UPCOMING EVENTS…

Plett’s Harkerville parkrun (every Sat) The Complete Works of Shakespeare,
Abridged – 07 Mar
Soulshine Festival
07 Mar
The Scribe Story Workshop 09 Mar
       
A David Muller Double Bill 14 Mar Fun Trivia Quiz
19 Mar
Barrington’s Beer Festival 21 Mar Plett Art Affair
29 Mar
       
   
Easter Weekend Celebration 10 Apr Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival 10 Apr Easter All WHITE Experience 11 Apr BUCO Adventure Weekend 11 Apr
       
Plett Truck & Vine Festival 26 Apr Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run 02 May Plett Summer School
01 Sep
Dr Evil Classic
17 Sep
       
   
Forest Festival
24 Sep
Otter African Trail Run
28 Oct
Plett Rage
27 Nov
 
 
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