Ramsgate Tourism Newsletter

Ramsgate Tourism Newsletter


The tireless plotting and planning for The Ramsgate Book & Art Festival, is heating up to boiling point! The program is filled to capacity with an exciting and varied array of authors, artists, entertainment and creative workshops.
The Festival takes place along the main road of Ramsgate village itself. Galleries, restaurants, antique shops, courtyards, car parks and our beautiful Whale Deck overlooking the ocean are all ‘venues’ where events unfold. The overriding theme for Festival this year is “# Connecting” – a broad subject encouraging communication in all imaginable spheres – both physical and abstract.

The official opening of the Festival takes place on Thursday 2nd August at 6pm at The Artists’ Gallery. All are welcome to attend. The opening of the Festival will be coupled with a prestigious and historical art exhibition, entitled “Boyley’s World” – the centenary celebration of the life and works of South African master painter Errol Boyley. A superb selection of his works will be on sale. Residents on the South Coast who would like to sell their pieces painted by Errol Boyley at this exhibition, are welcome to contact Artists’ Gallery.

The Festival planners are delighted to announce that hilarious radio talk show host, journalist, author and television scriptwriter, Ndumiso Ngcobo is one of the top authors confirmed for the Festival. Described as comical, wry and topical – his book entitled ‘Some Of My Best Friends Are White’ became an instant bestseller, peaking at number two in the Sunday Times Bestseller list. Following hot on the heels of this bestseller is laser-sharp commentary on the Rainbow Nation, entitled ‘Is it Coz I’m Black?’



Also taking part in the festival is multi-talented author Paul Crilley. Paul has been writing professionally for the past 15 years and has written comics, worked on five computer games, worked on over thirteen television shows and written eight novels – his latest offering being ‘Poison City’.

Well-known author speaking at the Festival is crime writer, Monty Roodt. Monty is presently the professor of Sociology at Rhodes University in Grahamstown and he will be chatting about how and why we are fascinated by the dark-side of life from a crime point of view. He will also touch on the contents of his latest novel entitled “Dead Man’s Land”.

Charismatic vet, short story writer and speaker Tod Collins is considered by many to be South Africa’s very own James Herriot and be will sharing his brand new book at the Festival.
Rob Caskie is bound to have all enthralled with his special brand of storytelling and author Sheila Naidoo will be chatting about her new offering entitled ‘Higher Ground.
Jackie Phamatso, Elana Bregin and Nick van der Leek, who incidentally is the great great grandson of Cape-Dutch artist Tinus de Jongh, will be adding their voices to both the panel discussions and individual slots.

Three nights of top class entertainment will also be on offer at the Festival. These include a live poetry evening which will follow on from the Festival opening on Thursday evening and Friday night sees the sassy Black Orchid Burlesque S.A. dance troupe and swing-jazz singer Natasha Muller take to the stage in an evening of glamour & pearls. A shot of comedy in the form of stand-up and hilarious improvisation, entitled ‘Shoot from the Hip’ will take place on the Saturday evening in supper theatre style.


A youth programme is also on the cards for the Festival. Young poets are invited to come along and recite their poetry, a recycling art workshop will be held and a delightful children’s programme is again firmly entrenched in the mix with actresses Barbie Meyer & Kay Federl at the helm.



Sunday the 5th begins bright and early with a sunrise beach mediation headed by author Bernie Vorster. Thereafter The Ramsgate Conservancy will offer an exquisite, early morning walk along the beautiful coastline, ending on the Ramsgate Whale Deck with a scrumptious breakfast.




A ‘Wine Down’ on Sunday afternoon will take place at the iconic live music venue Rocky Ridge, where all can relax, listen to music and share their connections made throughout the jam-packed four days.

Besides the Workshops, Beach Walk and evening shows – entrance to the Festival and all talks are free of charge.


Follow the Festival on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates or go to the official website: www.ramsgatefestival.co.za for more information.


Peter Kilian – finance@ramsgatefestival.co.za
Retha Murray – admin@ramsgatefestival.co.za
Taryn Burns – marketing@ramsgatefestival.co.za
Natascha Muller – events@ramsgatefestival.co.za
Dawn Broadberry – poetry@ramsgatefestival.co.za
Pauline or Barbie – management@ramsgatefestival.co.za

Festival Sponsorship

2017 saw businesses, private people and organizations climbing on board with some incredible sponsorship for the Festival and this year the Festival organizers are appealing to all and sundry to hop on board again.

All sponsors will receive:

  • Exposure on the Festival website with a link to the business’s own website – this will be live until the 2019 festival – www.ramsgatefestival.co.za
  • Exposure on the Festival Facebook Page with links to own page.
  • Inclusion on the summary sponsors’ main banner to be displayed at the Main Authors’ venue as well as at the Supper Theatres.
  • The business logo included on whichever marketing material the business chooses to sponsor.
  • Ongoing promotion throughout the festival on the actual Author’s stage, Facebook and Instagram.


As a sponsor you can pay a donation directly into the Ramsgate Conservancy account where the money is ring fenced for the festival and your company will then receive a Section 18a Tax Certificate OR you can choose to pay the supplier direct.  Any sponsorship/donation, big or small, will be greatly accepted.
For more information please contact Pauline: management@ramsgatefestival.co.za




There is much building, digging, paving, buzzing, moving, tiling, cleaning and painting going on next to the BP Garage in Ramsgate! Many have already noticed the gardens taking shape around this area leading up to the Whale Deck and now the work on the actual Tourism Centre is also in full swing.

All are welcome to pop in to see the progress – the idea is that the Eco-Centre will be up and operational in time for the opening of the Ramsgate Book & Art Festival.
If anyone would like to sponsor or know a little more about this community driven project, please contact Sally Booker on: bellevue@telkomsa.net
Seen here are builders Paul, Richman & Sam hard at work!


We have a great, new Events Notice Board going up on Ramsgate Beach.
This is to keep all visitors and residents up to date with various events and happenings in the whole of our Ramsgate area. See below for a mock-up of the Board – anyone wishing to advertise an event is welcome to contact Johan Wentzel on 072 250 0295.  A sum of R100 will be charged to cover the printing cost of your specific sticker

Revitalized Surf Club @ Ski-boat Bay!

Brilliant news for all up and coming young surfers, is that Ski-Boat Bay in Ramsgate is now sporting a rejuvenated Surf Club. The Club is called The South Shore Surf Club.
The aim of the club is to assist young surfers in learning the sport of surfing from beginner to intermediate. World renowned surfer Royden Bryson has confirmed his assistance to the Club. Royden is a highly respected coach who has surfed internationally and is highly respected within the surfing community.
Young surfers will learn the aspects of surfing and safety within the ocean and will be given the opportunity to take part in competitions where they can better themselves on a competitive level. The Club will now be in a position to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to learn this exciting sport.
Surf clinics are hosted on most Saturdays and private lesson can be arranged with Royden Bryson himself.

Contact Royden on: 0837370823or email: southshoresurfclub@gmail.co.za for more information or to book a slot.


A little history on the Club:
South Shore was established on 1988 by Anthony Brodowitz (ex-champ surfer and local businessman) and Jaques van der Hoven (local businessman). The club ran for many years and produced an impressive number of great surfers. The aim was always to operate as a club to nurture local talent and to provide a platform to allow young and upcoming surfers to become accustomed to competitive surfing.
Now with Royden Bryson at the helm, the Club is destined again for great things.
Pop down to Ski Boat Bay to see the renovations and ongoing improvements.


Here are links to other NGO Newsletters

Ramsgate Residents & Ratepayers Association   |   Ramsgate Community Policing Forum   |   Ramsgate Conservancy

1 Comment

  1. We are excited to read about all the lovely initiatives that are happening in Ramsgate. Unfortunately we won’t be able to come for the Book and Art Festival -it sounds tremendous. We look forward to seeing the Eco Tourism Centre next time we are down. It will also be lovely to watch the surfing at Ski Boat Bay. Thank you for all the effort that you put into these projects. We hope you will be rewarded by the success of these initiatives.



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