Ramsgate Tourism Newsletter

Ramsgate Tourism Newsletter


A passionate, voluntary and hardworking team have thrown themselves headlong into the organizing of this year’s Book & Art Festival. They have been hard at work with fresh ideas, themes and wonderful community ideas for the Festival this year.
The author line-up has been confirmed and includes incredible speakers, artists, poetry, storytelling and supper theatres, pop-up book store and street food!

Just to give you a little taste of the amazing authors in the line-up so far:

Storyteller of Note: Gcina Mhlope. Gcina has been writing and performing on stage and screen for over 20 years. She has written many children’s books as well as adult audience poetry, short stories and plays. She produced and performed on a CD for children with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. She has written music for the SABC TV series Gcina & Friends where she performed her own stories for television audiences.

Brett Archibald: Inspirational motivational speaker, wrote “Alone” – his incredible story of determination and belief in oneself after surviving 28 hours alone in the open sea.

“Lazy” Magau Makoti has written the No 1 selling SA cookbook and her traditional simple recipe book certainly makes the kitchen a less daunting place!

Richard Goodhead wrote ‘Richardsrun’ – an incredible journey from Cape Agulhas to Kilimanjaro on foot, solo & unsupported.

Lauren Beukes is a former journalist, who has covered a multitude of topics including HIV+ beauty pageants, gangland cops and great white shark tourism. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Awards include the Arthur C Clarke Award, the University of Johannesburg prize, the August Derleth Award for Best Horror, the Strand Critics Choice Award for Best Mystery Novel and the RT Thriller of the Year.

Francoise Malby-Anthony was born in the South of France, brought up in Paris and has lived in South Africa since 1987. She founded the Thula Thula game reserve in 1998 with her late husband, the renowned conservationist and bestselling author Lawrence Anthony. When Lawrence died in 2012, Françoise took over the running of the reserve and is equally passionate about conservation. She was the driving force behind setting up a wildlife rehabilitation centre at the reserve to care for orphaned animals. Her book is entitled “There is an Elephant in my Kitchen” and is considered the sequel to Lawrence Anthony’s book “The Elephant Whisperer”.

Website: www.ramsgatefestival.co.za

Calling all Poets!

Over the last two years, the Ramsgate Book & Art Festival have printed beautiful poetry books filled with local poets works.
Again this year, poets of all ages and in all languages are invited to take part in the 2019 printed Poetry Book which will be launched at the Festival. This is open to anyone (unpublished or published poets) who have roots, memories or reside on the South Coast.
Submit up to three of your original poems to poetry@ramsgatefestival.co.za
There is a fee of R30 for any poem accepted to help pay for printing costs.
(For terms and conditions visit the Ramsgate Festival website)



FESTIVAL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: The Festival runs completely on willing hands and sponsorship. And although all authors speak free of charge there are infrastructure costs. Anyone wanting to get involved with helping, organizing, offering accommodation and sponsoring this event are encouraged to contact Stephen Goodhead directly. The core team are delighted that Stephen (from Fairhills Caravan Park) will be taking over the reins for the next Festival and he can be contacted on 072 273 8812 or email him on management@ramsgatefestival.co.za
This is a community driven festival and we would love as many people on board as possible.

All sponsors will receive:

  • Exposure on the Festival website with a link to the business’s own website – this will be live until the 2020 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.

Rocky Ridge Live Music Venue is a Gem

We are very privileged in Ramsgate to have the most amazing quirky, live music venue up Fascadale Road. Top class and emerging musicians and bands continually grace the stages at Rocky Ridge.

Rocky Ridge is set in a magical environment with great food and drinks available.
Situated just 2km up Fascadale road in Ramsgate – follow the signs.
To find out who will be playing when following “Rocky Ridge music venue” on Facebook or call 072 473 6095 to be put onto their mailing list.




New Eco-Tourism Office
Remember to pop in to say hi and take in this incredible new space. The Office is situated right next door to the BP Garage on the main road.




Below are links to other NGO Newsletters

Ramsgate Conservancy  | Ratepayers and Residents’ Association  | Community Policing Forum


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