November means that Summer is nigh in the Overberg!
The mountains, the countryside and the ocean are all glistening…urging you to take a road trip and explore them. The days are longer and everyone is out and about enjoying the balmy days before the heat of Summer really sets in and the villages fill up with holiday makers.
Here are the top 10 events in the Overberg this November (2016). There is much more going on of course – find a comprehensive (and constantly updated) diary of events in the Overberg here.
- FNB Wines2Whales #MTB Race – 4–13 NOV | GRABOUW HERMANUS
The FNB Wines2Whales has become one of the premium stage races in the world and attracts mountain bikers from all over the globe. Understandable as they cycle across some of the most magnificent mountains and valleys in the world! There are 3 different races over 3 different weekends but they all use the same route. An avid cyclist describes the difference between the events as ” Adventure – fit but chilled. Ride – chilled all round. Race – guys who finish quickly to drink more beer”. Click here to see a useful guide for spectators.
FNB W2W ADVENTURE on 4 – 6 November 2016
FNB W2W RIDE on 7 – 9 November 2016
FNB W2W RACE on 11 – 13 November 2016
- Elgin Open Gardens Sat & Sun NOV 5-6 GRABOUW/ELGIN
The second of the Elgin Open Gardens weekends. If you missed out last weekend then this is your chance to see some of the most glorious gardens in the Overberg. There are 20 open gardens in the Elgin and Bot River districts ranging large established country gardens (some over 50 years old), to young, recently planted gardens in villages and on smallholdings, all in a setting of great natural beauty an hour’s drive from Cape Town
- Elim Wine Festival 2016 Sat NOV 5 ELIM
Once a year, the wine farms at the most southerly tip of Africa come together to celebrate their unique cool-climate wines. And, being some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet, all the stops are pulled out for you to experience Elim wines, sumptuous food, craft beer and a country market. Meet the winemakers, enjoy a tutored tasting, watch a savvy sheepdog performance, fantastic live music by multi-talented Nic Stevens and a Vintage Tractor Parade.
- The No Danger Diaries Festival Fri NOV18 HERMANUS
If you are passionate about having fun AND living consciously, and you’re looking for epic ways to be the best human you can possibly be whilst having crazy amounts of fun in the process then The No Danger Diaries Festival is just the place for you! The No Danger Diaries Festival is about being mindful, being open, being conscious and having the most fun you can possibly have in one weekend.
The way it works is simple: 21 activites over one weekend. With two to three activities on the hour, every hour, all you have to do is CHOOSE YOUR AWESOME.
Activities include Arco-Yoga, Mixology workshops, creating upcycled goods, spending time with an Italian Master Chef, being launched into the air on their world famous Blob grooving at the beach bar, Free diving; Paint Dancing; Adventure racing; Secret Sunrise; SUP-Yoga; Sustainable Living Workshops; Upcycling engagements; Conscious food cook-off’s; Sunset drum circle meditation; Improv Circles; Adult jumping castle; Pottery workshops; Open Mic; Endangered species talks; Breathing workshops; Reiki practices; LIVE music and so much more…
- The Karate Kid Sat NOV19 HERMANUS
An excellent movie to start a series of outdoor Summer movie nights at the Old Harbour in Hermanus and Beloftebos in Stanford. MilkyWay Productions host a series of movie nights in order to get people out into a green community space to enjoy great movies and spend time with family and friends. There is an excellent line-up this summer. Suitable for the whole family. There’s something for everyone…and always delectable snacks and fun prizes.
- Langeberg Road Cycling Tour Mon NOV 21-25 SWELLENDAM
If you’re a Mamil (yes there is such a thing) and love cycling then this is an event for you. Cycling daily, with escorts, water points, skills training, cyclist tracking, massages and everything else you could need for a top class cycling tour…including the magnificent backdrop of the Overberg.
- Coronation Double Century (DC) Sat NOV 26 202km Race SWELLENDAM
The annual cycling race that attracts cyclists from all over the country. Many of whom will have used the Langeberg Road tour as training. This is the cycling equivalent of an ultra-marathon. The Coronation Double Century is more than just a cycle race. It’s a hard race and is all about camaraderie and team spirit. Participants cycle from Swellendam past Suurbraak and Barrydale to Montagu, Ashton and Bonnievale and then back to Swellendam.
- Calling All Trail Girls – Sat NOV 26 – BOTRIVIER
Benguela Cove is holding it’s first ever Trail Girl Day event. A 5,5km or 9km trail run overlooking the lagoon and the mountains on the beautiful Benguela Cove Wine estate is flat and fast paced and perfect for all levels of runner. Entry fee includes a glass of Benguela Cove Wine when you finish.
- Stanford Stumble – Sat NOV 26 – STANFORD
It is the 5th annual Stanford Stumble at Stanford Hills Estate. This is an excellent day out for the whole family. Country fun does not get better than this – I promise you! Your team can meander, walk, run or stumble through the vineyards in your most outrageous outfits and stop at wine stations (yes wine not water) along the way. Members of the Stanford Wine Route will ensure that you taste some of the fine wines made in the area. After the race there is a variety of local music, food, face painting and a cash bar. Kids can enjoy the jungle gym, trampoline and rowboats on the dam. There will be a spitbraai for an additional R100 too.
This event is the ultimate in country fun and usually ends in a rather festive shin-dig. All proceeds go to the local Butterfly Centre.
- Stanford Junktique – Sun NOV 27 – STANFORD
Stanford Tourism and Business’ are holding their first Junktique Market in the Tourism courtyard. Snoop around, nab yourself some treasure or sell your junk. From workshop tools to vintage clothes, books to kitchenalia, rummage through the treasure trove…you never know what those Stanfordians have hidden.