uMhlanga Tourism to host beach festival

Umhlanga Tourism said that they will be hosting a free beach festival next week as part of the festive season celebrations.

uMhlanga Tourism is hosting a free beach festival as part of the festive season celebrations. File Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/ Independent Newspapers

Published Nov 28, 2023

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uMhlanga Tourism is hosting a free beach festival next week as part of the festive season celebrations.

Jeannie Sarno, chairperson of uMhlanga Tourism, said the festival starts on December 9 and continues until December 17, adding: “People are encouraged to participate and join in the fun and games on the magnificent Millennium Stage with daily activities planned around the main beach as well as on the stage from 10am to 2pm. This is the first uMhlanga Summer Festival after the Covid -19 pandemic.”

"Run off your festive wobble" will take place on December 15 at the Umhlanga Summer Festival Run and Walk.

This 5km route will challenge runners of varying fitness, participants will run along the world-famous uMhlanga promenade. The entry for the run and walk is free and it will start at 8am. It finishes at the island next to the pier.

Sarno said that the annual uMhlanga Tourism Carols by Candlelight at the Pearls Mall will take place on December 15. “Father Christmas will be arriving in style riding on the shiny Harley Davidson. Carollers are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy that will be gifted to an under-privileged child coordinated by Rotary uMhlanga.” The event is free and starts at 6.30pm.

Mbusi Sokhela Umhlanga Tourism events coordinator said this year's festival will give an opportunity to local businesses to market their offerings and holiday makers to network with local people.

“As we endeavour to position uMhlanga coastline as one of the top tourism destinations in the world, we rely on locals to ensure that visitors feel the warmth and hospitality of the City.”

The Mercury