10 Days of winter

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Best 10 Days of Winter

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The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa’s most popular festivals, with huge appeal for sports lovers, families, foodies, and those in search of the best 10 days of their winter.

Knysna Tourism has confirmed that the recent devastating fires will not stop Knysna from putting on the best festival ever in 2017! Plans are in place to ensure that visitors experience all they hope for, and more. News from the town is that Knysna is open for business. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to contribute to the relief fund, however one of the best ways to support the regrowth of the region is to continue to visit and to support tourism and local businesses.

It has been confirmed that all events will go ahead as planned although slight route changes may be necessary.  The beauty of the region remains and activities at the festival grounds have not been affected and it promises to be abuzz with fun, food, and drink for the full 10 days.

Below are just 10 of the many reasons for you to attend the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival: 

1.      The Maserati BIG5 Challenge

Join the best elite and amateur athletes as they battle it out over five different disciplines during the course of the festival. Embrace the natural beauty of Knysna with a mountain bike, trail run, and half marathon accompanied by the new Momentum Health MTB X and a mile swim – for the very adventurous! For those who prefer, a paddle or road cycle is offered as alternatives to the swim in the BIG5Lite. With big names like Bradley Weiss, Theo Blignaut, Davide del Fante, and Fienie Barnard looking for top honours this year’s challenge is sure to be one for the history books. 

Enter here: https://big5sportchallenge.com/entries-2/ 

2.      Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour: Mountain Bike Race, Saturday 8 July

This is one of the biggest sporting events of the Festival. This year is the 30th anniversary of the Knysna Cycle Tour, which will be celebrated with new events and exciting routes. The 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes, as well as a brand new 30km E-bike race, will give riders plenty of options to get out there and see the local splendour for themselves.

Enter here: www.knysnacycle.co.za 

3.      Festival Food

There are many culinary delights on offer at the local restaurants with special themed menus for the duration of the Festival. International, fusion and local flavours will tantalise taste buds! Feast on the Festival’s namesake by eating oysters in every way imaginable or simply enjoy them freshly shucked with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice a twist of black pepper.


4.      The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour: Road Race, Sunday 9 July

Two road races, 115km and 50km will keep roadies alert and challenged! This year for the first time, due to popular demand, there are MTB categories for the Road Race events for those who prefer riding with knobbly tyres.

Enter here: www.knysnacycle.co.za


5.      Entertainment

From the House of Entertainment Band to the Hornlee Oyster Festival Reggae Night and the Whiskey and Live Jazz Cruise there is a wide variety of live entertainment and music offerings to entertain festival goers throughout the week.

Check out the programme here: www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za 

6.      Dragons Featherbed Lagoon Mile Swim, Sunday 9 July

Be brave and take on this open-water one mile swim in the Knysna Lagoon.  As soon as the adrenaline starts pumping and the starter’s gun fires you will forget all about the temperature of the water and can enjoy the experience.

For more information and to enter email: knysnaswim1@yahoo.com

 7.      Take a Tour

Knysna is one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations for a reason! Explore the beautiful indigenous forest walks in the Diepwalle area, be amazed by the majestic Knysna Heads, visit some of our authentic local art galleries or experience local hospitality through a guided township tour.

For more on what to do in Knysna visit www.visitknysna.co.za

8.      Seafood Wednesday, Wednesday 12 July

The Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday brings together the best Knysna has to offer in one venue. Enjoy Festival favourites such as the Fish Braai competition, and the ever-popular oyster eating and shucking competitions.  The Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna event will once again be taking place on the Festival grounds, this popular night sees some of the top restaurants in Knysna, Sedgefield and surrounds compete for the titles of “Best dressed oyster and stand”, with a tantalising show of oyster preparations judged by Festival-goers.

Tickets sell out FAST so get yours now: www.webtickets.co.za

9.      Europcar Knysna Classic , Wednesday 14 July

Don’t miss your chance to play the iconic Pezula Championship Golf Course.  The field is limited to 120 players so make sure you book your 4-ball well in advance.  As a bonus, you will be playing for charity as the proceeds from the day are donated to Hospice Knysna.

10.   Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon & Half Marathon, Saturday 15 July

This is known as one of South Africa’s most sought-after running events and offers exceptional highlights found in no other race anywhere in the world – particularly the scenery, as most of the run takes place deep in the Knysna Forest. Whether you compete in the half (21km) or the full (42km) marathon, runners can expect breath-taking views over the Knysna lagoon towards the Knysna Heads, the perfect inspiration as they approach the finish.

Enter for the full Marathon: www.knysnamarathonclub.co.za 

Get the full Festival line-up here:


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