The annual Umhlanga Summer Festival brings a myriad family-centred holiday activities to Umhlanga for the 2018 festive season for visitors and locals alike, from 14 to 23 December.
Understanding that the season is about goodwill, family and community, the theme for this year’s festival is It’s Cool to Care – with all aspects of the season aimed at caring for people and the planet. Every day on the beach will be an opportunity to encourage awareness about our natural beauty spots in Umhlanga and to actively keep them beautiful – so there will be daily beach clean ups. Special bins for the depositing of plastic, paper, tin and glass will be available on the Millennium Stage and kiddies will be urged to throw these items in the bins provided. Umhlanga Tourism also encourages a ‘no plastic straw policy’ in order to keep harmful plastic from making its way into the ocean. One of the Festival’s supporters this year is Chempac, a company that provides straws made from corn starch. These straws look so like plastic that they almost need an ‘I am not plastic’ label on them!
The Beach Festival starts on Friday 14 December and continues until Sunday 23 December during which beachgoers are encouraged to join in the fun and games on the Umhlanga Millennium Stage with daily activities planned around the main beach as well as on the stage from 10am until 2pm daily. The day starts at 10am with daily warm up exercises to get the blood circulating. The programme features nostalgic old-school family fun: hula hoops; tug-of-war, musical chairs, face-painting, talent showcase, mini Olympics and lots more.
Daily beach activities, 14 to 23 December, 10am to 2pm
Carols Under the Stars, Granada Centre, 20 December at 6pm
Miss Umhlanga Beauty Pageant, 17 December. Registration at 10.30am (no late entries). Competition 12pm to 2pm, winner crowned on the day.
Waitronathon: 23 December, 10am registration, race at 10.45am.