Bedford Garden Festival – 2011

28 – 30 October 2011

A feast of country pleasures

Bedford offers a lot more than one might imagine and whether you are an avid birder or a tree lover, there are many treasures to be found.

The charming, picturesque Settler village of Bedford, cradled at the foot of
the Kagaberg and regarded as the “jewel” of the Eastern Cape will again be
opening its beautiful gardens to the public during its annual Garden
The Country Fair which is once again in the grounds of St. Andrew’s Church offers the visitor plenty to tantalise the senses (sight,smell taste - stock up on Christmas gifts.)

The various stalls offer Deli items, biltong, gardenalia, bath & body and culinary products, hand-crafted gifts, jewellery, fresh produce, potted lavenders and other herbs as well as loads of interesting and delicious goodies.
Mix with the locals over a traditional braai and a cold beer or glass
of wine. Teas & Coffees with a range of cakes will also be available.

Bedford is renowned for its beautiful heritage roses. For the avid gardener,
there will a wide variety of Heritage Rose cultivars available for purchase.

For historical buffs, there’s a wealth of history to explore in the area. The
churches and many of the buildings and houses are wonderful examples of early

Spring comes early to this area of the Eastern Cape and October is the prime
month for viewing the unique landscaping and the wonderfully-picturesque
settings of the extensive farm and town gardens. Visitors can stroll through
masses of roses, daylilies, hydrangeas and hellebores and other plant varieties
or wander across emerald green lawns to discover some hidden garden treasure – a
water feature or a fascinating plant. There are more than 24 splendid town and
farm gardens to choose from.

Visit the website where you will find the full list of planned events and suggested itineraries.

It is a good idea to plan your trip in advance so that you can take in as much as possible and have a truly memorable “Bedford” experience.

For detailed information please visit their website by clicking on the logo :-

Bedford Garden Festival

Bedford Garden Festival

Bedford Garden Festival

Accommodation in Port Elizabeth
Centrally located in Main Road,Walmer Homeleigh Halt Guest House invites you to…
be our guest when next in town.
Stay on a room only basis or bed and breakfast – enjoy a  lovely breakfast to start the day.




The Wine Show Road Show Nelson Mandela Bay – Port Elizabeth

When: 10 – 12 June 2011

Where: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Tickets: From Computicket / link on the Wineshow Website


The Wine Show Road Show Nelson Mandela Bay received a significant boost when it was officially endorsed by Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism.  

Wine enthusiasts can enjoy the liveliest wine event in the Eastern Cape during The Wine Show Road Show Nelson Mandela Bay from 10-12 June 2011.

 The iconic Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth will host the glitterati of the South African wine industry during a three-day wine extravaganza.

 The most popular wine consumer show in the country will showcase top wineries, estates, private wine merchants, garagistes and small boutique producers from all the major wine producing regions in the country.  Visitors can explore the world of wine by trying some iconic international brands, award-winning local labels and some really hidden gems.  

Over forty exhibitors are waiting to welcome you and present their wines in a fun, interactive and educational format.  Free tutorials in the Wine Theatre will allow visitors to discover new producers and lesser-known varietals in informal tastings with various winemakers.

 Visitors will be able to enjoy the wines at leisure and utilise the Dawn Wing Sip & Ship to ensure that the wines are delivered to their doors.

 Food courts will be located on both levels of the venue with sumptuous sushi, gourmet sandwiches and delicious wraps on the top level of the impressive stadium’s World of Windows and gourmet hot snacks and meals at the inner-bowl food court with a perfect view of the pristine pitch. 

The friendly teams from Goodfellas will also be on standby to chauffeur you home in your own car. 

The event is returning to the Eastern Cape after its hugely successful launch in 2010.

Confirmed exhibitors include Alluvia Specialist Winery and Private Residence Club, Alto Estate, Arumdale, Boland Cellars, Bonnievale Cellar, Capaia, Catchpole & Co, Crystal Direct, Dawn Wing, Durbanville Hills, Fleur du Cap, Frogitt & Vonkel Private Wine Merchants, Gabriëlskloof, Goudini, Hathersage Wines, Idiom Wines, Major’s Hill, Monis, Namaqua Wines, Nietvoorbeij, Nixan Wines, Orange River Cellars, Packwood Estate, Parmalat, Perfectly Cool Wines, Quoin Rock, Rickety Bridge, Robertson Winery, Roodezandt, Simonsvlei International, the company of wine people, The Goose Wines, The House of JC le Roux, The Winery of Good Hope, Theuniskraal, Tukulu, Under Oaks, Vrede en Lust, Welgemeend, Weltevrede Estate, Whalehaven, Yonder Hill and Zonnebloem.

Tickets are available from Computicket for R90 per person.

Weekend passes cost R150 per person and special group rates of R80 per person apply for bookings of ten or more people.

For more information please visit the official website:- The Wineshow

 For your accommodation: Homeleigh Halt Guest House offers you Bed & Breakfast in wonderful Walmer… our guest.

Enquire about our winter warming week-end special!

CSA National Mountain Bike National – Nelson Mandela Bay 7-8 May 2011

CSA National Mountain Bike National – Nelson Mandela Bay 7-8 May 2011

South Africa’s top mountain bikers will descend on Nelson Mandela Bay as they compete in the second leg of the National Championships series on 7-8 May 2011.

The venue for the Cross Country race on Saturday May 7 is the Baakens Valley, with the Race Village (Start & Finish zone) located at the EP Badminton Hall in Walmer Downs. The Cross Country event sees riders racing head-to-head around the 6km course, completing a preset number of laps. This format makes for great spectator viewing as you will get to see the riders pass the same spot several times.

The Downhill race will be held on Sunday May 8 at the Loerie Ruskamp resort, which is just a 40-minute drive from Port Elizabeth. The Downhill discipline takes the form of a time-trial with riders starting at the top of the mountain at one-minute intervals. They race down a purpose-built course filled with features like jumps, berms and drop-offs, reaching speeds in excess of 60km/h. This event is an adrenaline-feast for riders and spectators alike.

This major event on the mountain biking calendar will provide plenty of action for spectators, casual riders and hard-core racers, and the  Race Village in Walmer Downs (signs from William Moffett Expressway) will come alive with activity and entertainment for all. There will be races for novices and experts, with great spectator viewing points on both the Cross Country and Downhill courses.

The CSA (Cycling South Africa) Mountain Bike Super Series consists of four XC (Cross country) and DH (Downhill) events throughout the year. These events are geographically spread throughout South Africa in order to give all the riders a fair opportunity to compete and earn points towards the title of CSA Super Series Champion as well as vying for selection for the South African team. This year CSA decided to award the second leg of the Series to Mountain Events in the Nelson Mandela Bay.

 “The course is brand new and has been built in spectacular surroundings with the Finish line alongside a waterfall. It is the first permanent downhill course in the region and we believe this venue will become a favourite for downhill riders in the Eastern Cape” says Event Co-ordinator, Julie Briggs.

Cross Country and Downhill racing in particular are spectator-friendly disciplines of mountain biking and will provide for some great entertainment. Spectator access is free and there are designated spectator viewing points at the most interesting and challenging sections of the courses. “We’d like to see the public coming out to support the riders” says Julie Briggs. “In order to cover these expenses we are inviting companies to come on board as sponsors. Our intention is to host a top class event and to ensure that we remain a host venue of choice for future years” says Brad Jackson.

 We wish all competitors well!

Homeleigh Halt Buest Houe bed and breakfast provides superb accommodation to meet all budgets and is around the corner from the Baakens Valley.

We invite you to “be our guest…”

Woody Cape Mountain Bike Challenge Port Elizabeth May 2011

7 May 2011

The inaugural Woody Cape Mountain Bike Challenge on 7 May 2011 promises to be a memorable experience for local Mountain Bike enthusiasts.

The event offers a challenging 63km ride which will take riders through pristine dairy farm land, up into the picturesque Woody Cape forest and through the Intsomi Forest Lodge which is situated in the untouched Alexandria Forest. Breathtaking views will be experienced over a land unique in natural diversity and unspoilt beauty before riders descend into the tranquilizing Kaba valley on their return journey to Alexandria.

The race forms part of the local NG Kerk fete and starts at 8.30am on Saturday 7th May. A shorter, more family friendly, 25km ride will take place at 9.30am as well as a 15km trail run. All events will start from the Alexandria High School which is located in Jubilee street.

For more information please visit the official site here:Woody Cape Mtn Bike Challenge.

Information by Zports who secured the inaugural event.

We wish all competitors well!

Accommodation provided by Homeleigh Halt Guest House bed & breakfast in Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

7′s Rugby Port Elizabeth 2011

When: 9/10 December 2011

Where: Nelson Mandela Stadium – Port Elizabeth

 Port Elizabeth will host the South African leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, after coming out as clear winners in a competitive tendering process.

The announcement was made by the South African Rugby Union in Cape Town after the recommendation of a tender committee was accepted by the SARU Executive Council.

The inaugural Port Elizabeth event will be hosted at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in early December this year – and the winning bidders are already forecasting a sold-out event.

“I am delighted to be able to confirm that Port Elizabeth will host the Emirates Airlines SA Sevens for the next four years,” Jurie Roux, SARU CEO, told a media conference.

“We received some outstanding bids, but the panel came to the unanimous conclusion that the tender provided by the Eastern Province Kings and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was a clear winner.

“We measured them against four broad criteria – event hosting capacity; brand building potential for Sevens and SARU; commercial promise and budgetary viability – and their attention to detail in answering each one was outstanding.

“They not only satisfied the standards that we expected from all the bidders, they went the extra mile to research exactly what players, spectators and other stakeholders require and provided innovative solutions for each one.

“The Panel was convinced that Port Elizabeth will produce an absolutely outstanding tournament, based on this document. I’m looking forward to attending the first Port Elizabeth Sevens in December – I’m sure they’re going to take the event to another level.”

Mr Roux thanked the South Western Districts Rugby Union and the City of George for their work and success in hosting the tournament for the past nine seasons. He said that was reflected in the interest that had been generated among unions by the invitation to tender.

The other bidding unions were the Leopards, Pumas, South Western Districts and Western Province.

Cheeky Watson, the president of the Eastern Province Kings, said he was delighted by the outcome.

“We prepared an outstanding tender to deliver an outstanding tournament and that’s what we’re going to do,” he said. “Port Elizabeth and the whole of the Eastern Cape will be very excited about this decision and we can now begin to mobilise to deliver a memorable experience for the international rugby family.

“I’d like to thank the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for their assistance in preparing the Bid and advise my team that the hard work starts today.”

The decision was welcomed by the International Rugby Board: “This is an exciting new chapter in South Africa’s long-standing relationship with Sevens Rugby and the HSBC Sevens World Series,” said IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset.

“On behalf of the international rugby family, and especially those who participated there, I would like to thank the city and the people of George for hosting South Africa’s event for nine years, and helping it to grow. We now look forward to the Sevens in a wonderful new stadium in Port Elizabeth and wish the organisers every success,” he added.

The IRB has confirmed the dates of the Port Elizabeth event is 9/10 December 2011.

Fact File: SA Sevens tournament
• South Africa hosted the first tournament of the inaugural Sevens World Series in 1999 at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch
• Durban was the venue for the following two SA Sevens events in 2000 & 2001
• Outeniqua Park in George played host to the popular event for the first time in 2002 and went on to stage the tournament for nine consecutive years
• Port Elizabeth will be the fourth SA venue to host the international tournament
• New Zealand has won the SA Sevens tournament seven times
• The Kiwi’s won both Durban-based tournaments in 2001 & 2002 and achieved their first of five George victories in 2004
• South Africa’s only home success came in 2008, the season they won their first Sevens World Series title

Past host venues and winners of the SA Sevens tournament
2010: George – New Zealand
2009: George – New Zealand
2008: George – South Africa
2007: George – New Zealand
2006: George – New Zealand
2005: George – Fiji
2004: George – New Zealand
2003: George – England
2002: George – Fiji
2001: Durban – New Zealand
2000: Durban – New Zealand
1999: Stellenbosch – Fiji

It is rumoured that the event will be scheduled to take place around the 9th/10th December.

Homeleigh Halt Guest House will be delighted to host supporters of the 7′s Rugby series.

Homeleigh Halt Guest House – stay on a room only basis or bed and breakfast – is ideally situated on Main Road Walmer, close to shops,restaurants,beach,movies and 8.5 km’s from the stadium via the longest route.

 We invite you to “be our guest….”

Tri Nations Rugby 2011 Port Elizabeth

South Africa vs New Zealand
20 August 2011
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

2011 Tri Nations Rugby Series

The 2011 Tri Nations Rugby Series is the sixteenth annual Tri Nations rugby union series between the national rugby union teams of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, respectively nicknamed the All Blacks, Wallabies, and Springboks.

It is expected that in 2012 Argentina’s Pumas will connect the series, increasing it to be the Four Nations.

The 2011 competition is consequently likely to be the last Tri Nations series with three teams participating.

The 2011 Rugby World Cup is being held in New Zealand between 9 September and 23 October 2011.

The 2011 Tri Nations has thus been condensed to include only six games instead of the usual nine. Every team will play the other two countries twice rather than three times.

Homeleigh Halt Guest House, situated 8.5 km from the stadium, via the longest route, welcomes rugby supporters.

Come through on Friday and make a week-end of it. Have a delicious breakfast before heading home on Sunday!

For more information and to link into a live stream click on the image below.

SARU has arranged for tickets to be sold by computicket, however they only open sales up about a month or 2 prior to the game.

We suggest that you ring computicket early June and check, although often their sales people don’t know until they can see it on the system.

Hope this helps those of you who are trying to get hold of tickets!

Splash Festival – Nelson Mandela Bay 2011

22 – 25 April 2011

Hobie Beach – Port Elizabeth

 Splash scoops Canadian singer

In a major coup for the Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival, Canadian singer Justin Hines will thrill fans with his only public performance in South Africa at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth on April 23. Hines, whose moving single “Say What You Will” is currently receiving extensive airplay on Algoa FM, will lead an exciting Easter weekend line-up of national and local artists.

Africa’s largest Easter beach festival takes place at Hobie Beach Port Elizabeth from Friday 22nd April through to Monday 25th April 2011. The SPLASH Festival is a family orientated festival with the core feature being Water Sport and Family Entertainment.

 The festival is an annual event having been in existence for 18 years and is traditionally held over the Easter Weekend. The SPLASH Festival program is designed to appeal to all residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropol, as well as visitors to the city, and aims to involve all the various communities and cultures within the area.

This is an ideal opportunity to show case the city and provide exciting entertainment and activities for visitors and tourists, this Festival has the ability to appeal to all tastes and offer new opportunities to city dwellers and entrepreneurs to get involved. The SPLASH Festival is an enormous draw card in attracting visitors to the Nelson Mandela Bay shores and creates new Tourism opportunities. Many visitors who have experienced previous SPLASH Festivals return annually to enjoy the vibe and festivities offered over the Easter Weekend.

Take a coastal getaway and spend the easter week-end in Port Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay.

For accommodation in Port Elizabeth that is ideally located within easy access to all main attractions in the city, Homeleigh Halt Guest House – bed & breakfast- invites you to “be our guest….”

For general information and the programme schedule please visit the official website by clicking here:- Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival.

Sardine Run – Port Elizabeth

Every year we are assaulted with images of the ‘petering out’ of the annual sardine run along the KZN coast when the sardines come close inshore and excited Kwazulians/Natalians/Last Outpostians rush into the water from their beaches with all manner of nets and buckets to scoop up sardines for breakfast, lunch and supper.

This annual event attracts thousands of international and local tourists who come to see and experience this phenomenon.

Most people are not aware though that the sardine run also takes place in Algoa Bay. The sardines gather here from late February in large numbers to feed ahead of the big winter storms that open up a ‘gap’ into the Aghullas Current which allows them to run northwards along the South African coast past the magnificent Transkei and along the Kwazulu Natal coastline.

Whilst the sardines are fattening up and waiting for the gap along the East Cape Coast and in Algoa Bay the commercial fishing boats put to sea and hunt the sardines down, hauling tons of them into their holds to be used for bait, food supplements, animal food and human consumption.

On the doorstep of Port Elizabeth a daily drama takes place in Algoa Bay which is home to 7 different dolphin and whale species. Sardines are an essential food to dolphins, whales and seals as well as our Gannet colony on Bird Island and the Penguins. All these animals can only survive if significant numbers of sardines stay available to them in large enough numbers.

Article courtesy of MyPE – For more in depth information please visit MyPE

For accommodation in PE – Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, on the magnificent sunshine coast of South Africa, Homeleigh Halt Guest House, bed and breakfast style, invites you to…”be our guest….”

Port Elizabeth is referred to as the “friendly city” and is the watersport capital of South Africa.

SA Engen Super Kart Championship 2011

Round 1 of the 2011 SA Engen Super Kart Championship

Where: Celso Scribante circuit – Victoria Drive
When: 25 February 2011 – 26 February 2011

Just five months ago Wesleigh Orr delivered a sensational performance to win the Super Rok World Cup title in Italy. By doing so he timeously reminded the international motorsport community that South African karting is as good as it gets anywhere around the globe.

The Vortex Rok powered Engen Superkart championships have grown to become one of the highlights of the South African motorsport year. Comprising of three classes, they are known for producing non-stop explosive action.

 Port Elizabeth’s technically challenging Celso Scribante circuit will once again host the opening round of the four leg championships.

The track boasts a unique mixture of fast flowing sweeps and a tight section with no less than three 180-degree hairpins which test both driver and race engineers as they battle to find a chassis set-up that works best. After a tentative start last year, the new Mini-Rok junior series has full South African national championship status for 2011.

It promises to be a spectacular day out for the entire family and the Celso Scribante Kart Circuit is on Victoria Drive on the way to Schoenmakerskop.

The circuit is regarded by many as the finest track for viewing in the country. This is thanks to the clubhouse which is situated nicely on a hillside overlooking the circuit which makes for superb viewing. It ptomises to be a spectacular day out for the entire family.

We invite you to pack your bags and head to Port Elizabeth for a fun filled week-end.

Homeleigh Halt Guest House/Bed and Breakfast offers you superb accommodation in Walmer – between 12th and 13th Avenues……..10th Avenue crosses over Heugh/Buffelsfontein to become Victoria Drive…….invite you to………”be our guest”.

Tour of South Africa 2011- Cycle Race

19 February 2011 – 26 February 2011

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The Tour of South Africa, an 8-day, 7-stage 2.2 Category cycling event, takes place from the 19th to the 26th February 2011.

The Tour starts in Gauteng and ends in Paarl and will be broadcast on Supersport on DSTV.

 It’s the African equivalent to The Tour de France and will promote national patriotism, tourism and the support of roadside racing by spectators in our country.

2010 gave us the FIFA World Cup to entertain us, 2011 brings 24 Nations to SA, competing in a Tour across idyllic South Africa by bike in the inaugural Tour of South Africa, a world-class cycling event.

Stage 3 (177km)
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to Summerstrand

See Route

Tuesday 22 February: 173km – Nelson Mandela Bay to Summerstrand– Starting at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, stage 3 heads towards the Addo Elephant National Park where one is sure to catch a few glimpses of wildlife (it is home to the Big Seven). From there the race returns to Port Elizabeth, where the route takes an interesting turn, with a city circuit, before finishing in Summerstrand on the beach front.

About the Race

The Cell C Tour of South Africa will be a World Class Cycling event with a uniquely South African flavour and a sought after destination for cycling teams around the World.

The Tour of South Africa has been carefully timed to follow on from the tour Down Under in Australia and before the major events in Europe.  It is an 8-day, 7-stage 2.2 Category cycling event in year 1, with plans to eventually turn it into a 9-day, 2.HC event within 5 years. It will be the “Jewel in the Crown” of Pro Cycling in South Africa.

The prize money for the event will be R500 000, making this the richest road event in the country.

For in depth information please visit the official website:

The Cell C Tour of South Africa

Please click on the logo for link—

Come out and support the cyclists with as much enthusiasm as we embraced the Soccer World Cup.
Accommodation in Walmer Port Elizabeth is provided by Homeleigh Halt Guest House – bed and breakfast or self catered…….be our guest.