It's that time of the year again for chocolate bunny rabbits and Easter egg hunts. If you’re not jetting off for an Easter weekend away, why not celebrate at one of the family-friendly Sunday lunch locations or by taking advantage of the holiday specials. And, if you've been smart in one of the your leave, you could be one of the lucky people to now have most of the first school holidays off.
To save you some planning during this time, we've lined up the best events, gigs and things to do in and around Port Elizabeth for the Easter school holiday, so you have more time on your hands to spend with family and friends at these lovely spots.
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Here is our guide to all that you can see, do, taste and explore:
Week 1: 31 March to 9 April
SEE: Head to diverse Addo Elephant National Park, just an hour's drive from PE for a easily accessible nature escape.
DO: Book a daily buffet breakfast at the The Verandah at The Beach Hotel from 7:00 am – 10:00 am
TASTE: Try out the vintage theme tea buffet at The Lobby Lounge at The Boardwalk from 2:30pm-3:30pm | 4pm-5pm
EXPLORE: Visit the The AutoPavilion - Volkswagen Group South Africa's ultra-modern Expo and Heritage Centre for an automobile exhibition which takes place every first Saturday of each month
Week 2: 10 to 13 April
SEE: Happy Valley is ideal for family strolls in pleasant surroundings and offers a delightful fairy-tail and nursery rhyme setting of coloured lights in the evenings.
DO: Take a day off and spoil yourself with Indulgence’s spa treatment for all your hard work
TASTE: Enjoy lunch with a sea view at Shisa Africa Restaurant, famous for delicious refreshment and quality beef.
EXPLORE: Visit the No 7 Castle Hill Museum for a historical experience from the times 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Friday, 14 April
SEE: Business or leisure, book your stay at the Pine Lodge Resort and Conference Centre and experience a large variety of activities to choose from.
DO: Do “wine.o’clock” at the comfort of Life is Grape while buying the wines that you like.
TASTE: Enjoy a meal at the Dopparoz with its traditional tshisa nyama and authentic African cuisine menu and two world-class bars in Kwazakhele.
EXPLORE: Check out artisan food fair at The Valley Market where local exhibitors present and sell high quality and organic produce from 09:00 am – 14:00 pm at the cost of R10
Saturday, 15 April
SEE: Take the whole family to Baywest Mall for endless entertainment at the Fun Factory. Olympic sized Ice rink, IMAX, cine prestige and the Games Arcade - weekends will never be the same again.
DO: For fun, entertainment and great food, Open Sky Entertainment Park is the best choice and caters to all ages.
TASTE: Enjoy a burger with chips and milkshake combo at South Boulevard Café for less than R100
EXPLORE: A bit of an Adrenaline junky? You’ll sure enjoy the Tsitikamma Canopy tour.
Sunday, 16 April
SEE: Sunday sessions more of your thing? Make your way to Bridge Street Brewery and enjoy Jazz by the River from 1-4pam
DO: Beach, please! For great under the sun family time, make a splash at the Hobie beach.
TASTE: Coffee, anyone? Conyngham Coffee Shop has an all décor and catering can be done by the staff or you option to self-catering.
EXPLORE: Explore the city with Van Rensburg Tours and Shuttle Services.
Monday, 17 April
SEE: Catch a movie in 3D at the Nu Metro. It’s guaranteed to be the best.
DO: Adventure time with Untouched Adventures at the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park.
TASTE: Try out Blackbeards’ wide selection of beef, chicken, vegetarian, pasta and pizza dishes.
EXPLORE: Interested aviation enthusiast, visit the South African Air Force Museum and actually view the restoration work being carried out in a restored World War 2 hanger.
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