South African Navy Festival

This is one event not to be missed! Come down to Simon’s Town for the annual South African navy Festival: 16 – 18 March 2012. Enjoy the SA Navy Band Dry Dock Concert in the evening and then spend the rest of the weekend watching the naval display. There will be so much in the way of activities that we recommend booking your bed in Simon’s Town ASAP!  Capetonians can look forward to seeing a diving demonstration by one of our (very expensive) submarines, anti piracy displays, opening night concert, Navy bands, jumping castles, talent show, helicopter displays and all things military.

Photo: Dean Wingrin on flyafrica.info

Photo: Dean Wingrin on flyafrica.info

Best of all: the event is absolutely free! 

There will be various events in the main arena that both young and old will find entertaining. Some of the Festival attractions in the “tested and tried programme” which caters for all include:

Photo: Dean Wingrin on flyafrica.info

Photo: Dean Wingrin on flyafrica.info

  • Ships and Submarines open to the public
  • Tug Rides in the harbour
  • Arena events such as the Gun Run, Mast Displays, Fire Fighting Competition, Dog Show, SA Navy and Sea Cadets Precision Drills, SA Navy and Izivunguvungu Youth Bands
  • Anti – Piracy display by the Maritime Reaction Squadron
  • Lynx & Oryx Helicopters Display
  • Live Cannon Firing
  • South African Navy Diving Display
  • Silver Falcons
  • Special Forces and SANAD Gun Display
  • Stalls and Exhibitions
  • Jumping Castles and a Tea Garden
  • Kiddies’ funfare and water balls (these will be charged for).
Photo: Dean Wingrin on flyafrica.info

Photo: Dean Wingrin on flyafrica.info

Here are the times for some of the favourite events:

16 Mar 20:00 SA Navy Band Concert at Main Area
17 Mar 09:00 Right of Entry Parade through Simon’s Town
17 Mar 20:00 Night Gunnery Shoot from Lower North Gun Battery
18 Mar 08:00 – 09:00 SA Navy Remembrance Day Parade, Fleet Command HQ
18 Mar 17:20 – 18:00 Retreat Ceremony, East Dockyard, Arena area

Photo: Dean Wingrin on flyafrica.info

Photo: Dean Wingrin on flyafrica.info

Entrance to the festival is free and gates will open daily at 10am until 6pm.

Bring your families and have fun with all the Navy personnel!

South African Navy Festival | Simons Town

FAST FACTS:
Date:  16 March – 18 March 2012
Time:  10:00 – 18: 00
Venue: Simon’s Town Naval Base, Simon’s Town
Cost: Free
Tel: 021 787 4735
Contact: www.navy.mil.za

LOGISTICS: Getting to Simon’s Town

Take the train! The Simon’s Town Line is OPEN and you will beat the traffic! Or take the train to Kalk Bay and Catch the Water Taxi to Simon’s Town

DRIVING: OPTION A:

  • M3 highway – at the t-junction at the end of the highway turn left to Main Road (M4)
  • Continue along the M4, through Fish Hoek (bearing left at the traffic circle) until you reach Simon’s Town (please note that the M4 between St James and Kalk Bay is southbound traffic only)

DRIVING OPTION B:

  • M3 highway – at the t-junction at the end of the highway turn left to Main Road (M4)
  • Turn right at Boyes Drive (near The Toad on the Road) for the scenic drive above Muizenberg.
  • Turn right onto Main Road when you reach the T-junction with the M4 and continue as above.

DRIVING OPTION C:

  • M3 highway – at the t-junction at the end of the highway turn right.
  • Bear left at the Ou Kaapse Weg (M64) turnoff, travel over the mountain and past shopping mall on your right once you are over the other side.
  • Travel through 2 sets of traffic lights, then climb over the hill on the Glencairn Expressway.
  • At the T-junction with Main Road (M4) turn right in direction of Simon’s Town.

DRIVING OPTION D:

  • M3 highway – at the t-junction at the end of the highway turn right.
  • Bear left at the Ou Kaapse Weg (M64) turnoff, travel over the mountain and past shopping mall on your right once you are over the other side.
  • At the 2nd set of traffic lights – turn RIGHT onto Kommetjie road (M65) and follow the road, Before you reach Kommetjie , turn left after Ocean View.
  • Follow the road through Scarborough and continue for approximately 3km.
  • At the Red Hill/Scarborough/Cape Point intersection – turn left at the Red Hill sign (M66) – recognisable by the art and craft stall.
  • Traverse the mountain (amazing views) and when you reach the T- junction on the other side (M4), turn right to Simon’s Town.
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