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Dias & Port Festival - Mossel Bay

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“Where Cultures Meet”

What better way to let off steam and have fun during the annual Dias & Port Festival in Mossel Bay than by taking a relaxing trip on a steam train?


Dear CRC friends and supporters We hereby regretfully have cancelled all the Mossel Bay train trips. Because of the specific time of the year and lack of interest, it is not viable to have our expensive trains travel empty. We are working with Transnet to still have one of our locomotives running between Mosselbay and George for the Diaz festival but unfortunately due to the fire risk we wont be able to go to Oudshoorn with only 1 oil burning locomotive. We will keep all our enthusiasts updated via our mailing list ***SIGN UP HERE*** https://www.facebook.com/ceresrail/app/100265896690345/
More options have been finalised for the Dias & Port Festival - this time with an inbound bus trip or a bus return
Transnet National Ports Authority's (TNPA) Port of Mossel Bay is partnering with the Mossel Bay Municipality to co-host the Mossel Bay Dias & Port Festival from 1-4 February 2018. This four-day, family-friendly extravaganza builds on the impressive successes of the municipality’s Dias Festival / Diasfees over the past 30 years, under the theme "Where Cultures Meet”. In 2018 the festival will incorporate activities spearheaded by TNPA Mossel Bay aimed at celebrating the rich maritime history of South Africa’s oldest port. Traditionally port festivals allow TNPA to welcome communities into otherwise off-limits areas of the country’s working ports – an important element of the Port Authority’s drive towards ‘Smart People’s Ports’. Mossel Bay holds a special place in South African maritime history as the first recorded place used regularly along the South African coast by European seafarers journeying to the East. The port caters mainly for fishing and service craft for the local oil industry, as well as cruise liners. The action-packed Mossel Bay Dias & Port Festival programme includes a street parade, stage show with national as well as local artists, exhibitions and stalls, a beer tent, tea garden live entertainment, cultural showcases, arts and crafts markets, food stalls, children’s entertainment and numerous other family-friendly activities. TNPA’s contribution to the Dias & Port Festival will showcase opportunities in the maritime sector through a maritime careers exhibition and other educational initiatives. Tours of Transnet tugboats and South African Navy vessels will also be on offer. Entrance is free! There will be nominal fees levied for certain additional activities, such as tug boat tours at R10 for kids and R20 for adults, with proceeds going to local charities. For the latest info: https://www.facebook.com/events/849363511909956/ www.facebook.com/TransnetNPA/ www.facebook.com/mosselbaymun/ Twitter: @TransnetNPA Instagram: @TransnetNPA
The Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias headed an expedition to sail around the southern tip of Africa in the hope of finding a trade route to India. Dias and his fleet eventually entered what he named Aguada de São Brás (Bay of Saint Blaise) – later renamed Mossel Bay after the abundance of mussels in the bay – on 3 February 1488. His landing will again be celebrated with the 2018 Dias Festival from 1 - 4 February 2018. In the spirit of “Where Cultures Meet” there will be something for everybody to enjoy at the 2018 Dias Festival – 527 years down the road of the landing of Dias’s fleet at Mossel Bay. Ceres Rail Company will be offering a unique way for passengers to experience the Dias Festival by Steam Train with a variety of trips to book. The beautiful, Jessica Class 19D engine, will be doing a return trip from Ceres to Mossel Bay from 1 – 6 February 2018. Shorter options will also be available where a one-way train trip can be combined with a flight in the other direction, should the full 6 day package be too long for you. Various day trips will also be available on the 3rd and 4th of February. On the 3rd there will be short morning trips between Hartenbos and the Mossel Bay harbour. At midday the train will depart from Hartenbos to the George Museum where passengers will be transferred to the museum for a 2-hour visit followed by a return trip to the station. Ceres Rail Company believes the “pièce de résistance” will be the full day trip on the 4th which will take place from Voorbaai station, through George and up the beautiful Montague Pass to Oudshoorn return. Once on your way on any one of our trips, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy a comfortable ride with a selection of eats and drinks aboard including our fully licensed Bar Car where you can purchase beer, bubbly, wine and soft drinks. For further information or to book for your trip please contact: 079 077 5332 www.ceresrail.co.za bookings@ceresrail.co.za www.facebook.com/ceresrail www.instagram.com/ceresrailcompany


Thursday, February 1st 2018 07:30am


Ceres Rail Company
Demeter Station


Ceres Rail Company, Ceres

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