Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall, built in the Cape Dutch style, with its old-world charm is an architectural delight, idyllically and comfortably nestled in the gentle sloping green hills along the R102 (Old Gonubie Road) and conveniently located on the outskirts of Beacon Bay. The R102 forms part of the Jikeleza Route, East London’s premier tourism route and also its best-kept secret. The venue offers entertainment for the whole family to enjoy – farm-style shopping and fine dining combined with quality outdoor playtime for the kids in a peaceful, rural farm atmosphere.
Pinecreek is family friendly and children are especially catered for. The children’s play area is second to none and an ideal place for a child’s birthday party. Pinecreek offers three party venues, namely ‘The Jumping Giraffe, ‘The Spotted Monkey’ and ‘Jungle Beat’.
All aboard the Pinecreek Express! Everyone loves a train ride and our miniature steam locomotive modelled after an English classic, the South California Wagon, is perfect for everyone from young kids to adults. Children will love the train ride as it chugs and meanders through the gardens, over a river and through a tunnel along a 400m track.
The Farm stall offers a variety of locally sourced farm-style favourites – delicious preserves, wonderful freshly baked breads, a delectable selection of confectionery, and a range of other goods.
Take a break from shopping and enjoy a light breakfast or lunch in the restaurant or on the courtyard verandah while you watch the children in the play area or escape to the tea garden and relax in the shade of the pine and pecan nut trees while you take in the sprawling gardens and abundance of birdlife.
Pinecreek’s fully licensed restaurant brings you fine dining in the evenings from Tuesday to Saturday. Supported by gracious service, our creative culinary team under the experienced direction of executive chef Juan Klienhans delight in offering you a deliciously diverse a la carte menu using only the finest ingredients, primarily from local sources. We are pleased to offer guests a selection of signature dishes, classic European and Asian favourites combined with a traditional grill menu, gourmet burgers and pizza as well as Banting options – there is truly something for all tastes and occasions. Warm welcoming interiors, an idyllic setting and live evening performances by our masterful pianist create an inviting ambiance that makes this charming restaurant so unique.
Tel: 043 732 1101
Kids Party Bookings:
Andre: 043 732 1101
Physical Address: Road A1, Holm Hill, Main Road
Frere Road, Vincent
Tel: 043 726 7066
Established in 1921 and considered to be one of the most interesting natural and cultural history museums in the country, the East London Museum features a number of fine exhibits, including the type specimen of the coelacanth, a fish previously believed to have become extinct some 80 million years ago, together with an extensive collection of beadwork relating to the Xhosa-speaking people.
Collection highlights include the excavation of a large fossil reptile skull and skeleton, Kannemeyria simocephalus, near Tarkastad in 1934; the discovery of the coelacanth in 1938, which resulted in national acclaim for the Museum; an informative display of maritime history of the area; work on trace human and animal trace fossil footprints found in coastal sandstone rockface, dated at 124 000 years old; and the recent dating of the Hofmeyr skull at 36 000 years.
Upper Oxford Street (Entrance and parking off Dawson Road)
Open Mon - Thurs 9am - 4.30pm; Fri 9am - 4pm
NOTE: The Museum is closed over weekend and public holidays until further notice.
-Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Tel: 043 743 0686
Looking for something to entertain your children? Something fun and educational? Then visit Burnside Touch Farm. Enjoy the experience of getting to know farm animals in their natural environment. And afterwards, try our light meals and snacks in the tea garden. We are open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm, Sunday 8.30am to 2.30pm. Entry R20pp. We are also a venue for children’s party venue. Burnside is situated on the East Coast Resorts Road (Farmarama Road). Turn left onto Thornvlei Road and follow the pointers. Pointers from Gonubie Main Road as well.
Melody: 082 478 2949
Areena Riverside Resort is situated on the banks of the Kwelera tidal river, 23 km east of East London city centre, at the beginning of the Cape Wild Coast. The dream of Ed and Karen Rathbone to have a unique family resort became a reality some 23 years ago and soon grew from strength to strength. After a lot of hard work and dedication, the caravan park was voted SA Top Resort 2004, after gaining public interest and became the hideout for those wanting to experience quality family time in the heart of nature.
Areena is Four Star and AA Highly Recommended where you can wake up to the call of the fish eagles.
We offer you unsurpassed views of the river, wildlife, birds and surrounding wild coast vegetation where cruises to the river mouth and beach can be arranged. You can virtually fish from your tent on river front sites, and also park your boat along the jetty directly in front of you. And everyone loves to meet Abby, our friendly giraffe!
Most early mornings will provide you with a spectacular visit of buck, monkeys and dassies on the other side of the river. Access to the beach is either by boat, river ferry, or a short trip by car.
We have recently created the Areena Adventure and Leisure Village. Various activities such as abseiling, mountain bike trails, hiking trails, quad biking safaris, paintball, archery and surf school can all be arranged.
Areena forms part of the popular "Wild Coast Jikeleza Route".
PO Box 135
Tel: 043 734 3055
Fax: 043 734 3312
The East London Zoo is located in the Queens Park Zoological Gardens close to the city centre.
Apart from the animals, the zoo and gardens contains a treasure trove of flora and fauna, some of which is only found in the Eastern Cape.
Kids can enjoy the playground while mom and dad enjoy a snack from the kiosk.
Night walks are held frequently.
The zoo is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Entry fee: Adults - R36, Children - R22, Pensioners - R22, Scholars in school groups - R14
Contact: www.el-zoo.co.za or tel: 043 722 1171
Clothing, veggies, gifts coffee shop and nursery
Entertainment for kids
Contact: Karen 043 732 1172
Tues - Fri 8am - 3.30pm (kitchen closes 3pm) Closed on Monday
Sat 7.30am - 1pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 8am - 1pm
The Ann Bryant Art Gallery seeks through its collections of fine and decorative arts to increase aesthetic awareness of cultural diversity and to afford our whole community means of enjoyment and enrichment from the visual arts. It also seeks to promote the work of worthy contemporary Eastern Cape artists. The Ann Bryant has a strong collection of South African art, especially from the 1960’s but also earlier works.
At one time the East London Fine Art Society took over the running of the gallery and had major exhibitions, for example by Thinus de Jongh and Hugo Naude. The gallery sometimes bought from these exhibitions. It holds works by Norman Catherine, Judith Mason, Walter Battiss, Sydney Carter, George Pemba, John Maufangejo, Cyprian Shilakoe, Willie Bester and many others.
9 St Marks Road, Southernwood, East London, 5201
P.O. Box 652 East London 5200
Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday’s & Public Holidays: 9am – 12pm
Good Friday, Christmas Day,
New Years Day, Freedom Day,
Workers Day and Youth Day
Tel: 043 722 4044
Fax: 043 743 1729
Cell: 083 501 3392
Situated on the South East coast of South Africa is the City of East London. The East London Aquarium was officially opened on the 2nd of December 1931, which makes it the oldest public aquarium in the country. This is not a big aquarium, but some unique displays make it a must to see. The aquarium plays an active role in conserving the coastline and the estuaries in the East London area.
Admissions and Shows:
The Aquarium is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Fish feeding: 10.30am
The seals show and penguin feeding run daily at 11.30am and 3.30pm.
Adults - R36
Children (3 to 18 yrs) - R22
School Groups (per learner) - R14
Pensioners - R22
Seawater - R33 (FELA members only)
Fees are renewable annually (1 year membership).
Individual - R50
Family - R70
Pensioner - R20
Corporate - R300
Tel: 043 705 2637
Fine collection of restored horsedrawn vehicles and a gypsy caravan.
3 km from East London on Stutterheim Road.
Open daily from 9am - 4pm
Entry: R6 Adults, R3 Children
Tel: 043 730 7244