The weather’s getting warmer, which makes it the perfect time to get outdoors with your loved ones. And where better to spend Spring Day weekend than at Melrose Arch, where the brand-new season is being welcomed with a day of family fun complete with a lovely market, delicious food and great music, as well as entertainment and children's activities?
From the organisers of the ever-popular Fourways Farmers Market, the Spring Market will be held along High Street from 09:00 to 18:00. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the pedestrianised area and treat your palate to an array of gourmet delights. There’ll be everything from burgers, sushi, pizza and tacos to Indian, Greek, Arabic and Argentinian food, as well as sweet-tooth treats like churros, petits fours, waffles, tarts, sweets and gelato, among other delicious artisanal goods. While enjoying your food, you'll be entertained by various live musicians performing on High Street, and from 13:00 to 16:00, the Belting Betties will perform 'Gatsbyesque' and post-modern jazz hits.
On the Piazza, if you're still hungry, settle down for a meal at one of the fine restaurants and catch some live music from Smanga, Mr Brown, Nu Season and DJ Zan-D from 12:00 to 17:00. Oh! And don't forget to stop by the M&M Pop-Up Kiosk along the way and buy some of your favourite sweets!
As for the kids, they'll get to play with Thomas the Tank Engine train sets and have their faces painted, while roaming buskers will entertain with magic tricks and balloon sculpting.
There’s an added bonus for art lovers, as The Melrose Gallery’s second annual SculptX Fair is taking place from 31 August – 30 September 2018. The works of more than 40 established and emerging South African sculptors can be seen in the gallery and a number of public areas around Melrose Arch. View exquisite pieces by the likes of Anton Smit, Willie Bester, Pitika Ntuli, Vusi Khumalo, Bridget Modema and Richard Chauke in High Street, Melrose Boulevard, Whiteley Rd and the Upper Level of the Galleria.
Sunday, 02 September 2018 from 09:00 - 18:00.
The Piazza and High Street at Melrose Arch, Melrose North, Johannesburg.
Entry to the Spring celebration is FREE.
For more information about this Springy event, visit www.melrosearch.co.za or call 011 684 0002.
This is one for the kids! Thomas the Tank Engine is gearing up for his biggest adventure yet in Thomas & Friends™: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie – a brand-new, 80-minute, CG-animated movie set to wow audiences, both young and old, countrywide on 05 October 2018!
This new movie sees Thomas leaving Sodor for the very first time to travel and go on an epic adventure to see the world! From Africa to South America to the USA and China, meeting new friends along the way, including the first Kenyan tank engine, Nia, and racing car, Ace.
This is the 13th feature-length film to be produced by the word-famous franchise, and the first to hit screens following a huge makeover to its content, including a new theme tune and narrator; new characters and locations; and a revolutionised Steam Team with a greater representation of girl engines. The movie features a fun-packed plot full of wonder and curiosity, plus tons of animals and several musical songs that will captivate the imagination of young Thomas fans and parents alike. This is the biggest and best Thomas movie to date, and one not to be missed!
The adventure begins when a mischievous little racing car called Ace comes to Sodor and inspires Thomas to embark on an ambitious trip without the Fat Controller’s/Sir Topham Hatt’s permission! This exciting quest takes Thomas across deserts, through jungles and over dangerous mountains, as he travels across five continents seeing sights he has never seen before! On his journey, Thomas visits Africa and makes friends with an adventurous, inspiring and fun tank engine from Kenya called Nia. But with so much for Thomas to learn about the world, will Nia be successful in teaching him a lesson about the true meaning of friendship?
The other new character, Ace, is guest-voiced by Australian singer and entertainer, Peter Andre, who has specially recorded a new song for the movie called “Free and Easy”, which will be available on Spotify for the global launch of the movie. Locally, South African movie audiences are also in for a treat with the movie’s theme song being sung by an esteemed local artist. More details to be revealed soon!
Thomas the Tank Engine™ was created over 70 years ago, and his story quickly grew to become the award-winning global brand franchise it is today, with multiple touch-points and formats, including apps; toy consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more, with over 1 engine sold per second. Watched in over 160 territories in over 50 languages, and with over 1.16 billion lifetime views on YouTube, Thomas & Friends offers more than 80 hours of original content produced from 500 episodes and 12 specials. Impressive!