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Friday, November 20, 2015


(Flamenco 35: Kathryn Stone (Chef); Emma Lockhart (Experience This); Bradley Porter (Experience This); Model Catherine Lewis (as a Flamingo); Clint McLean (Punk Soul) & Ben Vos AKA Beauty Ramapelepele)

Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden offers a sensational dining and innovative entertainment experience, perfect for year-end corporate functions, to be held in the Durban Botanic Gardens over the festive season: from November 20 until December 6.

Have you ever wondered what happens after the gates at Durban’s iconic Botanic Gardens are locked? Do the trees, birds and animals settle in silence, or is it then, when Durban sleeps, that these magnificent Gardens wake?

Welcome to Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden....

The Durban Botanic Gardens Trust has teamed up with Emma Lockhart and Bradley Porter of Specialist Event company Experience This, award winning actor/producer Ben Voss (Beauty Ramapelepele, Spud, Green and Black Mamba) and acclaimed set designer and video producer Clint McLean to present a night of experiential food and festivity set in the heart of Durban’s greatest botanical wonderland.

On arrival, guests will be welcomed with a glass of champagne and taken on a whimsical amble up the garden path, to the sunken summer garden beneath the gnarled branches of South Africa’s oldest Litchi tree, for a 1930’s “garden party” welcome drink and snack.

After some savoury scones, Pimms or a gin and tonic, and as the sun sets over Giant Jacarandas, Paper Trees, Figs and Banyans, patrons will be given an hour and a half to enjoy the gardens at night - sauntering through pockets of botanical curiosity and wonder, individually chosen by Curator Martin Clement. The gardens will be lit up and brought to life by quirky characters, musicians, drummers, dancers and puppets with hidden bars and experiences waiting to be discovered.

At 20h30, the performers will lead the guests to a glorious Bedouin tent for dinner, hosted by Beauty Ramapelepele. Here they will be treated to the finest plated menu Durban has to offer designed by Silwood Cookery School graduate Kathryn Stone. Throughout dinner, the trees, birds and hidden creatures of the gardens will permeate proceedings, morphing the night into a whimsical, bewitching and fantastical blend of luscious food, crisp champagne, magical puppetry and curious delight.

From 22h00, a live band will play to accommodate all tastes. This is time for an upbeat razzle in the most enchanted venue in Durban.

Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden is not a show, a dinner, or a party. It’s a gloriously unusual Christmas dining and entertainment experience. Patrons are invited to slip behind the moss curtain of fantasy and immerse themselves in a captivating world of botanical peculiarity, four metre flamingos, marvellous praying mantisis, aerial acrobats, beetled barmen, feathered barmaids and cantankerous crows.

This is an experience with a difference. To enjoy the experience to the full, bring a QR reader downloaded on your smart phone as well as a powerful torch. Dress elegantly... but wear sensible shoes and bring umbrellas for rainy days. Dancing is encouraged but the Gardens are near a residential area so from 22h00 onwards, volume will be kept to acceptable levels.

Recommended parking in Botanic Gardens alongside Visitors Centre.

Public bookings are available on November 20 and 28 and December 5 at 17h30 for 18h00. Tables seat ten people - Either book ten pax / one table or individual seats at a table. Tickets R695 pp includes unique venue experience; extraordinary entertainment; a five course menu and champagne on arrival. Booking through Computicket outlets, telephonically at 0861 915 8000, or online at

Corporate Booking Details:

OPTION 1: Corporate Booking: Exclusive Evening - Exclusive Evening for your company’s year-end function. R130,000.00 exclusivity of the venue, excl. Menu. Minimum of 120 pax & maximum of 400 pax. Five course menu @ R350 pp including champagne on arrival. Contact 031313 3330 / / Facebook: Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden

OPTION 2: Corporate Booking: Smaller Groups. Table Booking Experience for smaller groups (shared venue). Cost R695 pp / tables of ten includes unique venue experience; extraordinary entertainment; a five course menu and champagne on arrival. Contact 031 313 3330 / / Facebook: Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden