A very successful 200 year commemoration of the Battle of Blaauwberg was held in 2006. The 210th commemoration was held on 9 Jan 2016 on Blaauwberg Farm and the BBNR, and since then, it has become an annual event
2018 Battle of Blaauwberg Commemoration
To open the event, courtesy of Jurg Zimmerman from the Cannon Society of South Africa (CAOSA), cannon fire signalled the start of a 10km trail run. The runners set off in ideal weather to complete a loop taking them up to the top of Blaauwberg Hill with its magnificent views, past refreshment stations manned by volunteers. Gary Britz and his helpers from West Coast Athletics Club were on hand to record runners’ times. Winners were awarded two nights at the “Montispectus” accommodation atop of the Hill in the BBNR.
2016 Battle of Blaauwberg Commemoration
The 210th anniversary was held on 9 Jan 2016 on Blaauwberg Farm (also called Joyce’s Dairy) and the BBNR. Nearly 200 keen participants joined in a 10 km Trail Run and 10/5 km Fun Walk. A tent on the actual battle site was the venue of a very informative talk by Willem Steenkamp, expert on the Battle of Blaauwberg, as well as an interesting exhibition of artefacts found on the Battle of Blaauwberg site up to now.
The Festival will become a regular occurrence in January every year. See Upcoming Events for next date.
Scenes from the Jan 2016 event...