The second Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden, billed as being bigger and better than the inaugural event last year, comes to the Durban Botanic Gardens for six shows only from 1 – 10 December (1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10 December).
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!
Once again the Wickedly Odd team offer a sensational outdoor dining and entertainment experience in the heart of the city. The production team is the same as last year: the Durban Botanic Gardens 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 bring you a night of un-paralleled experiential food and festivity set in the heart of Durban’s greatest botanical wonderland.
They have created new ideas, different installations, a fabulous new menu and some glorious surprises!
On arrival, guests will be welcomed with a glass of champagne by our quirky botanical Maître D and taken on a whimsical amble (or golf cart drive for those who need it!) up the garden path, past scintillating cycads, quirky garden characters, through the sunken summer garden, ending up beneath the gnarled branches of South Africa’s oldest Litchi tree for a 1930’s “garden party” welcome drink and snack. After a crisp litchi cocktail they will proceed to a glorious Bedouin tent for dinner, and elegantly and tastefully spread out under the bows of the garden’s most glorious Wild Fig. Here they will be treated to the finest five course 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.
After dinner guests amble (umbrellas and gumboots provided for heavy weather) out to a bar of their choice. A beer in a Garden shed? A cocktail concocted by punk-beetled barmen? Single malt whiskeys served by feathered barmaids at an exclusive Whiskey bar? Or just a Brandy and Coke with your mates? There is a beverage and bar for any thirst.
Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden is not a show, a dinner, or a party. It’s a gloriously unusual Christmas dining and entertainment experience. We invite you to slip behind the moss curtain of fantasy and immerse yourself in our captivating world of botanical peculiarity, four metre flamingos, marvellous praying mantis’s, aerial acrobats, beetled barmen, feathered barmaids and cantankerous crows.
This is an experience with a difference. It’s excessive, it’s outrageous, and it’s Wickedly Odd