Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy Valley

Situated on Port Elizabeth's main beachfront just across (or under, depending which way you choose to take) the road from Humewood Beach is a wonderland of kiddies characters and lights.
Happy Valley is situated in a natural valley through which the Shark River flows. Nothing more than just a little artificial stream these days, it used to be the main water supply for early Port Elizabeth. During the summer months Happy Valley is lit up with coloured lights and children's characters and has been for years. It is a very popular attraction for both young and old, locals and visitors, and doesn't cost anything to visit.
The walkway up the valley is so enclosed with vegetation that it is hard to imagine that you are anywhere other than a fairytale land, not to mention a city. We try to go every year and this year both Chaos Boy and Drama Princess had a ball naming all the characters on show.
The characters range from Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan to Shrek and Harry Potter. In between you'll find leprechauns, three blind mice and Superman and many others.

There are also lights in the shape of animals and coloured lights back lighting the vegetation. All and all it is a spot well worth visiting during the summer season when there are lots of other families strolling through. Some people have safety concerns about the valley, but we found that there were lots of people strolling through on the Saturday night we went and adequate security personnel patrolling. Next December I'm sure we will be making our yearly journey to Happy Valley again and the kids will get all excited all over again. I can't wait... and that's not a sarcastic statement.

11 comments:

  1. I LOVE the name !!!! HAPPY VALLEY!!! Aloha from Hawaii

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  2. WoW !! Love shot number one, this looks such a fun place for children and adults alike, it looks so beautifully tropical, perfect. Lovely group of shots. :0)

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  3. This is a lovely place Happy Valley...
    I never knew PE had something like that there, saying that there is so many place in my own country I've never visited....terrible!!!

    :) thanks for comment in my blog, gave me good *giggle*

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  4. I also like the first shot. My kids would have a ball there!

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  5. o my goodness, this brings back a multitude of fond memories! We went every year and I loved every moment of it.

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  6. What a beautiful place! I love it! Had heard of Happy Valley before when visiting the in-laws, but have never seen it! Worth the visit if we're in PE for Christmas next year!

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  7. Wow, we used to go there all the time as kids. I am glad it still looks as magical as it did back then.

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  8. I rember going there every single year as kids, and even as students we used to go every December. My brother and I adored it, and I had kind of assumed that it had fallen into disuse and disrepair - but I'm thrilled to see it hasn't!

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  9. I was thrilled to see that Happy Valley is still so magical. I used to go there every year as a child, and when married took my own children. So many happy memories. Thank you. From "Old South African - now living in Canada."

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  10. First of let me say i love the page. Your photos are amazing, really get a true feel of actually been there and witnessing it up and personal. Happy Valley Oh boy Happy Valley. Brings back such lovely times... Its been close on 10 yrs i have not been able to soak my feet in the sand of Hobie beach. i remember Happy Valley like it was just yesterday, the day i was barefoot running uncontrollably searching for lost treasure or a animal to ride... Thank you for the memory! You have helped me to decide exactly where my next get away is... Keep up the good work.

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