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Bay Sheffield Carnival

Bay Sheffield The Bay Sheffield is South Australia’s most prestigious foot race attracting the brightest and best competitors from around the country to Glenelg every December. The Bay Sheffield is held on Colley Reserve, opposite the Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites.

The SA Athletic League will host the 135th running of the Bay Sheffield Carnival on  26, 27, 28 December 2021. This event is a South Australian icon and among the top two events of its kind in Australia. The Bay Sheffield peaks with a 10 second, 100m dash, with the three day event consisting of 22 races ranging in distance from 70m to 1600m and includes athletes from under 14s to over 35s.

The 135th Bay Sheffield Carnival will be a spectacular event with record prize money on offer. The festivities include food and beverages with a pavilion offering a bar area and big screen to view the cricket in between races. Located along side Glenelg Beach, families can make a day of sun, sea and sport all in one area. Entry to the Bay Sheffield is free for spectators.

When: 26- 28 December 2021
Where: Colley Reserve, Glenelg SA 5045, Australia
Website: Facebook- Bay Sheffield


Tour Down Under at The Bay- Santos Festival of Cycling

Tour Downunder The Tour Down Under is an action-packed nine days of world-class cycling with gala dinners, street parties and an amazing atmosphere for riders, visitors and locals.  The TDU has been postponed due to COVID and will be replaced with the Santos Festival of Cycling from 21st - 29th January, 2022.

The event was first staged in 1999 with local rider Stuart O’Grady taking the win. The event has grown year on year to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. In 2008 the Tour Down Under joined the prestigious UCI WorldTour, the first event outside cycling's traditional home of Europe to do so. The event is held in January every year, making it the first event on the international cycling calendar.

The Tour Down Under visits some of South Australia’s spectacular beaches, world-famous wine regions and historic country towns before the finale on the streets of Adelaide.

The elite of world cycling such as Cadel Evans, Marcel Kittel, Andy Schleck and Andre Greipel have all come to South Australia to conquer the roads of the Tour Down Under. 

In 2019, the Tour Down Under attracted over 800,000 spectators to line the roads of South Australia with more than 37,000 visitors from interstate and overseas.  

When: 21st - 29th January, 2022
Where: Various locations, SA
Contact: Email- Tour Down Under
Website: Tour Down Under


Adelaide Fringe Festival

Adelaide Fringe Festival Adelaide Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere! For 31 magical summer days and nights, Fringe transforms Adelaide and greater South Australia. Our festival stretches from Whyalla all the way across the state to Naracoorte, with eclectic and vibrant events that include cabaret, theatre, comedy, circus, music, visual arts, workshops and so much more.

Adelaide Fringe was born in 1960 and has grown year on year. In 2021, within a COVID world, we were able to sell an astonishing 632,667 tickets.

Fringe Festival's audiences range from 1 to 100+ years old, and come from all walks of life. This variety also pertains to the diverse array of artists and venues, which are at the heart of everything we do. We truly are ‘The People’s Festival’. 

When: Feb- March 2022, dates TBA
Where: 136 Frome St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
Contact: Email- Adelaide Fringe
Website: Adelaide Fringe


Adelaide Festival of Arts

Adelaide Festival of ArtsThe Adelaide Festival is an iconic Australian arts festival that runs for two weeks in March. It is internationally recognised as Australia's pre-eminent arts festival.

Along with festivals in Edinburgh and Avignon, the Adelaide Festival is often cited as one of the top three festivals in the world, providing audiences with a survey of the most original and acclaimed artists and performing arts organisations working in the world today.

The program traverses a cross-section of music, theatre, dance, literature and visual art from artists of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Visit the website for more details, including tickets and line up information.

When: 4th- 20th March 2022
Where: Adelaide SA
Contact: Email- Adelaide Festival
Website: Adelaide Festival


Alpine Winter Festival- Ice Skating

Alpine Winter Festival The Alpine Winter Festival is an all-ages winter wonderland that brings Adelaide's coast to life in the heart of winter! 
Each June, Glenelg's foreshore is transformed into a magical alpine festival with ice skating, immersive art installations, markets, delicious food and 24 nights of live music.

The White Marquee returns to Moseley Square in July 2022. We can't wait to strap on our skates and glide on the ice inside a windowed and beautifully lit glass marquee with views of the beach, only a minute's walk from the Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites, Glenelg.

Check the website for 2022 dates, event line-ups and ticket details.

When: June/July 2022- dates TBA
Where: Moseley Square, Glenelg SA 5045
Contact: Email- Alpine Winter Festival
Website: Alpine Winter Festival

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Adelaide Cabaret Festival The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is an annual festival commencing on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend each June. 

Now in its 22nd year and the biggest festival of its kind, Adelaide Festival Centre's Adelaide Cabaret Festival has become a major event in the international and Australian arts calendar.

The Festival has garnered a reputation of highlighting the best local, national and international artists through an eclectic program of classic and contemporary cabaret performances. 

When: June, 2022- Dates TBA
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre- King William St, Adelaide SA 5000
Contact: Email- Adelaide Festival Centre
Website: Adelaide Cabaret Festival


The Big Wedgie Waterslide


The Big Wedgie, the tallest inflatable waterslide in the world will return to West Beach Parks, Military Road, West Beach next summer, approx 5 minutes by car from the Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites. 

At a whopping 18.2m tall and 72m long, The Big Wedgie is not for the faint hearted and is definitely a thrill ride. With a 55 degree drop, you are sure to have a blast rocketing down the steep slope being soaked in water!

When: Spring/Summer 2022, Dates TBA
Where: Glenelg North SA 5045
Contact: Email- The Big Wedgie
Website: The Big Wedgie

City - Bay Fun Run

City - Bay Fun Run Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites is on the Finish Line of The City-Bay Fun Run, Adelaide's largest fun run. The next event is in September, 2022.

Every year thousands of people get dressed up--some more than others--to run or walk from the North Terrace down to Glenelg. In its first year the run had 1,600 participants, now there are around 30,000 runners who join in every year. The run kicks off near the North Terrace and King William Street intersection and goes through the city, down Anzac Highway, finishing along Jetty Road at Glenelg.

The full course is 12km but for those who want something shorter there are 6km and 3km options. You can walk or run. The City-Bay always features a wide variety of people; there are the Sub-60 runners who complete the 12km in under 60 minutes, while others use it as an opportunity to have fun with friends and family while dressing up in some crazy costumes.

When: September 2022 dates TBA
Where: Marjorie Jackson Nelson Dr, Mile End South SA 5031
Contact: Email- City - Bay Fun Run
Website: City - Bay


Adelaide Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival The biennial Festival is considered one of Australia’s most distinctive and innovative.  Every two years, AFF screens the very best of contemporary Australian and international feature films, documentaries, short films and virtual reality productions and premieres screen projects made with the support of the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund.

Also known as the ‘friendly festival’, Adelaide Film Festival is renowned for welcoming filmmaker guests and patrons from around Australia and the globe. 2022 will see the resumption of guests being able to travel for the Festival to Adelaide, South Australia, a centre for filmmaking and cultural excellence in Australia.

When: 19- 30 October 2022
Where: 1 Mulberry Rd, Glenside SA 5065
Contact: Email- Adelaide Film Festival
Website: Adelaide Film Festival

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Excellent service from arrival to departure, being taken to our room was a special touch. Breakfast was perfect too, will definitely be back.

Jenny Edmonds

Stayed here for four nights over long weekend for Masters Games. Excellent in every way. Very very clean. Breakfast was great and very filling. Location is superb right at the main intersection in Glenelg. Tram is literally 50 meters from the room. Plenty of parking. Choices for eating out incredible. Will certainly be staying here again.

Peter J

Excellent location, room was also excellent. Very clean and well presented. On site secure car parking. Staff we're very helpful, we were running late, so they gave us a call to see how we we're going, and what time we would arrive. Definitely on the return list.

Nichole B

Excellent service great location close to the beach, shops, pubs, and public transport. The motel is very clean good size room and bed. Staff are more than willing to help.

Bill Corcoran

Looks a little dated on the outside however never judge a book by it's cover. The location is just very central to the heart of Glenelg. The rooms have been recently tastefully remodeled, staff are very friendly and helpful. I got a nice surprise this morning to find my windshield was cleaned by the staff. That is a very thoughtful touch of service that was unexpected but much appreciated. Keep it up guys!

Karl Geddes

Friendly staff very welcoming, happy to accommodate us without a booking . Upgraded us at no charge, huge studio apartment, maybe not as modern as others but very comfortable with everything you need. Close to everything and good value . Well worth the stay thank you :)

Fiona B