Another truly Capetonian experience that takes great advantage of the beautiful summer weather is the Galileo Open Air Cinema.
It rotates venues through some of the most picturesque parts of Cape Town from Bloemendal Wine Estate in Durbanville (Tuesdays) to Kirstenbosch Gardens in Newlands (Wednesdays), the V&A Waterfront in town (Thursdays) and rotating venues in Cape Town (Fridays) as well as alternate Saturday shows in the Cape Winelands and Family Sundays that take place at Kelvin Grove Club and consist of an outstanding kiddie play area with jumping castles, face painting and games.
Couple the excitement of an outdoor movie that begins at sunset with a great market feel and you’re in for a good time. Local vendors whip up delicious and fresh specialties for you to tuck into while enjoying a wonderful line-up of movies under the stars.
For twenty years carols by candlelight have been held in one of the most beautiful locations on god’s green earth, Kirstenbosch Gardens. Once again it is the “it” item on the Christmas calendar (for good reason).
The main attraction is the Cape Town Concert Brass and Male Voice Choir performing traditional Christmas carols, perfect for all ages and beautiful to wave your glow stick to.
The botanical garden itself is a century old historical masterpiece and serves as the backdrop to large scale choral singing, Table Mountain echoing back at you, song sheet in hand. It’s stunning and not to be missed, a truly Capetonian institution.
Come early, the “seated” area on he lawns is unreserved and fills up very quickly!
This is the time of year that we focus on giving, to ourselves and our loved ones. So it is only fitting that we incorporate an opportunity to give to those whose outlook on the festive season may not be as fortunate as ours.
The Valley Development Project and Cape Point Vineyards have managed to raise funds for and provide fourteen meals per month, to an average of about seven hundred children, between the ages of one and seventeen years old in the local communities of Masiphumelele and Ocean View.
ALAS Academy will be singing the carols, a mix of old favourites and upbeat new renditions.
Hot Water will also be performing, bringing their unique mix of kwela, mbaqanga, sakkie-sakkie, ghoema, maskandi, kwasa kwasa, folk, blues and indie-pop rock (just go, you’ll be amazed).
You’ll be supporting a good cause and having a great time, with wine, views, music and more!
Over two-hundred and thirty crafters come bearing their goods to display, sell and negotiate over. Edgemead Christmas market has become a bit of an institution and flocks of loyal followers come back year after year to enjoy the fare and get lost in the Christmas lights.
Exhibitors come from as far afield as Mossel Bay, Vredenburg and Riversdale to bring you hand made products straight from the source.
Think trinkets and keepsakes, little magical items to hang on things. Fairies and blankets and handcrafted miniature windmills. All the items have been locally sourced and created by local artisans and a large amount of the proceeds from the market are funneled back into the community and charitable organisations.
Eagerly anticipated and well-loved, this market will be around for a long time to come!
This is so much more than your usual market, and with only a few days left to go we thought we’d showcase this one first.
Yes, they have a foodmarket and yes, it is outstanding, but for this time of year you are here for gifts (for yourself or others).
The market is buzzing with a variety of skilled craftsmen and women who take great pride in what they do, be they silversmiths, carpenters, ceramic artists, interior decorators, textile artists or creators and designers of every style and creed.
If you are looking for unique, beautiful gifts, with a positive community impact at a grassroots level and a great “meet the maker” feel to them, this is the place to be. New exhibitors will be added daily so the experience will keep evolving.
Do yourself a favour and don’t miss this!
Dates: 1- 10 December 2017
Times: 9am to 7pm each day (closing 5pm on Sundays)
Featuring over two hundred craftspeople from all over the Cape Peninsula, the Simply South gift and craft fair has a little something for everyone.
Beautiful products include toys and home décor items such as unique ranges of handmade cutlery pottery, glassware, children’s clothing, plants, wood crafts, jewellery, fabric crafts, stationery, beadwork and natural health products.
Be sure to stock up on sauces, jams, dried fruit and nuts, olives, biscuits and of course Christmas cakes (and mince pies and tartlets and fudge and toffees!)
A lovely and indulgent market with an awesome spread.
You’ll find plenty of parking and credit card and debit card facilities are available.
Situated along the coast of the Atlantic Seaboard, the Sea Point Promenade is a stunning place to take a stroll, go for a jog or relax on a bench as you enjoy people watching and the sparkle on the ocean.
The promenade starts in Mouille Point and runs all the way along to Sea Point. You can choose to walk the entire route or “dip” in and out of various sections.
The route is lined with opportunities for more excitement, such as mini golf, ice cream, a tidal pool and a host of cafes and restaurants you’ll find along this stretch, all of it complemented by amazing views.
The fresh sea air invigorating while the crash of the surf is incredibly calming, a gentle stroll along the promenade at dusk is a stunning way to end another beautiful day in Cape Town.
Time to test your sea legs on board absolute luxury and watching the most beautiful of nature spectacles unfold before your eyes.
The Twelve Apostles and the sea frame the setting sun as you sit in luxury anchored off Clifton Fourth Beach on board one of the stable of luxury Yachts and Catamarans that African Luxury Yacht Charters provide. They have a range of yachts from 34 to 85 feet which are all commercially registered and impeccably maintained.
Who needs St Tropez when you have this? This is an opportunity to sample the nautical life of luxury, and these guys are happy to set up bespoke experiences, catering and personalized service depending on your requirements and budget.
The crew is highly professional, this allows you to get on with your reason for being there, fun, fun and more fun.
Put your feet up (remember deck shoes), grab a cocktail and enjoy the sunset!
Hartenberg lies in its own self-contained valley, with a pure water source flowing the entire length of the property into an untouched wetland system, making 65 of the farm's 170 hectares that will never be cultivated. This means that the Hartenberg Estate offer unparalleled opportunities for ornithologists and amateur hobbyist bird watchers to spot birds such as: Burchell's Coucal, African Fish Eagle, Spotted Eagle Owl, Jackal Buzzard, Cape Frankolin, Barn Owl and the Fork-Tailed Drongo. Also, you could spot Civet,Mongoose, Porcupine, Caracal and three species of Antelope, they take their nature conservation seriously here 😊
There is only need for one picnic and that is Eleanor’s Picnic stuffed with food to feed the soul, it consists of the following. Eleanor’s famous snoek paté, roast pepper humus, the best locally produced cheeses, Tiropita (a Greek style cheese pie), tasty salami and parma ham, Scotch egg and a Jar of salad filled with chickpeas, roasted tomato and spinach salad. Accompanied by baby vegetable crudités with a feta & herb dip, delicious baked breads and of course a home-made salted caramel brownie.
Oh, they produce wine too. And it’s really, really good (hint hint, get yourself some Alchemy).
Allée Bleue Wine Estate is a well-established wedding and function venue, and part of the reason for this is the unmistakably beautiful surroundings created by the combination of ancient oak trees and the beautiful Drakenstein Mountains.
The kids will be well entertained by the fresh air and roaming space, also, the jungle gym, jumping castle and sandpit should keep them busy.
The Standard Picnic basket contains a delicious Beef Stroganoff pie with a creamy mushroom and pepper sauce and a farm-grown micro-herb salad served with an Allée Bleue Cabernet/Merlot wine reduction dressing and Pecorino cheese shavings.
The best bit of the basket is the Allée Bleue farm style cheese platter which consists of a selection of local cheeses and cold meats, freshly-baked bread and fruited dry melba toast served with home-made smoked olive tapenade, aniseed onion marmalade, chilli tomato chutney and basil pesto.
As a bonus, you will receive farm grown olives and creamy yoghurt balls.