Okay, such is the life of a freelancer that I didn’t realise that it’s already the weekend, and that I probably should have posted this yesterday instead of today…

Still, perhaps there are a few souls out there still surfing the web on Good Friday, so here are the highlights for the weekend ahead, taken from the Mother City Living events calendar.

Saturday  11 April (10am-9pm), Sunday 12 April (10am-6pm). Bloemendal Estate, Durbanville.  Tickets cost R60 (day ticket), and must be purchased online before the event (ie no tickets sold at the gate).  Kids under 12 free.

A feast of slippery oysters and bubbly bubbly out at the Bloemendal Estate in Durbanville.  It’s only a relatively short drive from Cape Town, and should make for an entertaining day out.  No doubt things have improved since their debut in 2007.


Saturday 11 April (9am-2pm).  Rondebosch Park, corner of Camp Ground and Sandown Roads.  Free entry.

Weather forecast is good for Saturday, so if you’re not running in or watching the Two Oceans Marathon, a morning spent wandering about under the shade of tall trees, browsing crafts and munching on a bit of breakfast might be your cup of tea (just remember to avoid the Two Oceans route).

Sunday 12 April (5.30pm-7.30pm).  Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.  R85 for adults, R65 for Botanical Society members, R55 for scholars. If there are any tickets left, you can buy them from Kirstenbosch before the concert.

The very last performance of Kirstenbosch’s exceptionally successful summer concert series.  It’s a special concert, not just because Goldfish is such a great act, but because proceeds from the concert will go towards sending a South African exhibit to the Chelsea Flower Show in May (their sponsor fell through).

Monday 13 April (10am-4pm).  Good Hope Nursery, Plateau Rd (M65), 1.5km from Redhill Y-junction en route to Cape Point.  Free entry. 

Good Hope Nursery – the indigenous plant nursery near Cape Point – celebrates Family Day.  Fynbos fun for the whole family includes 20% off all plants as well as food, art and crafts, face painting, puppet shows, a playground, a succulent footpath, fynbos walks, an outdoor tea garden and expert gardening advice.

Monday 13 April (starts 3.30pm). Cape Farmhouse (Junction at M66 and M65, bottom of Redhill Road 3km past Scarborough).  Tickets: adults R50 / students R40 / kids FREE.  021 780 1246.

Outdoor (covered) music afternoons at the Cape Farmhouse.  According to organisers, Hot Water’s sound ranges from “upbeat South African beats (ala Graceland), Hopping Blues, Modern Folk ballads (ala Jack Johnson) and thought-provoking, inspiring cross-cultural gems (World-Roots music)”.


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