This winter holiday, take your kids out of the house for some fun bonding time doing exciting activities. It’s difficult enough to get up and go at this time of year, so we have selected things to do that will get your heart rate up and your adrenaline going. The first two activities are for adults and kids alike, the last one is more suited for adults. :-)
The Rugby Club “Hammies” was founded in 1875 (the oldest club in South Africa) and has been a central and pivotal club around ball sports in the Western Cape and South Africa ever since.
The Hamilton 1875 is an events venue and sports bar that covers all major sporting events and is really for your slightly more “hardcore” fans, with match time being raucous, good fun and general high spirits and sports passion to be expected.
There are big screens, plenty of cheer and a highly engaged crowd that avidly follows all the sporting events. Pub food and beer aplenty, keep an eye on their social media pages to stay up to date on what the next event is that they will be screening.
Get into your togs and make sure you’re supporting the right team on the day!
Jack Black Brewing Company is awesome for several reasons. They have a really fantastic venue in Diep River that showcases their best in class beers, has various merch to purchase and always pulls an eclectic and interesting local crowd.
Aside from regularly showing the Rugby, they host quizz nights, live music and Indie film premiers. I can’t stress enough how cool the venue is to just relax and take in the afternoon breeze while being surrounded by a working brewery and loads of folks that are super passionate about beer and food.
The menu is simple, but effective, like the Butcher Block Burger a seeded bun with a l80 g pure beef homemade burger patty basted with their signature BBQ sauce,topped with feta, pickles, streaky bacon and rocket. Also, the Asian Noodle Salad, bean glass noodles served with carrot and cucumber strips, spring onion, peanuts, mint, basil and coriander topped with teriyaki chicken strips and a sesame-coriander dressing (vegetarian option available).
Whichever way you go, the beer is great, the food is impressive and atmosphere is catching :-)
Rick’s Cafe Americain is a great spot to enjoy some local, Moroccan or Mediterranean cuisine while enjoying their rooftop terrace views.
While they do not pave the walls with giant screens, they do have decent TV’s for viewing sport, and the snacks and platters more than make up for the shortfall in square meterage of screen. Take the Moroccan Skewer Platter for instance, with Moroccan spiced Chicken Brochette, spicy lamb Koefte skewers, roasted vegetable skewers and Line fish and olive skewers with a selection of dipping sauces (Harissa mayo, mint yoghurt & Aioli).
Alternatively, you can try Ricks House Platter, amazing chilli poppers with peppadew mayonnaise, Moroccan chicken skewers, Moroccan spicy meatballs and roasted Pork Riblets with a Honey and Chilli glaze.
The venue is relaxed and casual with North African influences visible everywhere, especially in the oh-so-tasty food. A great place to catch a game and some amazing finger food.
After that last activity, we thought it would be balanced to take things into the opposite direction yet again. Into the lands of ancient oriental physical pragmatism that is the incredibly mindful and centered practice of Tai Chi.
“Tai chi does not mean oriental wisdom or something exotic. It is the wisdom of your own senses, your own mind and body together as one process.” -Chungliang Al Huang
As slow as it may seem, the relaxing movements of Tai Chi offer the practitioner a pretty intense feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment with a big focus being on breathing and being aware of your body.
While it seems like slow motion yet active meditation, you are also learning the core movements of self defense, how to balance, how to push and how to pull. It is a very calming and empowering feeling, and in our fast paced existences, we can certainly use an influence like that.
Time to crank it up a notch? Or five? Hell yes it is! If you are keen for something that is a little more adrenaline pumping, nail-biting and physical, roller derby is where it's at. We’re talking full contact, high-speed and exhilarating levels of fun here.
The Rules as per the website: ”Each team comprises maximum 15 players, with up to five at a time on the track for each ‘jam’ that lasts up to two minutes. The ‘jammers’, who are the scoring players, identified with a star on their helmets, work their way through the ‘pack’ made up of ‘blockers’ and a ‘pivot’ player (stripe on helmet) from each team. The ‘blockers’ objective is to assist their own Jammer through the pack and to prevent the opposing Jammer from scoring points.”
It sounds like mayhem, and it kinda is, but when the rules are obeyed it is fair, and very physical :-)
You need to be in the mood for a bit of hardcore, otherwise, feel free to take a couple of tours of the rink, at a more sedate pace.
This is one for the ladies, and it’s a pretty intense way to push your body and ignite a fire under your bum.
Imagine an outdoor training session, it’s different every week and it’s a bunch of super motivated and energetic women all raring to go, it is so much fun and you can see it in everybody's eyes. We need to dispel one myth though, the “boot camp” aspect is in name only, you do not get shouted at and belittled by a muscle-bound sergeant figure. Instead you are surrounded by mutually supportive women all there for the same reason, a personal challenge, a new best or just a great hour outdoors.
You only have to arrive with an exercise/yoga mat and a water bottle and you will be good to go. The trainers are adept at seeing areas in which you may struggle and adjusting the intensity and complexity of the work-out to suit your level.
It’s a full-body workout in a beautiful environment and it is simply a breath of fresh hair in the middle the year, so worth it!
We know it is incredibly difficult to remain motivated and active during the chillier part of the year, but we have you covered. This week we’re looking at three ways to get yourself going, maybe even a little out of breath, and have a little fun while you’re doing it.
The 41 is a great mediterranean cuisine venue on the Golden Mile in Camps Bay, with uninterrupted amazing views across the bay, allowing you to view the sunset in unparallelled magnificence.
For Father’s Day they are putting on a little something special in the form of a four course fireside dinner paired with the Whitley Neill Gin range.
You can expect to enjoy a delicious Amuse bouche followed by fresh hake tempura, roasted garlic and citrus aioli, spring onion and fennel ceviche (you can make it vegetarian by swapping out for wild mushroom tempura), paired with Whitley Neill Small Batch.
Then an Indian butter chicken curry with garlic naan, paired with Whitley Neill Aloe & Cucumber. Finish off with chenin and chive croquet with candied Turkish figs, hibiscus and protea foam paired with Whitley Neill Hibiscus and Protea.
It will be a delightful experience, followed by a well-deserved public holiday.