From bikes to tea ceremonies to art, welcome to The Marvol Gallery which celebrates the intersection of African and slavic art in an interesting and unique way.
More than just an art gallery displaying various pieces, Marvol is more of an artistic and creative cultural exchange programme. You as the guest are treated to a lovingly curated glimpse into Russian art, history and culture. Hazendal’s owner (Mark Voloshin) is an avid aficionado and collector of art and has amassed quite an extensive private collection, which also finds its way into the various themed exhibitions.
Aside from a personal interest in art and a Russian heritage, the gallery also manages to provide a platform for old and new artistic trends to be explored in both a South African and Russian context with rotating exhibitions, interesting talks and sophisticated events.
Check ahead to see what is being showcased when you are in town, and head on through. One way or the other, a visit to heavenly Hazendal Wine Estate will never disappoint.
From breakfast to beauty, Art It Is is a really well-curated gallery on Albert Road in Woodstock (with a sister gallery in Johannesburg) that is just a treat to traipse through.
The gallery focuses on promoting local talent and interspersing the up and coming artists with well established names in their relative fields. The layout is designed to be inviting, open and unintimidating, so even the layperson feels like they are welcomed inside. Also, the building is flanked by some of the best graffiti around, so make sure you “circle” the building too :-)
The mixed media artwork encompasses sculpture, architectural design, oils, charcoals, full canvases and modern street art and the level of artistic expression is one that can easily compete with anything on offer on the world’s stage.
The gallery is also available for hire, for small events, dinners or specific exhibitions, and we can’t think of more inspiring venue to hold an event such as a small reception with a private chef.
Woodstock lies on the outskirts of the Cape Town Central Business District and has gone through a massive urban renewal process over the last couple of years. Beautiful restaurants, cafes, art galleries and centres brimming with exciting little shops have popped up all over the place and this makes it a vibrant and creative suburb just waiting to be explored.
Let’s have a look at three places that caught our attention!
Fig picking is great fun, and there is no limit to how much you can eat whilst picking (beware of over-indulging though) and Wolseley is a beautiful little town in the upper Breede River Valley region.
It’s a wonderful drive through some of the best landscapes in South Africa. This is best enjoyed during January and February (so we may be jumping the gun a bit here :-) ).
During this time they run a pop-up deli, offering home-brewed coffee and homemade croissants for the early pickers in the mornings and wonderful cheese boards to spend the rest of the day under the shade trees.
A little further afield (from one berry to another), located in the picturesque Hermitage Valley, with stunning views of the Langeberg Mountains and berry orchards, you will find Wildebraam Berry Estate.
In these beautiful surroundings, you will learn all about the intricacies of berry farming and liqueur making from the masters themselves. It’s a fantastic opportunity to pick your own youngberries and blackberries at source, and also to see all the clever applications of these pert wonders.
Berries are best picked in the mornings, which is also a good way to avoid the midday heat and enjoy the tasting room after picking. Loads of jams, pickles, chillies, relishes and liqueurs, all made on site!
As you enter the Stellenbosch municipal district (along either the R44 or Baden- Powell Drive) you will see giant strawberries by the roadside announcing that you have entered the sweetest place in the area. The valley is perfect for the cultivation of Grade A export quality strawberries, and they are very open to entertaining you and your family.
You get a bucket and off you go, the buckets range in size from Junior Picker, The Harvester, The Professional up to The Ultimate Picker! Remember that what you pick is what you get (the berries do not ripen further after picking) and also to refrigerate your bounty when you get home.
This is a great day out in the sun, don’t forget t pick up the cream on the way home!
It’s carnival time! Escape to the magical Weltevreden estate and get caught up in the joy of celebration.
This kids carnival has a full complement of activities, a full “bar”, a build-a-pizza area, confectionery counter, beautiful natural surroundings, two trampolines and two immense jungle gyms. Open only in the holidays, the facilities are teaming with children, having fun and making friends.
While the kids play to their hearts content, you can relax in the nearby restaurant (with a view over the play area) and enjoy a lovely crisp chardonnay with a bite to eat.
A great day in the beautiful mountainous winelands, all the fresh air will ensure snores from the back seat on the drive home.
Outside of Stellenbosch (and easily connected to any other ay-trips you may take to the area) you will find a tranquil oasis that is the stuff of dreams (for kids and grown-ups both). A fantastic array of little biomes for you to explore, containing butterflies, iguanas, birds, reptiles and spiders (don’t worry, the creepy ones are behind glass).
The fine mist of the humidifiers makes the interior feel like a scene from Jurassic Park, with explosions of iridescent colours heralding the beautiful butterflies showing off.
The Fluttterby Tea Garden serves lovely snacks and the restaurant next door (Villa Visaggio’s) is fully licensed with a great menu. Not to mention you are in the middle of the winelands!
After an informative outing to Robben Island we think a little levity may be in order, beer, music and ambience in a beerhouse! Remember, we are remembering the oppression, but also, celebrating the freedom. 😊
The Rudimentals, Nomadic Orchestra and Ann Jangle will keep the mood electric and local, the many, many beers will be flowing freely, and the early evening will get a little raucous!
There is a beer for everyone and the location on Long Street make it a fantastic gateway to spill out into town and enjoying yourself in earnest. Centrally located, it is close to a lot of very nice spots both large and small, definitely worth an exploration.
Now for an excellent little adventure for the kids, they will absolutely love this!
A testimony to the fantastic work of the Sea Point Rotary Club, who have kept this venue alive, and more recently, refurbished.
In operation for more than 55 years the property is a mere 25m from the Atlantic Ocean with a backdrop of Lions Head, Signal Hill and Table Mountain.
Activities include the famous Mini Blue Train, the park also has an outdoor ice skating rink, a 30m zip line, a dirt bike track, a cement pushbike track, slides, see-saws, a climbing rock, two Jungle gyms, an obstacle course and far more. Well worth the visit, refreshments and snacks are available at the kiosk.