“The Globe” of Cape Town, which has been serving up Shakespearean theatre under starlit heavens since the first showing of The Taming of the Shrew (29 January 1956), is another one of those local things you do not want to neglect. Set inside a lush park in Wynberg, the annual "Shakespeare-in-the-Park" is a whole new way to experience theatre, without air-conditioning, house lights, or an auditorium.
The venue seats 720 people and we would advise that you take a blanket, it does get a bit chilly towards the end of the evening. There is a small kiosk where you can pick up snacks, hot chocolate and coffee/tea and it’s run by the local Rotary club.
In terms of local attractions “Some are born great, others achieve greatness” and this one has done both. The venue has been amazing from the beginning, and the unrelenting passion of the theatre practitioners that perform and direct here, have made it fantastic. This year they are putting on “Twelfth Night”, one of Shakespeare’s best known plays, from the 17th January until Saturday, 25 February 2017.
Short Synopsis: In Twelfth Night Orsino courts the Countess Olivia. Shipwrecked Viola disguises herself and takes on the name Cesario, and enters the Duke’s service. By the end, Viola and the Duke are married, and Olivia weds a man named Sebastian.
After the interest in our post on the Green Point Urban Park we decided to elaborate a little and have put together a little cross section of some of our favourite parks in and around Cape Town, which is not only surrounded by nature, but infiltrated by it too ☺
The Blue Train Park
The Green Point / Mouille Point promenade is incredibly popular amongst joggers, strollers, walkers, children and dogs, and this 7 kilometer stretch of ocean-side green belt has been the home of the miniature blue train for over 50 years. Having previously fallen into disrepair, the Sea Point Rotary Club has been instrumental in resuscitating the park and area, as well as ensuring that the proceeds from the (already very inexpensive) admission fee go towards well deserving charities for small children and mentally challenged adults. Pack a picnic, enjoy the lawn, the view and the train rides (there are plans in the pipeline to include a small tea garden on the grounds).
Location: Mouille Point Beachfront, Mouille Point, Cape Town
Times: Open daily from 09h00 until sunset, weather permitting
Phone: + 27 (0)84 314-9200
Perched at the top of Vredehoek overlooking the Cape Town city bowl, you will find Deer Park Café in the Rocklands Road Park, a community maintained public park with extensive playground apparatus for children. Inside and outside seating is available in this naturally stylish café, with big bay windows allowing you an easy view of your children while they play. The menu revolves seasonally and ensures that only the freshest of ingredients are plated, make sure to keep an eye on the daily blackboard menu. Also, keep some space for dessert, the café is known for its cakes and generous portions.
Another community maintained Public Park close to the heart of Cape Town is De Waal Park. Sporting a restored Victorian fountain and several roundabout paths to stretch your legs on, this park also plays host to free music concerts in the evenings over summer. Joggers, dog walkers, slackliners and children all love this park for its lushness, space and easy access, truly an oasis in the city.
There is no entry fee to the park although donations to ‘Friends of De Waal Park’ are welcome.
Location: Gardens / Oranjezicht, City Bowl, Cape Town
Grab your sunscreen and your hat, you’ve been indulging in all the finer things that Cape Town has to offer, now it’s time to pay some of that decadence forward :-) Bring the kids, there is something for every age at the Green Point Urban Park. Tucked between the Cape Town Stadium grounds and the lighthouse marking the border between Green and Mouille Point the park is a truly South African take on a European style common. Rolling green lawns, outdoor exercise equipment, a massive biodiversity garden, several play areas with all kinds of things for kids to climb on, run around in and crawl over. The park is divided into three areas, People & Plants, Wetlands, and Discovering Biodiversity, with many information boards that make the stroll informative as well as beautiful. The fact that all the water you see comes directly from springs and rivers on top of Table Mountain only adds to the magic. Seeing as you’ve done your bit to burn some calories, maybe you could allow yourself a little reward, perhaps in the form of an ice-cream? The Creamery Café in Mouille Point is artisanal ice cream at its finest. Try the classics, such as the Sea Salt Caramel or the Rosetta Roastery Coffee flavours, and pop over the road to have a look at the last remnants of the RMS Athens which was wrecked on these rocks on the 17###sup/sup### of May 1865.