Winter Thrills

With the winter chill comes that ‘lets hibernate feeling’. The temperature drops and so does my mood. In an attempt to get out and about, to shake the winter blues I have discovered that it doesn’t  have to be all doom and gloom. Here are some great things to do in the Mother City ,that will soothe your soul and tell winter to chill.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America


If what you want is a fire-place, some soul music and a good piece of steak. A trip to HQ is a winner. This ‘Parisian-inspired steakhouse / bar / lounge’ screams comfort. And every Monday they run a two for one special. Two steaks, chips and salad for R179.00. Booking is essential, so do yourself a favour and call ahead.

Image Courtesy of HQ steakhouse

2. Jump Around
All I am is a kid at heart so when I found out about Jump around , I got sooo excited thinking about what good clean fun can be had by all.Get your blood pumping by visiting the ‘first indoor trampoline park’. Bounce off walls across ’50 interconnected trampolines’. The sky is literally the limit. Book for you and a group of friends for an hour jump which costs R100.00

2.Eco Village

Time to brave the cold and go outside. Dress all snug , pull on your wellies, grab the kids and head on over to the Oude Molan Eco Village. A nice outing for an alternative Sunday morning market, a horse ride and getting some play time in running about with hula hoops, in the tree-house or just playing with the animals. The Village and Millstone Farmstall and Cafe makes a good cup of coffee and if you interested you can have a light breakfast after all of this activity. While we were there we listened to story time, and one of the residents playing drums.

Image courtesy of Oude Molan Eco Village

3.Oh Shucks

What do oysters , comedy and trail runs have in common. THE PICK N PAY KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL – 1 to 10 July 2016 of course. If this is your thing then the 5 hour something drive will be a breeze. This 10 day festival will leave you begging for more festival fun.

Image courtesy of Knysna Oyster Festival

4. Lets go to the movies
A visit to The Cinema at the 12 Apostles offers you an intimate setting (16 seater) with plush leather seats. Add dinner and you have yourself one special movie date.

12 apostles
Image courtesy of 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa

Who doesn’t love a good pampering session. Get rid of that dry skin that winter brings with a rejuvenating moonlight night spa treatment at Mangwanani  African Spa. With three treatments which include hot stone massage, african head neck and shoulder massage , african Royal Foot Massage and dinner this is a great treat!

Image courtesy of Mangwanani

5.Tea and cake
What is winter without some cake and tea. If you haven’t been for High Tea at Mount Nelson yet, what are you waiting for. Finger sandwiches , milk tart, delicious  scones, empanadas paired with Mount Nelson’s signature tea are only some of the treats you will be indulging in.

Image courtesy of Belmond Mount Nelson

6.Cape Camino

Want to do something different to hiking. Then a personal pilgrimage is for you. The word Camino loosely translates into i walk/ journey / path. ‘The Cape Camino route creates a platform to showcase our sacred diversity, unite our combined wealth and build a peaceful, sustainable nation.’ Walk your way to self discovery.

cape camino
Image courtesy of Cape Camino

7.Schools Out
If you have kiddies, and you don’t know what to do with them during the July school break what about taking them to Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment . Watch how Disney’s Frozen stars and Pixar’s Cars take to the ice. Book at computicket and make your way down to Grandwest , Grand Arena from 6-10 July 2016.

While you at Grandwest make sure to catch Snow World which runs until the 31 st July 2016. Activities include Snow Boarding, ice slides,Snow Tubing and an Ice Age Exhibition.

If this is not at all what you have in mind what about a round of golf at Cave Golf in V&A Waterfront. At R15.00 per person this putt-putt course is going to prove to be a bit tricky.

And to end off your little one’s day what better way than with the traditional burger, chips & milkshake.Its what dreams are made of. Whether its at Dodge City Diner or a Woodies burger, they both situated at the V&A Waterfront.

Image courtesy of Grandwest

8.SAMW 06-09 July 2016
When it comes to fashion our focus almost always centers on ladies. Gents here’s something for all you fashionistas out there. *Insert drum roll here* .Welcome ‘South African MensWear Week 2016. The fourth installment takes place at the Cape Town Stadium, and is described as ‘Africa’s only stand-alone platform dedicated to the development and promotion of menswear within the African continent.’. Brand power houses such as Magents, Jenevieve Lyons, Maxivive , Terrence Bray and Imprint amongst others will be showcasing their designs.

Image Courtesy of SAMW

9.Book Readings
What is winter without a good book. If this is your thing make your way to the Book Lounge for book launches and readings. Also keep an eye out for the Open Book Festival taking place from 7-11 September at the Fugard Thearte.

Image courtesy of cape collectables

10.Comedy Club

What better way to warm up than by laughing yourself silly. If you haven’t been to The Cape Town Comedy Club aka Jou ma se Comedy Club now is the perfect time. They have a mid-week madness special every Wednesday & Thursday on selected shows for R50pp.

Happy winter chilling!

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