What to do this weekend

Apricot picking at De Krans
Celebrate summer by making your way to De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp for their annual apricot picking from 23 November until 7 December 2011. Pick and sample sweet and juicy Bulida apricots at the farm from Monday to Saturday during this period, from 8am until 4pm. A cost of R3.90 per kg will be charged for the apricots and visitors are welcome to bring their own containers. ?
What: Apricot picking at De Krans.??
When: 23 November to 7 December 2011. ??
Where: De Krans Wine Cellar, Calitzdorp.??
Contact: For bookings and further enquiries contact Helet Viljoen or Bessie Barnardo at the farm on 044 213 3314 or e-mail


Scary movie night at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate
Rhebokskloof Wine Estate is hosting a movie night at the open air theatre on the lake. The film featured is the thriller Insidious, from the makers of Saw and Paranormal Activity. Bring your own blanket and pre-book your picnic basket or enjoy the Rhebokskloof snacks on sale. (Unfortunately your own food or drinks are not allowed.) ?
What: Insidious (rated 16V). ?
When: Thursday 24 November 2011. Gates open from 6.30pm; movie begins at 8pm.??
Where: Open-air theatre on the lake, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Windmeul, Agter Paarl.??
Price: R 69 per person.??
Book: For tickets, email or phone 021 869 8386.??
Info: For more information or to purchase wine, visit


Discover Sauvignon Blanc at De Kloof
The top-selling white wine in SA has never been this good. South African sauvignon has recently gone from unpleasantly acidic cooking wine to complex, sometimes tropical, and usually expressive of climate and soil delights. Join Alberta van der Mescht from Fryer’s Cove as she leads you through a tasting of five very different versions of the same varietal. ?
What: Discover Sauvignon Blanc ?
Where: De Kloof Restaurant, Waterkloof Golf Estate, Waterkloof, Pretoria
When: Friday 25 November 2011 at 6pm.??
Cost: R70 pp including canapés.??
Book: or 073 092 8562.??
Visit: Facebook: @deklooffinedine.


The Bottelary Hills Family Day
The annual Bottelary Hills family day is taking place at Hazendal Estate on Saturday 26 November and Sunday 27 November. The Bottelary Hills is a sub-route of the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes, and include farms like Villiera, Hartenberg, Mooiplaas, Kaapzicht and Beyerskloof. Visitors are invited to relax under a shaded canopy while tasting wines, listening to live music, eating great food and browsing the craft market. Many activities and entertainment will be offered for kids. Proceeds will be donated to local charity organisations Pebbles Project and Anna Foundation. ?
What: The Bottelary Hills Family Day.??
When: Saturday 26 November 2011 from 11am to 5pm, and Sunday 27 November from 11am to 4pm.
Where: Hazendal Estate, Bottelary Road, Cape Town??
Tickets: R60 (includes tasting glass). Children under the age of 18 enter free of charge. Tickets are available at participating farms, as well as the Bottelary Hills Wine Centre.??
Visit: or call 021 886 4310 for more information.


Wildebraam Berry Festival
Wildebraam Liqueurs is hosting their berry festival on 26 November 2011. Bring the family to enjoy the arts and crafts market, live music, jumping castle with water slide for kids, pony rides, delicious food, tea garden and much more. Celebrate the harvest by picking your own berries to take home for fruit salads, pies or fresh smoothies. ?
What: Wildebraam Berry Festival.??
When: ‎Saturday 26 November 2011.??
Where: Wildebraam Liqueurs, Hermitage valley, Swellendam.??
Contact: Wildebraam Liqueurs on 028 514 313 for more information.


Summer Sunset Concerts in the Helderberg Nature Reserve
Pack a picnic and head down to the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West for the Summer Sunset Concerts, brought to you by Fleur de Cap. Presented by the Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve and its new sponsor, Fleur du Cap, these festive outdoor concerts kick off on Sunday 27 November 2011 with The Blues Broers. All proceeds generated by the concerts go towards environmental projects in the Reserve. ?
What: Summer Sunset Concerts.??
Where: Helderberg Nature Reserve, Somerset West, Western Cape.??
When: Sunday 27 November 2011 at 5.30pm.??
Cost: R40 per adult and R10 for scholars (includes entrance to the reserve). No admission fee for children under the age of five.??
Book: Tickets can be purchased at the reserve's information centre, or on concert days at the gate.?
Contact: Phone the info centre on 021 851 4060 or visit

Image: Rhebokskloof Wine Estate

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