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How to celebrate Easter in Cape Town
Inspired ideas, from an outdoor circus show + movie to an egg hunt
Between laughing through a circus show, taking the family for an Easter stay-cation, sleeping under the stars or preparing an Easter Sunday feast at home, it will be hard to decide what to do first over the Easter weekend in and around Cape Town.
WOULD YOU LIKE A LITTLE MORE TEA?
Hermanus' art scene is active and there's always something fun and creative going on. Like the Mad Hatter's Tea Party this Easter weekend, fun for the whole family. There'll also be an exhibition of ceramic teapots, jugs, saucers, cups and mugs. And if you want to make a weekend of it, go on Friday to experience the Art Walk in the evening on First Fridays.
Date: 2-5 April
Price: Free - R250. To make a booking, visit the FynArts event page.
The Courtyard, 2 Harbour Rd, Hermanus, 7200 | +27 (0)60 957 5371 | hermanusfynarts.co.za
GET 1 NIGHT FREE AT THIS FABULOUS FAMILY STAY
When you book a stay at Whale Rock Luxury Lodge for an Easter weekend getaway, you can stay for three nights, but you’ll only pay for two. Children will love the giant pool and open garden, while for couples looking for some privacy, the beautiful private villa will do very nicely. It has an open braai area and its own pool with rooms overlooking the ocean and the garden of Whale Rock Luxury Lodge.
Date: The special will run from 2 - 5 April
Price: R825 - R4 420 per room per night
26 Springfield Ave, Hermanus | 028 313 0014 | whalerock.co.za
SEE FLYING ACROBATS AT AN OUTDOOR CIRCUS SHOW
Why not celebrate Easter with an outdoor show where you’ll see a whirlwind of flying acrobats, aerial silk artists and hilarious clowns at the Outdoor Easter Circus Show? There also will be an Easter bunny (who will remain firmly on the ground) for the kids to meet and greet. Families are invited to bring their own blankets but can snack on drinks and light meals from the on-site food truck at the Milnerton Riding Club.
Date: Friday, 2 April - Monday, 5 April
Price: Single and group tickets range between R160 - R700. You can purchase your tickets online via Quicket.
19 Potsdam Road, Milnerton | 0732733538 | thesilkworkshop.com
SPEND A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS OVER EASTER
Pack your bags and dust off your hiking boots for a 3-day camping trip over Easter weekend. The TrailFitSA leaders will take you to the depths of the rocky Cederberg mountains, in Clanwilliam, to see ancient rock paintings and swim in a waterfall (don’t worry, you’ll be back before Easter family dinner). The route you’ll follow is relatively easy, with plenty of opportunities to catch your breath, have a swim or soak up some Cederberg Wilderness views at TrailFitSA’s Waterfall Camp.
Date: 2 - 4 April, 1pm - 4pm
Price: R2 250pp, you can book your spot by emailing email@example.com.
EASTER SPECIAL SCREENING AT GALILEO
It’s fitting to watch the blockbuster hit film Peter Rabbit on Easter, and the Galileo Open-Air Cinema Drive-in is putting it on as a special screening at Cape Town High School, in Gardens. Pack in some blankets with a few snacks and park your car and the little ones in for a night of the naughty rabbit’s hilarious antics. Heads up: you don’t have to wait till Easter to watch a drive-in movie. There’s a new movie playing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Galileo open-air cinema.
Date: 4 April, 6pm - 7:30pm
Price: R250 - R450, depending how many people per car. You can book your tickets online via thegalileo.co.za.
Cape Town High School, Gardens | 0714718728 | thegalileo.co.za
KNORHOEK EASTER FAMILY STAYCATION
Get out of the bustling city and relax with the family at Knorhoek Wine Farm in Stellenbosch for an Easter getaway. As an Easter treat, there’ll be welcome drinks on arrival, full farm-style breakfasts and decadent dinners with sirloin steak, wagyu beef and seared kingklip. Sunday will be all about the little ones with a host of activities including tennis, swimming, fishing, hiking and, of course, a giant Easter egg hunt with a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. While the kids play, parents can enjoy a wine tasting and a cheese platter as well as a sundowner picnic on the lawns.
Date: 2 - 5 April
Price: R990 per adult per night, children between the ages of 4 and 12 years pay R520 each, and children under 4 stay for free
Knorhoek Rd, R44, Stellenbosch | 021 865 2114 | knorhoek.co.za
KID STAYS FREE AT THIS HISTORIC HOTEL
The Windsor Hotel and Self-Catering Apartments stand proudly on the edge of Hermanus’s breathtaking Walker Bay with a panoramic vista featuring the world’s best whale-watching available in most rooms. Southern right whales have been breeding and feeding here for centuries (July – November) and guests have been returning, generation after generation, to delight in this spectacle. The 125-year-old Windsor, near the town centre and its rich variety of restaurants, galleries and shops, is one of the few family friendly bed and breakfasts in Hermanus. It has fantastic room specials from now to Easter, and ending in August 2021, which is whale season. Plus one child under 12 stays for free when sharing with two adults at The Windsor Hotel
Date: 11 March - end of August 2021
Price: From R400 per person sharing a room to R1750 per night in a 2-bedroom self catering apartment with full sea view, there are lots of options for all types of families.
45 Marine Dr, Hermanus | +27(0)28 312 3727 | windsorhotel.co.za
HAVE A DIY EASTER CELEBRATION AT HOME
You don’t have to leave your home (or break the bank) to have a top-notch Easter with the family. Easter is a lot of things, but at the crux of this colourful holiday are 2 things: food and family, and we’ve got you covered. We’ve narrowed down the ultimate braaied snoek, pickled fish and hot cross bun recipes for you to make with the family over Easter.
Date: 2 - 5 April
Price: It’s up to you
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