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Things to do this Mother’s Day
Bouquet workshop, marimba show, mead tasting + more
Last updated: Monday, 8 May 2023
We’ve rounded up some amazing ways to spoil our moms on Mother’s Day this year. There are snazzy lunches, a marimba show, curious tastings (from wine to mead) – and that’s just the start. Here are 10+ things to do this Mother’s Day.
MAKE A BOUQUET WITH MOM
Everyone gets their mom flowers on Mother’s Day – why not let her make her own bouquet instead? Wild about Flowers is hosting a workshop at Montebello Design Studio in Newlands. The experience includes creating your own bouquet and floral care tips, as well as mimosas and other refreshments.
Date: Saturday, 13 May, 10am - 12pm
Cost: R650pp, WhatsApp 083 255 9729 to book. Find out more via Instagram
Montebello Design Studio | 31 Newlands Ave | 083 255 9729 | @wildaboutflowerscpt | Image: Wild About Flowers
TASTE WINE IN A CAVE
Looking for a wine tasting that’s a little different? Klein Roosboom is a boutique winery where you can do a tasting in one of six themed caves, like The Kitchen or Versaille. Listen to the stories of the farm’s vines and wines, then have lunch or go for a picnic.
Date: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9am - 5pm; Sundays, 8.30am - 4pm
Cost: R95 for wine tasting
Tygerberg Valley Road | Durbanville | 079 693 9646 | @kleinroosboom | Image: Klein Roosboom
VISIT THIS PICTURESQUE APPLE FARM
Just an hour out of Cape Town lies Cheverells Farm, a working apple farm with a light-soaked country café. The Cheverells Farm Shed has stunning views of the rolling green hills and surrounding orchards. Go for a drive and have breakfast there, or order the special set menu and get a free glass of bubbly. Booking is essential at Cheverells Farm.
Cheverells Farm Shed is open: Wednesday to Sunday, 8am to 3pm
GO TO A MARIMBA FESTIVAL
Listen to the magical sounds of Woodworx Marimbas at this annual event. The Cape Town Marimba Festival, a joint venture between the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival and Woodworx Marimbas, has been showcasing marimbas at the Baxter Concert Hall since 2009. Watch schools from around Cape Town perform and jive with your mama.
Date: Friday, 12 May; from 7pm
Cost: from R100, book via Webtickets
Baxter Theatre Centre | Main Road | Rondebosch | Website | Image: Cape Town Marimba Festival
TRY AN ANCIENT DRINK
It’s not beer, wine, or gin…it's mead. Mead is an ancient alcoholic beverage made from honey, water and yeast. It’s been drunk by many cultures for aeons, including the Khoi San, and Cape Town Meadery is bringing it to the Mother City. A tasting includes 10 meads, from sparkling mead to lager, and you’ll also get to meet the meadmaker and learn more about its history.
Date: Saturday, 13 May, 11am and 2.30pm
Cost: R120pp, book via Quicket
Cape Town Meadery | Maitland | 083 236 3244 | @cape_town_meadery | Image: Cape Town Meadery
PAINT UNDER A PERGOLA
Get creative at a watercolour workshop. Hosted by local artist Dayna-Gay Tate, guests will be treated to a demo session, materials and one-on-one guidance in creating a botanical watercolour painting. The workshop will be held at Oranjezicht City Farm, under a pergola in the garden, and includes tea and snacks.
Date: Sunday, 14 May, 2pm - 5pm
Cost: R700pp, book via Quicket
TAKE MOM FOR A DRIVE
Milk on the Beach in Onrus in the ultimate day trip destination: this restaurant is bright and colourful, sits right on the beach and overlooks both Onrus lagoon and the surrounding mountains. Take mom for breakfast on Mother's Day and receive a free mimosa at Milk on the Beach.
Milk on the Beach is open: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 9pm; Sunday, 8am - 8:30pm
1 Atlantic Drive | Onrus River | 028 316 1516 | @milk_onthebeach | Image: Milk on the Beach
ENJOY A LUXURIOUS LUNCH
Dine in a historic and opulent hotel in the city centre. Taj Cape Town has mesmerising accents, from marble columns to blown-glass chandeliers, making it the perfect eloquent spot for a Mother’s Day lunch. Treat mom to honey glazed sesame crusted chicken with a chicory and pear salad, slow braised beef short rib or white chocolate fudge cake for dessert. Price includes a welcome drink.
Date: Sunday, 14 May; 1pm - 3pm
Cost: R695 pp, kid 12 and under pay half-price; book via firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Wale Street | Cape Town City Centre | 021 819 2000 | @tajcapetown | Image: Taj
TREAT MOM TO BURGERS AND BEER
This steampunk steakhouse is for the mom that doesn't mess around with her meat. Char'd Grill serves all kinds of rare cuts that you wouldn't find elsewhere (like the caveman rib) and has a floor-to-ceiling dry-ageing glass room. This Mother's Day, Char'd is offering a beer and burger special: a burger, chips and half pint of Newlands Weiss will cost R95 (valid from 12pm to 3pm). Read more about what you can experience at Char'd.
Char’d Grill is open: Monday to Friday, 12pm - 9pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10.30am - 9pm
TAKE THE FAMILY TO A MAGIC SHOW
Bring some magic into your mom’s world with a fun-filled evening packed with laughter. The “Don’t Forget It’s Mother’s Day” magic show at The Galloway Theatre will have a modern-day escape artist, a comedy magician with a unique form of sleight-of-hand and mind-boggling magic and fantastic feats. The show will be hosted by Sebastiano Olla.
Date: Sunday, 14 May; from 6pm
Cost: R170; book online
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TOUR STELLIES ON FOOT (FOR FREE)
Join Stellenbosch on Foot for a historical tour of the Eikestad. The town is filled with stunning art, and you’ll learn elements of its history, such as where Simon van der Stel set up camp in the Eerste Rivier and why the river is called that. The tour includes prime examples of Cape Dutch architecture, and stories about the town’s colorful inhabitants over the past three centuries.
Date: Daily; 9am - 4.30pm
Cost: R180, book here
47 Church Street | Stellenbosch | Instagram: @stellenboschonfoot | Image: Stellenbosch on Foot
TASTE INVENTIVE DISHES
At Pear Tree, you’ll discover a treasure trove of inventive dishes, from brisket tacos to a pear panna cotta dessert. There's also plenty of plant-based dishes for any vegan and vegetarian moms. Take mom out for breakfast (or brunch) and receive a free mimosa with your meal. Plus, they have Masterchef-level desserts which are definitely worth trying.
Time: Special is valid 8am - 11.30am
Hermanus Waterfront | Hermanus | @peartreehermanus | Image: Pear Tree Bistro
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