The place to be over the World Cup period is the Karoo – specifically, the river town of Cradock in the Eastern Cape. The townsfolk of Cradock – and the outlying communities – are transforming the area into a holiday venue from June 11 to July 10 this year.
Designed for families, honeymooners, weekend lovers, culture trippers, foodies and cross-country travellers, the Cradock World Cup Fiesta has a little something for everyone:
Farming fun: Farm Tours, Donkey Car Rides, Farmers Markets, Boeresport
For the Kids: Egg Hunt at Egg Rock, Clowns, Making Movies, J Board Challenges
Karoo Cooking Courses: Potjie Making, Slow Food, Lamb and Venison, Kitchen Gardening
Food: Victoria Manor, Karoo Kraal, Mila’s, Marachinos, Country Living, 1814
Fireside: Chatting, Long Lunches, Charity Knitting (Part of Our Giveback To The Community)
Craft Courses: Mosiac, Scrapbooking, Pewter, Beading, Photography, Soap Making and Decourpage
Adventure Sports: Flyfishing, White River Rafting, Abseiling, Paintball, 4×4,
Tours: Gluwein and Ghost, Township, Town Walking, Birding
Shopping: Karoo Shop, Country Living, Quaint, Treasures, Playtime
Soccer Games: Local and World Cup
Tastings: Biltong, Roosterkoek, Whiskey
Music and Dance Classes: Ballroom, Hiphop, Guitar
Outings to the Zebra Park: Ranger Day, Recyling, Hiking Trails, Environmental Days, Bush Braais
Outings in and around town: Bird Watching, Hiking, Predatours Wildcats, Stargazing
Heritage: Cradock Four, NG Kerk, Olive Schreiner & Fish River Museums, Graveyard, Dundas & Bree Street, Cradock Club
Xhosa: Introductory Xhosa lessons, Folklore, Ubuntu Talk, Vusubuntu
Afrikaans: Literature, Michausdal Stoep Stories, Huiskonserte
Pudding, Port and Poetry Evening
Hum and Sun Massages by Local Xhosa Girls
Potjiekos and Stargazing
Exhibitions: Windpump Photography, Karoo Photography, Art
Movies: Karoo, Cult, Kiddies
Voorkamer Fees, which takes place on 17,18 and 19 July, targeting Grahamstown Festival attendees and performers en route to the Festival, looking for a place to stopover or do a last performance practice
Schreiner Festival, Celebrating Olive Schreiner, 2, 3 and 4 July, where famous writers Ettienne van Heerden and Stephen Gray will be the guests of honour.
Cradock hopes to make this an annual event.
Come and celebrate The Beautiful Game, the Awesome Karoo and the Best of Cradock this winter!