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Family Days in Somerset West

September 30, 2011

Spring is definitely here and the weather is glorious. The sun is shining, the sky a beautiful clear blue and all the flowers are out with stunning displays everywhere.  It is such a joy to see.

With the spring weather comes the start of some regular weekend events in and around Somerset West for all the family to enjoy, which give visitors and locals alike a chance to sample some of our fabulous local wines and delicious fresh produce which has been grown or made just around the corner.  Talented local people display some beautiful arts and crafts, and there is always something for the children too.

Blaauwklippen Vineyards Family Market
First weekend of the month – Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 14.00

For a relaxing day for all the family visit the picturesque Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, which is on the R44 just outside Somerset West, heading towards Stellenbosch. A delicious variety of prepared food from around the world is available including traditional South African, Greek, Indian, German and Belgian cuisine. There is a fantastic fresh produce section inside the carriage museum for local cheeses, breads, olives and preserves; you can create your personalised picnic hamper from these stalls and enjoy it beneath the trees, while relaxing to live music.

The Blaauwklippen Wine Centre is open for a tasting of their excellent wine which is available to buy at special market prices. But if you prefer a longer drink, there is a beer garden with an amazing variety of local and imported craft beers to sample.

You can browse through an interesting selection of art, craft, clothing and plant stalls, while the children can enjoy themselves in the dedicated children’s play area.


Lourensford Farmers’ Market
First weekend of the month – Saturday and Sunday 09.00 – 16.00

Special Event: Saturday 1 October
The Spur Lourensford MTB Classic is the oldest funride on the Western Cape MTB calendar and still one of the favourites. The organisers from Dirtopia always make sure the whole family can enjoy the spring day at the beautiful Lourensford Estate in Somerset West.

The Lourensford Farmers’ Market will be running from 09h00 with lots of stalls with fresh produce, meals, wine tasting, kiddies’ rides, crafts and more. Title sponsor, Spur Steak Ranches will also have their jumping castles, entertainment and great food at the finish. There is a lucky draw after the event, and all riders will stand a chance to win great prizes, including a mountain bike.


Southey’s Vines Country Craft Market
186 Main Road, Somerset West
Every second Saturday, 08:00 – 13.00

Right in the heart of the town, the Country Craft Market offers a fantastic range of good quality handmade crafts, jewellery, beadwork, clothes, foodstuffs and a whole range of stunning decorative items.  It’s a great place to find that special present for treat yourself to something nice.  Highly recommended.


The Marketplace, Local Goods Market
Hathersage Farm, Gordon Road, Somerset West
Fourth Sunday in the month, 09.00 – 14.00

The Marketplace, in conjunction with Hathersage Wines and The Helderberg Wine Festival, brings to you another great local goods market with some of the best local goods on offer, from authentically slow gourmet delights to handcrafted homeware, beautiful jewellery, locally-made clothing, artwork and spring plants and flowers.

There’s plenty of parking with tractor rides to the market area, and entry is free. Bring your picnic blanket along and enjoy a picnic on the river bank or in the shade of the Camphor trees to the accompaniment of music by Classix on CD.  For the children there is a range of creative play on offer.  It’s a great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

  1. Mariette permalink

    Is this markets still active. Who can I contact about this. my email is

    • Dear Mariette,
      The markets are starting to wind down now that it is autumn and unfortunately Hathersage has been sold now so there are no more market days there as far as I know. The Country Craft Market finishes for the season on Tuesday 1st May, but I think Blaauwklippen may run for a week or so more.
      You can follow the links on the blog for contact details for the markets.
      Best regards, Di

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