Cosy up to hot entertainment, decadent restaurant specials and a host of kiddie activities this winter at the V&A Waterfront. Here is an extensive programme happening this Winter:
Acoustics Underground Series
29 June, 27 July, 18 August
Think intimate setting. Think 3 live shows spread across Winter. Think 200 guests. Think Loyiso Bala, Arno Carstens, Francois van Coke and Judith Sephuma. It promises a night of great music, excellent people and magnificent vibes. Tickets are R175 through Quicket. Grab them now!
First up is Loyiso Bala, who will have you tapping your knees and snapping your fingers on the 29th of June.
Francois Van Coke & Arno Carstens: Rockers Arno Carstens and François van Coke will turn up the beat on Wednesday, 27 July.
Judith Sephuma& Camillo: The triad of performances ends on an extremely high note with Judith Sephuma and Camillo Lombard on Wednesday, 18 August.
The popular Museum Night event, where nearby museums extend their hours and open up their doors for free, comes to the V&A Waterfront. Participating museums include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa at the Scheryn Pavilion, Chavonnes Battery Museum, Iziko Maritime Centre, the Robben Island Jetty Museum, the Cape Town Diamond Museum, the Golf Hall of Fame, and the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum. You can expect a night of activations, performances, food and other experiences designed to guide you through historical and culturally significant spaces and exhibitions. Long story short? It’s fun. It’s free. It’s bursting with culture credits. Count us in.
Watershed Creative Exchange
30 June, 14 July, 25 August
Come and enjoy a fun- filled series of night markets at the Watershed where you can enjoy (amongst other things) a talent-sharing session where participants teach one another about their specific skillset (it’s like Speed Dating, but with creative skills). You can also take part in “Meet the Maker” tours on the evening, where you will get to… well… meet the makers behind some of the craft and design you may have seen at the Watershed. On top of all that, there will also be loads to eat and drink, so these are nights not to be missed.
The Amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront will be playing host to a 3-act music and dance performance headlined by Emo Adams and Derek Plaaitjies, ably supported by the likes of the Rainbow Academy and the UCT Big Band.
Date: 16 June | Time: 11:00 – 13:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Mandela Day Celebrations
Your chance to give back on Mandela Day by buying a hand crafted bottle designed by the Rainbow Academy Arts & Crafts. Buying a bottle helps support the academy’s initiative AND helps brighten up your office or home space, so let’s call this a “Win / win”. In addition, you can participate at the craft station and spend your 67 minutes building your very own bottle.
25 June – 16 July
Yes, school holidays are as sure as winter, and your kids are going to need to be entertained. The V&A has pulled out all stops with a pretty wide variety of activities to keep your kids busy. From a Pumptrack (a fun 50 metre continuous track for them to cycle up and down- kids love that), honing their ball skills with our Rugby Tots sessions, to stimulating their minds with our Innovation Stations, you’ll quickly be their favourite parent / uncle / aunt / minder this Winter.
25 June – 17 July
What’s a “Pumptrack”? Glad you asked, it’s fifty metres of PURE FUN and it’s what children of all ages will encounter at the new temporary pumptrack between Saturday, 25 June and Sunday, 17 July this winter. It’s essentially a continuous track where the rider uses an up and down ‘pumping’ motion to propel the bicycle/scooter forward instead of pedalling, providing the perfect tool to improve balance, learn skills and improve confidence on a bike.
Dates: 25 June – 17 July | Times: 10h30 – 15h30 | Venue: Quays Square (in front of the African Trading Port)
28 June – 10 July
Think your offspring might be a creative genius? Why not get them involved in some high-energy creative and playful fun at the Innovation Station, scheduled daily over the holiday period? Parents can bring their little ones to the V&A Waterfront Centre Court for workshops that focus on encouraging exploration and stimulating children’s imaginations and problem-solving skills as they tumble around in a safe but fun environment.
Overseen by four engaging facilitators, this year’s workshop theme is ‘recycling’ and seeks to instil a positive, environmental appreciation message in young children’s minds. The daily workshops will focus on the processes of designing, making, prototyping and playing with recyclable materials, and cost R20 per child per day. No bookings are required and entry can be paid for on arrival.
Depending on demand at the time, play time at the Innovation Station may be limited to one hour per child.
Dates: 28 June – 10 July | Times: 11h00 – 18h00 | Venue: Centre Court inside Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre | Cost: R20 per child
4-8 July, 11-15 July
If you suspect that you may have a future Springbok on your hands, bring them along to a Rugbytots Holiday Club. The sessions use rugby-specific skills to develop your child’s physical, psychological, and social attributes, as well as getting them to run with the ball, find space, kick, catch, score a try, and much more.
Two Holiday Clubs will run this winter, with the first scheduled for 4 to 8 July and the second from 11 to 15 July. Each Holiday Club will have three classes per day, organised by age group. Sessions have been organised for children aged 2 to 3, 3 to 5, and 5 to 7 years, and will take place on the Croquet Lawn at the V&A Waterfront at a cost of R300 (for one weeks’ worth of sessions) or R550 (for two weeks’ sessions) per child. Pre-booking is essential: www.rugbytots.co.za
Dates: Series 1: 4–8 July and Series 2: 11–15 July | Venue: Croquet Lawn (outside Springbok Experience Museum) | Cost: R300 for series 1 and R550 for both series
10h00–10h30: 2 to 3.5 yrs
10h30–11h15: 3.5 to 5 yrs
11h15–12h00: 5 to 8 yrs
14h30–15h00: 2 to 3.5 yrs
15h00–15h45: 3.5 to 5 yrs
15h45–17h00: 5 to 8 yrs
24 June – 11 July
If you or your kids have ever wanted to visit the world’s largest floating book fair, then you’re in luck, because the world’s largest floating book fair, Logos Hope, will visit Cape Town, just in time for the school holidays. Docked at Jetty 2 at the V&A Waterfront from Saturday, 24 June to Monday, 11 July, parents are encouraged to bring their children aboard the vessel to browse the wide book selection (we’re talking thousands here) and meet the volunteer crew, who span 55 different nationalities. Books? On a boat? What’s not to love?
Breakdown of all Kids Activities are below:
Dates: 24 June – 11 July | Times: Sun – Tues: 14h00 – 21h30 & Wed – Sat: 10h00 – 21h30 | Venue: Docked at Jetty 2Cost: R5 per person
We love eating (we try and do it at least once a day) and if you do to, you’ll no doubt love the fact that we have a range of restaurant specials running throughout Winter, ranging from family friendly eateries to fine dining establishments. With close to 30 different restaurants offering specials of up to 50% off their regular meals, dinner time is about to get a lot more interesting.
The Atlantic Grill
Four part sensory journey of flavours and scents dinners on 4 June & 27 August.
Cost per person is R450.00
Monday Madness 2 for 1: Any Starter, Main & Desert
Thursday Ladies Night: 50% off meal & 30% off cocktails
Business lunch at Mondiall: Bring one business card to the table and recieve 33% off for four people and less and 44% off for four people and more.
Malay Lamb Curry R155 Per Meal
Traditional Oxtail R175 Per Meal
Shimmy Beach Club
Celebrating Father’s Day, which will include:
Food Stalls, A La Carte & dining
Cars & bikes
Cape Town Comedy Club
Winter Specials (1 June – 31 August 2016)
* Moroccan Butternut Soup – R60
* Vegetable Breyani – R70
* Butter Chicken – R80
* Malva Pudding – R60
* Glühwein – R50
* Hot Toddy – R40
* Amarula Coffee – R45
* 50% off all pizzas and pastas
* Valid until 7 pm daily from 1 June – 31 August 2016.
* 50% off 50% off all Gourmet Steaks
* Valid until 7 pm daily from 1 June – 31 August 2016.
* 50% off all Meat Mains Dishes
* Valid until 7 pm daily from 1 June – 31 August 2016.
* Taco Salad R75
* Tucson Ghrolled Chicken R80
* The Fire Started Burger R75
* Chilli Con Carne Pizza R85 * Sticky Toffee Pudding R39
Coffee & Muffin or Croissants R25
Alfredo mini breakfast R35
Served with a complimentary coffee
Lunch (12- 3pm)
Pizza or Pasta only R70
Excludes Parma pizza
Dinner (6 -9pm)
3 course meal
Any pizza or pasta
Desert – Malva pudding R159
Including a complimentary glass of house wine
Desserts (3 – 5pm)
Coffee and cake R48
Malva pudding R30
2 Course R180
3 Course R220
Soup of the Day
Lobster Bisque Spicy Seafood Salad
T Bone steak served with roast baby potatoes and old man sauce Lamb curry with rice and poppudums Seafood Ravioli (Crab / Crayfish / Kingklip / Calamari)
Traditional Malva Pudding Warm Lindt Chocolate Tart
Half price Burger & chips or Hake & chips (from R38)
Half price sushi all day (excl. sashimi and roses)
20% off all combos and platters
Eat as much sushi buffer for R150 pp
Salmon Soup R75
Tomato based soup with fresh basil and crunchy croutons
Lamb Shank R185
Slow roasted in BBQ-flavoured jus with herbs and served with mash
Crayfish Thermidor R350
Whole crayfish baked with onions, cream, mustard, fresh parmesan & herbs, served with savoury rice
Seafood Pasta R120
Fish, mussels, calamari & prawns cooked in
Napolitana sauce served on a bed of linguine
Baby chicken R175
Grilled with lemon, herbs & chilli served
Tomahawk steak R185
Grilled & coated with herb & garlic butter
Served with mushroom sauce & chips
1/2kg Prawns R109
1 kg R189
3,5L Castle Rocket R189
R180 – two course meal
R225 – three course meal
* Mussel Monday – R110.00 1 kg Mussels and Chips
* Trappist Tuesday – have a Trappist beer and get a nibble of cheeses
* Wednesday’s Ladies night out – All ladies get a free Liefmans with their main course
* Beer Tasting Thursdays – Beer tasting R60.00
* Friday, Burgers and Beer – Wagyu Burger and an Anker Brew for R120.00
* Saturday Tapas – Any 3 Tapas for R130.00
Bowl Special every day at Lunchtime
R95.00 includes an Anker Brew
June – Pork Belly, caramalized apple with spinach mash
July – Lamb shank, mash and a mushroom bordelaise sauce
August – Coq au vin with petit poussin and potato croquettes
Throw-back to 1994 – R35 mussel bowl with a nibble of chips
Part of our 21st Bday celebration.
First Wednesday of every month.
Fettuccine Con Salsiccia E Funghi R125
Large portion only.
* Monday: Any 2 burgers(200g) for the price of one
* Happy Hour: 50% off all beers and Cocktails (Monday- Friday 4-6pm)
* Wednesday: Buy our sticky BBQ export quality & Get any burger for free. excludes Rolls Royce Burgers
* Beef(750g), Lamb(600g) or Pork(600g) ribs
* Bento Box: 23 piece sushi box with free miso soup R129
* Slick: 250g grainfed served with choice of starch or Vegetables R95
* Trendy: All pizzas and pasta R65
(Monday to Sunday, noon till 6pm)
* Goulash Soup and Large Americano Coffee R50
* Lentil Soup and Large Americano Coffee R37
* Potato Soup and Large Americano Coffee R35
Enjoy live telescope views of the Sun, Moon, stars and planets during this exclusive free stargazing event. Find out more about astronomy in South Africa and learn about our unique southern skies, including the Big 5 of the African Sky!
Date/s: Saturdays: May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 5 & December 10 (weather permitting) | Time: 11:00 – 21:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Swing Bridge | Cost: Free
On Saturday, 4, 11 and 18 June, the stage of the Amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, will be ready for an exciting new talent search, the Divas Unite Young Divas Singing Competition. The search – to find the first ‘Young Diva’ to perform at this year’s Divas Unite concert on national Women’s Day – can be attended by the public and is open to talented young vocalists between the ages of 8–18.
Date: 4, 11, 18 June | Time: 14:00 – 16:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
The 8th National Horn Symposium presents a public concert at the V&A Amphitheatre on Saturday 18 June at 12:00, featuring a mass French horn ensemble as well as other brass ensembles.
Date: 18 June | Time: 12:00 – 13:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
From Rock Monsters to Monty the Giant Python and the twin Boa Constrictors on display, visitors will gaze on reptiles of all shapes and sizes, watch live snake shows, learn a little more about our scaly friends via educational short films on show, read fascinating facts and stats about reptiles at our pop-up Reptile Lab, and meet some of our experienced snake handlers.
Date: 18 June – 18 July | Time: 10:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Jubilee Hall | Cost: R50
For Father’s Day on Sunday, 19 June 2016, Shimmy Beach Club will host a market day for men with a variety of stalls and products.
Date: 19 June | Time: 11:00 – 16:00 | Venue: Shimmy Beach Club | Cost: N/A
Join us for this year’s International Yoga Day at the V&A Waterfront Croquet Lawns in Cape Town as we Celebrate International Yoga Day.
Date: 19 June | Time: 09:00 – 12:00 | Venue: Croquet Lawn | Cost: Free
Be a part of your own Euro 2016. Go unbeaten at one of Fives’ Winners Stay On activation tournaments to win an adidas Euro ball, Totalsport vouchers & entry to the Fives Euro 2016 Final at Fives Century City on July 9th.
Date: 26 June | Time: 12:00 – 15:00 | Venue: Croquet Lawn | Cost: Free
The Men in Blaque, present the traditions of singing 15th – 20th century choral music in original voicing and boast over 350 eclectic repertory selections in their repertoire.
Date: 23 July | Time: 17:00 – 18:00 | Venue: V&A Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
One of 11 exhibitions in the trailblazing BODY WORLDS series seen by more than 40 million people in over 100 cities, BODY WORLDS Vital literally peels off our skin to unveil the secrets of how our lifestyle choices affect our health and vitality. Around 180 anatomical specimens of real (but by no means gory!) human bodies take you on a journey of self-discovery unlike any other.
Date: 9 August – 23 October | Time: 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Jubilee Hall | Cost: Adult (18 years+): R160; Child (6-17 years): R100; Family package of 4: R440
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One Destination, 7 Unbelievable Experiences
There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 7, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 7 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.