Things to do this weekend – 17 to 19 August 2018

Take on the Klipspringers in the Helderberg Mountain Challenge, make your own eco tote bag at Life Retreat Studio and soak up some jazz from Iluminar Productions over a hearty lunch at the Muratie Farm Kitchen. Here are our picks of the best things to do this weekend in and around Stellenbosch.


Helderberg Mountain Challenge – 19 August

Aptly the home of the endemic Cape Rock Jumper, this is a mountain surprise of epic proportions with a total of elevation 2150m in the 24km. Don’t be deceived by the distance. The Helderberg Mountain Challenge has everything to offer – from steep technical trails and narrow ridge line running, to traverses below big rock faces!

Already ran the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 38km or the Lite 24km? Then take part in the Mountain Challenge Series by running all of the Challenges – the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 38km (JMC), Helderberg Mountain Challenge 24km (HMC) and Marloth Mountain Challenge 35km (MMC) or go for the slightly easier version and take part in the Mountain Challenge Series Lite consisting of the JMC Lite 24km, HMC Lite 15km and 24.5km MMC Lite. More details on


Make your own eco tote bag at Life Retreat Studio – Sun 19th Aug 2018


It’s time to embrace eco-savvy living, and what better way than by crafting your own fun eco-shopping bag?

After a talk by Ronel Bester  on Zero-Waste Home Hacks, you will get the chance to make your own eco-friendly shopping bag with environmentally friendly craft supplies (weather permitting, this will be outdoors). Snacks & light refreshments will be served (a bottle of eco-friendly air extracted water from Infinity Air Water & Luna Care #GuayusaTea by Tyron Taylor). You will also receive a free voucher to try out a movement class at Life Retreat Studio as well as a free massage voucher for Life Retreat Spa.

Life Retreat Studio, Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Rd, Somerset West, South Africa, 7130


Jazz Afternoons @ Muratie Winery – 18 August 2018

Muratie Winery and Iluminar Productions are taking hands to present lunch time Jazz afternoons every second Saturday inside the lovely Muratie Farm Kitchen. The cellar and restaurant is the perfect space to enjoy a hearty lunch in winter. The venue is warm and cozy with fire places to keep out the cold. Combine that with some laid back jazz and good wine and you are guaranteed a pleasurable afternoon out. Entrance is only R50 per person and will be added to your lunch bill. Bookings are essential, to ensure your seat is booked. Only 60 seats available. Music will be performed by Cape Town jazz musicians and groups. See info below. Bookings: Tel: +27 (0)21 865 233

Illustration Exhibition @Stellenbosch Academy 15 – 18 Aug 2018

Join Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography for it’s annual illustration exhibition, featuring works by lecturers, alumni and current students from the illustration department.

With a specific focus on illustrated zines this year, the power of illustration as storytelling-medium is explored. Coupled with the theme ‘JOURNEY’, you can be sure that this year’s exhibition will take you on a spontaneous expedition.

There will be cash and snapscan sales, and also wine.

Thursday and Friday: 9 AM – 4 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 1 PM


Paint & Sip at Venue D’Aria Wine Farm (Durbanville)

You’ll get a canvas, paint, brushes, a professional art lesson, four delicious canapé style bowl meals prepared by D’Aria’s award-winning chefs, and of course, a glass of wine to sip on while you get taken step-by-step through recreating a masterpiece of your own. All for only R360. All proceeds raised help Call 2 Care (NPO) transform vulnerable communities in need. Limited tickets available.