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Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June, 2013

Hello pay-day weekend! Yes, Mother City lovers, it’s nearly the magical 48 hours after you’ve been paid and there are plenty of fun things to spend your hard-earned cash on. Join me at the following events from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June, 2013…

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: top places to visit

It’s Wednesday in the gorgeous Mother City, and that means I want to know Where You Would Rather Be today in Cape Town.

Top places to visit in Kenilworth

The suburb of Kenilworth forms part of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. Sandwiched between Wynberg and Claremont, this suburb is nestled right in the heart of the Southern Suburbs action. Situated within Kenilworth is the famous racecourse, not to mention the shopping mecca, Access Park. A 20-minute drive takes you to the city centre or any of the beaches along the Atlantic Seaboard. These are our top things to do in Kenilworth.

Award-winning Jersey Boys opens in Cape Town

“Oh, what a night!” The strains of the renowned Four Seasons song December, 1963 are still playing in my head and putting a bounce in my step following the opening of the award-winning Broadway hit musical Jersey Boys at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday 23 June, 2013.

Give a little love this winter with the Cape Point Blanket Drive

Winter can be brutal for those less fortunate, and Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula have already felt the full force of winter over the past few weeks ... and there is plenty more icy, wet weather to come. Give a little love this winter and drop a blanket with any of Cape Town Tourism’s Visitor Information Centres for the Cape Point Blanket Drive.

Feel the warmth at Iziko Museums this winter

Winter in Cape Town can mean cold and wet days. But Iziko Museums is providing lots of comfort to keep families warm this winter.

Jive Cape Town Funny Festival cast explores West Coast National Park

The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival comedians and organisers took to the coast on Sunday 16 June, 2013, to explore the many wonders that the West Coast National Park (WCNP) has to offer.

Cape Town Tourism Facebook game wins Cannes Lions Gold

Cape Town Tourism’s Facebook game, My Cape Town Holiday, picked up a Gold award at the 2013 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, in the Branded Content & Entertainment category. This comes within weeks of Cape Town Tourism picking up a Travel + Leisure award for Best Overall Use of Social Media.

Facebook Feedback Friday: the best place to take the kids during the school holidays

School’s out! It’s holiday time, and while we know about plenty of fun activities in Cape Town to keep the kids entertained, we wanted to hear from you too. We asked the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town, “Where’s the best place to take the kids during the holidays?” Here are some of the suggestions.

Top wine-and-dine events in Cape Town

There’s been a resurgence of food-and-wine pairings in Cape Town of late. Fine diners with a penchant for award-winning wines, no longer confined to just the vast estates of the Cape Winelands, are flocking to top wine-and-dine events all over the Mother City.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June, 2013

It’s almost the weekend! And while you may still be recovering from the recent epic long weekend, there are plenty of things to see and do in our gorgeous town over the coming 48 hours.

Four things you didn’t know about Somerset West

Long before the Dutch East India Company landed at the Cape to set up a refreshment station, the Helderberg region provided grazing for the animals of the indigenous Khoisan people, and wildlife such as eland.

#DiscoverHelderberg: things to do in the Helderberg

Between the hiking and mountain-biking trails, horse riding, wine and beer tasting, wildlife encounters, spectacular beaches, golf courses and mouth-watering restaurants, there are hardly enough hours in the day to explore all that the Helderberg has to offer!

Hout Bay at sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This picture of Hout Bay at sunset was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Trevor Exposed.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays in Cape Town: Facebook fans’ top suggestions

Friends, you certainly know how to get a girl inspired, don’t you? I put a call out on our I ♥ Cape Town Facebook fanpage for you to tell me Where You Would Rather Be on Wednesdays in Cape Town and boy, did you blow me away with your responses!

Beach houses – Flickr pic of the day

This picture was taken at St James beach by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce, aka smee.bruce.

Why Rob Vember loves Cape Town

Rob Vember is a radio DJ and proud Capetonian. He grew up in Cape Town and studied in Grahamstown, where, working at the campus station, he was bitten by the radio bug. Returning to the Mother City to join the DJ line-up on Heart FM, he then made the move to Johannesburg to become part of the 5FM team, where he has been for the last few years. He recently made the move back home to continue presenting his weekday show from 5FM’s Cape Town studios. We asked him what he loves about the city.

Side Street art – Flickr pic of the day

This picture of the artwork of DALEast at the Side Street Studio was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Jenny Hallward, aka j_hallward.

Eat, shoot, share and win at the V&A Waterfront

What do you get when you combine gourmet food and flash photography in an inspirational seaside city? Why, the Discover Delicious winter campaign at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, of course!

Facebook Feedback Friday: your plans for Father’s Day in the Mother City

Bring your father to the Mother City this weekend and celebrate! We asked the members of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town, what they’ll be doing this Father’s Day. Here’s a selection of some of their responses.

Liezel van der Westhuizen‘s top reasons to #LoveCapeTown City Breaks

She’s celebrating 1 000 days in the Mother City on Tuesday 18 June, 2013 and from her numerous photos, social media posts and on-air shout-outs, it’s clear for all to see that media personality Liezel van der Westhuizen loves Cape Town.

The Fog – Flickr pic of the day

This picture was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Graham Bartholomew, aka graham_bart.

Cape Town named as TripAdvisor’s ninth-cheapest city for world travellers

Cape Town isn’t just beautiful; she’s cost-effective, too … the Mother City has been named as the ninth-cheapest city in the world by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, on Wednesday 12 June, 2013.

How to skydive at 96, and other life lessons

Don’t be fooled by this great-grandmother enjoying the winter sunshine and quietly knitting – she jumped out of an aeroplane when she was 96, loves taking road trips to Fish Hoek and plays croquet three times a week. Age is clearly no match for Georgina Harwood. I could call her feisty and sprightly, but that would be an insult. She may see herself as a very ordinary woman, but spend a few hours in her company, and you will be bowled over by her.

Buffelsfontein, Cape Point – Flickr pic of the day

This picture was taken at the Buffelsfontein Visitor’s Centre at Cape Point by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Cathy Withers-Clarke.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 14 to Monday 17 June, 2013

Baby, it’s a long weekend in gorgeous Cape Town! It’s going to be chilly, but that doesn’t mean you should stay indoors. With the red-hot entertainment on offer in the Mother City, there is plenty to see and do.

Top places to visit in Claremont

Claremont forms part of Cape Town’s bustling Southern Suburbs and is one of the Mother City’s most recognisable areas. It is where you might find families enjoying a day of shopping and entertainment at the renowned Cavendish Square, bridal parties posing for unforgettable photographs at the Arderne Gardens, or students from the neighbouring University of Cape Town exploring the vibrant nightlife of the area.

Lunchtime in the Company’s Garden – Flickr pic of the day

This picture was taken at lunchtime in the Company’s Garden by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Graham Bartholomew, aka graham_bart.

Peaks of Africa: tours to pique your interest

There are many ways to explore Cape Town – and finding a good tour guide is one way to help you see everything the Mother City has to offer. Peaks of Africa is a tour operator that prides itself in designing travel packages for wholesale tour operators, travel agencies and individual travellers. They will organise your accommodation and airport transfers, and create an itinerary for your holiday that caters to exactly what you’re after, whether it’s thrill-seeking adventure or some quiet time away from the bustle.

Beautiful lines – Flickr pic of the day

This picture was taken in the Cecilia Forest by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Natalie Shuttleworth, aka snapclicktripod.