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April 09, 2009

Things to do this Easter weekend

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Two Oceans 2007 finish, photo courtesy of Hubert January

Capetonians and visitors to the Mother City who are looking for things to do over the Easter weekend are spoilt for choice. With a wealth of beautiful scenery and outdoor activities, there is no better place to soak up the last bit of summer over the upcoming public holidays.

The Two Oceans Marathon, which many consider the world’s most beautiful marathon, is being held on April 11, 2009. Since the first race in 1970 when 26 runners took on the challenge, the race has grown into a national institution, attracting close to 26 000 participants across the ultra marathon (56km), half marathon (21km) and the fun runs (5km and 2.5km). For more information, visit the Two Oceans website.

Capetonians and tourists alike line the streets to enjoy the vibe and cheer on the athletes. It is a great way to get into the Cape Town spirit – what better way to start the Easter weekend?

A great place from which to watch the excitement of the Two Oceans Marathon is Noordhoek Farm Village – especially because they are having an Easter egg hunt on April 11 from 10h30 to 12h30. Catch glimpses of the runners before they head up Chapman’s Peak while the kids join in the free egg hunt. Adults can relax over a cup of coffee or browse through the village shops.

For those wanting to attend an Easter Sunday church service, there is no better place to appreciate the history and meaning of the day than St George’s Cathedral in the city centre. The Anglican cathedral is a beautiful example of Sir Herbert Baker’s architecture and has a fascinating history. There will be services at 07h00, 08h00 and 10h00 on Easter Sunday.

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Sunday evening concerts at Kirstenbosch are always very popular, photo courtesy of Damien du Toit

Spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon at Kirstenbosch Gardens watching the popular South African band Goldfish, at a special concert hosted by Old Mutual and Kirstenbosch to raise funds for the Kirstenbosch-South Africa Chelsea Flower Show. Take a picnic and enjoy great music while sipping on Cape wines. Tickets cost R85 for adults, R65 for Botanical Society members, and R55 for scholars. For more information, contact + 27 21 556 8200.

According to Cape Town Magazine, Redhill Family Day, which will be held at the Goodhope Nursery on April 13, offers a day of fun, fynbos and food for the whole family. From 10h00 to 16h00, there will be face painting, puppet shows, arts and crafts, fynbos walks, expert gardening advice, an outdoor tea garden, plus a 20% discount off all plants. Entrance is free.

Adding to the excitement of the day, a live band will be playing at the Cape Farmhouse from 15h30 to 18h00. Hot Water, an up-and-coming World-Roots music band, will keep you entertained as you enjoy the last special moments of the Easter weekend. Tickets cost R50 for adults and R40 for students. There is no charge for children.

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