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5 pocket-friendly activities to enjoy in Athlone

Looking for things to do in the vibrant suburb of Athlone that won’t break the bank? Check out these budget-friendly activities to enjoy in this Cape Town neighbourhood.

Here are 6 attractions to visit when you’re in the area: 

Athlone Stadium

Athlone Stadium is a historic sports venue that has been in use since the 1960s. The stadium is home to many major sporting events, including international soccer matches, rugby games, and athletics competitions.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the stadium, which includes a behind-the-scenes look at the locker rooms, media areas, and the pitch. The tour, led by knowledgeable guides, provide insightful details into the stadium’s history and architecture. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour.

The stadium is open from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm.

Joggers and walkers can also make use of the stadium’s running track.

Location: Cross Blvd, Athlone 
Cost: R30 per person for the stadium tour and free entry for public use of the running track
Contact: Call +27 21 637 6607 or visit http://bit.ly/3FQPwxG 

Fives Futbol Vangate

Located at the Vangate Mall in Athlone, Fives Futbol Vangate offers a range of playing options, including five-a-side and seven-a-side football and sports such as netball, basketball, and volleyball. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete beginner, these activities will keep you entertained for hours. The attraction is open daily. 

Location: Jakes Gerwel Dr, Athlone
Cost: Prices start from R200 for a 60-minute session, with discounts available for longer sessions and group bookings. 
Contact: Call +27 87 135 2556, email vangate@fivesfutbol.co.za or visit http://bit.ly/3lQ2Uez 

The Joseph Stone Auditorium

Music and art come alive at the Joseph Stone Auditorium, a cultural and performing arts centre. The establishment hosts a range of events throughout the year, including music concerts, dance performances, and theatre productions. The auditorium also boasts a gallery space that showcases exhibitions from local artists.

Location: Protea St & Klipfontein Rd, Athlone 
Cost: Varies per event
Contact: Call +27 21 637 1268 or visit www.eoangroup.com/joseph-stone/

Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone

The Athlone Market

The Athlone Market is a bustling hub of activity where locals gather to buy and sell fresh produce, clothing, and other delightful goods. Visitors can explore the market and sample local cuisine at one of the many food stalls. Visitors can expect live music and other entertainment. 

The market is open every Saturday from 8am to 2pm.
Location: Corner of Klipfontein Road and Belgravia Road, Athlone
Cost: Free

Victoria Mxenge Project

The community of Victoria Mxenge is situated just south of the intersection of Lansdowne and Ottery Roads in Cape Town. Named after Victoria Mxenge, a South African anti-apartheid activist, visitors here can learn more about the Victoria Mxenge Project through an insightful visit, either on their own or as part of the Cape Care Route tour [Link: https://www.capetown.travel/listing/cape-capers-tours/]. Guests may have the opportunity to visit a few of the women’s homes for a cup of tea or a homemade meal.

A flower-growing initiative that cultivates arum lilies indigenous to the Western Cape, has been established in Victoria Mxenge and is knowns as the Lilies for Peace Project. The flowers are sold at the fresh flower market.

Location: Victoria Mxenge Project, Cape Care Route, Athlone
Cost: Price on request and by appointment only
Contact: Call +27 21 372 4206

Experience A Fastfood Feast At Wembley Roadhouse

Wembley Roadhouse is a popular restaurant in Athlone that is well-known for its affordable and delicious meals. Indulge in South African favourites like the bunny chow and gatsby, or try their famous hot dogs and sandwiches. The restaurant is open from Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 9pm.

Location: 21 Wembley Road, Athlone
Cost: Various 
Contact: Call +27 21 697 1435 or visit https://wembley.co.za/

Grab A Gatsby At Super Fisheries

Known as the “Home of the original Cape Town Gatsby”, ravenous customers line the street to get a serving of Super Fisheries’ famous gatsby, which includes variations with polony, fish, calamari and even a Russian sausage.

The eatery serves hundreds of gatsbys daily, all prepared in their quaint kitchen. A crowd pleaser is their super calamari, fish and chips gatsby served with their special sauce.

Location: 63 Old Klipfontein Rd, Athlone
Cost: From R75
Contact: Call +27 21 696 9833

Gatsby at Super Fisheries in Athlone

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