Spring Festival 2017

Join us for our annual Spring Festival in Haenertsburg Village, Cheerio Gardens and the Magoebaskloof Hotel from Saturday 23 September – Sunday 01 October 2017. A glorious experience in one of South Africa’s best kept secrets – Haenertsburg / Magoebaskloof.

There are few places in Limpopo that transform so totally in spring as Magoebaskloof and surrounds.  When the small gathering of gardening enthusiasts had their first flower show in September over 30 years ago, could they have imagined that now this festival has become one of the most significant events in Limpopo with visitors throughout South Africa (and even further afield) arriving to enjoy the flowers and the natural beauty of the area.

About the Spring Festival (Text and Images by Lindsey Sanderson)

Where better to celebrate the joys of spring than in Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg? The Japanese flowering cherries are just coming into bloom and the crab apple trees are covered in delicate pink and white blossoms while the azaleas provide a backdrop of glorious pink, red, purple, white, mauve and yellow. Once again, the Spring Festival will be welcoming visitors from all over the country with its craft stalls, food stalls, music events and family fun.

The Spring Fair at the Orion Magoebaskloof Hotel will be celebrating over 3 decades as a showcase of exceptional local art and craft. There will be a wide selection of handcraft on display, ranging from designer clothing to hand-made gold and silver jewellery, traditional beadwork and silk screen items.

Mosaic art

Other displays will include sturdy wooden toys painted in bright colours, exquisite hand-stitched bed linen, wire art, soaps and oils, hand-tooled leather belts, designer leather shoes, pewter and wooden items for the home and garden. Fine art works will also be exhibited and the blind basket weavers will demonstrate their skills and sell a range of baskets, dog baskets, lampshades, tables and cabinets. Fabric-painted items such as table cloths and T-shirts will be on show.

The fair will provide the perfect opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping.

The Food Hall will offer mouth-watering treats including speciality preserves, pickles and jam, a variety of really hot chilly products, organic cheeses, olives, mampoer, biltong, home-made nougat, sweets and biscuits.

Home-based preserves

A magnificent orchid display will be set up in a marquee on the hotel lawns where local orchid specialist Claudia Smith will give advice on potting and propagating orchids. Bromeliads and bonsai will also be on show and plants will be for sale.

To keep the children entertained there will be wire-cars races on an outside track.

Contact: Anne-Marie: haen@telkomsa.net or (015) 276-4828 /082 883 4449.

Cheerio Gardens with its azaleas, rhododendrons, crab apples and Japanese flowering cherries will be open to visitors who can walk along the winding paths or enjoy a picnic “in paradise”. The delightful tea gardens offer home-made scones, crumpets and light lunches. Read more about the history of Cheerio Gardens.

The Village Hall in Haenertsburg offers art, crafts, food stalls, herbal oils and soaps, garden goodies and plants. Contact Linda Miller for info at 082 575 5738.

 

The village shops offer anything from collectables and antiques to clothing, Africana books, unusual gifts and home-baked goodies. Other activities include birding, hiking, mountain biking, adventure sports and water sports.

Pennefather complex

The restaurants, hotels and tea gardens in and around the village will provide great food.

For more information about the are check out these websites: www.magoebasklooftourism.co.za or www.mountaingetaways.co.za or, www.limpopobookings.co.za