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Time for Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival

Time for Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival

Given the chilly winter weather in the Cape it’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner, but soon enough it will be time to pull out the sun hats in the southern hemisphere.

Celebrate Spring in the Heart of the Cape Winelands

Not far from Cape Town, lies the little historic town of Tulbagh that has gotten into the habit of celebrating the arrival of spring early in September each year.

The annual Spring Arts Festival springs to life over the weekend of September 6 to 8 this year, providing the perfect excuse to escape to this idyllic country location. Tulbagh Valley lies about an hour and a half from Cape Town and is a particularly fitting place to usher in the spring because several rare indigenous bulb varieties only bloom here during spring wildflower season.

Tulbagh Scenery by Norman Collins Photography

The Bounty of Tulbagh’s Spring Arts Festival

Tulbagh’s festival celebrates various forms of art, from music to visual arts and literary events in a creative medley set to delight visitors. This Spring Arts Festival is not just a celebration of the arts in a heavenly setting; it also happens to be held in aid of charity.

Musical performances range from classical to jazz and cabaret, including the talents of Albert Frost, Daniele Pascal, Cape Town’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Tygerberg Children's Choir and, pianists Francois du Toit and Jose Dias.

Various art exhibitions are held in galleries; homes and estates in and around the town, alongside literary gatherings and plenty of entertainment for the little ones. Local establishments join the festivities, sprucing up for the spring theme and serving mouth-watering treats befitting of springtime.

Tulbagh shop by Van Clark

Tulbagh’s Claim to Fame

This Cape Winelands town is truly historic as the third oldest town in South Africa, after Cape Town and then Stellenbosch. Tulbagh’s Church Street even boasts the most national monuments of any South African street!

Tulbagh Church Street by Damien du Toit

The Abundant Charm of Tulbagh

The old Boland town with its lovingly restored buildings is nestled in a picturesque valley, surrounded by majestic Obiqua, Witzenberg and Winterhoek mountains of the Western Cape.

In true Cape Winelands style Tulbagh Valley is home to some famous wine estates that produce award-winning wines, as well as featuring fantastic restaurants. Top-quality produce is also grown in the fertile valley, including peaches, pears and more than half of South Africa’s plums.

Wine tasting by Damien du Toit

The true charm of the place lies in its ideal combination of breathtaking scenery and the finer things in life.

Rijks Country House – a piece of paradise

Surround yourself with the breathtakingly beautiful mountains, beds of Iceberg roses, rolling lawns and vineyards at this Cape Dutch-style country house set on a tranquil wine farm.

Experience exceptional service, delectable cuisine and award-winning wines from Rijk’s Private Cellar, while staying at the five-star Rijk’s Country House, overlooking a scenic lake Tulbagh Valley.

Rijks Country House

An elegant and luxurious retreat from which to explore the Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival and surrounding Cape Winelands.

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Tulbagh by Norman Collins photography

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