In true Cape Town style, summer will suddenly be here, so now is the time to plan your activities before it officially arrives! Whether it’s going for a walk during your lunch break, or soaking up the sun at your favourite spot after work, make an effort to enjoy the fresh air right on your doorstep now the longer days are here. These are some of our top recommendations for the season ahead:
1. Trafalgar Park
Trafalgar Park was established in 1905 by District Six residents. With a rich history and lots of character, it remains one of Woodstock’s greatest treasures.
With well maintained paths and beautiful open spaces, it’s an ideal spot to clear your head after work or during your lunch break. Get your colleagues together, go for a walk on the footpaths and have your lunch on the grass – plus, spending time with colleagues outside the office environment can be great for team building.
If you live in Woodstock, the park is the perfect place to take the dogs for a walk or the kids for a play date on the jungle gym.
The community and organisations in Woodstock, including the WID team, value the park just as much as the residents and local workers. As a result, they work together to make it a safe and clean space for everyone to enjoy. It’s open daily from sunrise to sunset, and entrance is free.
2. Cocktails with a view
If you’re looking for a cool Caribbean-style spot in Woodstock to enjoy a drink and something to eat at a reasonable price, Jamaica Me Crazy is the place to go. There’s a rooftop view, amazing food and their famous cocktail and happy hour specials.
Follow them on Facebook to keep up with the new specials and regular events.
3. Explore on foot
If there’s one thing we certainly have more than enough of in Woodstock, it’s local coffee shops. If you can’t start your day without your morning caffeine, why not use the trip to get to know your area a little better? Start your morning with a walk to some new spots, and see the streets, people, and businesses we sometimes miss from inside our cars.
As always, we have some favourites that we recommend you try, all written up for you here. We’re really proud of the development and growth of Woodstock over the last few years and fortunate to call this cultural hub our home, so encourage you to take in your surroundings whenever you take a stroll.
4. Grab a cold one
It’s no secret that Woodstock has become beer heaven over the last few years, with new breweries opening their doors on a monthly basis. Woodstock has become awash with craft beer activity.
At WID we love our community, and we love local businesses. When these two are combined with one or two cold ones, it’s even better! Four of our top Woodstock craft beer breweries include Woodstock Brewery, Woodstock Co-op, Drifter Brewing Co. and Riot Beer – but we’re sure that there’s many more. Read more about those four in our previous blog post, and let us know which ones we should add to the list.
5. Market day
The market at The Palms brings stylish ‘plattelandse’ cuisine and fresh produce to the city. We reckon after one visit, this will become one of your favourite local markets. If you don’t have any plans for a Saturday morning, head down to one of Woodstock’s local gems for a laid back start to the weekend with live music, free entry and parking and some of the best food and people in the city.
Now that you know about our favourites, it’s time for you to share yours. Let us know about your favourite places and activities for summer, and let’s make the upcoming season a good one!
As everyone starts to be outdoors a lot more, please also be aware of your surroundings at all times and try not to walk around alone – safety is still our main priority. If you ever feel unsafe or notice anything unusual or suspicious, please don’t hesitate to give our control room a call on 021 462 1205.