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What's Up in Winter in Stanford?!

The history and heritage of Stanford and its incredible natural beauty mean there is something for every type of traveller and member of the family. It can be tricky to plan a weekend or holiday that caters for playful children and tricky teens, but it doesn’t have to be. We've rounded up some of the season's specials and must-do activities and experiences for young and old, families, friends and couples alike.
Don’t miss out on the inaugural Stanford Cheese and Wine Festival, in a collaboration of hearts and minds, and in celebration of local food, world-class wines, and artisan cheesemaking. 
With a melting pot of local suppliers showcasing their wares and set at the beautiful Walker Bay Estate come and feast on some of South Africa’s best cheese. Fill your complementary glass to sip and savour the top Overberg wines, and load your gift bag with a range of mouth-watering artisan fare for a true farm to fork experience.

Promising a day of family fun and festivities, including toe-tapping tunes from local musicians and DJ’s, guests can pick their spot to settle down with their selection of food, while the kids enjoy the activities and outdoors. Or take a seat at the Walker Bay Restaurant for a sit-down dining experience.
Entrance is R150 for adults, and R75 for kids with snapscan and yoco payment points available at the food, cheese and wine stalls.
Come and enjoy the best of local and connect to country life, right here, in Stanford.
Date: Saturday 5 June 2021
Venue: Walker Bay Estate & Birkenhead Brewery
Time: 10am – 6pm
Tickets available on:

Sunday 29th 09:00 – 14:00 May sees Eikenhoff Orchid Nursery hosting an open day with the most beautiful greenhouses full of orchids you’ve never seen. What a beautiful gift an Orchid is! For more details and directions, click here.

Children under 8 years can now enjoy a shorter educational visit at Panthera Africa on Saturday mornings. Spend the morning learning about lions, tigers, leopards and caracals and meet their magnificent pride. We recommend this visit for children under 8 years who are accompanied by an adult. Enjoy a morning with the big cats as your passionate host takes you around the enclosures and shares the fascinating stories and facts about each species.
PRE-BOOKINGS ONLY. Subject to availability. Pre-book your visit now; +27 (0)71 182 8368 or
Saturday 10:00
Duration: 1 hour

Families can visit Panthera Africa for their family educational, and their knowledgeable and passionate staff will educate you on interesting facts about the different species and enlighten you on their animals’ unique personalities and their heartfelt rescue stories.
PRE-BOOKINGS ONLY. Subject to availability. Pre-book your visit now; +27 (0)71 182 8368 or
Wednesday - Monday 10:00 and/or 15:00
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Springfontein Wine Estate’s recent first River Wine & Barn celebration of combined Kleinriver cruise, spit braai and music entertainment was a great success. So they’ve decided to have another before the winter cold really sets in! Book here or for more info email:

If it's outdoors you're into, then Phillipskop continues to be open for day visitors for hiking as “access control measures and entry limitations are in place”. Strictly 9am-5pm. 
R50 per adult, R20 per child. Regret, no dogs allowed.
For more information about the reserve please read our website regarding hiking trails here including the Rock Art and Heritage site and Haarkapper Hiking Trail.

Feeling like something more sedate perhaps, then there’s always the Saturday Morning Market on the stoep of the Stanford Hotel from 9am - 12pm where you will find local farmers, producers and vendors selling the best and freshest local foods and treats including bakes, breads, charcuterie, preserves, fresh veggies, flowers, cheese and eggs.
Or the Stanford Junktique Market at the Stanford Tourism Courtyard where you’ll find some previously loved treasures looking for new homes and some!
Then there’s the all-time favourite Stanford Sunset Market, today 18:00 - 20:00 Friday, 28 May at the Walker Bay Estate & Birkenhead Brewery due to a bit of poor weather coming in.
Join us for a jolly good time as the sun goes down on the Market Square. This much loved, local and lekker outdoor market brings friends and family, good food, live, local music, gifts, crafts, plants, collectibles, books and charities all together on the heritage Market Square. Stanford Wine Route and Birkenhead craft beers available. Excellent non-alcoholic drinks available too. Locally-sourcing vendors who fly the eco-banner high are given preference. Every effort is made to keep waste and non-recyclable rubbish to a minimum. We'll keep your toes tapping while your children run and play on the unspoilt Heritage Square. Plenty of seating and parking. Free entrance. Bring your own take-away containers to reduce rubbish if you want to stock up on food goodies for the weekend. PLEASE wear a mask and follow Covid 19 social distancing regulations.

Upcoming markets to put into the diary for the remaining 2021 season: 25 June 2021, 30 July, 27 August (these 3 winter markets will all take place at the Walker Bay Estate & Birkenhead Brewery.
For more info contact: 082 667 0619 or

Even more chillaxed than sauntering down the high street browsing markets is the opportunity to treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment at either Mosaic Lagoon Lodge Milkwood Spa or Stanford Valley Farm’s Poplar Spa.
 Full list of what to do in Stanford is available here!

And to top it all … don’t forget to pack your swimming togs for a good cause when you take the plunge … the Penguin Plunge!
The fabulous Egret & Owl Book Café serves a unique daily special with a dessert and while you’re at it, you can browse the book shop for your cosy warm winter nook reading plans. Contact them on 072 375 1466
What better than a cheese and wine picnic on the lawn to truly wash away the week’s worries? Walker Bay Estate & Birkenhead Brewery in collaboration with Klein River Cheese present their Picnic Sundays EVERY Sunday. Enquiries on 028 341 0013

Or visit the new Klein River Cheese & Wine Cellar at Birkenhead Brewery, open 7 days a week, to purchase all your favourite cheese.
Don’t feel you have to miss out on their great Klein River Cheese produce when you go home … you can shop online and they delivery weekly to all wholesale and household customers nationwide.
MADE IN STANFORD sa got a dash of chef Bertus Basson inspiration, a slightly new name, called “The Collective, Made in Stanford” but still has the same awesome team around to serve you.  Pop in, Browse, linger for a while, grab a coffee, a baked goodie, stay for lunch, stock up on local artisanal goodies, or book a dinner.
Opening times as follows:
Wednesdays & Thursdays – 8am to 5pm (breakfast & lunch)
Fridays and Saturdays – 8am to 8pm (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Sundays – 11am to 2pm (brunch/lunch menu)
Sundays – 2pm to 5pm (Sunday Afternoon Club) join for drinks & small plate snacks.

Then there's always the family oriented Zesty Lemon Restaurant which is nestled between vineyards and natural greenery of fynbos, on the edge of a beautiful lily pond with a panoramic view of the mountains on the Sir Robert Stanford Wine Farm. They also sell a variety of home-made jams and preserves made right on the farm!

Ingredients are all farm fresh, and the menu reflects the seasons with salads and vegetables coming straight from lovingly tended garden. Join for breakfast, lunch or a light snack in the relaxed farm style restaurant or sit outside on the lawn enjoying a glass of wine sharing one of the famous platters. You might like to arrange a picnic or book a table for the popular Sunday roast. They also have a children’s menu, and outdoor area with a jungle gym that the kids will love while the grownups relax and enjoy themselves.

All day breakfast from 10h00 – 15h00 (Mon-Fri)
Cake and Coffee special for only R50 (Wed-Fri)
Weekend bookings essential – 028 341 0647 
Zesty Lemon Restaurant
Manor House Restaurant @ Stanford Valley Guest Farm
Great service, stunning views and a house filled with art to complete all your senses being taken care of.
Operating Hours:
Wednesday from 17.00 for dinner
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 08.00 till late for breakfast, lunch & dinner
Sunday from 08.00 – 16.30 for breakfast and lunch
Manor House Facebook page or website for the full menu.
For bookings, call 072 198 0862 or email
Friday evenings you are spoilt for choice with Ulumbaza Bar(n)s pasta evening special OR the Harvest Saloon for pub grub and toe tapping local live music line ups (unless it’s a Stanford Sunset Market Friday, then you’ll find the Harvest Saloon closed since everyone is on the village green).
The local Jolly Rooster Fynbos Distillery is always a fun spot to try some locally distilled grappa, liqueurs and gins.

Feel like a take-aways instead while at your self-catering accommodation? Then don’t forget about our local favourite mobile take-aways, Calories, located just before the NG Kerk on Queen Victoria Street every day 10:00 – 18:00.
Full list of our recommended restaurants in the village here.
And of course our wonderful wine and beverage route for a country meander.
We look forward to welcoming you to our village this winter, pack your boardgames, the kids' bicycles, your latest book club read and unwind and relax with us. Don't forget to share your adventures using #visitstanford and if you need assistance booking accommodation, contact us on 028 341 0340.
To discover more of Stanford’s Secrets, pop into the Tourism Office in Queen Victoria Street, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram

Don’t forget to share your experiences with us using #visitstanford or tag us on @stanfordtourism

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That’s all for now, folks. And remember, if anyone asks where you got your news, tell them you heard it through the Grapevine!

Stanford Tourism and Business
028 341 0340

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