Magalies Rocks the Cradle festival – let the journey begin!
Get ready for a winter treasure hunt as the town of Magaliesburg pulls out all the stops for this
year’s Magalies Rocks the Cradle Festival that takes place on 25, 26 and 27 August 2017.
Unlike other festivals, Magalies Rocks the Cradle is more than a single event hosted in one specific
location. Instead, it is something like a treasure hunt, throwing up gems for every member of the
family as they meander along countryside roads and discover the various unique delights the town
has to offer.
After strapping on their adventure boots, the first stop for visitors should be the Information Kiosk at
Hartley’s on Rustenburg Road in Magaliesburg. Here, you will receive a map and a detailed
programme of over 100 events, special offers and freebies planned for the 72-hour fest.
Photography enthusiasts also stand the chance to win fantastic prizes in a competition with the
theme Capture the spirit of Magalies.
Let the journey begin
There are 16 exciting routes to choose from – including the Art Route, Wine Route, Kidz Route, Freebies Route, Handcrafted & Artisan Route, Body, Mind, Soul Route, Outdoor & Adrenaline Route, and Talks & Workshops Route – the only thing you will need to worry about it which route to do first!
Art-lovers will be spoilt for choice on the art route where they have the opportunity to meet
Magalies-based and South African artists. They can watch them create their artworks or even get
creative themselves at a self-expression workshop.
The festival is a foodie-lover’s heaven, offering
an array of delectable experiences designed to please your taste buds! Free tastings, food and wine
pairings, and to wrap up a perfect weekend in the countryside, the Old Mill’s and Woodlands
School’s annual wine festival will have more than 50 wineries on display.
There’s plenty of outdoor action for adrenaline junkies, including quad biking, horse riding, elephant
viewings, walks and bird talks. You can even fight a knight, if you like! Markets are always popular
and this year’s festival offers a variety of stalls and activities where you can “get lost” in your
Culture-vultures will be amazed at the festival’s line-up of performing arts events that will showcase
local talent – from live music at numerous venues, puppet shows for the kids, stilt-walkers and poi
dancers to the musical magic of local choirs. Festival visitors get to participate too at the open mic
sessions. Bring your instruments and join in the fun!
Every parent will tell you that keeping the kids happy is key to a relaxing weekend break. Magalies
Rocks the Cradle is crammed with fun, hands-on activities that the little ones will love! A visit to the
ice cream factory (and tasting, of course) is an absolute must. Also on the menu are fishing and kite
flying competitions, creative workshops such as a tie dying course, a BIG chess game and even the
opportunity to get into the ring with a two-metre tall knight!
Then there is the internationally
acclaimed Maropeng site which never fails to fascinate its young visitors!
The artisan route is a veritable foodie feast offering talks, demonstrations and tastings. Enjoy farm
tours, cooking courses, signature dishes, slow food, traditional roasts and unique fusion flavours.
There are plenty of hand-crafted items to spruce up your home and office – they make for great
gifts too! You’ll find them on the market route where there is a delightful offering of souvenirs,
handmade alpaca products, goats milk soaps, colourful candles, lotions and potions, small items of
furniture, collectable appliances, preserves and sauces, clothing and other handmade items.
Over the years, Magaliesburg has earned itself a reputation for its unique craft beer. Meet the local
brewers on the festival’s craft beer route, indulge in tastings and learn to make your own beer. The
route focuses on the three main breweries in Magalies, but craft beers will be available at various
other venues too. Seating is limited and early booking for the popular workshops and Cradle Beer
Festival on Saturday is a must!
Township tours will introduce you to the vibrant community of GaMohale where you get to meet
James Nzama and hear the story of how he went from unemployed to entrepreneur. Today, he and
his wife are the creative hands behind the ‘Hand that Rocks the Cradle’ brand at the curio store at
the Cradle of Humankind Visitor Centre.
At Mphe Thuto primary school, you will be inspired by what
the school’s veggie garden project is doing to feed over 800 children a day. Visit the Care for Kids
centre, the secondary school’s agripreneurship programme and Comas Place – and shop at the
festival market stalls.
Embark on a journey of self-discovery and re-discovery on the festival’s Mind-Body-Spirit route.
Magalies is known for its tranquillity and pamper retreats, offering a wide range of venues, each
with its own holistic health products and service offerings. The Mindmark’s Mind-Body-Spirit
exhibition offers a full day of talks and treats. Enjoy body pampering, drumming, labyrinth walks and
meditation – and leave feeling rejuvenated in mind, body and spirit.
Talks and workshops cover topics ranging from wildlife gardening, the birds of Magalies, medicinal,
air purifying and edible plants, the importance of indigenous trees, getting off the financial grid and
mysticism. History lovers can book online to enjoy the storytelling of seasoned historian, Wessel
Pretorius as he shares his vast knowledge of the area.
Magaliesburg is a place steeped in intrigue
and mystery – a place of battles won and lost. Remnants from the Anglo-Boer War can still be found.
Bring your metal detector – who knows what can be found?
And who says nothing in life is free? The festival’s freebies route lists everything on the menu that
won’t cost you a cent!
Finally, Magalies will also be rocking the cradle for its local charities. Certain non-profit and welfare
organisations will also be participating in the festival.
For more details, go to www.magaliesrocksthecradle.co.za or visit the Facebook page www.Facebook.com/MagaliesRocksTheCradle for the full programme. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 073 673 8283. HOT 91.9FM will be broadcasting live throughout the weekend and will provide further updates.
Magalies Rocks the Cradle Festival – Relax : Expore : Experience!
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1 & 4: Take a TownshipTour at this year’s Magalies Rocks the Cradle Festival and meet members of the vibrant community of GaMohale. Resident, James Nzama, went from unemployed to successful entrepreneur, and he and his wife are the creative hands behind the ‘Hand that Rocks the Cradle’ brand at the curio store at the Cradle of Humankind Visitor Centre.
2: At Mphe Thuto primary school, you will be inspired by what the school’s veggie garden project is doing to feed over 800 children a day. 3 & 5: With 16 exciting routes to choose from, there is something for every member of the family at the Magalies Rocks the Cradle Festival, that kicks off this Friday, 25 August 2017 and runs until Sunday, 27 August 2017.