The Week Ahead

Some cool events to get excited about this week 🙂

GigCulture Creatives Workshop |17-19 Sep, 9:00 – 12:00 @ Motheo TVET Incubation Centre

This is a platform that aims to assist creatives in the events management, arts and culture industry to develop and grow through skills training and mentorship programs.

Seven relevant topics will be covered that will help you get ahead of the game; equip you and help harness your craft.

Visit for more information and to secure your spot!

Warwick Wine Estate Dinner |18 Sep, 18:30 @ Seisoen

Enjoy a 5 course dinner paired with Warwick Wine Estate’s Best Wines. There is only place for 30 guests. Be sure to make a reservation prior!

Mesibah |18 Sep, 17:30 @ CoffeeTalks Cafe

Enjoy the taste and culture of the mediterranean without having to cross the ocean. Engage your senses and interact with your food to have a mouthwatering experience. All food is prepared from scratch with exotic and fragrant “Ras El Hanout” blend and served on your table in abundance. You will be dinning with your companion or group on separate tables, but there will be a communal kumzits area where you can mingle and socialise with new friends. An affordable feast for R185/p (Includes full course mediterranean meal, with lemonana and Israeli Coffee) . There is a loyalty program and discount options. Bring your own wine!

Andrea Bocelli Tribute Extended Version |18 Sep, 20:00 – 22:00 @ AasVoel Klub

Jacobus Silwer, Cezanne Yzzel and friends are back by popular demand with this previously sold out tribute. At R150pp enjoy good music with good friends.

Woman of Success |19 Sep, 14:00 – 18:00 @ Protea Hotel

Free Entry! Sign up to attend. Be equipped with tools and strategies that drive our passions, give power and that can make you money.

Snake Awareness and Venomous Snake Handling Course | 21 Sep, 9:00 – 13:00 @ Cheetah Experience

Join this amazing Snake awareness and venomous snake handling coue presented by Johan Marais at Cheetah Experience, September 21st!!

Simply follow the link below to book your spot, spaces are limited so make sure you do not miss out!

Hope to see you there!

The week ahead

Some unique events are coming up this week 😉

Estée Lauder Masterclass | 17 Aug, 09:00 – 12:00 @ Anta Boga Hotel.

Estée Lauder invites you to our Masterclass hosted in Bloemfontein at the Anta Boga Hotel.

Whether you’re going out or staying in, the night belongs to you. Discover your perfect skincare ritual and ultimate make-up looks with Estée Lauder.

Tickets are available for R 650.00 per person, inclusive of a welcome drink, light lunch and an Estée Lauder Gift Bag*

Booking is essential. To reserve your seat, purchase your ticket online:

Food and wine pairing with Diemersdal |16 Aug, 19:00 – 22:00 @ Oude Kraal

An evening filled with fine dining and wine pairing with Diemersdal wine maker Thys Louw. Tickets to the event sell out like hotcakes, so be sure to grab your ticket before they’re sold out.

Reizis Square Nite Market | 16 Aug. 17:00 @ Reizis Square

Don’t feel like cooking Friday night? Then visit the Reizis Nite Market! They have live entertainment, good food, craft beer and some leaker treats!

July wrap up

And just like that July ended and we begin a new month. It’s August… WOMEN’S MONTH!!! Before we delve fully into August with all the excited events we have ahead of us, let us go back to some fun and fruitful experiences that were afforded to us in July. 

We started July off with Vryfees with its amazing productions and great social atmosphere.

This was then followed by the Shotgun Pub and Grill Grand Opening. What a delight! There was the Marketing and Branding for Mompreneurs which was a great learning experience.

We attended the Just Start Bloemfontein Workshop where we learnt how to start, run and grow your business in South Africa. The Reizis Square Night Market was great for those who wished to get out of the city for a bit. Some went and experienced moon landing at the planetarium. 

We had some tasty treats from the Pot and Port Family Day as well as fine dining and wine with Klein Zalze. Shopping can never be left out of an important list of To-do’s therefore the pop-up thrift shop at Kalahari was a definite YESSS!

Check out our calendar for some exciting events taking place in the city in August. Hope to bump into many of you there! 😉


The week ahead

This is the last week of July. 7 months (almost) down, 5 more to go. It’s absolutely insane how quick the year is just flying by. How do you feel? Are you stressed? Feeling some burnout? Are you happy?

Don’t forget to take a breather should you need to. Good thing is that there’s quite a number of activities coming up this week which would be perfect for just some time to yourself. I’m talking about music performances, wine festivals, jewellery making (which looks super interesting too)

Dreamgirls – 01-03 August. |Sand du Plessis Theatre

When I think of Dreamgirls, I instantly think Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. If you’re not familiar with the story of Dreamgirls it is the story of three black singers – Deena, Lorrell, and Effie who began as a group called the Dreamettes. They start as three talented, close friends and gradually sharpen their act and rename themselves “The Dreams”. Little do they know of the hard, competitive world of show business.

Good thing for you, the production isn’t just One Day Only 😉

Free State Wine Festival – 02-03 August | Ilanga Estate

Did someone say wine? Bloem wine lovers should make it a date night for an evening of great wine tastings. Connect with winemakers or their marketing representatives while tasting an array of more than 200 of South Africa’s best wines. Early bird tickets end SOON! So get your tickets NOW!

Downtown Sundown – 03 August | Big Massive

Have you ever seen Bloemfontein from a vantage point other than Naval Hill?

Join us for the sunset and watch the city light up beneath your feet. The only way to start a Saturday Night. Live music to put you in the mood, food and beverages to bring you joy.

Drinks and food will be available
OR Bring your own drinks (R100.00 per coolerbox).

Glolooks Natural Hair Affair – 03 August | 48 Reid Street, Bloemfontein

The Natural Hair Affair (NHA) is an event hosted by Glolooks, a natural hair company in the Free State.

More and more women are deciding to embrace their natural hair. Reasons for this vary from women to women. But the one word that keeps popping up is IDENTITY.

The NHA is basically a platform for different women, from various walks of life, to share their natural hair journeys. And for natural hair experts to share knowledge and advice on what works and does not work for our natural hair.

Above all, it serves as platform to celebrate and embrace your NATURAL SELF without any shame or judgement, with like-minded queens.

Resin jewellery and silicone mould making – 03 August | Waverly, Bloemfontein

I could spend hours watching how people create beautiful pieces with resin. I’ve watched people create jewellery and furniture. Heck, even guitars! Now is your chance to also create something that’s unique. Book your tickets NOW on 0797009543

The week ahead

Was the weekend cold or what?! And word on the street is that there’s another cold front heading our way. I know we haven’t had a proper winter in Bloemfontein, but at least give us some time to pack out our winter jackets again before hitting us with more cold.

At least by the looks of the weather forecast for the rest of the week, it’s going to be cold… but not bone chilling cold. So you can go out this week and take part in some events 😉

Just Start Bloemfontein Workshop – 25 July @ Copper Clover | 10:00 – 16:00

Starting your own business is a big, scary step into the unknown. To help you get started we’re hosting a series of interactive workshops to provide you with valuable insights and practical tools on how to start, run and grow your business in South Africa.

The tickets for the event are ALMOST SOLD OUT! so grab them before they’re all gone!

Pot and Port Family Day – 27 July @ Urth | 08:00 – 16:00

Whats better than a potjie with the family on a cold winters day? This is a first I’ve seen for Bloemfontein and it sounds super cool! Be sure to get your tickets ASAP!

Pop-up Thrift Shop – 27 July @ Express | 10:30 – 14:00

Come get your hands on some cool vintage jackets, pre-loved clothing, bags, hats and loads more. You will receive a FREE burger and chips meal with every VINTAGE JACKET purchase and there will be FREE coffee for everyone who brings their own reusable coffee cup. CARD FACILITIES AVAILABLE.

Fine Dining and Wine with Kleine Zalze – 27 July @ De Oude Kraal | 19:00 – 10:00

Fancy a treat yourself day after a long week at work? Treat yourself to a wine tasting! Nothing beats ending off a work week with a glass wine. Tickets are R450p.p and bookings are essential. Book on

Seems like you have quite a Friday to look forward to 😉

Ciao for now!


The week ahead

We’re already more than halfway through the year.


Next thing you know, Game and Makro will have already started with putting out their Christmas decorations and Christmas music will be playing.

Nonetheless, don’t think about the Christmas gifts now, think about the week ahead.

Marketing & Branding for Mompreneurs || 17 July @ Creative Coffee Bean – 09:00 – 15:00

A workshop for Mompreneurs to make sense of marketing and branding and find the freedom you seek from your business.

Who is this workshop for?

Do you want to start your own business but don’t know where to start?

Do you have your own business but struggle to make sense of your branding and marketing?

Do you struggle to juggle between family, your business and your sanity?

For more information, contact Marlize at 082 859 0273 or email

Reizis Square Nite Market || 19 July @ Reizis Square – From 17:00

Reizis Square is a nice little place when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle from the city. Think of it as a Pretty Gardens, but not Pretty Gardens. I’ve been there before on and I like the vibe there. Trust this event on Friday to have some really good food and good music. A perfect event to end off the week.

Fly Me To The Moon – Moon Landing || 20 July @ Boyden Observatory and Naval Hill Planetarium – 19:00 – 20:00

The moon is our nearest neighbor and the only other celestial body we`ve set foot on. Its orbit around the Earth has a big influence on the planet and it dominates our night sky. The six manned missions to the moon have left more than just footprints, and are still contributing to science today. Show includes recent moon landings.

Tickets are R50 on Computicket.

Hello Travellers!

Greetings All

It’s impossible to believe that in four months’ time we will be celebrating Christmas and then starting another new year, where is the time going too? It seemed like it was only yesterday that we were celebrating the arrival of 2018 and wondering what this year would bring. Is it because as one gets older that the time seems to go by so quickly??

Talking of time, I have been going through a wonderful pictorial publication written by the late Karel Schoeman called “Bloemfontein in Beeld or Portrait of Bloemfontein 1860-1910”. This is an absolute gem of a book and I would recommend it to anyone, especially for us living here. It shows some wonderful old black and white photos of people and places of days gone by. I found it amazing to see how this city has developed from a small, dusty development to what it has become to today. As I reside at the base of Naval Hill it was fascinating to see photos of when there were no roads and buildings around it and that there were bushes and trees instead. How I wish I could be transported back to those days and to get a better understanding of how our city originated. I am certain it would have been a lot cleaner back then!

Oliewenhuis – Classical Cape Dutch Architecture

As you are well aware, I do offer city tours and attempt to give the client a good understanding of our past, as it is through our history that has made this place as it is today. It is a shame that many of our old buildings are neglected or vandalised, but we must not only blame the present administration. Beautiful old buildings were demolished in the 70’s and 80’s to make way for parking lots and shopping malls. Thankfully though we still have some architectural gems scattered throughout the city namely Oliewenhuis, Freshford House and Thomas Maphikela house to name but a few. 

Still on the historical note, for those who are interested in old Anglo Boer War photos, please visit the War museum as there is a fascinating display of old time photos which have been digitally coloured. They are amazing to see and show so much detail which you would not notice if they were monochrome. The “artists” who done these photos spent many hours bringing these photos to life and now I get a far better understanding of those photos. I hope that more photos will eventually be “coloured” and perhaps a book published to show their amazing works.

Please contact me if you are in need of any brochures or tourism related issues.

Thank you

Yours in guiding

Tony Horn


The week ahead

It’s July… I repeat… It’s JULY!

Feel the chill in the air yet? Are your kids pretending to be dragons in the mornings when they see the smoke come out their noses and mouthes when they breathe? (It’s okay if you do it too, we won’t tell a soul)

Stay warm ladies and gentlemen, we’re in the middle of winter and it’s no longer going to be just cold, it’s going to be C-O-L-D. So it’s time to start taking out the extra blankets and getting your heaters out the garage. Also don’t forget to stock up on some nice hot chocolate and marshmallows 😉 We might be sharing some amazing hot chocolate recipes too later this month! But for now, have a look at the events up ahead for the week.

Vryfees – 01 July – 07 July | University of the Free State

It’s that time of the year again. A week filled with good food, productions and good music such as Spoegwolf and the Parlotones. The production portion of the festival begins today. The productions are spread all around campus with food being around the main building area.

Remember to dress warmly and be prepared to walk as the festival gets packed! Also remember to take cash as a lot of the vendors don’t have card machines.

Have a look at the program at

Shotgun Pub and Grill Grand Opening – 6 July | @ 14:00

Need a change of scenery after spending the week at Vryfees? 😉 Then head over to the Grand Opening of the Shotgun Pub and Grill! Tons of tasty food and cool vibes!

I’d highly recommend spending some time at Vryfees, you never know.. you might even find some gifts for Christmas there 😉

Weekend wrap up

Startup Grind Bloemfontein Fireside Chat

Startup Grind Bloemfontein held their monthly fireside chat @59 Plenty. Vicki Fourie, former Miss Deaf SA, was the speaker for the month. This was a great platform for people to be inspired and educated on motivational speaking as those in the audience had a keen interest in finding out how Vicki became a motivational speaker and how she manages.

Attendees, as always, had the opportunity to connect with other individuals from various industries and expand their networks. Startup Grind is truly encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit in Bloemfontein. For more information, follow their social media pages. 


Instagram: startupgrindbloemfontein

Also follow Vicki Fourie on her social media pages


June has been such an eventful month, filled with both entertainment and education. Bloemfontein may not be classified as a busy city but we sure have a lot going on. Be on the lookout for next month’s events and save the dates.

The week ahead

It’s the last week of June.. can you believe it? 6 months of 2019 gone just like that.

Sometimes we feel like there isn’t enough hours in a day to complete everything that needs to be done. Heck, sometimes one just wishes they can take a breather. to avoid being overwhelmed.

Good thing this week is jam-packed with events where you can take the breaks you need to avoid your stress levels going through the roof.

The Big Fat Normal Quiz – 25 June, 19:30PM | The Staffy

Put on your Smarty Pants, or underpants, whichever tickles your fancy 😉 and join in at the all popular quiz night at The Staffy! Entrance is R20 and there is a cool prize to be won should you emerge victorious!

The Island – Directed by Jerry Mofokeng- 27, 28 June @ 19:30PM | UFS Scaena Theatre

How about going to watch a play put on by the drama department at the University of the Free State?

“A celebration of Language and Unity, dialogue in Sesotho, English and Afrikaans as poetic as they can be.
A celebration of Identity, South Africans to the core and children of the blanket under the skin.
A celebration of professional relationship, UFS Drama Department, Free State Arts Festival, and Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha working as one team.
A celebration of Mangaung, Unity in Diversity.”

Be Human Family Market – 29 June @ 09:00 | Middelwater Farm

The Be Human Family Market takes place every Saturday. It’s a little ways out of Bloem but rumour on the grapevine is that it’s a nice activity to do with the family. There’s great food and even a morning run for those with an extra hop in their steps. Just remember to take some cash with, as there is an entrance fee of R10 and the food stalls there only accept cash.

P.S There’s even craft beer, gin on tap or your preferred local brew 😉

Mommy and Me Cupcake Decor Workshop – 29 June @ 11:00 | Koekela Cafe

PSA to all moms!

Now this is the first I’ve seen in Bloem. What a cool activity for the weekend

Come join in for a morning of special memories, fun, creativity and more!

The morning is a time for you and your daughter/son to learn together, laugh together and take home your beautiful creations

They’re going to show you how to work and decorate cupcakes with fondant, and everything you need will be supplied, so bring along your apron and smile and come enjoy this fun event.

For more information contact us at

Think we missed a super cool event? Let us know 😉

Ciao for now xxx