The beautiful suburb of Newlands is situated on the Eastern side of Table Mountain.
It lies on the banks of the Liesbeek River, roughly 15 minutes away from the Cape
Town City Centre and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
There is something wonderfully pastoral about this leafy suburb, which
encourages a slower outlook on life. Observe the quaint ivy-clad facades of the
cottages - some centuries old - lining streets with names like Wisteria Close,
Apple or Lemon Lane, and you forget momentarily that you're a 15-minute drive
from the bustle of Cape Town's inner city. Rest your hands on the delightfully
cool, thickly packed stone walls of St Andrews Church, circa 1857, on Kildare
Road and you are momentarily transported away from the speeding cars on Newlands
Avenue to England's Hertfordshire.
But stay a while and it quickly becomes apparent that
Newlands Village, as the area is commonly referred
to, is great to explore! It boasts period cottages to
national monuments. Those keen on the great outdoors
can take a hike in Newlands Forest
and enjoy stunning views of Table Mountain. The paths
signposted, starting and finishing at the Newlands
Despite its picturesque surroundings Newlands
is also a good central point from which to traverse
all the areas in Cape Town. All the
greatest attractions are within 25 minutes from this
Sports Fans - Rugby
Newlands is the home of Rugby! You
can leave your car safe and sound in the Bradclin Sport
parking at the complex and walk to Rugby. No parking
problems! Enjoy the Rugby, have supper at one of the
local restaurants, enjoy a beer with the after-Rugby
crowd in a local pub.
For the Cricket fans, Newlands Cricket
is within walking distance of Bradclin Sport.
It's a wonderful outing and relaxing time during test
matches and nail biting during the day/night series.
Don't miss out! Join the locals in a Cape Town
pastime and soak up the atmosphere that thrills spectators
thought the world! Read
Cape Town has numerous Golf Courses
- the closest to Bradclin Sport, Newlands
is Rondebosch Gold Club.
Sports Science Centre
Within walking distance from Bradclin Sport, the foundations to the Sports Science
Institute were laid in April 1994, at the same time as those of the new South
Africa. The idea for a Sports Science Institute to develop sport in South Africa
was initially generated by way of extensive interaction between Morné du
Plessis, Professor Tim Noakes and Johann Rupert.
The dream culminated in the construction of a facility
in Cape Town that would provide extensive
research and training space for the Bioenergetics of
Exercise Research Unit of the University of Cape
Town and the Medical Research Council, headed
by Prof. Noakes (now known as ESSM).
Guests are welcome to train on a once off basis. Guest passes can be purchased
at reception. All guests will be required to fill in an indemnity form prior to
For Entertainment why not try the Baxter Theatre? For more info and current shows,
check their website: www.baxter.co.za
- don't despair, Cavendish Square Shopping Centre is near!
Newlands is very close to Cavendish Square Shopping Centre. This up-market Centre
has numerous stores, movie theaters, restaurants so you can shop, eat and be entertained
under one roof in safe surroundings. The perfect shopping time is "Anytime"
Read more: www.cavendish.co.za
Montebello Design Centre
For the shopper who is looking for
something different, this is the place to visit. Montebello Design Centre is located
in Newlands, Cape Town, and is the result of a financial and property bequest
by Cecil Michaelis. The Project is situated in the farm buildings of the historic
site of Montebello. These buildings and land have a colourful history, being the
birth place of Ohlssons Brewery and Continental China. Craft and design studios
cover various disciplines including jewellery, metal, textile, ceramic and original
art. Watch the craftsmen at work!
Enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch
at "The Gardener's Cottage" before or after browsing the shops. The
Gardener's Cottage is the original Gatekeepers lodge which formed part of the
original Montebello Estate. Read more: www.montebello.co.za
The best shops are concentrated in the Kildare Centre on Kildare and Main Road
- take a wander!
St Andrew's Church
The first church in Newlands was built
in 1857 and still stands at the corner of Newlands Avenue and Palmboom Road. This
church, designed by Sophy Gray, wife of the first Bishop of Cape Town, is now
a national monument. A larger church was built off Palmboom Road, but soon became
too small for the growing congregation. St Andrew's Church in Newlands celebrated
its centenary in 1994. The foundation stone was laid by Lady Loch, wife of the
Governor of the Cape, on 6 March 1894 and the completed building was consecrated
by the Bishop West Jones on St Andrew's Day, 30 November. It was the first of
more than fifty churches in South Africa to be designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
The structure is of Table Mountain stone quarried not far from the church.
The walls are of dressed stone in courses, with eight buttresses on the north,
six on the south and two each on the east and west walls. Originally it had a
thatched roof, which in 1949 was replaced by wooden shingles and they in turn
by a new roof of mazista slate in 1969. A church bell, donated in 1895, was mounted
in a turret added to the roof in 1897.
Josephine Mill is just around the corner from
Bradclin Sport and is interesting for its history, shop and its restaurant, Caveau
Wine Bar and Deli, where you can eat in peaceful surroundings outdoors in summer
or inside and cosy in winter.
Read more: www.josephinemill.co.za
South African Breweries
Just around the corner from Bradclin Sport, lies SA Breweries Newlands plant.
Tours - A Beer Experience
Bookings 021 658 7511
University of Cape Town
Visiting academics or
students - Bradclin Sport has easy access to UCT. www.uct.ac.za
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch is a must visit - Read
Beautiful views, scenic
breakfast setting - Read
Shimansky and the Diamond Experience
Guests on the complimentary Diamond Experience Tour are treated to a glass of South African wine or freshly brewed coffee as they explore Shimansky signature collections
- Personalized and complimentary Shimansky Diamond Experience Tour, open 7 days a week from 9am – 9pm.
- Diamonds are sourced direct from South African mines.
- In-house diamond cutting and polishing factory. Guests on the tour witness the diamond cutting and polishing process first hand.
- Guests on the tour are able to appreciate with a view into the jewellery workshop.
- Shimansky pioneered Platinum in South Africa.
Shimansky – www.shimansky.com
Cape Town Diamond Museum - www.capetowndiamondmuseum.org
Email for bookings firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact number 021 421 2488.
|More about Newlands Rugby
Guided tours of Newlands Rugby and Cricket Stadiums, Sports Science
Institute and SA Rugby Museum.
THE SA RUGBY MUSEUM
Situated a touch kick away from Newlands Rugby Stadium, the SA Rugby Museum offers
an exciting and thought-provoking insight into the history of the game in South
Africa. With items dating back to 1891 the museum is a must for any sports fan
visiting Cape Town.
NEWLANDS RUGBY STADIUM
Rugby Stadium has become one of the world's most recognized and respected rugby
stadiums. The second oldest test venue in the world, Newlands is now a modern
51 000 capacity stadium. Enter the stadium through the players' entrance; visit
the changing rooms; run out the tunnel; wander through the function room - sit
on the stands and absorb the atmosphere of this awesome stadium.
Monday to Friday 0900 to 1600.
public holidays by prior arrangement.
Closed on match days.
Fax +27 21 6862150
WP Rugby is traditionally symbolized by the Blue and White Hoops of its
playing strip. Newlands Rugby Stadium, situated in the Southern Suburbs of Cape
Town, South Africa, has a capacity of 49 000 and plays home to the proud Union.
Since the advent of professional rugby in South Africa, shortly after the
1995 Rugby World Cup, WP Rugby Football Union saw the need to establish a commercial
arm to handle the demands of the professional game. In 1996, the commercial arm,
WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd, was created to deal with the growing interest from the public,
media, sponsors and players, and to maximize commercial opportunities.
Newlands Rugby Stadium has hosted 13 South African Test Matches since unification
in 1992, with 9 out of the 13 matches going in favour of South Africa. During
the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Newlands hosted the opening ceremony and first match
against Australia. The Springboks went on to win the tournament. The home
team is called "The Stormers" (after the Cape of Storms).
The first official matches were played at Newlands on Saturday 31 May 1890 when
Villager and Stellenbosch met in such muddy conditions that the curtain-raiser
between Bishops and Hamiltons had to be cancelled. The records show that the university
side won by a 'goal to a try' - the 'goal' was described by the legendary Fairy
Heatlle as 'the most remarkable dropped kick I have seen'. The famous ground was
to see many more such unforgettable moments.
Newlands as we see
it today was purchased, constructed, demolished, and finally re-developed at huge
cost and commitment over the past century entirely by the efforts of dedicated
members of the Western Province Rugby Football Union and its administrators -
to whom this magnificent stadium is a fitting monument. And we must never forget
those faithful supporters, who have followed the fortunes of their teams week
in, week out in spite of often inclement weather.
Newlands is a fitting
testament to those men and women who have supported and believed in not only the
WPFRU but in the game of Rugby Football.
|More about Newlands
Newlands was formerly known as Sahara Park; Newlands; Western
Province Cricket Club; Newlands 'A'
End names Wynberg
End, Kelvin Grove End
Home team(s) Western Province
home of Western Province Cricket, has been described by many, together with the
Adelaide Oval in Australia, as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the
World. Nestled behind and at the foot of Table Mountain it is one of the most
picturesque places to watch cricket.
Over the past years numerous
changes have been made to the ground. This has slightly taken away from its former
splendor. Large portions of the grass embankments have been replaced by pavilions
increasing the seating capacity to 25,000.
Newlands is one of the
few grounds in South Africa that assists spin bowlers borne out by the fact that
many of South African spinners have come from the Western Cape. The pitch is also
very conducive to results with a small percentage of Tests played ending up as
Newlands is also favoured with a Mediterranean winter rainfall climate
allowing for perfect weather to watch and play cricket in.
|More about South African Breweries|
Beer's origins date back to the dawn of civilization, and it has always remained
an ingredient of human sociability.
The ancients drank beer as daily fare,
gave offerings of beer to their gods, accepted beer as wages and enjoyed sharing
beer during special occasions and festivals. So central was beer to ancient life,
that some archaeologists think that beer brewing stimulated the development of
agriculture about 10 000 years ago.
The earliest known evidence
of the beverage is a beer-drinking scene carved on a 6 000-year-old clay tablet
from Mesopotamia, the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers now known
as Iraq. The beer was a sweet, thick brew made from malted barley, dates and honey.
It was unfiltered and drinkers used straws to sip it through the layer of solids
that floated on its surface.
Egyptians, like many early civilizations, believed
beer was created by the gods. They revered the goddess Hathor as 'the inventress
of beer' and associated her with singing, dancing, love and good times. Every
year, they danced and drank beer at festivals in her honour.
Sweet and strained,
the beer was the staple of life, and because Egyptian beer was made from fermented
malted barley or wheat bread, breweries often had their own bakeries.
The most detailed ancient brewing scenes are from an Old Kingdom wall painting
in the tomb of Ti, a high official in the pharaoh's court, who was buried in the
royal city of Saqquara.
About 4 000 years ago, when Nubia was a sophisticated
civilisation in what is today southern Egypt and northern Sudan, the riches of
Africa - gold, ebony, ivory and leopard skins - were traded through Nubia into
Egypt, and Nubia's bitter-tasting beer, brewed along the Nile, was highly prized
by Egyptian pharaohs.
From these beginnings, the enjoyment of barley
beer and its refreshing qualities spread all over the world and down through Africa.
Beer accompanied the emergence of civilization through Europe, and brewing was
done on a large scale in the monasteries and the courts of royalty.
clear beer came to South Africa with Jan van Riebeeck, long before the first wine.
The streams of the Cape watered a fledgling brewing industry which was to follow
the course of South African history.
Beer went with the fortune hunters
to the diamond diggings of Kimberley, soothed the throats of miners on the Witwatersrand
goldfields, and brought solace to the troops in the Anglo-Boer War. Breweries
were established in Kimberley, Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg and pioneers
such as Anders Ohlsson, Frederick Mead and Charles Glass (as famed nowadays as
he was when he brewed Castle Lager at the turn of the century) were household