Newlands Activities & Attractions

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Newlands Activities & Attractions

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.

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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 are well signposted, starting and finishing at the Newlands Forest Station.

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 lush suburb.

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Sports Fans - Cricket

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!

Newlands was formerly known as Sahara Park; Newlands; Western Province Cricket Club; Newlands 'A'
Capacity 25,000
End names Wynberg End, Kelvin Grove End
Home team(s) Western Province

Newlands, 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 drawn.
Newlands is also favoured with a Mediterranean winter rainfall climate allowing for perfect weather to watch and play cricket in.

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).

Guest Sessions

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 training.

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Baxter Theatre

For Entertainment why not try the Baxter Theatre? For more info and current shows, check their website:

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Ladies - don't despair, Cavendish Square Shopping Centre is near!
Bradclin Sport, 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"
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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:

Newlands Village

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.

South African Breweries

Just around the corner from Bradclin Sport, lies SA Breweries Newlands plant.

SAB Tours - A Beer Experience
Weekdays only
Bookings 021 658 7511

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.
European 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 names.


University of Cape Town

Visiting academics or students - Bradclin Sport has easy access to UCT.

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