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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.

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.
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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! Read more ...

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).

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.

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

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!

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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
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.
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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

University of Cape Town
Visiting academics or students - Bradclin Sport has easy access to UCT.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
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Rhodes Memorial
Beautiful views, scenic breakfast setting - Read more

Shimansky and the Diamond Experience

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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 –
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Email for bookings
Contact number 021 421 2488.

More about Newlands Rugby
Guided tours of Newlands Rugby and Cricket Stadiums, Sports Science Institute and 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 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.

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 0900 to 1600.
Weekdays and public holidays by prior arrangement.
Closed on match days.
Tel +27 21 6862150
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 Cricket
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.

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.
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.

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