There is nothing as fulfilling as catching up with your girls over lunch and a glass of bubbly, but often while getting caught in the ebb and flow of life we forget to set aside quality time with our friends. Women’s month reminds us to pay attention to these integral female figures, and offers us the chance to celebrate their uplifting presence in our lives. If you’re eager to arrange a memorable outing just for you and your tribe, then have a look at these fabulous activities below.
Best for a bundle of guaranteed laughs
Since its launch at the V&A Waterfront in 2013, the Cape Town Comedy Club has evolved into one of SA’s premiere stand-up comedy venues. It’s an all-in-one side-splitting spot where meals and cocktails are served over a bed of incredibly funny jokes. The club offers weekly shows with a roster of revolving guest performers, and all you’d need to do is pick a date and book table for you and your closest pals. For info on the lineup schedule and reservations visit capetowncomedy.com.
Best for a DIY group activity
If you’ve always wanted to sit down and make a beautiful personal ornament, either for yourself or for a friend, then try to rope a few friends into joining you for one of jeweller Henriette Botha’s ring-making workshops. These workshops are simply delightful, and will show you how to carve a ring in whatever style you’d prefer. The next workshop is a collaboration with The Grainery and will take place at a secret location in Joburg on 6 September. For more information visit madebyjewellery.com.
Best for bubbly and breakfast
Escape to the countryside and make a reservation at the Packwood Wine and Country Estate, near Plettenberg Bay, for a spot of breakfast and bubbly. Nothing says wholesome like a farmhouse meal complete with organic eggs, handcrafted cheese, homegrown preserves, and freshly-baked bread. To make a reservation visit packwood.co.za.
Best for friends with sweet teeth
There’s a Lindt Chocolate Studio in Joburg and Cape Town where you and your girls can get together and attend one of the studio’s classes on making cupcakes, macarons, cake, or fondant pudding – all in the delicious flavour of chocolate! If you’re a group of 12, then you’ll be able to reserve a private class just for you and your tribe. For information on class schedules and rates, visit chocolatestudio.co.za.
Best for dual art lovers and wine connoisseurs
In an effort to raise funds for the NPO Call 2 Care, ‘Paint & Sip’ was born. At this innovative event, guests of all artistic levels are encouraged to paint something new and interesting while relishing a few glasses of chardonnay. There will be a guest instructor to help guide you with a few tips and tricks, but it’s mostly all fun and games. Paint & Sip is a monthly event, and events are all listed and updated on Facebook. Tickets must be purchased online prior to the next event.
Best for a day spent outdoors
Arguably one of the easiest gatherings to plan is a magical picnic outdoors. Our recommendation is to visit any of the official botanical gardens around SA, where you’ll be able to find a comfortable shady spot underneath a tree. Split up what snacks and drinks to bring between yourselves and head for the gardens on a sun-filled afternoon. Visit the South African National Biodiversity Institute Website to find a national botanical garden near you.
Best for celebrating… with cake!
If there’s one way to celebrate your girl tribe, it’s by eating a scrumptious slice of cake! The ladies of Lionheart, an online-based pâtisserie studio located in Woodstock, offer hands-on textured buttercream workshops – the perfect class for improving your cake-decorating skills. Here, you’ll decorate your cake and eat it, too. To reserve your spot, or to make a group booking, visit sweetlionheart.com.
By Features Writer, Marike Watson
Features writer by trade, music lover and fine-line illustrator by nature. As an expert on the ’70s era, Marike will happily introduce you to her record collection. She’s passionate about African art and culture. And if she’s not off on an adventure, you’ll most likely find her making coffee.