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13 Reasons Worcester is a Must-visit

13 Reasons Worcester is a Must-visit

This story was updated on 23 April 2019.

As South Africa’s Care Capital, Worcester is renowned for its superb facilities for deaf and blind folk; less known is that diverse attractions await visitors to this beautiful Boland town.
Iconic Pampoen Farm Stall outside Worcester
Timeless architecture

Fauna, flora, art, craft, wine and adventure – and more – all live here against a mountain backdrop. Keri Harvey shares 13 things to do in Worcester during your next visit…

  1. It has arguably the best wines in South Africa, if not the world – and award winning olive products at Willow Creek.
  2. The monthly Pure Boland Market at the green shed in Brandwacht is epic – on the first Saturday of the month from 9am to 2pm. To find out more, mail [email protected], or call +27 (0) 82 301 8561 or +27 (0) 23 342 3538.
  3. Gary Player designed the 18-hole golf course.
  4. The Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens are over 150 hectares of succulents and Karoo plants from around the country.
  5. Neo classical and gabled architecture surrounds Church Square and feels like you are stepping back in time.
  6. The furniture and weaving made by Innovation for the Blind is world class.
  7. You can watch master glassblower David Reade in action in his Church Street studio.
  8. The Big Five live at Fairy Glen Game Reserve just out of town.
  9. You can dine in a restaurant that started in a dam and is now built around a huge ficus tree – at Damas.
  10. South Africa’s first and only practising blind barista is in action at Blindiana Coffee Shop in Church Street.
  11. Pampoen Padstal outside town is iconic, quirky and perfect to stock up on home made treats.
  12. Outdoor enthusiasts have ample on offer: canoeing and boating on the Breede River, hiking, mountain biking, birding, fishing, camping and 4×4 routes.
  13. The only porcelain restorer in the Western Cape – Werner Scheepers – lives in Worcester and works from Church Street.

You also might like: Padstalle and Pit Stops East of Cape Town

Blind barista extraordinaire Joseph Matheatau
Historic buildings are everywhere
Master glassblower David Reade in action

Words and Photography Keri Harvey, keri-harvey.com

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