Trail run and lots of fun at Groote Post

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THERE’S def­i­nitely the feel­ing of sum­mer in the air, what with the re­turn of sea­sonal events like the Galileo open-air cin­ema and the Coun­try Mar­ket at Groote Post in Dar­ling. To­mor­row’s mar­ket has the added at­trac­tion of a trail run.

Op­tions in­clude the 18km Bobbe­jaan­berg Chal­lenge (8.30am, R180), the At­lantic View which is 13.5km (8.45am, R150), and the short 4km Om­mie-Dam fun run (9am, R80). A su­per­vised Kid Zone opens for reg­is­tra­tion at 7am (also R80). Run­ner reg­is­tra­tion is at 7am.

Af­ter the phys­i­cal ex­er­tion there will be shower fa­cil­i­ties avail­able to freshen up to en­joy the day at the mar­ket with its lo­cal ar­ti­sanal foods in­clud­ing: breads, cheese, mush­rooms, char­cu­terie, wors, sauces, olive oils; arts and crafts; home­ware and dé­cor; and Groote Post wines and craft beers from Dar­ling Brew.

Chil­dren can frolic on the rolling lawns, with ac­tiv­i­ties like trac­tor rides, face paint­ing, wa­ter balls and tar­get shoot­ing to keep them en­ter­tained. Af­ter brows­ing the stalls, vis­i­tors can re­lax in the shade while tuck­ing into their de­li­cious eats from the mar­ket and en­joy live mu­sic by Fran­cois Haas­broek. Groote Post’s award-win­ning restau­rant, Hilda’s Kitchen, will be open as usual, but book­ing is es­sen­tial.

Pets are wel­come, but all dogs must be on a leash at all times. En­try is free, and the mar­ket is open from 10am till 3pm. For more in­for­ma­tion on the mar­ket call El­dré Stry­dom on 082 877 6677 or email el­dre@iloveyzer.co.za , or see www.grootepost­coun­try­mar­ket.co.za

There will be two more mar­kets this year, on Novem­ber 27 Novem­ber and De­cem­ber 18. To en­ter the trail run see www.en­tryn­inja.com/events/event/7661groote-post-coun­try-run.

Di­rec­tions: fol­low the R27 to­wards Lange­baan. Turn right onto the Dar­ling Hills Road op­po­site Grotto Bay turnoff. Af­ter 10 km, turn right to the Groote Post cel­lar. Al­ter­na­tively, take the R307 out of Dar­ling to­wards Cape Town and turn off at the Dar­ling Hills Road. Af­ter 7km turn left to the Groote Post Cel­lar.

Vis­i­tors can en­joy Groote Post’s next Coun­try Mar­ket.

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