Karoo Heartland

Middelburg – Winter Wool Festival: 22 to 25 June 2023

Middelburg – Winter Wool Festival: 22 to 25 June 2023

The Winter Wool Festival hosted by Middelburg Tourism will take from the 22nd – 25th June 2023 in and around Middelburg Karoo.

The Karoo Winter Wool Festival is all about celebrating natural fibres and all things authentically Karoo! Come Dance the night away in a Karoo wool shed, run or ride through the beautiful Karoo Koppies, learn about wool, develop your crafting skills with wool workshops, marvel at unique South African made woolen products, indulge in delicious Karoo food and drink, make friends and perhaps some new business connections.

More information: https://www.karoowinterwoolfestival.com

Start Date:22 June 2023
End Date: 25 June 2023

CONTACT DETAILS E-mail: info@karoowinterwoolfestival.com


Nieu-Bethesda – Garlic Harvest Festival: TBC

Nieu-Bethesda – Garlic Harvest Festival: TBC

Join in the fun at this annual community event as locals and visitors share their creative garlic dishes! Come and experience the likes of garlic rum, garlic ice-cream, garlic wors, garlic sushi, etc at Boetie’s Pub in Nieu-Bethesda.

This event generally falls over the first weekend of November.

Bring a cooked garlicky casserole-size dish infused with Boetie Bester’s garlic harvest to share at the community table!

Free entrance

Collect your garlic for cooking purposes from Boetie’s Pub.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/garlicharvestfestival

Event Date: November 2023

CONTACT DETAILS: Boetie Bester – 078 206 2925

Nieu-Bethesda – Pump Palooza: TBC

Nieu-Bethesda – Pump Palooza: TBC

The Nieu-Bethesda Pump Palooza is a celebration of everything Pumpkin. This annual charity event is in aid of the elderly in the areas of Nieu-Bethesda, Graaff-Reinet, Aberdeen and Middelburg. Come and enjoy time in the Village over Easter Weekend!

You can look forward to a fun-filled family event! See the pumpkin exhibition & auction, do a 5km fun run, shop at the street market, enjoy food & live music and experience pumpkin dishes and treats at our local restaurants!

Enter our competition! Our Categories are:

• The Biggest Pumpkin
• The Smallest Pumpkin
• Hidden Beauty
• Arrangement of Pumpkins
• Best Carved Pumpkin
• Best Kids Contribution

Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to our cause!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/PumpPalooza

Event date:  April 2023

CONTACT DETAILS Phone: Chrissie Swarts on 082 579 7460
Email: tothiertoe@yahoo.com


Jansenville – Angora MTB Classic: 2 September 2023

Jansenville – Angora MTB Classic: 2 September 2023

Come and experience an awesome MTB race in the heart of the Karoo with a heap of farmer’s hospitality thrown in during the first weekend in September each year.

This annual event is well worth attending even if not participating in the MTB race. The event is held on behalf of Dutch Reformed Church, Huis Welverdiend Old Age Home, Jansenville and Beyond Tourism.

Routes through the majestic scenery of the Noorsveld and home of the Angora Route along the Sunday’s River
MTB routes
Fun Run/walk routes
Various stalls: food, clothing, biltong, mohair products, jewelry, kiddies corner, live entertainment

More information: https://www.facebook.com/AngoraMTBClassic

Event Date: 2 September 2023

CONTACT DETAILS Phone: 083 663 3002
E-mail: huiswelverdiend@igen.co.za

Cradock – Fish River Canoe Marathon: 7 to 8 October 2023

Cradock – Fish River Canoe Marathon: 7 to 8 October 2023

The Fish is a two-day marathon, with an AR rating from Canoeing South Africa. In order to enter this race, you need to fulfill the CSA requirements for competency and proficiency. Please refer to the Rules page on the website for more information in this regard.

The total distance of the marathon is 81,8km

The race starts at Grassridge Dam on Friday at 07:00. The First Day ends 45,8km downstream – 1km below Knutsford Bridge. This is also the start of Day 2 on Saturday at 07:00, with the race ending 36 km downstream at the Sports Grounds in Cradock.

More information: https://fishmarathon.org.za/

Start Date: 6 October 2023
End Date: 7 October 2023

E-mail: entries@fishmarathon.org.za