The best kept secrets of a quaint village in the Great Karoo

Every year, visitors (and new residents) flock to the charming Karoo village of Prince Albert.
Nestled at the foot of the mighty Swartberg Pass, it is home to gorgeous Victorian architecture,
artists of various mediums, fabulous restaurants and bars, yoga retreats and homegrown
produce.

But below the surface of this fantastic offering, the town has grown on locals for reasons that
weekend visitors seldom have the joy of discovering. The communal clubs, markets, projects
and gatherings all contribute to create Prince Albert’s unique feeling of being an authentic South
African dorpie.

If you’re in the area over the Easter weekend or the winter months, you’d do well to check out
these hidden gems.

Moonlight Market

Every quarter of the year, the village hosts the Moonlight Market in the village square (the next
one is on Friday, 19 April). Villagers and visitors come together for an evening of mingling and
enjoy delicious fare from local vendors. No alcohol is sold, but you are allowed to bring your
own as long as you keep it classy.

Saturday morning market

Prince Albert’s Saturday morning market is a beloved local institution and is held every Saturday
morning on the square next to the Fransie Pienaar Museum. Enjoy everything from dried fruit,
homemade jams, pickles, cakes and bread, patés, fresh fruit, free-range eggs and organic
vegetables to herbs and plants and arts and crafts.

Thursday Club

The Thursday Club is a special group of ladies who, for many years, have been quietly getting
on with various charity projects in Prince Albert. They sell second-hand items – including clothes
and books – at the White Elephant Stall at the Saturday Market next to the Museum.

Pop-up charity shop

Located across the road from the Showroom Theatre, the Pop-up Shop – or Yellow Shop – is the
Thursday Club’s new project. It mainly sells second-hand clothing and shoes and has become
especially popular with cool kids and teenagers who are after a retro look.

The Karoo Labyrinth

The Karoo Labyrinth is located in the garden at St John the Baptist Church in Bank Street and is
constructed from local Prince Albert materials and indigenous plants. Anyone is welcome to
walk the labyrinth and spend some time in contemplation.

PADS Animal Welfare

Prince Albert Dieresorg/Animal Welfare (PADS) is a registered not-for-profit organisation (run by
unpaid volunteers dependant wholly on public donations of money and materials. They take
care of disadvantaged animals, educate pet owners and offer first-line nursing where needed.

Prince Albert Garden Club

The Prince Albert Garden Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month (except for
January) for visits to local gardens or farms that have a particular interest, hosts a speaker or
presents a film. Occasionally, a work party is assembled to tidy up a neglected area of town. An
annual plant sale is held at the beginning of October.

For more information on activities and events in and around the village and to book
accommodation for your Easter weekend getaway, visit Prince Albert Tourism’s website at
www.princealbert.org.za. Plus, check out Facebook (@PrinceAlbert.WesternCape), Twitter
(@prince_albert_tourism) and Instagram (@PrinceAlbertZA).

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