Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, conveniently located on the corner of Hazyview and Numbi roads in White River, Mpumalanga, is a lifestyle destination offering over 40 unique and quirky stores, entertainment spoils, an antique shop, a boutique hotel, Sabie Valley Coffee, and the Loop Art Foundry, all a mere 40 minutes from the iconic Kruger National Park.
Here are our 10 favourite things to do at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre:
1. Enjoy a Cocktail Under the Mango Trees
Choose from the Courtyard Café, with tables set inside or outside under beautiful mango trees; Magnolia Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, which was inspired by rural French charm and offers a sophisticated yet relaxed taste of the best the region has to offer; GumTreez Pub & Grill, which offers home-cooked meals, pub grub and great service; or LemonTreez, which offers a great selection of wood-fired pizza, shawarmas and more.
2. Stay at Mpumalanga's First Green Hotel
Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel has been rated one of the Top-20 hotels in the country. It is set amongst the sweet mango trees of the original Casterbridge Farm, and is a mere 15 minutes’ drive from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Ideal for the business traveller it's also a convenient base from which tourists can access the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route. Casterbridge Hollow is also Mpumalanga’s first ‘green hotel’, a concept that has evolved with great charm, using the simplest and most basic materials. Accessories, such as wire-work baskets, hand-crafted tiles and decorative light fittings were all made by local artisans.
3. Explore Loop Art Gallery
The Loop Art Foundry is a one-stop art casting shop, here the gallery takes care of everything from the initial concept and designs on paper to the three-dimensional sculpture in clay, moulding and casting, mounting and even finishing an exhibition-ready artwork.
4. Sip On Some Craft Gin
Definitely not to be missed at Casterbridge is Rottcher Wineries, with owner and distiller Frank Theron taking the business to new heights with a revamped distillery and the launch of a variety of new drinks, including the delicious Limoncello Slush Puppy and orange-based gin.
5. Pick Up a Unique Gift from Africa Joy
If you are looking for a special gift, Africa Joy is a must-visit at Casterbridge. One can't help browsing around the shop’s surprising range of gifts and products from cards, accessories and body products, to goodies for men, women and kiddies. The stock sold at Africa Joy is personally selected to ensure originality, craftsmanship and, where possible, eco-consciousness and community upliftment.
6. Shop Until You Drop
If you are a lover of stylish clothes, shoes and accessories look no further than LoMargé Boutique. Many of the ranges are from Cape Town, with fabrics imported from Milan. The boutique also stocks the latest Earth Collection, made from pure South African cotton. Stock changes with the seasons, so there’s always something new – from exclusive fashions by local designers to genuine leather Tsonga shoes.
7. Watch a Movie
Enjoy a show as Casterbridge Cinema that's comfy and cosy with only 96 seats, and you can take your own food and beverages into the cinema to enjoy while you watch a classic movie in style.
8. See a Show
The Barnyard at Casterbridge is a multi-national event venue hosting bands, artists, comedy, corporate events, dance shows and productions. It is also home to the Casterbridge Music Development Academy. The Barnyard is a fully operational community event venue, with a seating capacity of between 250 - 300 people, sitting at benches and tables - barnyard style - depending on the table layout.
9. Support the Local Community
Whilst range, quality and the element of surprise are all part of Casterbridge’s shopping experience, the lifestyle centre also supports local industries and boasts award-winning artists, potters and sculptors from the area. You can also experience the enchanting vintage motor museum or preview top-draw national exhibitions at the White River Art Gallery.
10. Attend an Event
Casterbridge is host to some of the region’s most successful events, including the Panorama Cycle Tour, the Agriculture and Forestry Expo and the Lowveld Book Festival, which are lots of fun for kids and the whole family.
With something for everyone all under one roof, it's time to visit Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre.
For more information, visit www.casterbridge.co.za.