If you are a stargazing enthusiast you should not miss the popular Stargazing Picnics at the Afrikaanse Taalmonument on Paarl Mountain. Stargazing Picnics are scheduled for 29 October, 26 November and 17 December 2016, as well as 21 January, 18 February and 25 March 2017. At these picnics you can discover the night skies with the help of the Orion Observation Group (OOG), an informal stargazing club from the Boland.

The picnic starts at 18:00. A guided tour of the Monument starts at 18:30. From 20:00 to 22:30 you can watch the skies through telescopes under the guidance of OOG members.

Bring your own picnic basket or order one (at R250 for two persons, or R350 basket included) from Volksmond Coffee Shop (tel. 021 863 2800). Volksmond will be open for coffee and light refreshments. No dogs and fires are allowed. Safe parking is available and access is controlled. You are advised to bring along binoculars and warm clothes. No smoking is allowed on the lawns.

Tickets are R35 for adults and R10 for children (available from Computicket). Tickets are also available at the gate, but pre-booking is essential in order to make sufficient provision for telescopes. To book, call tel. 021 863 0543/4809. Stargazing Picnics will be cancelled if the weather is bad. For weather enquiries, call 072 181 6744.

The picnic series is presented in aid of the Taalmuseum’s reading project for children, Let’s Read! You are encouraged to bring along a new or secondhand children’s book in support of the project.