Where farmers, food and friends come together to enjoy the best of the Midlands – local, artisanal, earth-friendly goodness!
Every Saturday Morning 7h30 to 11h30.
Rock Paper Scissors is a contemporary South African goods store. We stock a curated selection of local brands with a focus on great design and quality craftsmanship. We stock exclusively ZA brands and believe in “shopping small” and “supporting local”. We are a concept store catering for a modern and playful lifestyle- enabling you to make your apartment your own, nurture your indoor jungle, kit out your kids, spend time on self care, or find that perfect gift for a friend. Shop our selection of apparel & accessories, home decor & furniture, kids goods, skincare, jewellery, and indoor plants. Our store is based on The Old Mushroom Farm, in a converted mushroom growing tunnel. TOMF is situated in the picturesque farmland of the KZN Midlands, a short drive out of town- just 6km from Howick. The Old Mushroom Farm is an artisanal hub where creatives, craftspeople and makers produce their work as well as have a retail front. Rock Paper Scissors’ curator, Philippa, uses the store as a base for her brands Crooks Creatures & Crooks Apparel- and is often found working on clothing patterns or sewing at her work bench at the back of the store.
Experience exceptional hot air balloon rides from the finest venues in South Africa. Chosen for their exquisite scenery, fine ballooning weather, accommodation options, tourism and interest value. They include the majestic splendour of the Maluti mountain range in Clarens, Gauteng’s Cradle of Humankind, the Vaal river and Vredefort Dome meteorite impact site of Parys, the rolling hills of the Natal Midlands, Champagne Valley in the Majestic Drakensberg Mountains and the beautiful Tala Valley just 45 minutes from Durban. Experience the Finest Ballooning that South Africa has to offer with loads of colour fun and in the company of highly experienced crew. We have been flying these venues safely for more than 16 years. Our balloons, professional experience and hospitality will assure you of an exceptional experience.
A proudly South African business passionate about producing delicious confectionery made using the finest natural ingredients. Wedgewood Nougat was started by Gilly and Taffy Walters on the family stove in 1999. Serious illness had driven the Walters family off their flower farm and Gilly and Taffy set about hosting dinner music concerts at their home to make ends meet. It was at one of these concerts that Gilly first made nougat and was inspired by happy guests to start selling it at the local farmer’s market in Pietermaritzburg. Some years later, the family stove has transformed into a state-of-the-art facility on the KZN Midlands, filled with a team passionate about good food and living a good life!
Combining a premium boutique Bed and Breakfast with a magnificent three tiered country wedding venue The Gallery is truly a hidden “Country Gem”. Our rental includes the exclusive use of three magnificent venues which dovetail together to create the perfect wedding day. The Ceremony, Reception and After Party are all interconnected spaces – each space holding it’s own majestic look and feel creating multiple wonderful experiences for your family and loved ones throughout your special day. The Pavilion is a majestic open-sided venue with beautiful mosaiced pillars and chandeliers offering panoramic views of The FarSide Farm. The open-truss roof has clear sides and quintessential rafters interspersed with skylights. Our Nguni Cattle herd roam in-front of The Pavilion, creating a memorable arrival for guests. This venue is typically used for Ceremonies. Alongside The Pavilion is The Piazza. This is a fully walled Tuscan-style open courtyard. It is fully covered with a bespoke Bedouin-style tent which spans the entire area. This space is flanked by remarkable grey stone walls and two magnificent giant wooden doors leading into The Gallery. Thoughtful uplighting along the stone walls and a water feature built with milk pails adds to the charm – bringing this space to […]
Situated in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and crafting 100% estate wines. Highgate Wine Estate offers wine tastings, delicious food, events & weddings, and picturesque scenery surrounding the elegant venue. Join us for a wine tasting, a tour through the cellar and vineyards, or a picnic in the forest for a special and memorable day – the ideal opportunity for a prepared, or perhaps a surprising event.
For more than thirty years, Fern Hill Hotel has been one of the most cherished places on the Midlands Meander. The three-star, family-run country hotel is practically synonymous with hospitality in the Meander. Boasting 25 fully appointed bedrooms, an award-winning restaurant, conference venues, wedding venues, chapel and a fully accredited hotel school, Fern Hill Hotel has become a major hub in the Natal Midlands. Fern Hill Hotel is owned by established restauranteurs and hoteliers Gion and Karen Poltera. Together with their team of dedicated staff, they will ensure your stay is an unforgettable one. Fern Hill has played host to numerous prominent guests including past President Nelson Mandela when he was awarded the freedom of Howick. Whether you are wanting to unwind in the Midlands, host a wedding, begin a career in hospitality or simply dine out in the Snooty Fox a la Carte restaurant, we look forward to welcoming you to Fern Hill Hotel. A Hotel Steeped in History: Built in 1851 by the Swann family, the original farm became a trading post and boarding house in 1888 for the Trekkers who stopped off before descending the treacherous Umgeni Gorge. Over the years it became a popular holiday resort […]
Set in the heart of the Midlands Meander, are 7 superbly appointed self-catering, serviced cottages. Catering to everyone’s desires from large family groups in charming two-story cottages on the banks of the dam to a quaint and secluded thatch-roofed honeymoon cottage. Pamper yourself in front of a log fire or enjoy freshly caught trout on the braai/barbeque. Initial wood/coal supplied for fireplace – extra requirements will be for your account The cottages all have open fires, are serviced daily, and are fully equipped with linen, electric blankets, microwave ovens, fridges, televisions and braai/barbeque facilities. All the cottages on the dam have the “Hotel Bouquet” so no sim cards are needed. Situated on a working stud farm, activities include fishing in two well-stocked trout dams, rowing on the dams, walking and bird watching. Other activities in the area include golf, horse riding and tennis. Visit the oldest pubs in the province or enjoy the delights of the Midlands Meander Kwa-Zulu arts and crafts route. All cottages on the dam are 4 star graded and AA Highly recommended. We offer wedding and conference facilities for hire. Minimums on cottage apply. No charge for babies in cots own/or supplied. Mid-week and pensioner specials […]
Down a long, leafy lane, nestled deep in the Cedara valley, lies Little Fields — an idyllic hideaway where you can relax with a cup of coffee and the view, or take a stroll on 12 hectares of beautiful farm and wetland. Little Fields is uniquely positioned at the start of the Midlands Meander, a short drive to the quaint villages of Howick and Hilton, and close to the N2. The Country House is ideal for larger groups while The Little Loft Cottage and The Fern Forest Cottage are perfect for families or smaller groups to call home-base while exploring the KZN Midlands.
As you enter the quaint little town of Howick, make sure you stop off at Angels Shoes, 74 Main Street, and discover their impressive range of ladies and men’s leather shoes. Just a little bit of history, Angels Shoes was started in the late 1980’s by James Shankland when he designed and made shoes for his wife whose name was Angel. The shoes and sandals were hand-made from beautiful, soft hand-painted leather. He was one of the first shoemakers in South Africa to use so many different colours of leather on one shoe. He established a niche for a wider fit and his shoe sizes went up to a size 10 for ladies, offering all ladies a vibrant new level of design and comfort. Over time the factory has changed hands and now the manufacturing arm of the business has been outsourced to Corvari Footwear, a family-run business based in Pinetown, Durban. As the owner Tracey Kenyon-Slade says: I am very proud of my Angels brand and know that they really are Heaven for Feet. Come in and say hello any time. If we aren’t open, give us a call and we will be at the shop in 5 minutes to […]