These relaxed evening picnics at Taalmonument are hosted by the Orion Observation Group (OOG), a small, informal dedicated stargazing club from the Boland.
Situated on a hill overlooking Paarl, Taalmonument offers unique and all-encompassing views of the beautiful surrounds. At each of the picnics, which kicked off on 29 October and will run until 25 March 2017, visitors will have an opportunity to discover more about the night skies, while picnicking at the lovely landmark.
Picnic by starlight (if the weather’s right)
You can either pack and bring your own picnic, or pre-book one from Volksmond Coffee Shop, which will be open for drinks and light snacks on each of the set evenings. The picnics only take place if the weather is playing along, so call ahead to check that it has not been cancelled. (For weather enquiries, call 072 181 6744.) Also, it’s a good idea to bring warm clothes and binoculars, if you own a pair.
Picnics start at 6pm, while the stargazing fun takes place between 8pm and 10.30pm, which is closing time. Also, please bear in mind that no smoking is allowed on the lawns, nor are dogs and fires permitted. While you’re there, you might want to enjoy a guided tour that commences at 6.30pm and does not require prior booking.
All picnics are held in aid of Let’s Read, Taalmuseum’s reading project for children, so visitors are encouraged to bring new or used children’s books to donate.
Diarise these dates for upcoming stargazing picnics:
17 December 2016
21 January 2017
18 February 2017
25 March 2017
Howl at the moon
Taalmonument also hosts full-moon picnics, where chilling under the evening sky is not only recommended; it’s encouraged.