New Year’s Festival – Pioneer Museum

A traditional New Year’s Festival for families, with activities for young and old, including tug-o-war and sack races, in Pretoria on Mon 2.

A traditional festival for families at the PIoneer Museum, with activities for young and old, include tug-o-war, cracking of whips, sack races, balloon-throwing and a fun frog jump competition. The festival has been held at the Museum since 1977.

Although the festival officially starts at 10h00, families often arrive earlier and relax on the lawns with coffee and rusks or whatever they have in their picnic baskets. The traditional ‘Boeresport’ games commence at 08h30.

Music is played throughout the day while old and young can take part in various competitions. The highlight of the day is usually the cracking of
the whips, where a floating trophy can be won.

Demonstrations of cultural activities dating back to the Pioneer period of the 1840s include guides dressed in period clothing, who invite visitors to taste freshly baked bread and homemade butter, and make candles from the hard animal fat. Pap and kaiings (crackling) are prepared and sold, and visitors can join a guided tour to the wagon house (waenhuis).

Various flea market stalls can be visited and for the hungry there are numerous food stalls. Visitors are welcome to take their own picnic baskets or utilise the barbeque area to braai their own meat.

Enquiries can be made at Pioneer Museum 012 803 6086/7; Audrey Moshidi 072 323 9758/071 646 0508; Tebogo Kgari or Caroline Griessel and the ATKV (Soekie Nel) 073 036 8697.

Entrance fees are R 30 per adult, R 10 per learner under 12 years and free entry for pre-schoolers.

There is ample parking available.

The gates open at 08h00 and the festival ends in the late afternoon.

Entrance is in Keuning Street from Watermeyer Street in Meyerspark or from Fred Davey Street from Pretoria Road, Silverton.

Contact details

Tel: 0128138006
Where: Keuning Street, Pretoria