A subject I have touched on before is what to do in beautiful Cape Town when the weather does not allow you to spend your days lazing on the beach or hiking up Table Mountain. At Oxford English Academy, we have many visitors from the Northern hemisphere visiting during the winter months. As these countries have summer breaks, this is the best opportunity to come over for a few weeks and study English. Winter time is a stormy time because the wind can howl, the rain can pour and the thunder may even crash. However, don’t let this dissuade you from being out and about and learning more about our inspiring country.

If history is your thing you must make sure you visit the Slave Museum. Even if you already know about our rich history, this museum will still inspire and enlighten you. Located a mere five minute walk from our campus on Long Street, the historic “Slave Lodge” dates back to 1679 and is the second oldest building in South Africa. Take an afternoon walk and I can assure you, you will not be disappointed.

One of my favourite past times in Cape Town is visiting the markets. I have mentioned a few in previous posts but there are so many to choose from! A favourite has to be the V&A Food Market at the V&A Waterfront. This market, open seven days a week, is located in the Old Power Station building. Often they will have live music so the atmosphere is truly that of a street market. You will find amazing local and foreign artisan dishes, craft beers and a few retail stalls. From here you can take a leisurely stroll through The Watershed which boasts 150 stalls. Here you really can spend your time supporting the local economy.

Why not venture out of the city centre and make your way to the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay? Our local hop on, hop off bus system is called the City Sightseeing bus and it will take you there on a lovely scenic route. This market operates from a Friday evening through to Sunday late afternoon. Again you will find mouth-watering food, live music and a wide range of interesting retail stalls. I love the antique jewellery stalls where you are sure to find something special from a bygone era. Learning English in Cape Town over winter definitely does not have to be boring or uneventful. Once you are here, we will be only too happy to act as your personal travel consultant.