Be part of the 4th annual Wakkerstroom Arts and Craft Ramble

16 to 18 June 2017

Enjoy this self-guided tour in the village of Wakkerstroom.

Visit local artists and crafts people in their studios, or see their work in the galleries.

Adult courses and kiddies' craft can be booked throughout the weekend

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Download a course booking form
Download a map

What's it about?

Known as the "Jewel of Mpumalanga", the village of Wakkerstroom is home to many artists and craftspeople, both professional and amateur. From Friday 16th June, Art & Craft exhibitors from near and far will show and sell their wares at the Bioscope, Papillion, Just Because and a number of other shops and venues around the village until the 18th June. Artists will also be working and displaying art from their own home studios. Look out for the red flags at participating venues!
The official opening of the ramble will take place on Friday 16th at 17:30 at Ijuba Gallery where well known contemporary artist Gordon Froud will give a brief talk and open the ramble. All are welcome.
There are courses and demonstrations to be booked for and lots to inspire you ….
Courses begin on Friday with Corli Swart from Lappiesland teaching you how to create a ‘Ragaty bag from a bag of rags’ (R180). Bring a sewing machine and see requirements list. Kits are available. Engela van der Hoven of Ijuba Gallery explains ‘Creating Conceptual Art’ in 2 parts (R50) and there is also a course by well know Sicelo Ziqubu on ‘Creating Skeletal structures using found materials, wire and beads’ (R50). There's a demonstration on Friday, showing you how to use inks and bleach in artwork (R50) and also a free talk by Leonora de Lange on creating miniature art.
Saturdays’ courses see a repeat of Sicelo’s skeletal structures, a Cheese making course on soft cheeses by Jane (R150), Clay play – the art of Pottery with Matilda Angus (R200), a demonstration on watercolours by Leonora de Lange (R50) and part 2 of the Creating Conceptual Art.
Sunday 18th sees a repeat of the Ragaty bag patchwork course (R180), Carol Preston will teach you Cartooning for beginners (R150), and Mark Devenney will do a free demonstration on painting in perspective.
As it’s the Youth day weekend, children are encouraged to enter our arts & crafts competition. Fantastic prizes have been donated! Children can also join Carol and Kristi on "Youth day", from 09:00 to 11:00 at Papillion Venue, to create an item to enter in the Art & Craft competition. The cost is R5 to use the material supplied.
At 11:30 am the children of the Lotto group from Esizimeleni will perform on their Marimba’s in the same venue.
All Children’s Competition entries will be exhibited. Parents, family and friends are urged to view during this time. Visitors will vote for the winning entry on Friday and Saturday, and the prize winners will be announced at 3:30pm at the Prize Giving / Auction in aid of Reach for a dream!
Also look out for the Clay dancing group who will perform in the village on Friday and Saturday. They will be busking – so please support them!
And on Sunday morning at 9am children can join Kristi on a nature walk and art activity at Birdlife. Anyone can attend as your fee is a bag of recycle material! What a fantastic idea, Kristi!
On Saturday 17th 15:30, is an auction of art, craft and other items kindly donated by artists and other generous Wakkerstroom residents. All profits go to the chosen charity, which this year is ‘Reach for a Dream’ – a really worthy cause. Please come along or place your pre-bids if you cannot be there in person. Many of the items on auction are available to view on the website already and include art, pottery, an official 2010 soccer ball, wine, liqueurs, a pull along golf cart, a chair, a wok, a photo/slide scanner, a motherboard, a 1950’s single bed quilt, a set of 60 pastels, historic framed images, vouchers from various restaurants and pubs, 20 lavender plants, an adult coloring in book, tie back holders, Walka, a ceramic t-pot and more.
We look forward to a fantastic weekend for all.
Maps and details of times and venues of the various events will be available in the village and will be able to be downloaded from this website from the 12th June or can be got from the organisers on 083 452 3363 or

In June, visitors can enjoy the sunny winter landscape during the day, and cuddle up in front of cozy fires in the evenings. Famous for its bird life, this charmling little village is just a three-hour drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, and five hours from Durban. It is safe, beautiful and unpolluted, and draws day trippers from the nearby towns of Standerton, Secunda, Ermelo, Bethal, Middleburg, Piet Retief, Paul Pietersburg, Vryheid, Luneburg, Volksrust, Vrede, Amersfoort, Utrecht, Memel, Dundee, Ladysmith, Glencoe and Newcastle.

I'd like to ramble

As far as possible, the programme has been designed so that you can either follow a planned route each day, or pick and choose what you'd like to do in a less formal way. Some venues will be open all the time, while others will be available only at specific times for specific demonstrations or courses.

Either way, you can come for the day or come for the weekend.

Book Accomodation

I'd like to exhibit

If you are an artist or craftsperson, or you sell arts or crafts suppies, and you'd like to exhibit, sell, demonstrate or teach, please get in touch via the exhibitor application form.

Things to be aware of are:

  • The cost of exhibitor space is R170
  • If you want to use your own space for exhibiting, that space must be open from 9am to 4pm from Friday 16 June to Saturday 17 June, and from 9am to at least 2pm on Sunday 18 June
  • If you are offering demonstrations or training courses, it will be necessary to fit into the programme. We will, of course, do our best to accommodate your specific time and date preferences, but do have to balance the programme.
Exhibitor application form

For the more athletic, there is a run/walk on the 17th of June. You can contact Rupert Lawlor on 083 227 9020 or press the button for more information.

Mountain Challenge