Soak up the atmosphere and act like you live here
Immerse yourself in village life.
There are lots to do if you want to feel what it is like to live in a town like Prince Albert.
Go to the Saturday markie and have a coffee with locals, visit a community project or relax on the stoep with the Prince Albert Friend newspaper.
Don’t forget to go for a picnic or walk a labyrinth and why not visit our library for a good read or to catch up on the latest magazines.
Prince Albert Beadkidz is a community project where a group of young people earn a small income by making and selling beaded items.
The flagship product of the group is the range known as “Prince Albert People”. These beaded fridge magnets depict the many people who make up our community – from grandmothers with babies on the hip, municipal workers and school girls to rock singers and ballet dancers.
Beaded windpompe are also a favourite with visitors who wish to take something of Prince Albert home.
The beaders work on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 pm – 5 pm at the Beadkidz container at the Cape Access Centre, Toegangspad, Rondomskrik, Prince Albert and visitors are welcome.
Beadkidz products are available at the Tourism Office, Lazy Lizard, the Swartberg Hotel Deli, O for Olive and every second Saturday at the local market.
Hoërskool Zwartberg bestaan reeds vir 100 jaar. Die skool was vroeër ‘n gekombineerde laer- en hoërskool, maar is sedert 2013 slegs ‘n hoërskool. Daar is jaarliks gemiddeld 420 leerders in die skool en kom hoofsaaklik uit die skool se vier voederskole: Prince Albert Primêre Skool, Laerskool Merweville, George Fredericks Primêre Skool en Leeu Gamka Primêre Skool. In die laaste paar jaar is daar leerders afkomstig uit Laingsburg ook ingeskryf by Hoërskool Zwartberg.
Daar is 14 onderwysers op die personeel wat die skoolhoof, mnr. Richard McKnight, adjunkhoof mnr. Shaun van der Walt en departementshoof mnr. Johannes Izaks insluit.
Vakke wat in die skool aangebied word is Afrikaans Huistaal, English First Additional Language, Wiskunde, Wiskundige Geletterdheid, Fisiese Wetenskappe, Lewenswetenskappe, Besigheidstudies, Verbruikerstudie, Toerisme, Rekenaar Toepassinstegnologie, Siviele Tegnologie, Tegnologie, Lewensoriëntering, Sosiale Wetenskappe, Natuurwetenskap, Skeppende Kunste.
Prince Albert holds a moonlight market every quarter where villagers and visitors come together for good food and an evening of mingling around the fires in the market square.
Check the special events calendar for moonlight market dates.
Market starts at 6 pm.
Stalls offer a variety of freshly prepared food, deserts and non-alcoholic drinks.
You may bring your own wine.
Prince Albert Dieresorg/Animal Welfare (PADS) is a registered not-for-profit organisation (NPO), run by unpaid volunteers dependant wholly on public donations of money and materials.
Our aim is to relieve the plight of disadvantaged animals, educate their owners and offer first-line nursing care where it is needed.
Primary projects are dipping/deworming in summer, sterilisation programmes when funds permit and vaccination for pets on condition that the animal be sterilised.
Prince Albert Parkrun is a free, timed, 5km run that starts every Saturday morning at the Odendaal Sportgronde. April to September we start at 8 am, October to March we start at 7 am. It is part of the growing parkrun phenomenon around the world.
The route includes a bit of tar, some gravel track and about 2 km of trial in the Gordon Koppie. It is a lovely route with fantastic views and it gets you right into the Karoo veld.
We welcome parkrunners from all over South Africa and around the world on a Saturday morning.
Comrades king, Bruce Fordyce and his wife Gill visited Prince Albert during December 2014 to look at a possible route and then returned for the inaugural run on 6 June 2015. Bruce has friends (Di and Jeremy Freemantle) in Prince Albert and old family ties – his great grandfather, Dr Pieter Luttig, was the first locally born doctor and the only person to have a car in those days.
Pick-a-Piece is a community project where children bring recyclable materials in exchange for points. The points are redeemed in a shop for essentials such as food, toiletries, school supplies or treats.
Pick-a-Piece is open most Wednesday afternoons (not the first Wednesday of the month and not during public school holidays).
Visitors are most welcome.
Visit our page to see a video of a Pick-a-Piece afternoon and to learn how you can help.
The Pop-up Charity Shop or ‘Yellow Shop’ is a project of the Thursday Club.
We are situated across the road from the Showroom Theatre.
Open Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 pm to 4pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm.
We sell mainly 2nd hand clothing and shoes and do a roaring trade with visiting teenagers looking for that RETRO look!
Proceeds from the sales support many charitable projects in Prince Albert.
You can drop any pre-loved clothes, shoes, linen and accessories at the shop or the veranda of 15 Pastorie Street, or at Prince of Africa on the veranda of the Swartberg Hotel. You can even phone and we will collect.
The Prince Albert Community Trust works towards growing a healthy, caring and safe community.
From supporting a Tekkie Fund for the local parkrun to encourage school children to take part, to staging an annual concert of local talent, complete with coaching for participants, PACT does not stand back when it comes to facing the challenges in our community.
Treat yourself and read about the inspiring projects that PACT supports in its mission to develop and empower the communities of Prince Albert, Klaarstroom and Leeu Gamka.
PACT is a non-profit organization and Public Benefit Organization, registered as a trust. The Prince Albert Community Trust acts as an umbrella body and bona fide charity, channeling donations towards the welfare of the disadvantaged community of Prince Albert and the greater municipal area.
The Garden Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month except January.
Topics include visits to local gardens or farms that have a particular interest, a speaker or a film or occasionally a workparty to tidy up a neglected area of town.
The Annual Plant sale is held at the beginning of October.
For more details, please see posters, or contact Tourism or Sue on 023 5411 558 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Prince Albert’s Saturday morning market is a much loved institution and is held every Saturday morning on the square next to the Fransie Pienaar Museum.
Saturday morning – 8 am to roughly 12 pm
Stallholders offer dried fruit, homemade jams, pickles, cakes and bread, patés, fresh fruit, free-range eggs and organic vegetables.
Enjoy a cup of coffee with a pancake or breakfast at the market.
You can often buy herbs and plants for your garden.
Some Saturdays you will find crafters selling their wares.
Volunteers from the ‘Thursday Group’ run a White Elephant stall which supports the soup kitchen and other charities in the village.
In the Government Gazette of 30 October 1855, the Governor, Sir George Grey, gave permission for Prince Albert to hold a weekly market. The site where the market is held, was formerly the vegetable garden for the Haak family who built the house which now holds the Museum in 1904.
Sonneblom Kids is a special place offering quality education to 110 todlers
You can walk the “koppie” trail on the hill behind the village (no permit required).
The path starts at the top of Crosby Street and ends in Klipstreet and can be done in reverse, starting at the corner of Klip and Bergsig Streets.
Wear a hat, sturdy shoes or boots and carry some water.
Wonderful views of the village and the Karoo.
Your hosts or the Tourism Information Office will explain in more detail how to get to the starting point.
Walk the Karoo Labyrinth in the garden at St John the Baptist Church in Bank Street.
You are most welcome to walk the Karoo Labyrinth at St John’s and spend some time in contemplation and prayer.
The Karoo labyrinth is unique to Prince Albert and has been constructed from local materials and indigenous plants.
The path is defined by stones and weaves its way from the Church door towards a tree which provides shade for quiet contemplation and prayer.
The Celtic Christian symbols of Earth, Air, Water and Fire all feature in the labyrinth.
We are a group of ladies in town who, for many years, quietly got on with an enormous number of charitable projects esp at the hospital, crèches and with needy people.
The charitable projects are made possible through the proceeds of selling second hand stuff, including clothes and books –
Every Saturday we sell items, kindly donated by generous town’s people, at the charity white elephant stall at The Saturday Market next to the Museum. We are determined to continue this successful stall that facilitates so many charity projects in town.
The Pop-up Shop or Yellow Shop is our new project and is generously sponsored by its owner. Here we sell mainly 2nd hand clothing and shoes and do a roaring trade with visiting teenagers looking for that RETRO look!
We sell 2nd hand BOOKS at both the white elephant stall and the Pop-up Shop as well as on the verandah of ‘Prince of Africa’ next to the Swartberg Hotel.
The main objective is to assist children, in particular, feeding them at play-schools daily and care for the elderly especially at our local old age home, where recently we facilitated the painting of the whole interior and replaced all water taps.
Please drop off anything you no longer need or want on the veranda of 15 Pastorie St, at Prince of Africa or call 082 937 2978, to be collected.
Financial donations are appreciated and used very well and can be deposited in ABSA 632005, The Thursday Group, savings acc nr 931 813 5445