Perdeby No-party guide

SAVANNAH PLASKITT
Maybe you find clubs stressful and bars too loud and crowded, or maybe you just want to experience some of what Pretoria has to offer. Whatever your motivations, Perdeby has compiled a No-Party Guide for you to have some non-party fun before exam season starts.
If you love the outdoors or just want somewhere to unwind why not pay a visit to one of Pretoria’s many parks? Most parks have free entry, making them a great spot for an afternoon picnic. Some of the parks near UP include Magnolia Dell Park, Jan Cilliers Park, and Springbok Park. Don’t forget UP’s own tranquil outdoor retreat; LC de Villiers.

If you want an outdoor experience with animals other than hadedas and weavers you don’t have to leave Pretoria. Groenkloof Nature Reserve has zebra, jackal, duiker, impala, ostrich, giraffe and many other forms of wildlife. They also offer horse trails.
For the knowledge seekers and historians, Pretoria is home to many museums which contain a wealth of knowledge. The Ditsong Museums of South Africa is an amalgamation of eight national museums, seven in Tshwane and one in Johannesburg. According to the Ditsong website, the Kruger Museum “consists of the original house in which S.J.P. Kruger, President of the old Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR), and his family lived during the last years of the 19th century, as well as two display halls and President Kruger’s State Railway Coach.” The Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum “showcases the history of the development of agriculture in South Africa from the Stone Age until 1945.” Also part of the amalgamation is the Museum of Cultural History, the Museum of Military History, and the Museum of Natural History.
If you are artistically inclined, you can visit the galleries of The Pretoria Art Museum or attend one of the many events hosted by the Pretoria Association of Arts. Upcoming events can be found on their website. 
The Hazel Food Market is open every Saturday from 8am to 2pm in Menlo Park. It is a great place to relax after a busy week on campus and to try new foods.
If none of the ideas above catch your eye, perhaps something in this line-up will.
Second Annual Cat Art Exhibition will be help at Hap Koffiehuis from 10:00 on 23 September. If your room is in desperate need of a cat painting, this is the place for you.
From 23-25 September, Meerpark Station in Centurion is hosting a Model Engineering Fair. There will be model train rides, an exhibition of steam engines, and even model boats if you aren’t interested in trains.
On 3 October The Vintage Square Thrift Fair takes place in Lucky Rodrigo Parking. If you are looking for some thrifted vintage clothing bargains, this is the place.
At 17:00 on 3 September, Brooklyn Theatre will be hosting A Taste of Taiwan! Taiwanese Cooking Demonstration. The demonstration will teach you how to make Gua Bao, otherwise known as “Taiwanese Hamburgers”, Fried Beef with Green Onion, and many other traditional Taiwanese foods. 

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