Over the weekend of 5-7 July 2024, The Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale will be hosting five events for art lovers in its varying shapes and forms – from culinary classes to theatre, and the practice that has historically united our nation – rugby.

From 5 to 7 July 2024, Stormers coach, John Dobson and radio host, John Maytham will be teaming up to conduct a weekend of their own spectacular design.

Hosted from the cultural hotspot of the Karoo Art Hotel Barrydale (a 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town), The Five Arts Weekend will be split across five main events spanning the art of food, sport, and theatre.

Enjoy a show at the Belanti, peddle your way through Barrydale with stops at its most scenic farms, master the art of ageing steak, get into the grit of it with an expert rugby panel, and end off with a much-needed hangover breakfast masterclass.

The Five Arts Weekend line-up

Sound like a blast? Here’s the full itinerary:

Friday, 5 July – The Sin Drinkers

On Friday, July 5, John Maytham and Emma Kotze grace the stage of the Belanti with their hit show ‘The Sin Drinkers‘ by Louis Viljoen. ‘The Sin Drinkers’ recently sold out at the Baxter.

Saturday, 6 July – The opening of the cycle loop

Saturday morning will see guests riding the cycle loop which bends its way through eight of Barrydale’s most beautiful farms, with a pop in at the Joubert Tradauw wine Estate, and the Metanoia Gin distillery along the way.

Saturday, 6 July – The Art of Steak workshop

Dive into the art of ageing steak with a workshop hosted by Greg Bax of the award-winning steakhouse, Rare Grill, based in Newlands, Cape Town.

Saturday, 6 July – South Africa vs Ireland Test

A peach of a day (the cycle loop is loaded with them) ends with John Maytham charing an expert panel consisting of John Dobson, Mark Keohane and a mystery Stormers player ahead of an epic Rugby test match between the world’s number 1 rated team and the world champs in the Belanti.

Sunday, 7 July – The Hangover Breakfast

Greg Bax has a secret hangover recipe developed over many years that he will be sharing with guests on Sunday morning.


Accommodation for the weekend event can be booked through the Karoo Art Hotel.


The hotel, previously known as the Barrydale Karoo Hotel, is a quaint country hotel in the farming village boasting fifteen eclectic rooms, each unique. The artists’ inn aims to celebrate all forms of creativity blossoming across the Karoo desert. The space exhibits not only paintings, drawings and sculptures but music, written work and design.

If the hotel should be fully booked for the weekend, hotel reception will advise on nearby quality accommodation offerings.

To book your weekend stay, call 0661897457 or follow this link.

Tickets to The Five Arts Weekend

Tickets for each of the five events can be purchased on Quicket. Pick your events and add to cart.

Price list:

  • The Sin Drinkers is selling for R105 a ticket.
  • Greg Bax Steak Masterclass is selling for R555 a ticket.
  • Rugby Panel Discussion is selling for R55 a ticket.
  • Baxie’s Hangover Cure is selling for R105 a ticket.

All tickets can be purchased here. Sales close on 7 July 2024. 


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Feature image: @karooarthotel / (Instagram)

A version of this article was published in Woman&Home Magazine.