Worcester was founded in 1822. The town today is mainly the service centre for the surrounding wine and fruit growing areas in the Breede River Valley. Worcester lies at the N1 freeway connecting Cape Town and Johannesburg and is an ideal place for a stopover, since it has some interesting tourist attractions to offer.
At the Kleinplasie open-air museum one can gain an insight into the living conditions of the first settlers. A farm from the 18th century, a hut of the Trekboers and a Khoikhoi camp have been rebuilt and furnished true to detail. Actors in historical dresses reinvoke the rural life of the old days. Visitors can watch how they manufactured soap, rolled tabacco, forged horseshoes, milled wheat, spun wool and much more.
To the wine lover, Worcester offers a big Wine Tasting Centre, where one can savour the excellent Breede River wines. Definitely worth a visit is the KWV Brandy Cellar, where one can gain an insight into art of brandy destillation.
Another attraction is the Karoo National Botanical Garden, about one kilometre north of Worcester. In this 144 hectare semi-desert nature reserve one can find a whole spectrum of Karoo plants.
Glider-flying enthusiasts find the only glider flying airfield in the Cape in Worcester. The Cape Gliding Club owns a whole range of one or two-seater glider planes, a towing aircraft and a tarred runway. Flying activities are usually limited to the weekends only. Visitors are welcome and can, under the supervision of a teacher, try flying themselves. Thermal winds and weather conditions in the Breede River Valley are excellent most of the year
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Top left: Tobacco rolling in Kleinplasie. Bottom left: Worcester at sunset. Top right: Karoo flora in the Karoo National Botanical Garden. Bottom right: A glider takes off at the Cape Gliding Club.