Nights are getting cooler, and it’s time to start ordering your firewood, and unpacking your winter coats.   There are signs of seasonal change everywhere, so despite the sunny days, and the greening brought about by our recent rain, we need to start preparing for much colder weather ahead.   People are predicting snow for Clarens this winter.   Oh well, we just have to wait and see.



Meiringskloof has always been a very good reason for people to visit Fouriesburg.   We sent Lauren Moorcroft to go and have a look – and she’s written an article about her “Day out of Clarens.”   Click here to read it.  (We really enjoyed her recount of the creatures she met in the cave – and can only hope that Damien had nothing to do with this particular part of her adventure.)

If you’re planning to visit Fouriesburg, have a look at the articles on the Self-Drive pages of the website.
Clarens to Fouriesburg
larens to Fouriesburg (The Caledon Loop)

Creative Hands – 60 artists/crafters receive their certificates


You could almost taste the excitement when 60 local artists and crafters gathered in the Martie Lotz Hall yesterday, to receive their Clarens Creative Hands Certificates.   The Creative Hands project has been working with these artists and crafters for nearly two months, and it has been extremely exciting to see how the Art Aid team have managed to coax and inspire our local artists, giving them the encouragement and confidence needed to go forward and establish successful careers in a most demanding field.   It was a very special occasion.  Not least because we had the opportunity to meet  Dr Narissa Ramdhini, CEO, of the Ifa Lethu Foundation.   You very quickly get the impression that she is not only committed but also extremely determined not only to enable artists and crafters to build sustainable businesses, but also to preserve our cultural heritage with skills from the past being developed and passed on to the next generation.   What’s more Ifa Lethu is committed to continue helping our local artists and hope to establish a retail outlet for these talented artists and crafters right here in Clarens. Read more

Clarens Fire Association Newsletter

Everyone will remember the devastating wildfires of 2014.   During these fires we had tremendous goodwill from the community which helped to keep the morale of the firefighers high.   We also had great support for our fundraising golf day held on Saturday 1st November 2014.   This was our most successful golf day held to date and enables us to keep or Clarens Working on Fire team operational.  The cost of transporting and providing food only for the WoF teams utilised over the last fire season was nearly R100,000.   Read more

Foot Clinic in Clarens


Welcome Sister Julie
Sister Julie specialises in foot care and especially foot care for diabetics.
So now there’s no excuse not to go walking in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve.

Clarens has a new Pub.

Clarens has a new pub:   Jack & Jill, Pub & Grill.
They’re opening today.   You’ll find them in Sias Oosthuizen Street (next to Fully Connected.)


China in South Africa Week:  12-20 April, 2015

The Free State Provincial Government, lead by the Hon. Premier. Mr E.S. Magashule will be hosting approximately 500 Chinese investors during the week of the 12th – 19th April 2015.

The objective of hosting this event is as follows:
1. To improve the relations and partnership with our current and future Chinese investors;
2. South Africa imports more commodities and goods than we export, our aim is to sell our province and its potential to the Chinese, work towards providing an enabling platform for the Chinese to invest in our province with the intention and view to increase our export profile.
3. To provide a holistic tour experience across the province, in an aim to temporary increase consumer spending during the tours and to sell the Tourism sector as a growing sector in the Free State Province.

Click here for more information


Big upcoming Event in November – Get ready NOW!


BMW Motorrad Days 6 – 8 NOVEMBER 2015

Make Life a Ride – all the way to BMW Motorrad Days 2015

WANTED:  Your Accommodation

WHY:  BMW are bringing their Motorrad event to Clarens in November,

attracting 2000 – 3000 enthusiasts.

Every single bed in Clarens and its surrounds will be booked out for this

event. Problem is, not every bed is known! Please supply the details of your

establishment/guesthouse/B & B/farmstay etc., with email address, to ensure

that you do not miss out. Please spread the word to those who do not have

access to the internet. Tell your friends, family, neighbours, etc.

Details can be sent to: TAMMY HANCOCK   or

                                   NATALIE MEYER


11 April 2015
Clarens Country Market

2-12 April, 2015Stars of Sandstone

A large collection of Heritage items from 2-ft narrow guage locomotives, steam traction engines, vintage agricultural machinery, old cars, aircraft and military vehicles are brought to life during the show.

Josie Field

10 April, 2015

Josie Field in Rosendal

Rosa Theatre

    11 April, 2015
Clarens Sector Police Forum, Kia and Radio
Maluti Golf Day.
 18-19 April 2015
Ashburton National MTB Series – Clarens
Clarens hosts #3 of the Ashburton National MTB Series: an exciting 7 leg  National marathon mountain biking series spanning 6 South African provinces.


Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you have property to let.