Ten years of festive ideas

■ The Festive Ideas market, which turns 10 this year, will take place at the Simondium’s Country Lodge from Wednesday October 24 to Sunday October 28. On offer will be wide range of gift items including linen clothing, brass and stainless steel jewellery, handmade glassware, soft furnishings, embroidered cotton and linen napkins, tea towels, table cloths, cotton shopping bags, pouches and scarfs, pure essential oils, bio-degradable and natural soaps, lavender sachets and edible lavender, among others. The market will be open daily from 9am to 4.30pm from Wednesday to Saturday, and will close at 3pm on Sunday. Tickets cost R40 at the door. Free entry for children under 18. The lodge is located between Paarl and Franschhoek and is accessible via the N1 highway 60km from Cape Town and 15km from Stellenbosch via the Helshoogte Pass.