Only 20 minutes' drive north of Johannesburg and en route to the Cradle Humankind, the Ngwenya Glass Village is an ideal place for a family day out with twelve arts and crafts shops to browse, as well as restaurants, cafes and the famous Gilroy’s Brewery, all set amid a pleasant green space shaded by trees and with a children’s playground. At the hub of the village is the Shades of Ngwenya glass-blowing factory where glass trophies and awards trophies are made.
Don't miss out on watching a glass-blower at work crafting small ornaments. There is also an art gallery and plenty of other arts and crafts stores within the so-called village, selling locally hand-crafted items such as ceramics and wire and bead art, candles, curios and clothing. And no visit to Ngwenya would be complete without stopping for lunch or a drink at Gilroy’s Brewery where refreshing Irish-style craft beers are brewed.
Glass village: Tuesday-Sunday 9am to 4.30pm
Glass Shop: Monday-Sunday 9am to 4.15pm