Filmset – Hartiwood – Hartbeespoort

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For the second part of our day, we headed to a time capsule! A beautifully-preserved film set that was super surreal to see in person. They played music in the Deli from the 60’s and even played a song from the movie, Grease. They had the BEST strawberry milkshakes there too. If the theme songs are not in your mind the entire time, then I guess you were born in a different era to me! Giving away my age over here.

The colourful set made for the most stunning pictures. There were a few really cool things that stood out for us…

The Booths

They have a few dozen booths and stores where you can view from the doorstep and some props to touch and take some photos in. Some of the cars you’re not able to open but there are a few that you’re able to sit in as well. They also have some boxcars. They have some phone booths as well with vintage phones and the colours are so nice and vibrant. I definitely recommend that you dress up for this and go all out with a photo shoot.

The Theatre

I love old cameras and equipment from the old times, where we can see how far we’ve come. The massive equipment used to just get a movie on-screen in the sixties is always so interesting to me. They had a few old tv’s and a bunch of props from this revolutionary era.

They also had a piano on a stage in front of a red-seated theatre, and YES, we went on stage and pretended to be famous pianists.

The Post Office

In the sixties we didn’t have mobile phones where we could simply send photos and letters to our loved ones, so seeing the big red postbox, like we see in the movies, was something to write home about!

The Jail Cell

Tell me you never looked at a really serious picture of yourself and thought about what a mug shot would look like? Well now you can take a serious look at what it would look like behind bars. They have a fully fitted cell that comes with a golden toilet seat! Maybe that’s where they would like to see Trump? Gosh I just made a political joke…

The Roller Rink

No sixties theme could even fully be complete without a roller-skating rink. You may rent some skates from the Deli and live out California Girls Dream at the massive rink and they also sell a bunch of merch, like CD’s and tee’s.

Conclusion

I decided to leave a little room for you to explore more about Hartiwood on your own. There are a few more really cool things to see and experience there but if you’ve ever wanted to be an actress or wished you were born in a different era, like I did… on both counts… this place will certainly make you believe it, even just for a day!

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