Autumn brings a riot of colour to the Macedon Ranges. Well worth a day trip or stay over night at a Flop House
Some of Australia’s finest artists who choose to work and live in the stunning Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region are opening up their studios over three weekends for the fifth Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios (DMROS) program, which takes place from Saturday 29 April – Sunday 14 May.
The 12th Annual Woodend Winter Arts Festival will commence on Friday 10th June at the start of the Queens Birthday weekend. Bringing together some of the best chamber music, jazz and world music in the country as well as visual artists, writers and political commentators. Flop House offers discounts to festival goers that stay for three nights with Flop House and purchase a festival pass.
Daylesford Macedon Produce Harvest Festival is a bi-annual celebration of the harvest, dating back to the time when the success of the crops dictated the lives of the people.
Every autumn our festival brings locals and visitors together to enjoy a showcase of unique product from the region’s best growers, provedores, chefs, restaurateurs and vignerons.
Festival goers can try experiences as varied as hands-on permaculture to sausage making; visit farm gates throughout the region and take advantage of the many special harvest week offers. Many become a ‘local’ for a night, shop with the locals at the farmers markets, or taste their way around the region with regional tasting plates and their matched local tipples. We also hold forums on sustainable communities; classes on everything from composting, preserving to bread making; to special winemaker and chef’s dinners and classes.
From the opening exhibition this Wednesday night to closing fireworks on Sunday, the Swiss Italian Festa is an action packed event celebrating the Swiss Italian heritage of Hepburn Springs with food + wine, exhibitions, parades, music, children's activities, sports and walks.
A must attend event for anyone interested in the wines from this region. A winery pass is only $20 to attend over 30 wineries in 19 different locations. Enjoy great local produce in scenic locations and the opportunity to meet the makers. Transport available. For full details see the festival website
Join David Asher, cheesemaker from Canada as a guest of Natasha Morgan and Sharon Flynn of The Fermentary. David is a wild fermenter and author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking. For more information and to make a booking visit Natasha Morgan
A great country fair well worth attending. Catch the steam train from Castlemaine or stay at the Shopkeeper's House and walk to the action.
Part of a fantastic new Masterclass program at Stockroom, this half day workshop with legendary local sculptor Jason Waterhouse presents a rare opportunity to experience the art of welding. For more details on this and other masterclasses go to Stockroom.
Part of the Castlemaine Festival, Pizzazz on Plate is described by the Muckleford Mercury as ‘quite amusing’ and Winner of the 1989 Food and Fun Award, Travelling Businessmen’s Association (rural division), Pizzazz on a Plate makes cruise ship entertainment look downright lame. With its fully functional fire plan, vegetarian options and ‘world class’ talent, Pizzazz on a Plate at the Maldon Community Centre is not to be missed.
The 2017 Castlemaine State Festival looks set to exceed expectations with an amazing program of events that can be accessed here. Please let us know when you have booked tickets for the festival and we will offer 10% off your stay if you are staying for three nights or more.
Lost Trades Australia celebrates the art of skilled manual work and ancient and traditional trades and crafts, their special tools, traditions, languages and secrets which are now threatened by mass produced products in our modern society. Unfortunately many crafts and trades have been lost to history. Traditional crafts and trades that once were the backbone to building towns, cities and industries have gone and been left in the wake of new technology.
In the past people typically worked one trade or craft all of their lives and passed the secrets of their trade or craft to their children or apprentice. So much information has been lost about the crafts and trades of yesterday, rare trades, unusual occupations and skills, while some have been captured in books written by tradesmen and craftsmen before they passed.
Glen and Lisa Rundell set up Lost Trades Australia with the aim of bringing together people that still have these skills and reignite the significance that these trades and crafts have in today’s environment, before they are lost to history. Get in touch to see which workshops give you a discount on Flop House accommodation.
Taste of Kyneton proudly showcases the best Kyneton restaurants, foodies, producers and vignerons. Spend the day sampling signature dishes from some of Kyneton’s most reputable restaurants, sipping local wines, beer and cider, and enjoy a hamper of local produce by the river or take home for later.
The original King of Pop – Norman John (Normie) Rowe AM brings his band The Playboys to SteamPacket @ Maldon Railway Station for a sensational night of entertainment. Normie is booked for an 80 minute show but his agent says our biggest problem will be getting him off the stage as he always has so much fun he goes overtime. For bookings go to Made in Maldon
The Station will be set up with our SteamPacket Blues theme with 8 tables of 10 in the central Muddy Waters Pavilion, 7 tables of 8 and 7 picnic areas in The Clapton Stand and the same set up in the Joplin Stand. Limited General Admission Tickets are also available.
If antiques and collectables are your thing and you haven't yet made it to Fryerstown Antiques Fair, then you are missing out - so give yourself a treat and visit the fair. Last year we found these gorgeous pure wool blankets in mint condition. We have accommodation nearby in Maldon and Kyneton.
Spring Hill Peony Farm is holding it's annual open days to come and pick peonies straight from the paddock. Be warned these events get busy and the next two Sundays are booked already. Open today and the following Wednesday if you can make mid week dash.
Come and see the "best in show" at the 155th Annual Kyneton Show kicking off on Friday 21st November with a Carnival and then an action packed Saturday filled with a huge range of exhibits from animals, to preserves to art shows. A must see if you are in town and want to connect with country life.
Known particularly for its shiraz, the famous ancient red Cambrian soils of Heathcote also produce outstanding examples of Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and excellent Rieslings and Viognier. Only one hour from Melbourne.
Our local vineyards and their winemakers are joined by producers around Australia in releasing fine Heathcote Shiraz wines.
Looking for something local but adventurous to do over the holidays? Flop House and Hanging Rock Llama treks have teamed up to create some memorable Llama experiences in the Goldfields and Macedon Ranges areas that are suitable for children eight and over.
Still several spots available to attend a Ceramic hand building class with Alichia van Rhijn of Hearth Collective. 10.30am - 4pm this Saturday at Stockroom Gallery. Cost is $200 including materials and firing. Flop House will also offer 10% off our accommodation to anyone that is participating in the workshop.
$200 includes materials and firing
Handbuilding with clay offers endless opportunities for creating a variety of wares and forms. You will be introduced to the basic techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building to enable you to create various functional and sculptural forms.
Bindi Wine and Truffles at La Bonta, Saturday 20th August at 7.30pm. Book at La Bonta and then let us know and we will take 10% off your accommodation at Flop House.
If you feel like getting your chef's hat on, the Kyneton Farmer's Market is on again this weekend and featured produce from around the Macedon Ranges and Central Goldfields Region. Get in early for one of Annie Smithers pastries, Plains Paddock Lamb, Red Beard Bread and Goldfields Cheeses.
Fantastic program this year that includes a swag of literary talents, political commentators and writers across a broad range of genres. For full program details visit the website
Local artist, Sarah Gabriel will have an exhibition of her recent work, Flora at her Lauriston Press Gallery, 37B Piper Street Kyneton on the 30th July from 2 - 5pm.
Ever wanted to make salami? This cured meat workshop on Saturday 23rd July at Piper St Food Co, 89A Piper Street (cnr Wedge St) might satisfy your urge. 10am to 2pm and all workshop participants are eligible for a Flop House discount.
River House is hosting our first Ayurvedic Wellness retreat in partnership with Maiaveda Holistic Day Spa in July. Previously only held in India, this three day program offers total rest + rejuvenation with a program that includes daily massage, Ayurvedic cooking, guided walks, yoga + meditation and one therapist for every two guests. Stay at your choice of Flop House! For full details on the program please see our website
Need a new fancy chook, duck, goose or turkey? Come along to the Kyneton Poultry Club's silent auction this Sunday at the Horace Don Pavillon 11am - 1pm sharp.