The beautiful little village of Lyonville only 10mins away from Trentham is celebrating their Harvest of home grown and home made produce this Autumn with a festival & picnic.
The event celebrates the gardens, produce and hard-working gardeners of the local towns and hamelst of the Central Highlands with displays of delicious produce, flowers and preserves.
The newest addition to the festival is scarecrows; there will be a scarecrow workshop and thereafter a competition for the best whimsical and traditional scarecrow.
People are also invited to bring along their surplus produce of spare bulbs to sell, with seedlings, flowers and other garden goodies for sale.
So pack a picnic packed with goodies and also treat yourself to beautiful home made food and enjoy village life in Lyonville.
Flop House is excited but perhaps a little nervous to be trialing Silver Brumby trail rides this afternoon. We will be out for a couple of hours exploring the back paddocks and forests of Kyneton. It's been a long time since one of us has ridden (over 30 years) and the other rider is a more experienced horse woman. Wish us luck and we will keep you posted! FH
The Easter Parade is on Easter Monday and is a wide ranging collection of things Maldonian, from fire trucks to the Garden Club, penny farthing bicycles to occasional political statements.
Afterwards there is much merriment in the shopping areas of the village with an egg tossing competition, and all cafes and restaurants are open for business.
Easter Saturday is a special day in Blackwood, a beautiful town in the Wombat State Forest, Victoria.
Festivities commence at 11am with the beloved street parade departing from the corner of Whalebone Rd and Martin St. The parade is quirky, creative and lots of fun. Arrival of the parade at the Recreation reserve marks the beginning of the Carnival and Woodchop competition.
A fabulous family friendly day with races and novelty games, a pet show, treasure hunt, face painting, gumboot throw, art and woodwork activities and jumping castles.
Tickets available on the day.
The 14th Annual Woodend Winter Arts Festival will commence on Friday 8th 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 a minimum of two nights with Flop House and purchase a festival pass.
The daffs are out and the Daffodil Festival season is fast approaching. Something for everyone - art exhibtitions, antique show. ferret races, one act plays, scarecrow competition, a street parade and so much more. Check out the extensive festival program
Only a short drive from several of our beautiful BnB’s Taradale yet again celebrates with their Mineral Springs Festival.
Something for everyone including handcrafted local wines, produce including olives, oils, preserves, puddings and more. Multi-cultural food stalls and an Aussie BBQ.
Entertainment all day for young and old including African drumming workshops, acoustic, Indonesian, Cuban and SKA>
Enjoy a range of children's activities including jumping castles and face painting.
BYO picnic blanket and basket to fill.
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. To book
We’ve got a bad case of Gold Fever!
The beautiful township of Blackwood once again will host The Gold Panning Championships
A celebration of Australia’s gold rush history where many towns were born in our region.
With several categories organised to cater for all ages and skill levels. Finals between the fastest recorded times will be conducted for Men’s and Women’s skilled, and the Eureka challenge.
Finish the day off with the Gold Panners Dinner at the Greendale Hotel.
Great Family Day Fun!
Experience old school Australian fun with Lyonville’s Annual Woodchop.
Australia’s Best Axeman…$1000 1st Prize Championship 325mm Standing Block
Entry $5 (Kids Free).
Free Jumping Castle, Food Stalls, Bar, Refreshments,
Explore the region this weekend and get a taste of country life.
Entry via gold coin donation!
Treasures to be found!
Malmsbury Town Hall, Mollison Street, Malmsbury VIC, Australia
This years La Primavera festival will be an intimate affair that continues Lavandula’s tradition of celebrating the Swiss Italian history and influence of the area.
This year highlights the region's health-giving underground mineral waters and the dedicated healing practitioners that are so important to the Hepburn Shire.
Make a date with one or more of the region's best healing practitioners who'll be available to help you relax, rejuvenate and reinvigorate. Explore the original 1850s stone farmhouse for an in depth tour conducted by the original descendants. Take a leisurely stroll around the gardens and deeply breathe in the clean, country air and take in wide views of the grounds and beyond. It is a day for the whole family to come together and celebrate the birth of spring.
This year's Malmsbury Village Fayre features loads of magical family activities including an exciting Parkour course and all-day music program featuring new up and coming artists as well as the world music highlight acts of previous years. There will also be food trucks and over 70 stalls showcasing the best of Macedon Ranges’ local wine, beer and cider plus food produce, hand-made and finely crafted items. Entry fee to this community run event is $2
Come and see the "best in show" at the 157th Annual Kyneton Show kicking off on Friday 18th 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.
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
The 15th Biennial Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens.
For just over 25 years the gardeners of Castlemaine & District have opened their front gates and welcomed visitors in to enjoy the fruits of their labours.
Every two years, in Melbourne Cup Week, around 25 selected gardens are offered for your enjoyment. As always there is a variety of gardens, from grand and historical gardens to small cottage plots and gardens which will intrigue and inspire.
This year there will be 22 Gardens of the Goldfields open.
The Kyneton Music Festival returns, with an all star line up. Kicking off on Friday night at the Bluestone Theatre with Dan Kelly Dream Band, The Twoks and Sugarfed Leopards then continuing all day and night Saturday at St Paul's Park with Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Loose Tooth and Mightiest of Guns and much more. A series of more intimate gigs will be held next door at Major Toms. For full program details go to the festival website.
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.
The Bendigo Writers Festival takes place in the heart of Bendigo's View Street arts precinct.
The festival provides a forum to meet and talk about books and writing, and, mostly, to enjoy the conviviality of a festival set in View Street, Bendigo. There are interviews and debates about everything; you can be sure you’ll find something to delight, amuse, intrigue and stimulate. And we're inviting everyone to share in a warm and friendly winter weekend. For program details register here
Join Grant Cowan at Flop House for an extended pet portrait session over the Queen’s birthday weekend. Bring your loved one to pose in front of a back drop and we will take a photo of him/her for Grant to draw and then paint. Portraits will be completed within the hour. If you can’t make it in commissions via email are possible.
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 sixth Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios (DMROS) program, which takes place from Saturday 21 April – Sunday 06 May.
KCAT2018 is a celebration of contemporary art and the energies that resonate in place and community. Buy a KCAT PASS (which includes a map) and head out on a treasure hunt to find artworks by ten Australian artists on display in unusual sites all over Kyneton, indoor and outdoor.
Wander the heritage fruit orchard and be inspired, taste the best of heritage fruit and learn to cultivate your own organic produce at the free mini workshops and buy produce from local stallholders. Or book into an expert masterclass at an additional cost (bookings essential).
Held on Main Street, Maldon, the annual Twilight Dinner includes a generous regional hamper and performances including Opera at twilight by Pavarotti & the Diva, followed by Beatles tribute band, Rubbersoul.. www.facebook.com/pgMTD2018 $6p pp for entry which includes the bery generous hamper. For bookings : 0417150709. Steam train to Maldon from Castlemaine is $30 on the night. to book the steam train: www.vgr.com.au
has just announced more open days for this Friday, Sunday and next Wednesday. Catering and peonies in beautiful surrounds. Our guests love this experience. Visiting times below:
- Friday the 24th of November 2017 10am -2pm (peony paddock tickets sold out, flowers for sale at Little Church)
- Sunday the 26th of November 2017 10am – 2pm (peony paddock tickets sold out, flowers for sale at Little Church)
- Wednesday 29th of November 2017 10am -2pm (peony paddock tickets sold out, flowers for sale at Little Church)
Shopkeepers House, Maldon is still available to stay at during the Australian Sheep + Wool Show held in Bendigo this weekend! For three days in July, Bendigo becomes the epicentre of woollen fashion, fine food and beautiful fibre. Since 1877, the Sheep Show has been showcasing Australia’s top wool growers and prime lamb producers and now attracts thousands of fans of woollen fashion, food and fibre.
Come an celebrate everything that is great about Maldon during this two week winter festival that features country hospitality, art shows, music, kids activities, craft demonstrations and tours of the old mining town. For further event details go to www.maldon/org.au
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.
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.
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.
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.