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Heritage Train Rides - Every Sunday
Come and ride a train straight out of the good old days, when life was simpler and train services were an essential part of rural life.
Our restored heritage trains "take you for a ride" through the beautiful scenic countryside and forest of the Central Highlands, to the highest operating railway station in Victoria.
More info www.dscr.com.au
Watch a great movie at the Daylesford Community Cinema.
The Daylesford Sunday Market operates each Sunday from 8.00 am to 3.00 or 4.00pm at Daylesford Station (rain, hail, shine or snow).
A wide variety of stalls selling everything from books to spare parts for the car, fresh local produce, clothing and collectables are located at the market.
The Daylesford Sunday Market is located at 18 Raglan Street (Midland Highway) and plenty of FREE car parking is available. Dogs on a leash are welcome at the Daylesford Sunday Market. More Information
On the first Saturday of the month Daylesford's local farmers, producers and vignerons gather on the oval of the Daylesford Primary School to sell their very fresh produce and products.
You will find everything from cheese, olives, olive oil, eggs, fresh meats, fresh veg and fruit, local honey, jams & preserves, bread, truffles and all your weekly staples to seedlings, plants and chooks for the backyard.
Remember they are seasonal so monthly there are a few changes with the farmers and producers but that is the exciting thing about seasonal it challenges your cooking, keeps food fresh, real and interesting. For the latest list of producers and any other updates visit the operator Facebook page.
Held every second Sunday of each month. From 9am to 1pm in the main street.
Have a beautiful Sunday Drive.
Within an hour and a half from Melbourne you can do your organic produce shopping at Clunes Farmers' Marketbefore fossicking in the local bookstores and antique stores.
Stay for a fabulous lunch or snack at the many Clunes eateries before moving on - or not - to other fabulous destinations around Clunes. http://www.clunesfarmersmarket.com.au/
The Creswick Market is held the third Saturday of every month. Bring the kids and your four-footed friends, all are welcome.
Located in the picturesque and historic township of Creswick, just 20 minutes to either Ballarat or Daylesford the Creswick Market a great day out for the whole family.
Free live music and over 90 specialist boutique sites, offering a variety of unique handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies, something for everyone. Talk directly to producers and designers, learn about the ingredients and processes that brought the item to you.
The market features: gourmet take away food and great coffee; live music; kids entertainment and playground; beautiful gardens to relax in; historic township to explore; hand made arts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, home grown fruit, vegetables, plants and other produce.
Creswick Market is a much-loved monthly event, with the true relaxed feel of a regional craft market. A must see for all residents and visitors of the Goldfield region.
Come and commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the planting of the Lollipop Tree with a walk along the Southern Ridge to the top of Mt Beckworth.
From 12.30p.m, join in the community celebrations with a BBQ and coffee stalls, live music from local R&B band, The Mercurys, and the reading of the original poem by Bob McKinnon, commissioned for the centenary and history displays.
The starting point for the walk and event site is ‘Phillip’s Paddock’, Mt Beckworth Road, (an extension of Coutts Road,) Mt Beckworth.
First walkers to the tree will set off at 9.00a.m. with last walkers leaving for the walk at 10.15a.m.
A brief ceremony on the Mount will commence at 11.00a.m.
Tickets for the walk are free, but you must register beforehand and present your Registered Walker ticket on the day. All registered walkers will receive a Commemorative Certificate.
This is an alcohol-free family event and we also ask that you leave your pets at home.
For those unable to walk, limited transport will be available by pre-arrangement courtesy of the Ballarat & District Four Wheel Drive Club. Pre-bookings are essential and can be arranged by phoning Billie Drife on 0429 434 233 or Ken Campbell on 5343 5378.
To register for the walk, go to https://lollipop100.eventbrite.com.au/ by 11 April.
The annual Clunes Booktown Festival is back on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May, with 18,000 people expected to join the most amazing whole town bookshop experience in Australia. Headline authors this year include Clementine Ford, the Hon. Tim Fischer AC, Hannah Kent, Kate Grenville, A.S. Patric and Annie Raser-Rowland.
Along with author talks, panel discussions and literary luncheons, festival-goers can discover the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectible books in Australia, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music, watch street performers, take a horse and cart ride, try their hand in a scrabble tournament and immerse themselves in the State Library Victoria’s display, which includes one of Samuel Johnson’s original dictionaries from 1755.
There’s also the Magazine In A Weekend program for students, which includes writing, editing and design workshops and culminates in the launch of an online magazine. Offering insights are the people behind literary magazines including The Lifted Brow and Kill Your Darlings.
The Clunes Booktown Festival is all about celebrating books and the great conversations and big ideas that come from them. Join the conversation during the first weekend in May in Clunes.
Content: Back to Booktown http://www.clunesbooktown.com.au/
Foto Flourish and Galaxy Sculptures invite members of the public to our free Exhibition of Fine Art in Daylesford.
Wander through the historic Stanbridge Hall in Daylesford allowing the photographic images of Richard Jefferis to draw you into the heaving waters of the sea, down light kissed darkness of urban alley-ways or shimmy up fractured reflections of skyscrapers and be challenged to decipher your personal connection to his Word Collection of images.
The ambience of multiple photographic forms and colors is enhanced by a select collection by Judith Frauenfelder of unique hand-carved limestone sculptures that includes a standing-stone and story-stone etched with verse in the Futhark alphabet, a dark eyed Guardian and the sack-clutching Visitor. Your visit to this exhibition will be a stimulating addition to your Daylesford experience.
It's going to be exciting.
We've secured many local producers of art, craft and gourmet food.
Gates open 10 am. It's still only $6 per adult / $2 per school child.
Dogs always welcome on a lead. https://www.lavandula.com.au/autufest
The Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival held during the first two weeks in September announces that Spring has arrived. Gorgeous daffodils welcome visitors to Kyneton.
Be entertained by the Festival of One Act Plays, the Antique and Vintage Fair, ferret racing, buskers, a Wine and Food Festival at the iconic Degraves Mill, concert performances and literary events.
Now established the Kyneton Dog Dash delights everyone with a great fun event.
Many local gardens open to visitors and the Spring Flower Show presents the signature blooms of the festival.
In 2018 the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Gala Dance will attract dancers from everywhere to dance the night away with excellent music, fine sashes and a delicious supper.
The Daffodil Art Prize and Art Photography and arts trail of many local galleries displaying artists'work will please art lovers.
The district is on display in the Grand Parade on the last day of the Festival with bands, dancers, floats, cars and vintage vehicles.
After the Parade the festivities close with a fair, performances and activities in Kyneton's main streets.
All of Kyneton's legendary and award-winning culinary establishments will be ready to provide their famous hospitality.