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Events January 2017

Fortnightly River Park Markets

Date: Every 2nd Sunday 2017

Venue: River Park

Held on alternate Sundays from 7.30am to 12 noon with a variety of stalls including fruit & vegetable sales, bric a brac, homemade produce, trees & shrubs etc. 

Contact the Visitor Centre on 9761 1740 or email visitors@bridgetown.wa.gov.au to find out which Sunday they're on or contact Alan & Sonja Roberts 9761 2412

Events June 2017

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - June

Date: 1 June-31 August 2017

Venue: Various

Contact Details: 

Please visit www.bridgetowninthewinter.com.au for more details..

Weekend of 2-4 June

Zack Linton @ The Cidery, Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Blues, rock originals & classic covers. Winner of the Bridgetown Blues challenge. Award winning Beers, Ciders and light meals available.  No booking required - more info at
www.thecidery.com.au

Morning Tea @ Harcourts, Saturday 9.30am - 11.30am
Pop in for a cuppa and some home-baked goods with the Real Estate Professionals at Harcourts.  Explore the property market and see if your dream move to the country might become a reality! No bookings required. 126 Hampton Street. Tel 9761 1566

Dream Pillow Workshop - The Rabbit Hole @ Attic & Fable, Saturday 10.00am - 11.00am
Hosted by The Botanical Vault, this workshop will teach you all about herbs, flowers and essential oils that will aid your sleep. You will be taught to create your very own dream pillow to suit your senses. No prior skills required $40 p.p. including all materials. Book via www.thebotanicalvault.com.au.

The Best of the Blackwood @ The Freemasons Hotel, Saturday 4.00pm till late
Featuring a line-up of local musicians playing from 4.00pm till late. Restaurant open from 5.30 till 8.30 for evening meals.

Light Up the Night!   Official Festival Opening!   Saturday 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Head to the main street and be dazzled as the lights are switched on at 6.00pm to mark the start of our Winter Festival! Enjoy a stroll under twinkling blue lights while enjoying late night shopping and a range of dining options.  Warm up with Mulled Ciders and Wines and post your wish in our wishing grotto - be sure to keep an eye out for Santa who might be starting his Christmas Shopping early!

Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro, Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines.  Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018.

Bridgetown River Markets, Sunday 8.00am - 12.00pm
Set on the Blackwood River, just over the bridge, you will find an eclectic mix of fresh produce, plants, collectables, hand-made goods and assorted treasures.

Mary Myfanwy @ The Cidery, Sunday 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Original and old fashioned favourites. Beautiful folk style with haunting vocals.  Award winning Beers, Ciders and meals available.  Bookings welcome on 9761 2204

Weekend of 9-11 June

Maureen & Daun @ The Cidery, Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Well-known local due performing both originals & covers. Gentle folk and sing a long classics.  Award winning Beers, Ciders and light meals available. No booking required - more info at www.thecidery.com.au

The Jubilee Singers @ St Brigid’s Church, Friday 7.30pm & Saturday 2.00pm
Join the amazing Gospel Style Jubilee singers at these fundraising events for Henry Nouwen House. Held where it all began at St Brigid’s Church, 102 Roe Street. $15 entry at the door.

Christmas-In-July Dinner at The Old Barn @ Ford House, Saturday Doors open at 6.00pm
Dinner served at 6.30pm.  Only 30 seats available at this historic property for an amazing three course Christmas themed meal cooked by Pip Mills with desserts by Ford
House. BYO, $95 per person. Bookings essential on 9761 1816.

Pinwheel Quilt Workshop @ Sew Gentle Era, Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm
A modern quilt made in bright happy colours will warm your heart this winter. This pattern is suitable for a confident beginner (cutting experience desirable).  Bobbie Deans will show you how to cut and assemble your blocks and border, then you will cut it up and reassemble it all!! Sounds wrong?  BUT it’s loads of fun!!  For more information and to book a place call 9761 1490. Workshop $45 per person

Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro, Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines. Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018.

Weekend of June 16-18

Fingerless Glove Workshop @ Sew Gentle Era, Friday 9.30am - 12.00pm
Cute and sassy fingerless gloves for the frosty Bridgetown (or should that be Fridgetown?)  mornings! For more information and bookings please call 9761 1490. Workshop $20 per person

Miss T & The Eclectics @ The Cidery, Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Bold, soulful vocals and foot tapping blues guitar.  Award winning Beers, Ciders and light meals available.  No booking required - more info at www.thecidery.com.au

Mindfulness Meditation, Wellbeing and Self Care Workshop for Allied Health Professionals @ Kalyaana Wellness Retreat Friday
Experience award-winning care at this outstanding retreat (voted no.1 speciality lodging on Trip Advisor). Please contact Karen on 9761 1420 to book or learn more at www.kalyaanawellnessretreat.com.au

South West Open Chess Championships, Saturday & Sunday
Get your inner Kasparov on at this popular annual event. For more information please call Norbert on 9409 9579

Winter Comfort Food Cooking Class @ Little Hill Farm Saturday 11.00am - 1.00pm
Enjoy a fun filled day at Little Hill Farm, learning the secrets of making the perfect puff and short crust pastry which participants will transform into a variety of delicious savoury and sweet tarts, flans and pies. Along the way, Antonio will provide some family cooking secrets and Adam will provide a short tour of the farm kitchen gardens.  The class will end with a sit down meal where you can savour the delights of your efforts. Places are limited and by bookings only. $60 per head. Antonio 0417 080 262 or www.littlehillfarm.com.au

Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines.
Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018.

Games Gizmos & Grub! @ Bridgetown Pottery-Restaurant Saturday 6.30pm onwards
Do you remember when there was no telly? Cast your mind back to pre-video days. What about when “live” entertainment meant putting two bob in a juke box? Break out the backgammon, check out the chequers, pull out a poker deck, marvel at Monopoly, triumph with Trivial Pursuit, chew over a game of chess, snooker yourself with Snap, fly into a fit with Fish and the list goes on. We’ll spin a few vinyls and crank the curry pot.  BYO. Bookings preferred on 08 97611038 or functions@bridgetownpottery.com.au

Bridgetown River Markets Sunday 8.00am - 12.00pm
Set on the Blackwood River, just over the bridge, you will find an eclectic mix of fresh produce, plants, collectables, hand-made goods and assorted treasures.

Fingerless Glove Workshop @ Sew Gentle Era Friday 9.30am - 12.00pm
Cute and sassy fingerless gloves for the frosty Bridgetown (or should that be Fridgetown?) mornings!   For more information and bookings please call 9761 1490. $20 per person

The Archie Exhibition Launch @ Bridgetown Pottery-Restaurant Friday 6.30pm
Bridgetown’s own answer to Archibald Portraiture Prize! Opening night of the famous Archie Exhibition. Join the local artistic community as they vote for the People’s choice
and the judge’s choices are announced.  Wine and nibbles available.  No booking required. Exhibition runs till 7 July.

Mary Myfanwy @ The Cidery Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Original and old fashioned favourites. Beautiful folk style with haunting vocals.  Award winning Beers, Ciders and light meals available. No booking required - more info at
www.thecidery.com.au

Market Garden and Seed Saving Workshop @ Ashbil Community Garden Saturday 9.00am - 11.00am
Produce Market of freshly reaped vegetables and fruit from the garden for sale by donation. Potted edible plants and information available. Visitors welcome. Sausage sizzle and morning tea provided. Workshop on ‘The Practice of Seed Saving’ presented by Cheryl Hamence.  Starting at 9.30am. Members’ free/Non-Members by donation. Phone Libby on 0419 090 869 to register.

Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines.
Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018.

Quiz Night @ The Town Hall Saturday 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start
Bridgetown Greenbushes YouthCARE council are hosts of a quiz to raise funds to support the school chaplains in the local area.  BYO snacks - full bar and hot drinks available on the night (strictly no BYO drinks).  Tables of eight available @$10 per person.  For more information and to book a place call The Visitor Centre after 1st June on 9761 1490.

Christmas-In-July Dinner at The Old Barn @ Historic Ford House Saturday 6.00pm - Dinner served at 6.30pm
Only 30 seats available at this historic property for an amazing three course Christmas themed meal cooked by Pip Mills with desserts by Ford House. BYO, $95 per person.
Bookings essential on 9761 1816.

Pinwheel Quilt Workshop @ Sew Gentle Era Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm
A modern quilt made in bright happy colours will warm your heart this winter. This pattern is suitable for a confident beginner (cutting experience desirable). Bobbie Deans will show you how to cut and assemble your blocks and border, then you will cut it up and reassemble it all!! Sounds wrong? BUT it’s loads of fun!!  For more information and to book a place call 9761 1490. Workshop $45 per person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Truffle Kerfuffle - Southern Forest Food Festival

Date: 23 June 2017

Venue: Fonty's Pool, Seven Day Road, Manjimup

Contact Details: 

www.trufflekerfuffle.com.au

Come along and get truffled!

Truffle Kerfuffle 2016 will include wineries, food stalls, master classes, cooking demonstrations, free kids' food classes, food discussion/truffle seminars.

 

There will also be Truffle Dog competitions, truffle orchard tours, and local produce by way of the local farmer's markets and a lot more!

 

 

 

Events July 2017

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - July

Date: 1 - 31 July 2017

Contact Details: 

Please visit www.bridgetowninthewinter.com.au for more information.

Weekend of June 30-2 July

Rory Faithfield @ The Cidery Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Wistful and romantic. Beautifully crafted folk originals. Award winning Beers, Ciders and light meals available. No booking required - more info at www.thecidery.com.au

Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines.
Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018.

Bridgetown River Markets Sunday 8.00am - 12.00pm
Set on the Blackwood River, just over the bridge, you will find an eclectic mix of fresh produce, plants, collectables, hand-made goods and assorted treasures.

Games Gizmos & Grub! @ Bridgetown Pottery-Restaurant Saturday 6.30pm Onwards
Do you remember when there was no telly? Cast your mind back to pre-video days. What about when “live” entertainment meant putting two bob in a juke box? Break out the backgammon, check out the chequers, pull out a poker deck, marvel at Monopoly, triumph with Trivial Pursuit, fly into a fit with Fish and the list goes on. We’ll spin a few vinyls and crank the curry pot. BYO. Bookings preferred on 08 9761 1038 or functions@bridgetownpottery.com.au

Life Drawing @ The B-Pop Sessions Saturday 2.00pm - 5.30pm
A relaxed and encouraging life drawing session with two experienced life models. Limited numbers so bookings are essential on 0408 935 598 or bpopsessions@gmail.com.
Cost is $30 per session which includes light refreshments, tea and coffee. BYO other drinks. www.facebook.com/bpopsessions

Weekend of July 7-9

Christmas in July ‘Felties For Kids’ @ Sew Gentle Era Friday 10.00am till 2.00pm
Have fun making some felt decorations for Christmas....with simple child friendly sewing techniques producing great results! Suitable for 8years + $15 per session (including
kits to make two decorations) - additional kits can be purchased for $10.  For more information and to book a place call 9761 1490.

The Folk Club & Open Mike @ The Cidery Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Popular Folk Club - Open mike available for an evening of musical entertainment. Award winning Beers, Ciders and light meals available. No booking required - more info at
www.thecidery.com.au

Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines.
Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018.

Christmas-In-July Dinner at The Old Barn @ Historic Ford House Saturday 6.00pm - Dinner served at 6.30pm
Only 30 seats available at this historic property for an amazing three course Christmas themed meal cooked by Pip Mills with desserts by Ford House. BYO, $95 per person, 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. Bookings essential on 9761 1816.

Sunny Side Sprint @ The Blackwood River near Sunnyside Oval Sunday 9.30am (practice on Saturday)
Held by the Power Dinghy Racing Club - see competitors in 3m racing boats take on a two stage dash on the mighty Blackwood River. Further information from Nick Ewan on
0457 054 582.

Winter Comfort Food Cooking Class @ Little Hill Farm Saturday 11.00am - 1.00pm
Enjoy a fun filled day at Little Hill Farm, learning the secrets of making the perfect puff and short crust pastry which participants will transform into a variety of delicious savoury and sweet tarts, flans and pies.  Along the way, Antonio will provide some family cooking secrets and Adam will provide a short tour of the farm kitchen gardens.  The class will end with a sit down meal where you can savour the delights of your efforts. Places are limited and by bookings only. $60 per head. Antonio 0417 080 262 or www.littlehillfarm.com.au

Weekend of July 14-16

Christmas in July ‘Felties For Kids’ @ Sew Gentle Era Friday 10.00am till 2.00pm
Have fun making some felt decorations for Christmas....with simple child friendly sewing techniques producing great results! Suitable for 8years + $15 per session (including kits to make two decorations) - additional kits can be purchased for $10. For more information and to book a place call 9761 1490.

Mary Myfanwy @ The Cidery Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Original and old fashioned favourites - beautiful folk style with haunting vocals Award winning Beers, Ciders and light meals available. No booking required - more info at
www.thecidery.com.au

Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines.
Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018.

Sourdough Workshop @ Bridgetown Pottery-Restaurant Saturday 8.30am start
Learn the art of sourdough with Artisan Baker Michael Kneale. Why not bring your own flavourings to add and share with the group over a tasty lunch following the workshop.
$50 pp including ingredients and lunch.  Bookings on 08 97611038 or functions@bridgetownpottery.com.au

Flower Arranging Workshop with Earth Blooms Saturday 9.00am - 12 noon
Make a wonderful winter flower arrangement using a combination of natives, proteas, fragrant flowers and foliage. Discover principals you can use at home to create gorgeous arrangements. Workshop costs $70 pp and includes all flowers, vessels, hardware and a yummy morning tea. The Workshop is hosted by Linda Maxfield, a florist with over 30 years’ experience and a passion for using sustainable local offerings to create memorable bouquets and bunches.  Call 0427 933 368 to book.

Weekend of July 21-23
Wonky Logs @Sew Gentle Era Friday - call 9761 1490 for further information
Sew Gentle Era is very excited to present this new workshop with the amazing Kate Henderson - author of two fun quilting books from Martingale - Strip Savvy and Striking Strip Quilts.

Rory Faithfield @ The Cidery Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Wistful and romantic. Beautifully crafted folk originals.  Award winning Beers, Ciders and light meals available. No booking required - more info at www.thecidery.com.au

Mindfulness Meditation, Wellbeing and Self Care Workshop for Everyone @ Kalyaana Wellness Retreat Friday
Experience award-winning care at this outstanding retreat (voted no.1 speciality lodging on Trip Advisor) - contact Karen on 9761 1420 to book.  www.kalyaanawellnessretreat.com.au

Christmas-In-July Dinner @ Historic Ford House Saturday 6.00pm Dinner served at 6.30pm
Only 30 seats available at this historic property for an amazing three course Christmas themed meal cooked by Pip Mills with desserts by Ford House. BYO, $95 per person, 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. Bookings essential on 9761 1816.

Morning Tea @ Harcourts Saturday 9.30am - 11.30am
Pop in for a cuppa and some home-baked goods with the Real Estate professionals at Harcourts. Explore the property market and see if your dream move to the country might become a reality! No bookings required.  126 Hampton Street. Tel 9761 1566

Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines.
Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018

Weekend of July 28-30

Tim Posey @ The Cidery Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Singer songwriter. New and old covers for your listening pleasure. Award winning Beers, Ciders and light meals available. No booking required - more info at www.thecidery.com.au

Workshop on How to Make a Trug & Produce Market @ Ashbil Community Garden Saturday 9.00am - 11.00am
Produce Market of freshly reaped vegetables and fruit from the garden for sale by donation. Potted edible plants and information available. Visitors welcome. Sausage sizzle and morning tea provided. Workshop on ‘How to make a Trug’ (a wooden basket for carrying produce) presented by John Morgan. Starting at 9.30am.  Members’ free/Non-Members by donation.  Phone Libby on 0419 090 869 to register.

Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines. Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018.

Winter Craft Fair @ The Town Hall Saturday 9.00am - 3.00pm
Fundraising for Kearnan College P&F come along and browse salts selling handbags, jewellery, ceramics, craft, patchwork and much more!

Words in the Valley Readers & Writers Festival @ Bridgetown Library Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Now in its seventh year this popular festival is held at the Bridgetown Library. Contact Kathy on 9761 2503 for more information and to book workshops (9.00 - 12 & 2.00 - 5.00)

Soup ‘n’ Songs @ Bridgetown Pottery-Restaurant 6.00pm
A classic Bridgetown Winter Tradition not to be missed! Enjoy local talent in a relaxed setting with a smorgasbord of stunning soups and bread brought to your table.
Bookings essential on 08 9761 1038 or functions@bridgetownpottery.com.au

Bridgetown River Markets Sunday 8.00am - 12.00pm
Set on the Blackwood River, just over the bridge, you will find an eclectic mix of fresh produce, plants, collectables, hand-made goods and assorted treasures - no two markets are quite the same!

Blake In the Blackwood Poetry Award @ The Cidery Sunday
The finale of the Writers Weekend with live music to accompany. Award winning Beers, Ciders and lunch available from 12.00pm - 3.00. Bookings welcome on 9761 2204

Landscapes Exhibition

Date: 2 - 31 May 2017

Telling Tales in Balingup

Date: 8-9 July 2017

Telling Tales in Balingup is an exciting children’s literacy and story telling event. Held on the middle weekend of the July school holidays. The event is designed for primary school aged children 4yrs – 13yrs.

A host of published WA authors and illustrators present interactive workshops throughout the weekend. A multiple of sessions on offer at any given time allow you to select a session which best suits you and your children. Children will also be able to learn the art of traditional book binding, and take home their very own book.

Adults can of course accompany the children to the workshops and enjoy a coffee in the cafés or browse the many interesting retail outlets. Balingup is renowned for its fabulous events and is sure to host a weekend worth attending.

 

Words in the Valley Readers & Writers Festival

Date: 28-29 July 2017

Venue: Bridgetown Regional Library

Contact Details: 

Please contact the Visitor Centre to book for these courses, on 9761 1740, or email visitors@bridgetown.wa.gov.au.  Alternatively, see the Events section of our website to book online.

The Words in the Valley Readers & Writers Festival is on again in beautiful Bridgetown, culminating in the Blake in the Blackwood Poetry Award on Sunday 30th July at The Cidery in Gifford Road, Bridgetown from 11am.  Announcement of the award winner followed by an open mic session.  Bookings are recommended through The Cidery if you would like to enjoy one of their scrumptious lunches!

Other happenings going on for the Words in the Valley are as follows (please book for these through the Visitor Centre):

  • Sundowner Author Talk with Rashida Murphy, "The Historian's Daughter" (UWA Press), Friday 28th July, 6pm, at the Bridgetown Library, $5.00.
  • Writing Workshop:  Writing Characters In Their Own Words, with Rashida Murphy, Saturday 29th July 9am-noon at the Bridgetown Library, $25.00
  • Publisher Talk with Rosanne Dingli of Yellow Teapot Books, Saturday 29th July 12.30-1.30pm at the Bridgetown Library, $5.00
  • Writing Workshop:  Recipe for Fiction:  Baking a Story:- Ingredients & Method, spiced with advice and leavened with humour, with local author Sarah Evans on Saturday 29th July at the Bridgeown Regional Library, $25.00

Events August 2017

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - August

Date: 1-31 August 2017

Contact Details: 

Please see www.bridgetowninthewinter.com.au  for more information.

Weekend of August 4-6 - Focus on Greenbushes
 
Greenbushes is a small town high on the hill with a rich heritage in timber and mining. This weekend sees a jam-packed schedule with something for everyone, be it art lovers,
thrill seekers or those just wanting to enjoy some good old-fashioned country hospitality.
 
Memorabilia @ the Catholic Church, By Appointment
A memorabilia display will be held in the Catholic Church corner Stanifer and Telluride Streets. Further information contact Pat 0427 643 508.
 
Art Trail Opening Night Friday 6.00pm-8.00pm -
Opening night at the RSL Hall for the Art Trail showcasing local artists - Wattle Ridge mulled wine, nibbles and music provided. Tasty Edibles, the RSL Hall on Blackwood Rd will be open for viewing of the art display. Further information contact Shannon 9764 3361, Leanne 0419 005224.
 
Dinner @ The Shamrock Hotel Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6.00pm onwards
Kitchen open from 6.00pm. Dining room open. Call 9764 3512 for further information.

Friday Fish ‘n Chips @ Greenbushes Road House Friday till 8.00pm
Come for some piping hot fish & chips on the corner of Blackwood Rd and Stanifer St. Ph 9764 3530.

Pizza Night @ Tasty Edibles Friday till 9.00pm Blackwood Rd. Ph 9764 3361.

Morning Tea @ Greenbushes Community Garden Saturday 9.00am - 12 noon
Come for a cuppa at the monthly morning tea. Enjoy a mini-market stall event and a presentation on the development of the garden at 21 Blackwood Road. Free entry.
Further information contact Tracy on greenbushescommunitygarden@gmail.com
 
Art Trail Saturday & Sunday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Display of local artists’ work, workshops and meet the artist sessions at Tasty Edibles and in the RSL Hall on Blackwood Rd. Further information contact Shannon 9764 3361 or Leanne 0419 005 224.

Blackwood Basin Group Saturday 10.00am - 12.00pm
The Blackwood Basin Group will be on site at the Schwenke’s Dam Wetland to provide information on the Priority Bittern and Waterbird Biodiversity Enhancement Project. (Note: The pathway may hinder those people with mobility issues and close proximity to open water.
 
Laser Mayhem @ Maranup Ford Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Annual Charity Weekend - Gold  Coin donation to Autism Association of WA. Get outside, get dirty and have fun! Laser Mayhem is a nonprojectile laser combat game. Suitable for ages 4-84. Games held on the half hour. Maranup Ford offers year round camping and Caravan Park, self-contained accommodation, open garden and activities.
See www.maranupford.com.au for more details or call 0475 228 112

Zentangle - Gems Workshop Saturday 12.30pm - 3.30pm Greenbushes Community Resource Centre.
$25 for members $35 non-members (includes coffee and cake) limited places available.  Please call 9764 3575 to book.

Memorabilia in the Catholic Church Saturday 10.00am - 2.00pm
Please call 0427 643 508 for more information.  A memorabilia display will be held in the Catholic Church corner Stanifer and Telluride Streets

Wattle Walk Sunday 10.00am - 12.00pm
Free guided walk. Meet at Greenbushes Discovery Centre, 38 Blackwood Rd to walk to Schwenke’s Dam Wetland Project via the Greenbushes Pool. Return to town where a
sausage sizzle lunch will be held in the Heritage Park after the walk for a Gold Coin donation. Further information 9782 5717 or 0427 643 065.
 
Open Day @ Blue Sky Retreat Sunday 10.00am - 1.00pm
An Open Day, Swap Meet and Compost Tea demonstration will be on offer at the Blue Sky Retreat on Lot15/509 Huitson Road, Greenbushes. (Look BlueSky Retreat up
on Google maps or follow the signs from Greenbushes)
  • 10.00am - 11.00am: Swap meet - bring your produce, seeds, and plants for sharing or swapping
  • 11.00am - 11.30am: Morning Tea time - coffee and tea provided - bring something along to share
  • 11.30am - 12.00pm: Demonstration on how to make Compost Tea
  • 12.00pm - 1.00pm: Tour of the gardens.
No bookings required, free entry.  Further information Christine 0419 929 310, or email blueskyretreat@westnet.com.au, www.blueskyretreat.com.au
 
Dinner @ The Exchange Hotel Saturday and Sunday 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Come and enjoy a classic Country Pub - Roast Dinner on Sunday evening - bookings welcome on 9764 3509.
 
‘Old Time’ Dance @ Greenbushes District Hall Saturday 8.00pm - 11.30pm
Get your toe tapping shoes on for this Winter Festival favourite - the Old Time Dance at the Greenbushes District Hall on Blackwood Rd.  Cost Adults $10, under 16yrs free. Further information Tony Pratico 0409 764 401.
 
Greenbushes Masonic Lodge - open for visitors Saturday 10.00am - 2.00pm
Take a walk inside the Masonic Lodge at Greenbushes, located on the corner of Jephson and Tourmaline Streets. Contact Terry Cooper 9764 3670.
 
Inaugural Maranup Ford Mud Fun Run! Sunday - Registration from 9.30am onwards for an 11.00am start
Teams of up to five (no age limit) get to participate in a 2km course through creeks, swamps and over open ground including a fun range of obstacles including hay roll pyramid, balance beam and of course a mud slide! Why not get the family or a bunch of friends together and get outside, get dirty and have fun! Teams to be lodged by 24th July - download an entry form from www.maranupford.com.au Activities page. Maranup Ford offers year round camping, caravan park, self-contained accommodation, open garden and activities. Call 0448 600 190 for more information or bookings.
 
Weekend of August 11-13
 
The Donald Trump Trio @ The Cidery Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Energetic and always entertaining duo. Blues, rock, classic and modern. Award winning Beers, Ciders and light meals available. No booking required - more info at
www.thecidery.com.au

Morning Tea @ Harcourts Saturday 9.30am - 11.30am
Pop in for a cuppa and some home-baked goods with the Real Estate Professionals at Harcourts.  Explore the property market and see if your dream move to the country might become a reality!  No bookings required. 126 Hampton Street. Tel 9761 1566

Taste of the Blackwood Festival @ The Town Hall Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Now in its 9th year, the Taste of Blackwood just keeps getting better with entertainment for the whole family! Enjoy free tastings of our finest food and wine, in addition to workshops for all ages, this is a great celebration of the Blackwood Valley region’s diversity in food, wines and quality produce. Gold coin entry. More information at
www.tasteoftheblackwood.com.au

Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines.
Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018.

Mindfulness Meditation, Wellbeing and Self Care Workshop for Managers and Professionals @ Kalyaana Wellness Retreat Saturday
Experience award-winning care at this outstanding retreat (voted no.1 speciality lodging on Trip Advisor). Please contact Karen on 9761 1420 to book or learn more at
www.kalyaanawellnessretreat.com.au
 
Banquet on the Bridge - Long Table Lunch, Sunday
Possibly one of the most popular events of the whole Winter Festival - a fabulously catered, licensed long table lunch on a bridge in a once secret location! This adult only event has very limited numbers due to the size of the bridge so book your seats soon!  Bookings from June 1st via the Visitor Centre on 9761 1470.

Bridgetown River Market Sunday 8.00am - 12.00pm
Set on the Blackwood River, just over the bridge, you will find an eclectic mix of fresh produce, plants, collectables, hand-made goods and assorted treasures - no two markets are quite the same!
 
Weekend of August 18-20
 
Cedar Lane @ The Cidery Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Talented folk duo. Atmospheric songs sure to please. Award winning Beers, Ciders and light meals available. No booking required - more info at www.thecidery.com.au
 
Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines.
Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018.

Shape & Colour - Modern Quilts Exhibition @ Bridgetown Pottery-Restaurant Saturday from 6.30pm
The opening of an exhibition by internationally recognized quilt maker Kate Henderson.

Life Drawing @ The B-Pop Sessions Sunday 10.00am - 1.30pm
A relaxed and encouraging life drawing session with two experienced life models. Limited numbers so bookings are essential on 0408 935 598. Cost is $30 per session which
includes light refreshments, tea and coffee. BYO other drinks. www.facebook.com/bpopsessions
 
Weekend of August 25-27
 
Late Horse @ The Cidery Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Talented singer-songwriter - thoughtful folk originals. Beers, Ciders and light meals available. No booking required - more info at www.thecidery.com.au
 
How to Smoke Produce Workshop and Produce Market @ Ashbil Community Garden Saturday 9.00am - 11.00am
Produce Market of fresh vegetables and fruit from the garden for sale by donation. Potted edible plants and information available. Visitors welcome. Sausage sizzle and morning tea provided. Workshop on ‘How to Smoke your Produce’ presented by Pete Seaward starting at 9.30am. Non-Members by donation. Phone Libby on 0419 090 869 to register.
 
Sourdough Workshop @ Bridgetown Pottery-Restaurant Saturday 8.30am
Learn the art of sourdough with Artisan Baker Michael Kneale. Why not bring your own flavourings to add and share with the group over a tasty lunch following the workshop.
$50 pp including ingredients and lunch. Bookings on 08 97611038 or functions@bridgetownpottery.com.au
 
Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines.  Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018.

Bridgetown River Markets Sunday 8.00am - 12.00pm
Set on the Blackwood River, just over the bridge, you will find an eclectic mix of fresh produce, plants, collectables, hand-made goods and assorted treasures - no two markets are quite the same!

Bridgetown Agricultural Society Afternoon Delight! @ The Showgrounds Sunday 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Over a nice hot cuppa and home cooked food learn all about the annual Show - Sheaf Tossing Competition and new prizes and increased prize money will make it more fun than ever! Come along and find out how much it costs, what are the rules, learn how to fill in entry forms, get tips on judging! Call 0437 602 836 for more information or to book.
 
Weekend of September 1-3
 
Martin Cropper @ The Cidery Friday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
The Whole Blues and nothing but the Blues! Not to be missed! Award winning Beers, Ciders and light meals available. No booking required - more info at www.thecidery.com.au
 
Black Truffle Tasting Boards @ Emporium Bistro Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Supporting local wine and truffle producers, and letting the produce speak for itself, the Emporium are presenting a selection of four truffle tastes with matching wines.
Not to be missed - bookings on 9761 2018.

Bye-Bye Bonza Bonfire! Saturday
Say goodbye to winter as we light up a huge bonfire at Bridgetown Showgrounds on Peninsular Road starting at 5.30pm. A true family event with face painting,
yummy food stalls, live music from our talented local musicians and lots, lots more!
 

Greenbushes Winter Festival Weekend

Date: 4-6 August 2017

Greenbushes Discovery Centre Wattle Walk

Date: 6 August 2017

Venue: Greenbushes

The walk starts from the Greenbushes Discovery Centre in Blackwood Road, Greenbushes for a walk through the forest areas on one of the Greenbushes walk trails to view the many different types of wattle in bloom in the area.  On your return to the Discovery Centre go inside and have a look at the displays dipicting the mining and timber industries, farming and natural heritage of the Greenbushes area.

Taste of the Blackwood Festival

Date: 12 August 2017

 

Visit the  Annual Taste of the Blackwood and please your palette at this delicious culinary event, which is a celebration of fine food, award winning wines and talented musicians from the Blackwood Valley Region.  Indulge yourself with free tastings as you make your way through food and wine stalls showcasing the quality, diversity and value of local produce. This family friendly event also features cooking demonstrations and workshops for both children and adults, as well as live entertainment throughout the festival. Take the time to talk to our producers and experience their enthusiasm for both their produce and the spectacular Blackwood Valley itself.  The best part?  It only costs a gold coin donation to enter.

 

Nannup Flower & Garden Festival

Date: 17-20 August 2017

Venue: Nannup

Contact Details: 

Phone 0417 974 345  or www.nannupgardens.org.au

Activities are - Open Gardens, Garden Village Weekend Market, Gardeners Day Out (Sunday), Choir Singing, Town Hall Floral Tribute, Holberry Sculpture Walk, Heritage Agricultural Display, Mad Hatter'sTea Party, Quilt Exhibition

Check www.nannupgardens.org.au for further information

Balingup Medieval Carnivale

Date: 26-27 August 2017

Venue: Balingup Village Green

Contact Details: 

Peter Kirk - President - 9764 1101 Email: pgda@bigpond.com Tony Byrne - Entertainment - 9764 1511 Email: tonybyrne13@westnet.com.au or visit www.balingupmedievalcarnivale.com.au

Medieval Carnivale - 

Two days of medieval fun, and mayhem for all visitors. Deep in the South West of WA, Balingup, a tiny town, 20 mins north of Bridgetown, erupts into a colorful Medieval Affair, inviting all visitors to join in the fun.

During the Carnivale Weekend, the town is ablaze with colorful tulips and glorious banners, from Friday night to late afternoon on the Sunday, the Kingdom of Balingup comes alive with fantastic medieval characters. Jesters, Jugglers, Knights and Maidens relive times gone by, with re-enactments of medieval life including dancing, fighting and various other tasks and activities for visitors to get their hands dirty.

Delicious country style food is available throughout the weekend and local wineries provide award winning wines to make this weekend a truly medieval Affair.

Time:    10 am - 4.30 pm each day

Location: Balingup Woods, community centre grounds, Balingup, Western Australia, 6253

www.balingupmedievalcarnivale.com.au

Events September 2017

Sandarkan Memorial

Date: 12 September 2017

Venue: Boyup Brook

A memorial service is held at the Sandarkan Memorial in park near the Boyup Brook Town Hall

Peace Art Exhibition

Date: 16 September 2017

Venue: Bridgetown Town Hall

Blackwood Classic 250 Power Boat Race

Date: 30 Sept - 2 Oct 2017

Venue: Blackwood River Bridgetown to Augusta

Contact Details: 

Contact Power Dinghy Racing Club 9572 5469 or email info@dinghyracing.com.au

The Blackwood Classic 250 is a three day time trial covering approximately 250 kilometres of the Blackwood River, commencing at Bridgetown, passing through Nannup and Sues Bridge, and finishing at the river mouth at Augusta.

It is the world's longest power dinghy race.

 

Events October 2017

Festival of Country Gardens Prelude

Date: 7-8 October 2017

The prelude is on the 7th & 8th October with gardens open the region.

Rotary Up Close & Classical Concert

Date: 7 October 2017

A concert that features mainly local talent.  An evening of music featuring instrumental, voice and dance.  Usually teachers and selected students together with other talented community members playing or performing a classical selection. 
 

Blackwood Valley WA Boutique Wine Show

Date: 13-15 October 2017

Venue: Bridgetown Gardens Function Centre

A fabulous collection of entries from around the state come together in one central venue.

For more information, visit www.blackwoodvalleywine.asn.au

Rotary Blackwood Marathon

Date: 28th October 2017

Venue: Boyup Brook start, Bridgetown finish

Rotary Club of Bridgetown will again host the Blackwood Marathon in 2017.

 

The Marathon is an annual relay race - first held in 1979 - consisting of five stages; running, canoeing, swimming, horseriding and cycling. Based on the Marathon of classic Greece the aim is to take a message from Boyup Brook to Bridgetown by a series of team members with different transport methods who pass on a numbered bib from one team member to the next.  The Marathon is always held on the last Saturday of October each year.

The event commences at the Boyup Brook Oval and finishes in Bridgetown. 

The event is made up of teams to include canoeing, swimming, running, cycling and horse riding as part of the relay.  The inclusion of the horse leg in the relay also requires that a veterinarian examine all horses before they start.

 

The event is open to all types of competitors ranging from Olympians such as Shane Gould and Robert De Castella to those who compete in a more casual way.

There are those sturdy individuals, Iron Men and Women, who compete in every leg.

Set in beautiful countryside and the Blackwood River, the event is great to watch from the spectator point of view. A useful map is available from the web site.

 

It is essential that all prospective participants read the Entry Form for rules and information pertaining to the Marathon.  You can download the conditions of entry and an entry form by clicking on Events on the left hand menu.

 

 

 

Events November 2017

Festival of Country Gardens

Date: 2 -7 November 2017

Venue: Blackwood Valley area

Contact Details: 

For information phone Carol 0417 902 854, or email gisme@iinet.net.au.

Please also see our website www.festivalofcountrygardens.com

 

This is the main component of the Festival of Country Gardens after the Prelude in October. 

The Festival is held over 6 days starting Thursday 2rd November featuring gardens throughout the Blackwood Valley area (Bridgetown, Balingup, Nannup, Manjimup & Donnybrook areas)

There will be morning walks to explore for interesting spring flowering trees and for wildflowers in the local jarrah forests near Bridgetown.

Pick up a Festival of Country Gardens booklet from Visitor Centres or the Festival office at Hillview Garden Centre (Bridgetown).

Ford House Garden Fair

Date: 5 November 2017

Venue: Ford House

Contact Details: 

Jenny Rotman at Ford House 9761 1816

Ford House Garden Fair is held in the grounds & gardens of Ford House 9.30am to 3.30pm.  $5.00 inclues Fair & Garden entry.  Lots of stalls specializing in plants such as roses, clivias, succulents and cottage plants.  Ford House address is Eedle Terrace, Bridgetown. 

Upper Blackwood Agricultural Show

Date: 7 November 2017

Venue: Dinninup Show Ground

The Dinninup Show Ground is on the Boyup Brook - Arthur River Road

Blues at Bridgetown

Date: 10-12 November 2017

Venue: Bridgetown Town site

Contact Details: 

www.bluesatbridgetown.com

Blues office phone number 9761 2921

2017 Blues at Bridgetown will be the  25th Festival with various artists. You can check out the list and their profiles on the Blues at Bridgetown website.  

Tickets are available for purchase through the Blues at Bridgetown website with options for weekend (3 day pass), day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

 

Bridgetown Agricultural Show

Date: 25 November 2017

Venue: Bridgetown Show Ground

Contact Details: 

Email bridgetownagriculturalsociety@gmail.com

www.bridgetownshow.com.au

The longest running Agricultural Show in the south-west!

This is the country show - come in and see the animals, woodchops, handicrafts, art and much, much more.  This is the true Australiana experience!

Also on display is local produce & livestock, commercial stalls, sideshow alley, dog high jumps and lots of entertainment for the children.

 

 

The show finishes with a fireworks display.

 

 

Events December 2017

Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival

Date: 9-10 December 2017

Venue: Manjimup

The Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festivalis community based ands has a wide array of activities and entertainment.

Go to www.cherryfestival.com.au for program and more information