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Events January 2014

Fortnightly River Park Markets

Date: Every 2nd Sunday 2014

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.

Events August 2014

Taste of the Blackwood Festival

Date: 2-3 August 2014

6th annual  Taste of the Blackwood.  Saturday 2nd August 11am - 6pm and Sunday 3rd August 11am - 3pm. Bridgetown Civic Centre.

 

Visit the 6th 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: 14-17 August 2014

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: 23-24 August 2014

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 -  <p> 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 2014

Bridgetown High School 60th Reunion

Date: 5-7 September 2014

Venue: Bridgetown High School & other venues

Contact Details: 

Marie Perrier, Tel:  0418 611 130 or email bhs60th@gmail.com

You are invited to attend the Bridgetown High School 60th Reunion!

Get yourself a taste of Bridgetown High School history with a range of activities, class reunions, displays and entertainment.

Music by former students of the school during the day and at local venues later the Bridgetown Hotel, The Cidery and The Emporium.

Along with the Landscape Exhibition, "Past & Present School Sites", at the Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant on Friday evening and the official opening of the Alumni Association Drama Studio on Saturday, you won't want to miss out!

Events October 2014

Manjimup Bluegrass & Old Time Music Weekend

Date: 3-5 October 2014

Venue: Manjimup Town Centre

Featuring the fabulous bluegrass group from Brisbane, The Company.

There will be concerts and workshops featuring The Company, jam sessions with Greg McGrath, performance opportunities on the Local & Visitors Stage and activities for kids. 

Generally a good fun weekend, a chance to bring the kids and or grand kids and have a relaxing low cost weekend in the heart of the South West.

Come and meet other people who love music, dance the Friday night away, make new friends and sit around and play and listen to music.

Keep an eye on the web site for updates:

www.manjimupbluegrassnoldtimemusicweekend.com

 

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Harvey Dickson Rodeo

Date: 24-25 October 2014

Venue: Boyup Brook

Contact Details: 

Harvey & Rose Dickson - 9765 1125  or email  - harveydickson@westnet.com.au   or check out the webiste  www.geocities.com/harveydickson

Friday 24th October - Rodeo Shindig.

Saturday 25th  - Gates open 9.30 am for Rodeo 2 pm - Licensed Bar, hot food, drinks, camping available.

Huge music program 6 pm til late.

 

Log onto www.harveydickson.com.au and click bookings or phone 9765 1125 or mobile 0429 651 125

Rotary Blackwood Marathon

Date: Last Saturday in October - 26th October 2014

Venue: Boyup Brook start, Bridgetown finish

Rotary Club of Bridgetown will again host the Blackwood Marathon in 2014.

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.

 

Festival of Country Gardens

Date: 31 October -2 November 2014

Venue: Blackwood Valley area

Contact Details: 

Contact Peta Townsing 9764 1111 or email festival@countrygardens-australia.com

website  www.countrygardens-australia.com

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

The Festival is held over 4 days starting Thursday 1st 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 Hillview Garden Centre (Bridgetown).

Events November 2014

Ford House Garden Fair

Date: 2 November 2014

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. 

Blues at Bridgetown

Date: 7-10 November 2014

Venue: Bridgetown Town site

Contact Details: 

www.bluesatbridgetown.com

Blues office phone number 9761 2921

2014 Blues at Bridgetown will be the  22nd 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: 22 November 2014

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 May 2015

Two Oceans Mountain Bike Race

Date: 2-9 May 2015

Venue: South West WA

Contact Details: 

Please see www.2oceansmtb.com for further information.

An international epic eight day stage race that provides challenging terrain and racing for competitors and showcases the beauty of the south west of Western Australia.  The ever-changing landscape of the 2 Oceans MTB adventure is a blend of towering Karri and Jarrah forests, lush vineyards, thrilling technical downhills and abundant wildlife. These pristine, unspoilt environments are the habitat of marron, kangaroo, cockatoos, many native marsupials and over 300 varieties of stunning wildflowers.  They’re also home to some phenomenal singletrack in and around Bridgetown, Manjimup, Pemberton and Northcliffe.