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Events March 2014

'The Archies' Portrait Exhibition

Date: 7-30 March 2014

Venue: Bridgetown Pottery Gallery Tearooms

The "Archies Exhibition" is an annual Art Show held in Bridgetown at the Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant.  The "Archies" are a light hearted take-off of the Archibald Prize.   Prizes are awarded for Best Local Identity, People's Choice and the main prize goes to the Archie Prize Winner.

Interested artists are invited to exhibit their work at the Pottery Restaurant/Gallery.  If you wish to know more about this event, phone. 9761 1038 (Pip Mills), or 9761 1260 (Lesa Boni).

The exhibition runs from 7-30 March 2014.

Events April 2014

Bridgetown Easter Tennis Tournament

Date: 18-21 April 2014

Venue: Bridgetown Tennis Club

Western Australia's largest tennis tournament.

Annual Tennis Tournament with teams from all over the State.



For further details on this event and how to enter, click on to www.tenniswest.com.au

15th Blackwood River Chamber Festival

Date: 25 - 27 April 2014

Venue: In and around Bridgetown

Contact Details: 

Please phone the Visitor Centre on 9761 1740 or 1800 777 140, or email us on visitors@bridgetown.wa.gov.au


Welcome to the 15th Blackwood River Chamber Festival and the first presented by new directors Sally Boud and Geoffrey Bourgault de Coudray.

In our musical careers we have been involved in many different festivals as performers and it is a dream and an honour that the Festival's founder, Vincent Moleta, has entrusted Western Australia's longest running chamber music festival to us.

The Festival takes place in and around Bridgetown in the Blackwood Valley, where we have lived for the last two years. It is a truly magical place, in one of the most beautiful regions of Australia. We can think of nothing more special than to bring some of Australia's finest musicians to this, our home, for a weekend of music making. This year's Festival will feature a small and intimate group of musicians. We will be exploring a wide variety of music and playing together in many different combinations.

The Festival will be held over the weekend of 26-27 April 2014 in three beautiful venues. We are excited to be able to present Saturday's concerts in a wonderful new venue: a lovingly converted shearing shed out at Dalmore Farm, a picturesque 15 minute drive out of town. The morning and afternoon concerts will be separated by a catered picnic lunch. On Saturday evening the Emporium Bistro will host a dinner and concert, because fine music, food and wine are such natural companions. Regular Festival goers will already be familiar with the warm acoustics of St Paul's Church, where the Festival's final concert will take place, followed by a light lunch. There will be a pre-Festival concert in St Paul's Church at 7.30 pm on Friday 25th April, featuring a selection of music from the main festival. This is intended mainly for town and district but Festival goers are welcome to attend, paying separately at the door.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a wonderful weekend of chamber music.  You can book online on this site by clicking on Events on the left hand side and selecting the Festival from the drop down list.

Balingup Small Farm Field Day

Date: 26 April 2014

Venue: Balingup

A display of animals, produce, small farm equipment, craft and all related products - main venue is Balingup Oval.




Gates open 9 am - 4.30 pm.   Trade and market stalls, garden & nursery supplies, animals, demonstrations, sheep shearing, fashion parade and entertainment, gourmet food and wine tasting, plant and garden advisory and much much more

Free parking.   Adults $6, Children $3, Family $15 (2 adults & 3 children) - NO DOGS OR BIKES ALLOWED PLEASE.

Phone 9764 1272 for enquiries or further information 

Events May 2014

Festival of Country Gardens Autumn

Date: 3-4 May 2014

Contact Details: 

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

Website www.countrygardens-australia.com

Garden gates will be opened in picturesque country villages and the small towns for exploring what is behind the garden fence.

The locations are in the scenic south west of Western Australia that includes Balingup, Bridgetown, Donnybrook, Manjimup and Nannup.

In addition to gardens opening there will be morning walks and evening sundowners with a garden theme over the Festival days, so that visitors and local people can enjoy a garden-inspired holiday.  

Gardens will be opening for Autumn for the Festival, weekend 3, 4 May in Bridgetown, Pemberton.  More details on the website and on Facebook by mid April.
Sunnyhurst in Bridgetown in the inland SW of WA will be open.  See its beautiful sasanqua camellias in flower as well as the lovely foliage of the vineyard in the autumn tones of russet and golden yellow.


Autumn: First weekend May, 3, 4. Gardens open. Check online for details of gardens and parks to visit
Prelude: Second weekend October – informal Festival. Check website, Facebook page for garden-related activities
Main Festival: Thursday 30 October to Sunday 2 November, 2014

Check out the Official Festival website: http://www.countrygardens-australia.com

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Festive_gardens
Like us on Facebook: Festival of Country Gardens


Events June 2014

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - June

Date: 1 June-31 August 2014

Contact Details: 

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

"BRIDGETOWN IN THE WINTER" is a three month long event celebrating all that Bridgetown and the Blackwood River Valley have to offer.

Stay tuned for updates.....

Truffle Kerfuffle - Southern Forest Food Festival

Date: 13 June 2014

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

Contact Details: 


Come along and get truffled!

Truffle Kerfuffle 2014 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 2014

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - July

Date: 1 - 31 July 2014

For more details on any of the events being held during the Festival, please check www.bridgetowninthewinter.com, or contact the Visitor Centre on 9761 1740, email


Telling Tales in Balingup

Date: 12-13 July 2014

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.

Events August 2014

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - August

Date: 1-31 August 2014

Details of the events being held will be posted here closer to the time. 

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

Greenbushes Discovery Centre Wattle Walk

Date: 17 August 2014

Venue: Greenbushes

The Greenbushes Wattle Walk is held on the 3rd Sunday of August.  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.

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


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:



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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: 


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


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.