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Events February 2016

Summer Movie Festival - What We Do In The Shadows

Date: 12 February 2016

Venue: Bridgetown Memorial Park


Rated M - horror themes, violence, sexual references and course language

Adults $5.00, under 16s $2.00 or family pass (2 adults & 2 children) $10.00

BYO picnic & rug. Movies begin at 8pm (please arrive 15-20 minutes early). Children must be supervised by an adult.

Movies are subject to weather conditions & may be rescheduled without prior warning

Boyup Brook Country Music Festival & Ute Muster

Date: 18-21 February 2016

Venue: Boyup Brook

Contact Details: 


Country Music spectacular held at Boyup Brook Friday afternoon, Concert Friday evening at Blackwood River Music Park, Street Carnival Saturday, Ute Muster & Country Music Awards Saturday evening at Blackwood River Music Park, Poets breakfast on Sunday. For further information please telephone the Bridgetown Greenbushes Visitor Centre on 08 9761 1740 or Boyup Brook Visitor Centre on 9765 1444

Events March 2016

Nannup Music Festival

Date: 4 March - 7 March 2016

Venue: Nannup

Contact Details: 


There will be small intimate performances, workshops, and large scale concerts spread throughout the town.

Down Under Country Music Festival

Date: 18-20 March 2016

Venue: Bridgetown Agricultural Showgrounds

Contact Details: 

David & Therese 0429 109 334 or campfirecountry@westnet.com.au

Colleen 9761 9055

Country Music Weekend at the Bridgetown Agricultural Showgrounds.  Come along for some bootscooting, old time & new vogue dance, bush yarns & sing alongs, food & market stalls.




Featuring Campfire Country, and many more artists.


Tickets available at the gate




Bridgetown Easter Tennis Tournament

Date: 25 - 28 March 2016

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

Events April 2016

Rally in the Valley

Date: All of April 2016

Venue: Blackwood River Valley

Contact Details: 

Contact info@blackwoodrivervalley.org.au for more information.

All the participating venues are in place for the 2016 Rally in the Valley and the organisers are looking forward to a fun event for the whole family.

The “Rally in the Valley” is a guided, interactive self-drive tour of the of the region run throughout the month of April.  It features recommended stops of interest for visitors and locals alike.  The Rally offers excellent family-fun, a wide range of diverse attractions and “pick-your-own” experiences.  Take the whole month to complete the rally a section at a time or spend a weekend touring the Blackwood River Valley, whatever fits in with your plans.

From Lake Towerrinning in the north to Donnelly River Village in the south, east to Boyup Brook and west to Sues Road and all places in between, there are plenty of diverse attractions to interest and inspire you. Scenery that ranges from the gently rolling hills of farmland to the river and valleys that are “the Blackwood”, historic towns with quirky and unique shops, and cafes to be proud of that highlight our local produce, you will find something for every member of the family or with friends.

Entry to the event this year is FREE and with a $700 total prize pool, this a great opportunity to explore the Valley and put yourself in the running to win.  Entry forms will be available from a number of outlets in the Blackwood River Valley and from each of the Visitor Centres.

We are proud to have the support of the South West Development Commission, the Donnybrook-Bridgetown Mail, the Shires of Boyup Brook, Nannup and Donnybrook-Balingup and Australia’s South West for this our second Rally event.

Nannup Spectacular Forest 'Quit' Rally

Date: 22 - 24 April 2016

Venue: Nannup area

Balingup Small Farm Field Day

Date: 23 April 2016

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 


Anzac Day Ceremonies

Date: 25 April 2016

A Dawn Service is held in Greenbushes at the Cenotaph  in Blackwood Road at 6am, any one wishing to march are required to muster at the RSL Hall,Blackwood Rd, Greenbushes at 5.45am to march off at 5.50am. A free Centenary Gunfire Breakfast will be held in the Greenbushes District Hall after the service.

A Morning Service is held in Bridgetown with the march starting from the Post Office car park at 09.45 am (muster at 9.30am) and finishing at the War Memorial in the Memorial Park for the service at 10 am followed by morning tea/sausage sizzle in the Memorial Park (gold coin donation).

Both marches will be led by the 10th Light Horse Brigade.

Events May 2016

Festival of Country Gardens Autumn

Date: 7-8 May 2016

Contact Details: 

Phone Peta 0427 426 160. or email festival@countrygardens-australia.com

Download the Festival program from the website www.countrygardens-australia.com

Welcome to the Autumn Festival of Country Gardens.

Autumn is always a welcome relief from Summer; the nights are cooler, the days still warm and there is usually the occasional shower or two.

This season has something else:  it has small surprises, mostly pleasant, not of the big monumental kind.  A mushroom will appear on the lawn overnight, there are little pointy holes dug in gardens and paddocks  a sure sign of quendas foraging.  Haemanthes lily flowers pop up from the ground with not a leaf to be seen.  Suddenly, almost overnight, a tree is a blaze of brilliant scarlet foliage.  And quinces are ripening with the later apples, as well as nuts such as walnuts, chestnuts and hazel nuts.

Bloom of the sasanqua camellias are out and flowers such a chrysanthemums are showing their autumn finery.

Come and explore our autumn gardens - and be surprised!

Autumn: First weekend May. Gardens open and a range of mini events. Check online for details of gardens and parks to visit.  Mini events this year include:

  • A special excursion to see the aftermath of the Northcliffe Bushfire at 1.15 pm on Friday 1st May, and a Sundowner at The Cidery that evening (5.30-7.30 pm).
  • Guided walk through the splendid World Collection of the Golden Valley Tree Park, at 9.30 am on Saturday 2nd May, along with a Special Demonstration on styling with autumn tones at 2 pm at Wag Walters, Ford House, followed by a Salute to Autumn at Emporium Bistro from 6 pm til late.

For all enquiries please call 0427 426 160 or see the Festival's website details below.

Prelude: Second weekend October 10th & 11th October – informal Festival. Check website, Facebook page for garden-related activities
Main Festival: Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th November

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


Boyup Brook Antique & Craft Fair

Date: 13 - 15 May 2016

Venue: Boup Brook Town Hall

Greenbushes Fun Run

Date: 15 May 2016

Venue: Greenbushes

The Fun Run is around Greenbushes townsite & surrounding area

Events June 2016

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - June

Date: 1 June-31 August 2016

Contact Details: 

Please visit www.bridgetowninthewinter.com.au 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.


Program will be displayed when finalised









Truffle Kerfuffle - Southern Forest Food Festival

Date: 24June 2016

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

Contact Details: 


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 2016

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - July

Date: 1 - 31 July 2016

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



Program will be displayed when finalised











Sunnyside Sprint Power Boat Race

Date: 3July 2016

Venue: Blackwood River, Bridgetown

The race starts at the Blackwood River near Sunnyside Oval, Tweed Road and finishes at the main traffic bridge SW Highway, Bridgetown

Contact Todd Williamson 0418 166 707 or Justin Ferguson 0438 866 305 for more information

Telling Tales in Balingup

Date: 9-10 July 2016

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 2016

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - August

Date: 1-31 August 2016

The program will be displayed when finalised

Greenbushes Discovery Centre Wattle Walk

Date: 7 August 2016

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.

Nannup Flower & Garden Festival

Date: 18-21 August 2016

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: 27-28 August 2016

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


Events September 2016

Sandarkan Memorial

Date: 13 September 2016

Venue: Boyup Brook

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

Events October 2016

Festival of Country Gardens Prelude

Date: 8 October 2016

The prelude is on the 8th & 9th October with gardens open in Balingup & Bridgetown

Rotary Up Close & Classical Concert

Date: 8 October 2016

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: 14-16 October 2016

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

Harvey Dickson Rodeo

Date: 29 October 2016

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



Saturday 31st  - Gates open 9.30 am for Rodeo 2 pm - Licensed Bar, hot food, drinks, camping available.





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 - 29th October 2016

Venue: Boyup Brook start, Bridgetown finish

Rotary Club of Bridgetown will again host the Blackwood Marathon in 2016.


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 2016

Upper Blackwood Agricultural Show

Date: 2 November 2016

Venue: Dinninup Show Ground

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

Festival of Country Gardens

Date: 3 November - 6November 2016

Venue: Blackwood Valley area

Contact Details: 

Contact Peta Townsing 0427 426 160 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 5th 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).

Ford House Garden Fair

Date: 6 November 2016

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: 11-13 November 2016

Venue: Bridgetown Town site

Contact Details: 


Blues office phone number 9761 2921

20165 Blues at Bridgetown will be the  24th 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: 26 November 2016

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.