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Events October 2016

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 - 8 November 2016

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 3rd 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: 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.



Events March 2017

Bridgetown Heritage Field Day

Date: 25 March 2017

Venue: Russell Family Farm

Contact Details: 

  For  enquries please phone Gerry Richings 0428 611 617 or Ross Petterson 9761 2235, Ed Russell 9761 9055 for trade & other stalls, Graeme 0428 221 507 for swap meet/boot sales

The Heritage Field Day will be held at the Russell Family Farm, Glentulloch Rd, Bridgetown. 9am till 4.30pm

There will be demonstrations of old tractors and bulldozers working the ground, haymaking, stationary engines, scale model steam engines, drag saws, vintage cars, trucks & bikes many more old machinery.

Kids can have a go at rope making or have a horse and wagon ride.  There will be billy tea & damper plus other refreshments will be available.

Entry is $10 for adults and U/16 & Exhibitors free