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Events May 2016

Festival of Country Gardens Autumn

Date: 6-8 May 2016

Contact Details: 

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

Please also see our website www.blackwoodcountrygardens.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: 6-8 May 2016. Gardens open and a range of mini events.

Bridgetown Autumn Garden Festival

Date: 7th May 2016

Venue: Ford House, Eedle Terrace, Bridgetown

Contact Details: 

For more information or for stallholder enquiries, please contact Jenny or Trish at Ford House, phone 9761 1816 or click here to email.

Come along to the inaugural Bridgetown Autumn Garden Fair, being held in the stunning grounds of the historic Ford House.

Due to the resounding success of our Spring Garden Fair held in November each year we have decided to hold another fair as part of the Autumn Festival of Country Gardens, to showcase the glorious reds, oranges and yellows of the season.

Autumn offers different planting conditions and different varieties of plants in flower, and it is truly a gorgeous time of year in the Blackwood River Valley.  The Fair is being held on the banks of the beautiful Blackwood River, and is the perfect outing before Mother’s Day.  There will be plant specialists, garden sculptures, tools etc. and of course coffee and delicious food.  We would love you to come along - either as a visitor or a stallholder - and help make this another fantastic event for beautiful Bridgetown.



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



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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

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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.