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Events January 2015

Bridgetown Walking Group

Date: All Year 2015

The Walking Group, a group of like minded people who enjoy walking or ambling, meet every Thursday at the Railway Carpark and car pool to the area they are having their morning walk, then have morning tea and plan where they are going the next week.  They meet at 9 am most of the year until it becomes warmer, when they meet at 8.30 am. Costs $2 towards morning tea. Look at the website



for where we will be walking next week.


Contact Dianne 9761 4350 for further info

Fortnightly River Park Markets

Date: Every 2nd Sunday 2015

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 or contact Alan & Sonja Roberts 9761 2412

Events June 2015

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - June

Date: 1 June-31 August 2015

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.

12th JUNE

Live Music @The Cidery  5.30-7.30pm Local talented musicians, beautiful cider, award winning beer, and light meals.
Check www.thecidery.com.au for further details
No bookings required
Meet the Brewer at The Cidery
An invitation to all home brewers or anyone interested in brewing. A full tasting and talk from Mark Hollett, our award winning beer brewer; nibbles
provided. Bookings essential as numbers are limited.
$30 per head.

Politics By Barry Oakley at Bridgetown Repertory
Classic Australian comedy with the secretary being chased and lots of political incorrectness. Harry, the PM, is past it and George, his second-in-charge,
wants his job (and his secretary). George is assisted by Erwin from Germany, and Barbara his ambitious wife (she doesn’t know about the secretary). The fun
ensues when they are joined by the US president, a Russian diplomat, the Prime Minister of Japan, the ‘Old Man’ of the Party, a camerawoman and a
psychiatrist. Filled with great Australian humour!
Performances: 12th June 8.00pm
14th June Matinee 2.00pm
19th and 20th June 8.00pm
21st June Matinee 2.00pm
Tickets available from the Visitor Centre or from the door (if not sold out).

13th JUNE

A Musical Montage
Singer-songwriter Mary Myfanwy, supported by Adrian Williams and Daun Crozier, invites you to a musical evening in the beautiful, acoustically warm
St Paul’s Church, 6.30 for 7pm start. More details to be found on the Winter Festival website/FB or Mary Myfanwy’s FB.
Contact: Mary Evans marymyfanwy.music@gmail.com or Sarah Evans 9761 2156

13-14th JUNE
South West Open Chess Tournament
South West Chess Club
Presented by the Bridgetown Greenbushes Business & Tourism Association on behalf of the Chess Association of WA. Consisting of 6 rounds, the
tournament will run over 2 days at the Town Hall.
Entry is $30 and entry forms need to be received by 12th June.
Contact: Visitor Centre for entry form and details.

14th JUNE
Politics By Barry Oakley at the Bridgetown Repertory Theatre
Performance: Matinee 2.00pm
Tickets available from the Visitor Centre or from the door (if not sold out).

Bridgetown Produce Swap at the Bridgetown Family and Community Centre Roe St
Come along and swap some produce/baked goods/jams etc, and meet like minded people for fun and chatter.2pm Alternate weekends to the River Markets.

Southern Blues Appreciation
The Freemasons Hotel
An afternoon of appreciating Blues music and all its forms; come down and enjoy some awesome music.
$5 cover charge. 1pm start.
Contact: 9761 1725


19th JUNE
Live Music @The Cidery
Live Music at the Cidery, 5.30-7.30pm Local talented musicians, beautiful cider, award winning beer, and light meals.
Check www.thecidery.com.au for further details
No bookings required

19th-21st JUNE
Politics By Barry Oakley at Bridgetown Repertory
See previous weekend listing for description.
Performances: 19th and 20th June 8.00pm
21st June Matinee 2.00pm
Tickets available from the Visitor Centre or from the door (if not sold out).

20th JUNE
Jamaica Scream
The Freemasons Hotel . From 8pm until late.
Contact: 9761 1725

Soup and Song at Bridgetown Pottery
Join us for a cosy night of warming, hearty winter soups with crusty breads. Bookings essential.
Contact: Pip Mills 9761 1038

Yornup Family Dance
Yornup Hall 8 pm. $10 entry – children free. Plate of supper to shre would be appreciated. Great old time dancing.

20th and 21st JUNE
Antique and Collectors Fair
Peel Collectors Club of Mandurah
You can find almost anything at the Antiques and Collectors Fair! Toys, tins, coins, china, glassware,
jewellery, linen, books and more!! Entry $3. Sat 9.30-4pm. Sun 9.30-3pm at the Town Hall
Contact: Lorraine loraine.c@optusnet.com.au

Open Day and Demonstrations at Sew Gentle Era
Located on Hampton St, come along to the store and see what Sew Gentle Era has to offer quilters and crafters alike. Demonstrations and displays of
quilting and sewing products, and Anne and her staff will be available for questions.
Contact: Anne Dost 9761 1490

21st JUNE
River Markets
Nestled on the Blackwood River, the River Markets can be found on the southern end of Bridgetown just past the bridge on the left. Find an eclectic
assortment of treasure from fresh produce, spices and juices, handcrafted goods and 2nd hand goodies and more. No two markets are the same. Open from

26th JUNE
Live Music @The Cidery
Live Music at the Cidery, 5.30-7.30pm Local talented musicians, beautiful cider, award winning beer, and light meals.
Check www.thecidery.com.au for further details
No bookings required

27th JUNE
Red Cross Gala
Red Cross Bridgetown Branch formed in 1915, the Bridgetown branch of the Red Cross have provided continual service to Bridgetown and the wider community. To celebrate this phenomenal achievement, a Red Cross Gala night will be hosted at the Town Hall. Come and enjoy music from the last 100 years and lots and lots
of themed prizes including a door prize. Light supper provided along with tea and coffee and services from the bar available. Tickets $25.
Contact: Patricia 9761 1946

Retro Dress Making Workshop at Sew Gentle Era
Love the retro styles of the 50’s? Want to make your own retro dress? Come along to a cozy workshop at Sew Gentle Era where Lela will walk you through
the construction of your own fabulous retro dress. Suitable for all sewing skills.
Contact: Anne Dost 9761 1490

Produce Market and Workshops at Ashbil Community Garden
Wander up to the community garden and join in the fun of the Produce Market days! Freshly picked produce available for sale by donation. Local stall
holders will also have their fruit, vegetables, fresh juices, pickles, eggs and more for sale. Over the Winter Festival, short workshops will be held
on topics such as ‘Constructing a Wicking Bed’, ‘Composting’, ‘Building an Insect Haven’ and ‘Fermenting Foods’. Please ring Libby or check the
Bridgetown in the Winter FB page to check what workshop will be running this weekend.
Contact: Libby 0419 090 869

27-28th JUNE
Beauty and Wellbeing Weekend Retreat
The Shed @ Dalmore Farm
The retreat will run over two separate days: one will be focussed on fitness and health and one will be focussed on beauty and holistic therapies for
wellbeing. Participants can come to one or both. A delicious lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea will be provided.
Contact: Emilie 9761 7030














Events September 2015

Sandarkan Memorial

Date: 8 September 2015

Venue: Boyup Brook

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

Peace Art Exhibition

Date: 19/9/2015 2015

Venue: Bridgetown Town Hall

Events October 2015

Vinyl Years Music Quiz

Date: 9th October 2015

Venue: Bridgetown Town Hall

Contact Details: 

For more information contact Steve Packer on 9799 3394 or email stevepacker@ozemail.com.au


The first three very successful Vinyl Years Music Quizzes raised funds for the Green Door musicians' cooperative. This time all proceeds will go to Bridgetown Historical Society and the Swimming Pool Renovation Fund.

As always, you won't need to know a lot about the popular music of the 1950s to the 1980s to have fun and win prizes.

Entry at the door is $10 per person. Maximum team size: 6. BYO snacks, but not alcohol - bar provided.

Table bookings (after September 14) essential. Phone Steve Packer on 9799 3394.

Festival of Country Gardens Prelude

Date: 10 October 2015

The prelude is on the 10th & 11th October with gardens open in Balingup & Bridgetown

Rotary Up Close & Classical Concert

Date: Up Close & Classical Concert 2015

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.  Tickets available through “Gentle Era” Hampton Street. Enquiries: (08) 9761 7512

Blackwood Valley WA Boutique Wine Show

Date: October 2015

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: 31 October 2015

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 - 31st October 2015

Venue: Boyup Brook start, Bridgetown finish

Rotary Club of Bridgetown will again host the Blackwood Marathon in 2015.


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 2015

Upper Blackwood Agricultural Show

Date: 3 November 2015

Venue: Dinninup Show Ground

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

Festival of Country Gardens

Date: 5 November - 8 November 2015

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 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: 8 November 2015

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: 13-15 November 2015

Venue: Bridgetown Town site

Contact Details: 


Blues office phone number 9761 2921

2015 Blues at Bridgetown will be the  23rd 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: 28 November 2015

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 December 2015

Christmas Craft Fair

Date: 5 December 2015

Venue: Bridgetown Town Hall

Bridgetown's Christmas Craft Fair is on again, on Saturday 5thDecember between 9 am and 4 pm.

The Christmas Craft Fair is a community event that will bring together local exhibitors in a day that celebrates quality and craftsmanship.

Set in Bridgetown's historic Town Hall, the fair will feature quality contemporary arts and crafts from the Blackwood River region.

  From woodcarvers and weavers to patchwork qualiters and toy makers, this is your chance to meet some of our talented crafts people and designers.

Contact Julie 0409 337 366 for more information


Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival

Date: 12 December 2015

Venue: Manjimup

The Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festivalis community based ands has a wide array of activities and entertainment.

Go to www.cherryfestival.com.au for program and more information