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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

 

www.bridgetownwalkinggroup.com

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 April 2015

Balingup Small Farm Field Day

Date: 18 April 2015

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 

 

16th Blackwood River Chamber Festival

Date: 24 - 26 April 2015

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 16th Blackwood River Chamber Festival, presented by artistic directors Sally Boud and Geoffrey Bourgault du Coudray.

The Festival takes place in and around Bridgetown in the Blackwood Valley, where we have lived for the last three 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.  We have greatly enjoyed assembling artists for this year's festival.  It is one of the real pleasures of organising an event such as this that we can invite musicians who are not just great players but excellent company.  This is sure to be reflected in the music making!

The Festival will be held over the weekend of 25-26 April 2015 in three beautiful venues.  We are excited to again be able to present Saturday's concerts in the 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 patrons will be taken by bus to nearby Greenbushes where we have been surprised and delighted to discover the wonderful acoustics of the charming old Community Hall.  The Hall will be transformed for a gala dinner concert catered by Shannon and Luke from Tasty Edibles cafe, one of the treasures of our area.  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 24th 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.

 

Anzac Day Ceremonies

Date: 25 April 2015

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.

Greenbushes Art Trail

Date: 25-26 April 2015

Venue: Greenbushes

Displaying local artists from different genres throughout Greenbushes

Events May 2015

Festival of Country Gardens Autumn

Date: 1-3 May 2015

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


 

Landscapes Exhibition

Date: 1 - 31 May 2015

Two Oceans Mountain Bike Race

Date: 2-9 May 2015

Venue: South West WA

Contact Details: 

Please see www.2oceansmtb.com for further information.

An international epic eight day stage race that provides challenging terrain and racing for competitors and showcases the beauty of the south west of Western Australia.  The ever-changing landscape of the 2 Oceans MTB adventure is a blend of towering Karri and Jarrah forests, lush vineyards, thrilling technical downhills and abundant wildlife. These pristine, unspoilt environments are the habitat of marron, kangaroo, cockatoos, many native marsupials and over 300 varieties of stunning wildflowers.  They’re also home to some phenomenal singletrack in and around Bridgetown, Manjimup, Pemberton and Northcliffe.

Boyup Brook Antique & Craft Fair

Date: 15 - 17 May 2015

Venue: Boup Brook Town Hall

Greenbushes Fun Run

Date: 17 May 2015

Venue: Greenbushes

The Fun Run is around Greenbushes townsite & surrounding area

Events June 2015

Ouch Festival for Youth

Date: 26 June 2015

Truffle Kerfuffle - Southern Forest Food Festival

Date: 26 June 2015

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

Contact Details: 

www.trufflekerfuffle.com.au

Come along and get truffled!

Truffle Kerfuffle 2015 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 2015

'The Archies' Portrait Exhibition

Date: 3 - 17 July 2015

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 3-17 July 2015.

Sunnyside Sprint Power Boat Race

Date: 5 July 2015

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: 11-12 July 2015

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 2015

Greenbushes Discovery Centre Wattle Walk

Date: 2 August 2015

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.

Taste of the Blackwood Festival

Date: 8 August 2015

7th annual  Taste of the Blackwood.  Saturday 8th August 11am - 6pm. Bridgetown Civic Centre.

 

Visit the 7th 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: 13-16 August 2015

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: 22-23 August 2015

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

www.balingupmedievalcarnivale.com.au

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

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

Ford House Garden Fair

Date: 1 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. 

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).

Blues at Bridgetown

Date: 13-15 November 2015

Venue: Bridgetown Town site

Contact Details: 

www.bluesatbridgetown.com

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

www.bridgetownshow.com.au

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