Fairy Lights, Food and Fun

The festive season is upon us and with it a celebration of markets, music, exhibitions and of course delicious food and drink! Treat yourself or others – even both!

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
Castlemaine hosts its annual Twilight Market this Friday evening (15th), with a whole host of gifts made by local makers, and farm fresh produce just at the perfect time for this festive season. http://castlemaineartistsmarket.com.au/

SHOPPING EVENINGS IN THE VILLAGE
There are two more Christmas in Clunes Twilight Markets, so you still have time to get into these festive evenings when the village comes alive. Starting at 5.30pm Friday 15th and 22nd. www.facebook.com/events/

A CAFÉ IN THE HEART OF THE VILLAGE
If you’re in the market for great coffee and cake or a meal, how about Bread and Circus in Clunes? It has a creative name and an inviting ambiance. There’s also an appealing range of produce and gifts! www.facebook.com/Bread-Circus-Provedore-Clunes

PARK TIME
Head for the parks in Bendigo this summer to experience a range of entertainment and activities. Music, paddleboarding, picnics, carols and fireworks are among the many events. Weekends and some weekdays all summer long. www.bendigosummerintheparks.com/

CAMP OUT (OR IN) AND SEE WILDLIFE
If your kids find the summer break too long, Cave Hill Creek Camp is a great summer getaway for kids from ages eight to fifteen! Camps for 8 to 14 year olds run 8 – 12 January or 15 – 19 OR there’s a camp out event for 14 to 15 year olds running 8 – 12 January. www.cavehillcreek.com.au/

REAWAKENING THE DRAGON
Ballarat’s Chinese Dragon was active in festivals from 1897 to the 1960s, but has since been in hibernation. You can see the incredible dragon, lions and exquisite silk textiles at the Gold Museum in Ballarat until 15th April. www.goldmuseum.com.au/

A PERFECT LUNCH OR DINNER
With the festive season upon us, award-winning dining is the answer. The Farmers Arms in Creswick made a wonderful showing at the Golden Plate awards with regional winner of best hotel dining and a finalist in the categories of Best menu of local foods, Best customer service and Best coffee. www.farmersarmscreswick.com/

MARKETS
Tis the season for markets! Lots on this weekend starting Friday evening with all manner of food and drinks and gifts and general goodies.

Friday Evening
Castlemaine Twilight Market
Station Domain Twilight Market, Maryborough
Saturday
Creswick Market
Trentham Farmers Market
Smythesdale Country Market
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Saturday Evening
Moonlight Market Bendigo
Sunday
Talbot Market
Daylesford Market

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