MUSIC, MARKETS AND NATURE

THE BEAUTY OF WILD NATURE
Tarkine in Motion is a collection of over 40 artworks on show in Castlemaine. A portion of the proceeds go towards protecting takayna/Tarkine and a return to Aboriginal custodianship. Closes Sunday 10th December. www.lot19art.com/tarkine-in-motion/

GO BACK IN TIME
For a shopping night that evokes a Christmas from times past, join the festivities at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. This Friday (8th Dec) from 6pm to 8.30pm, Sovereign Hill hosts their annual Shopping Night. With free entry, think of all the raspberry drops you can buy! www.facebook.com/events

LANEWAY TO FOOD
Sometimes to find that special something you have to step off the main street. Located in Chancery Lane in Bendigo, El Gordo is a café, tapas bar, meeting place, breakfast lounge, and great lunch spot. http://elgordobendigo.com/

MUSIC AND GOOD TIMES IN THE VINES
The Shiraz Republic is hosting its third Sunday Session featuring live music from William Alexander and Mariah McCarthy, playing on the Old Bedford stage. Smash burgers, boutique wines, Cornella Real beer, and a great atmosphere. Sunday 10th December. http://www.shirazrepublic.com.au/events/

DESIGN IN BALLARAT
Love the Ballarat area and looking for something handmade? The Design Exchange Christmas Market is on this Sunday (10th Dec) in Ballarat. http://www.thedesignexchange.com.au/

CHOCOLATE PERFECTION
If you’re after the perfect chocolate gift or a delicious treat for yourself, you’ll find it in Bendigo. Hayley Tibbett of Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates is a professionally-trained award-winning chocolatier. www.facebook.com/indulgechocolatesbendigo/

RETAIL THERAPY ON THE EDGE OF BALLARAT
For retail therapy and Christmas shopping, why not try Divine Vintage in Buninyong? It’s got a great range of shabby chic and French provincial gifts, including cushions, prints, cards, Australian-made soaps, candles, scarves and more! http://www.divinevintage.com.au/

BE WELL-DRESSED AND WELL-READ
BookVintage with Seams Old in Ballarat is a one-day combined vintage and antique fashion sale plus hundreds of nonfiction books and printed ephemera. Presented by Frock Up Australia. Saturday 9th December. http://www.frockupaustralia.com/

SUMMER TIME TO GET OUTDOORS
Get out of the house this summer and head for the parks in Bendigo for a whole host of entertainment and activities. Music, sports, markets, carols and outdoor cinema are among the many events. Weekends and some weekdays all summer. https://www.bendigosummerintheparks.com/

SUMMER OF THE DEAD
Romancing the Skull is on until January 28th, so find yourself a few hours and head to the gallery to check out this amazing collection featuring the iconic skull. https://artgalleryofballarat.com.au/

NATURE AND HERITAGE
The best way to see Victoria is with an experienced guide, where you can get up close with nature and explore historic towns.  Golden Nugget Tours are small group, personalised tours, allowing for plenty of question times and in-depth descriptions.  For details visit http://www.goldennuggettours.com.au/

SAVE THE DATE:
MARKET AT TWILIGHT

The artists and designers of Castlemaine’s Artists Market have teamed up with their Farmers Market for a grand Twilight Market. Food, great gifts, live music – you can find gifts and get started on Christmas meals! 15th December. http://castlemaineartistsmarket.com.au/

LYRICS BY THE LAKE
Summer Sundays are on again in Ballarat this January, with free live music performances including Bob Evans, Jeff Lang and Ukulele Death Squad, food trucks and great coffee! First three Sundays in January. www.facebook.com/summersundaysballarat/

TO MARKET:
Come along for a great range of fresh produce, coffee and food, handmade items, plants, jewellery and gifts

Saturday
Ballan Farmers Market
Kyneton Market
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Sunday
Clunes Farmers Market
Dunolly Community Market
Daylesford Market

DIARY DATES:
14 – 17 December: Pop-Up Cinema Lancefield https://cinemapopup.com.au/lancefield
16 December: Moonlight Market Bendigo http://www.moonlightmarketbendigo.com.au/
13 January: Maldon Twilight Dinner https://www.maldon.org.au/maldon-twilight-dinner/
17 – 23 January: Jane Austen – the Be Persuaded Exhibition, Dudley House, Castlemaine https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/
26 January: Hanging Rock Races https://country.racing.com/
24 Febuary: Too Many Mirandas – an amazing day out at Hanging Rock, but you’ll need to book ahead! http://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/