IT’S SUMMERTIME

…and the weather is fine. Maybe a little too hot, but perfect for an icy cold drink from The Governor’s Cafe! It’s a new year with new events to share with you all.

For those who read the events listing at the end of the previous update, there was unfortunately an error – the Castlemaine State Fair is biennial and is not on this year. We apologise for any confusion caused, and hope you enjoy the Fair in 2019!

Here’s what’s on…

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
The Old Castlemaine Gaol hosts many musicians throughout the year, with a range of styles. Over six weeks in January and February they host No Cover Charge Fridays in the courtyard of The Governor’s Cafe. Book for a meal this Friday evening (January 19) and get a great seat for Limelight, a talented young blues, jazz and fusion trio. www.oldcastlemainegaol.com.au/

BE PERSUADED BY JANE AUSTEN
We’ve been talking about this event for some time now because we think it sounds like a goodie, so be persuaded as it isn’t running for long…

A Jane Austen Experience is a rare and wonderful exhibition of fashion from the time of Jane Austen, following her life and characters from childhood through to the Regency era. The travelling exhibition is currently at Dudley House in Bendigo 10am to 5pm daily, closing January 23. www.janeaustenbepersuaded.com

WINE AND DINE
The Creswick Providore – Preserving Creswick – is back after a short break, and is now licensed! You can have a wine with your lunch or tasty platter, or treat yourself with something sweet. Open Friday & Saturday 11am – 7pm and Sunday 9am – 7pm.  www.facebook.com/preserving.creswick

LAKESHORE TUNES
It’s the last weekend of Summer Sundays in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, with free live music performances by Oh Pep!, Ukulele Death Squad, Didirri and Emily Ulman, food trucks and great coffee! January 21. www.facebook.com/summersundaysballarat/

PARK TIME
Bendigo’s parks are busy this summer with a range of entertainment and activities. Chinese New Year, music, sports, markets and outdoor cinema are among the many events. Weekends and some weekdays all summer long. www.bendigosummerintheparks.com/

BEER TIME
The Ballarat Beer Festival at Lake Wendouree is the place to be for beer lovers this weekend, showcasing over 150 craft brews. Featuring live music and 34 brewers along with delicious food stalls plus cocktails for those who don’t love beer. Saturday January 20. www.ballaratbeerfestival.com.au/

FOLK-ROOTS WEEKEND
Newstead is a music mecca next weekend! In its fifteenth year, Newstead Live is a folk-roots festival featuring four days of diverse and highly regarded national and international artists. Thursday 25 January 4pm to 28 January 3pm. Book online at www.newsteadlive.com

MARKETS
Although some markets take a break in January, we’ve found enough to keep you busy! Have a browse and a coffee and check out the fresh produce.

Saturday
Creswick Market
Trentham Farmers Market
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Sunday
Daylesford Market
Talbot Market

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