SCULPTURES, ART & MUSIC

The forecast is much more favourable this weekend, making it a perfect opportunity to go out to enjoy gardens, sculptures, artwork and live music – and of course to find yourself a tasty meal and a drink.

SCULPTURES AND NATURE
Final weekend for the fabulous Mica Grange’s Open Garden & Sculpture Exhibition. The next Open Garden is in spring, so get your skates on and head to Sutton Grange this weekend. Open 21 & 22 April. Closes Sunday. http://www.micagrange.com/

BIG LITTLE LANE
Chancery Lane in Bendigo is a little lane with a big impact. Centrally located just across the road from the information centre, it features foodies El Gordo and The Dispensary, as well as fun fashion at Robe, a florist, Thai massage, a barber and more, including a collection of wonderful street art. www.facebook.com/discoverchancerylane/

STUDIOS TO LOVE
Artists Chris Rowe, pictured left, and Greg Mallyon, are just two of the talented people opening their studios as part of the Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios. Kicking off Saturday 21st April at the Convent Gallery in Daylesford, you can view selected work by all the artists daily until 6 May, and then check out the studios on weekends. Studios open 21 – 22 & 28 – 29 April, and 5 – 6 May. http://dmropenstudios.com.au/

FREE TOURS AND GREAT SOUTHERN WILDLIFE
The Art Gallery of Ballarat has free daily tours at 2pm. Until 27 May, the gallery is showcasing the work of artist-traveller Eugene von Guérard. Until 6 May, Animalia Australis shows the work of early Europeans in Australia and New Zealand encountering the native fauna for the first time. https://artgalleryofballarat.com.au

A WARM WELCOME
For a tasty meal, Saff’s Café in Castlemaine is a worthy choice. Located near the amazing Restorer’s Barn it’s a cosy large café with friendly staff and offers breakfast (including the vegan big breakfast) and lunch all day. 7 days, 7.30am – 4pm. www.facebook.com/discoverchancerylane/

HERE’S A FEW FOR YOUR DIARY

SPACE AND EARTH
Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly are two talented singer-songwriters who have joined for a co-headline tour of 7 states, performing honest music with impact. They have two shows in the region, Karova Lounge Ballarat Friday 27 April & Tap House Bendigo Saturday 28 April. Ballarat & Bendigo.

ESCAPE TO HALLS GAP
The Grampians Grape Escape is back in the heart of Halls Gap. A festival of regional wine, food and music, you can meet local winemakers and producers of regional food, small-batch cider, boutique beers & barrel-aged gin, plus it’s a family-friendly event. 5 – 6 May. http://grampiansgrapeescape.com.au/

ORCHESTRA IN NATURE
For a Mother’s Day celebration with a difference, Cave Hill Creek will be celebrating its 30th birthday in style, with a live performance by the Victorian Concert Orchestra in the gardens at Cave Hill Creek, alongside the lake and the trees of Beaufort. 13 May at 2pm. https://www.cavehillcreek.com.au/help-us-celebrate-30th-birthday/

MARKETS THIS WEEKEND
A new farmers market has opened in Daylesford, running each Sunday, with local fresh produce direct from the farm. Raglan Street at the Woodshed. Contact: 0435 043 521.

Saturday
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Creswick Market
Trentham Farmers Market
Smythesdale Country Market
Riddells Creek Farmers Market
Sunday
Daylesford Sunday Market
Daylesford Sunday Farmers Market, The Woodshed
Station Domain Market, Maryborough

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