BOTTLES, STARS & TRAMS

Circus, singing, heritage & lights. It’s a worthy weekend to venture out of the house, with plenty to look forward to in the upcoming weeks.

HERITAGE AND LIGHTS
Smeaton is the place to be this weekend, with the National Trust Anderson’s Mill Heritage Weekend during the day, and a music and light show at night. By day, you can see Asking For Trouble (above), a talented circus group who are performing both mornings with afternoon workshops, flour mills, spinners and weavers, heritage machinery, and more. From 6.30pm, Video Architecture is putting on a special sound and light show. www.nationaltrust.org.au/

MOTHERS AND MYSTERIES
Kryal Castle offers a mix of fun possibilities this weekend. The Mother’s Day Feast is on Sunday 13 May, with two courses and dessert. Or if you’re in the mood to investigate a murder, Kryal Castle’s Murder Mystery Nights are an investigative wander through the castle looking for clues to solve the theatrical mystery. Murder Mystery 12 May, plus later dates. www.kryalcastle.com.au/

HISTORY IN BENDIGO
On Saturday 12 May, Bendigo is throwing open the doors to its best heritage experiences. Explore the Central Deborah Gold Mine, take a historical tram trip with the Dja Dja Wurring Tram and learn about the region’s first people, or tour many of the historical business and buildings in Bendigo, including the Gallery, the Pottery, the Woollen Mills, the Joss House Temple and the Chinese Dragon Museum. www.bendigoheritage.com.au/

BANDIT TIME
Sunday afternoon is a grand time for free entertainment by a small band of bandits. The Bandits was born one Sunday afternoon on a verandah in a little country town. Gabriel had just picked up a mandolin and Lucy decided slap bass was her thing. Mary pulled out her fiddle and taught them some tunes, which left Amie no choice but to learn bluegrass ukulele. 13 May. www.thelostones.com.au/

AND HERE’S A FEW FOR YOUR DIARY

LIGHT AND PEACE
Illumin8 is an annual event in Bendigo, celebrating peace and harmony inspired by Buddha’s life, featuring light installations, multicultural performances, market stalls and delicious vegetarian and vegan food. Illumin8 is known for its spectacular animated light and fireworks show on Saturday evening. Hours and activities vary. (18), 19 & 20 May. www.stupa.org.au/illumin8/

SOUNDS OF SINGING
Music makes the world go around. Kyneton is celebrating their third Vocal Ranges Festival, an explosion of inspiring singing workshops, live performance, singalongs, festival choirs and storytelling. The performers pictured are part of the Mission Songs Projects, reviving early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs. Open to all, it’s a fun day out to sing and find new friends. 19 – 20 May. www.vocalrangesfestival.com/

STARS AHOY
Here’s your chance to be part of a Guinness World Record attempt! Throughout Australia, people are organising Star Party events in an attempt to have the most people ever stargazing at one time across multiple venues. Events at Castlemaine, Maldon, Ballarat, Mansfield and more! 23 May. www.facebook.com/

SONGSTRESS IN CLUNES
The talented soprano Greta Bradman is on a national tour for her new album, Home. One key tour location is Clunes, in association with the Four Seasons Fine Music Festival. A personal tribute to where the heart is, Home features songs and arias that for Greta encapsulate the essence of family, friends, and precious moments and memories of times and places, present and past. 17 June, 5pm. www.gretabradman.com/

MARKETS THIS WEEKEND
Some fantastic markets on this weekend, so plenty of opportunities to find some wonderful fresh produce, a gift, a coffee, some lunch….

Saturday
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Ballarat Farmers Market, Lake Wendouree
Kyneton Community Market
Bendigo Community Farmers Market
Ballan Farmers Market
Sunday
Daylesford Sunday Market
Daylesford Sunday Farmers Market
Clunes Farmers Market
Clunes Artists Market
Dunolly Community Market
Maldon Market

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