This cafe is a sparkling beacon in a quiet little town on the Sunraysia Highway at Learmonth 20 minutes from Ballarat’s CBD. Well worth a visit for the food, cider and coffee. Makes a chilly weekend so much more pleasant. At 321 High Street, Learmonth, check the website for opening hours and upcoming events. http://www.cafesidra.com
This nationally important event on the calendar of embroiderers and fabric artists opens this weekend at BUDA in Castlemaine. Supporting the work of established and emerging textile artists from across Australia and New Zealand, the artists’ work is jury chosen for entry and judged by an esteemed panel from the textile industry, including practicing artists. Open dily – 10am to 4pm, the exhibition runs from 28th July to 11th August. http://budacastlemaine.org
When it’s cold, you don a woollie jumper, so why not put one on a tram. Bendigo Tramways 302 tram is the first tram in the world to be yarn bombed. It has become a tourist attraction in its own right when it runs every winter through Bendigo’s streets. The colourful, cosy tram has become quite the institution and the Yarn Bombers have had their work cut out for them. This year is going to be something even more special – six and a half metres of both sides of the tram will be covered in crocheted squares, more than ever before. Phone the Bendigo Tramway in advance for the schedule of the Yarn Bomb Tram. Running from July 28, to September 29, 2018 10:00am – 4:00pm https://bit.ly/2LOVQHW
An exciting joint exhibition, The Gentleman’s Collection features works by David Bromley, John Cobby, John Tiplady, Evan Mackley, Brad Boyd, Simon Mackley and Pro Hart, while Something Old, Something New showcases the metal work and sculpture of Andre Sardone, one of Bendigo’s best local artists. The exhibition opens July 28th with Andre Sardon in attendance from 2 to 4pm. The Gentleman’s Collection is at Valentines Antique Gallery 369. Bendigo http://www.valentinesantiques.com
THE FOUR SEASONS FINE MUSIC FESTIVAL “WINTER”
Kavesha Mazzella with Nicolas Lyon
and Jack Norton
Saturday 4th August, 7pm
St. John’s Anglican Church – Creswick.
The Ballarat Mining Exchange is set to transform into a haven of winter wine as part of The Red Series festival. Showcasing the top drops and winemakers from the Pyrenees and Grampians regions, the one-day event will feature wine tastings, a chance to meet the winemakers, and live entertainment. Get your tastebuds into action on Saturday 28th July from 1 to 6pm.
The Bulldogs are returning to Ballarat this weekend as part of their clash against Port Adelaide. There’s lots to do in Ballarat that you can enjoy once the game is over. Go to http://blog.visitballarat.com.au/how-to-spend-your-afl-weekend-in-ballarat
Ballarat Farmers Market
Wesley Hill Market Castlemaine
Daylesford Sunday Market