Because of her we can – NAIDOC week

8th to 15th July

Under the theme – Because of Her, We Can! – NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July.  This year’s theme celebrates the essential role that women have played – and continue to play – as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.
To celebrate NAIDOC week there is a month long Aboriginal art exhbition at Beaufort Community Resource Centre.  Running from 7th July – 19 August. Opening night Friday 13th, 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Pop-up ice skating rink

WHEN: 30 JUNE – 15 JULY  WHERE: ARMSTRONG ST. STH, (Adjacent to Ballarat Town Hall and Myer)  ENTRY: Adult $15, Child $8, Family $30
Ice, ice, baby! Get the kids out of the house and into great winter fun activities. Lace up the skates and take to the real ice in the heart of Ballarat’s CBD. It’s guaranteed fun for the whole family during the school holidays.  Book your 1 hour ice skating session now!

The Meerkats have arrived

They’re cute, they’re feisty and they are now at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. The Meerkats of Ballarat will inhabit their brand new enclosure at the Park, which includes heated sleeping quarters that will be perfect for those cold Winter nights in Ballarat. Get to know these girls.  Ode – Her name means born on the road, Imani is a very friendly Meerkat and her name means faithAsha means lively. A friendly Meerkat who loves food.  Kali is friendly and energetic and therefore her name can only mean one thing, energeticLulu is shy and her name means pearlJamila is our bravest Meerkat who looks after the group. Her name means beautiful.   School holidays and cute animals, what more do you want.

Murder on the Orient Express 
Departs Castlemaine Railway Station, Platform 3

Start: Sat 28th July 7:30 p.m. | End: Sat 28th July 10:30 p.m.
Dress up for a light hearted fun night out and watch the ultimate “whodunit” movie. A lounge carriage becomes a mobile theatre. Enjoy a glass of champagne as the train steams through the night. Departs Castlemaine Station, Platform 3 at 7.30pm and returns 10.30pm

Something to look forward to …

100 years of The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay at Creswick Museum

Norman was born in Creswick, one of 10 children of Robert & Jane Lindsay. At 16 years he left Creswick to work with his brother Lionel in Melbourne. In 1918, as a result of a bet with a friend, he published his book for children.  Since then the book has never been out of print. To mark the occasion, the Creswick Museum is holding an exhibition in celebration of Albert and his friends for children.  In addition, the Lindsay Room is featuring Norman’s artworks, and upstairs Michael Salmon’s works. A Children’s Festival is on from Friday, 28th September to Sunday 30th September, 2018.  Creswick Museum is open weekends & public holidays 11.00am to 3.30pm. Entrance fee: Adults: $5.00. Concession: $4.00 Children Free. Tour Groups of 10 or more: $3.00 each.


The best coffee is at Chaplin’s

Chaplin’s at the Muse is a cute, even eccentric cafe in Trentham.  Owner and the creative spirit behind Chaplin’s is Mal who is a Charlie Chaplin tragic and does a great impersonation of the famous little clown.  The menu is simple, but delicious.  Trentham is kicking a few goals, so check out the town when you check out this place.



For a Quick but delicious bite …

The Turret Cafe – Sturt Street, Ballarat

Is a prominent cafe, set in a historic red brick building, on the corner of Sturt St in Ballarat. The building was originally a private residence before being transformed into a cafe. Great for a coffee break, or a yummy lunch.

It’s a great weekend for markets, with plenty to explore.

Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Daylesford Farmers Market, Daylesford Primary School
Bridge Mall Market, Ballarat
Woodend Community Farmers Market
Beaufort Market
Golden Plains Farmers Market, Bannockburn
Daylesford Sunday Market
Daylesford Sunday Farmers Market
Castlemaine Farmers Market
Castlemaine Artists Market
Tallarook Farmers Market