What to do in a quiet month

February is notoriously a quiet month. Holidays are over, kids are back at school, credit card bills need attention, so life takes on a bit of a slower pace, but we have managed to find a few things to fill in a couple of weekends. And of course your dog would love to swim in one of the brilliant waterways in Central Victoria.

Lantern Festival at Joss House

Gather your family and join the Bendigo Joss House Temple on Sunday 9 February 2020 as they celebrate Chinese New Year with a traditional Lantern Festival and begin the Year of the Metal Rat surrounded by beautiful feature lanterns. The Rat is the first sign from the 12 animal cycle of the Chinese Zodiac and the Year of the Rat is therefore considered a year of new beginnings and renewals. Traditionally a visit to a Joss House during Chinese New Year is a special event. Gates open at 6.30pm.

New Exhibition at Bendigo Pottery’s Clad Gallery

Where else would you have an exhibition of contemporary ceramics than at the home of ceramics Bendigo Pottery. This exhibition, by three Internationally acclaimed, Victorian based, ceramicists opens 7th February and will run until 22nd March. http://www.bendigopottery.com.au

Film Night at Hanging Rock

Take your significant other to the Valentine’s Screening of “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. Take a rug and a picnic and enjoy Peter Weir’s famous film.
15th February. Bookings http://visitmacedonranges.com

Ballarat Beer Festival

Recently voted Australia’s most popular regional craft beer festival, Ballarat Beer Festival moves to a new month in 2020, February 15. Situated in the North Gardens near Lake Wendouree, the new site offers plenty of natural shade from the abundant trees, and a relaxing rural picnic style atmosphere. www.ballaratbeerfestival.com.au

One year on and this story has unfolded

The Story Unfolds is a ‘repurposed’ book shop in Creswick with a wide range of genres, titles and sweet little surprises who will celebrate their first birthday on Valentine’s Day. Owner Sue-Ellen loves designing her themed windows for special occasions and what better occasion than your first birthday. Find The Story Unfolds on Facebook

Welcomed with open arms

To say Marie and Paul Williams of Creswick’s ‘in demand’ bakery, Le Peche Gourmand have been overwhelmed by the response to their new premises is an understatement. As of Monday 10th February, this hub of delectable indulgences will be open 7 days a week.

Markets this weekend

Wesley Hill Castlemaine
Kyneton Farmers Market
Ballarat Lakeside Farmers Market
Bendigo Community Farmers Market
Ballan Farmers Market

Daylesford Sunday Market
Maldon Market
Clunes Farmers and Makers Market