Its time to have some fun

After the last few months of bushfires, coronavirus, political intrigues and now talk of recession, its no wonder that most of us are feeling under siege. As mere mortals, there is little we can do about it except to ride out the storm, so why not have some fun. March is presenting an array of festivals, musicals, exhibitions and lots more to get you out and about in our region. Here are just a few to whet your appetite.

Wheel out the Lost Trades Fair

Since its inception, the Lost Trades Fair has grown so large, they have moved location to the Bendigo Racecourse. It’s on this weekend, so for the nostalgic, curious and those looking for a great family day out (or two), this is one for you. Sat 7th & Sun 8th March, Bendigo Racecourse Ascot

Ballarat’s Begonia Festival is back

The botanical gardens come to life with a multitude of activities, stalls, crafts, entertainment, food, celebrities, street parade and of course Begonias – far too much going on to be listed here. To find out more

Chill Out Festival

Daylesford comes alive this weekend from 5th to 9th March for the annual ChillOut Festival. This is Australia’s longest-running and biggest regional LGBTQI Pride festival that has become a whole community event. Find out more

You can still catch this fantastic production

You know the music, you know the story and you still have time to see this excellent production from the Ballarat Lyric Theatre. The highly talented amateur cast brought this greatly loved show to Her Majesty’s Theatre, performing to sell out audiences. If you’re quick you can still catch it, but you need to be quick as it finishes on Sunday 8th March, so get your skates on.

In a nutshell

Bendigo’s Night Markets are presented each month. Great atmosphere and loads of goodies. Next market Sat. 7th March.

The Goldfields Track takes you through sensational lands beginning from the heights of Mt Buninyong through to Bendigo.

You don’t need a special day to indulge in High Tea at Bellinzona Resort, Hepburn Springs. Thurs & Sat. 12 to 4pm indulge in a little luxury.

An exhibition of stunning nature photography presented by Newstead Arts Hub – from 7th to 29th March.

Innovative view of Avenue of Honour

The beautiful Kingston Avenue of Honour has added a new feature to their website making it easy for families and those interested in our past to find the information on the service men and women represented by each tree. Simply by clicking on a tree or searching names on the site, details will be revealed. With Anzac Day not far away, why not visit


Golden Plains Farmers
Ballarat Bridge Mall Market
Daylesford Farmers Market
Heathcote Bush Market
Castlemaine Farmers Market
Castlemaine Artists Market
Gisborne Old Time Market

Give Them a Break

Surely our wildlife has been through enough. Do they now have to dodge bullets as well. Whilst the duck shooting season has been shortened, it is still long enough to create havoc on our wildlife. Its time the government found some courage and banned this “sport”. This is not sport.

We need your help

Our region is a rich in all things we love to do – explore, learn, eat, drink and just relax. We can’t keep on top of everything that is happening, so how about you help us out and send us information of what’s on around your backyard. Just email