What’s on in Ballarat – Winter

Welcome to Winter and to our new once a season blog post… What’s on in Ballarat! I was excited to read through the Visit Ballarat calendar for the Winter months. It’s definitely a time to forget the cold, rug up and get yourself, family and friends out and about! There’s so much to enjoy… from a cool, brisk walk around our Lake Wendouree to a warming hot chocolate at one of our fantastic cafes and don’t forget the amazing Winter events. All you need to do now is grab your calendar, put your feet up and enjoy reading this blog. You can then schedule in all the things you want to do in Ballarat this Winter.

Happy reading!
Jenine and Michael Harris
Owners at Advanced Self Storage

What’s on in Ballarat this Winter

JUNE 2018

The Design Exchange Market
3rd June 2018
The Mining Exchange, Lydiard Street North
$2 Entry / Kids free!

Ballarat’s The Design Exchange market is a designer market that brings together emerging designers and contemporary artists from all over. You will be amazed by the calibre of the designers as you wander leisurely through the market. With over 60 designers selling their wares you are bound to find something to suit you. Be tempted by yummy food or simply enjoy a cup of coffee, while being entertained by local musicians. Come and relax with friends in the Design Exchange “lounge room” while soaking up the atmosphere in this very impressive building.

Credit: Above event copy and image via thedesignexchange.com.au

Into Light: 19th century paintings from the Musee de la Chartreuse
23rd June – 9th September
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Tickets: Adult $16 / Concession $12 / AGB Member $10 / FT Student $10 / Child FREE

This exhibition of treasures from the Musée de la Chartreuse, the regional gallery for Douai in northern France, traces these developments. It ranges from the idealised classical imagery of the late eighteenth century, romantic seascapes and tranquil landscapes depicting the mills and canals of northern France, through to paintings which celebrate the effects of pure light and colour, and works which explore the lives of ordinary people, rarely seen in earlier painting.

Credit: Above event copy and image via artgalleryofballarat.com.au

Ballarat Winter Festival
30th June – 29th July
Various CBD locations
Ice rink opens and runs until 15 July, eight sessions daily, from 9am–8.30pm, Armstrong Street South
Tickets: Adult $15, Child $8, Family $30 (two adults and two children)
Session times are one hour, skaters are advised to arrive 20 minutes prior to start time
Bookings essential at ballaratwinterfestival.com.au

Ballarat is set to transform into a winter wonderland this July, with a myriad of experiences to warm your heart, soul and belly as part of the Ballarat Winter Festival!

Visit Sovereign Hill and experience the magical Christmas in July : Winter Wonderlights display; lace up your skates and take to ice at the pop-up ice-skating rink; or admire the fiery jousting clash at Kryal Castle.

Wander through the Art Gallery of Ballarat and marvel at the old and new art, as well as the Into Light exhibition, featuring treasured 19th and 20th century Parisian works from the Musée de la Chartreuse in northern France.

Indulge in the goodness of locally-grown potatoes cooked to perfection at the Ballarat Potato Festival, or delight in the sausages, salami and craft brews at the inaugural Salumi and Charcuterie Festival.

Whether it’s school holiday fun, a cultural getaway, or a romantic rendezvous that you seek, there’s a day out to enthral everyone as you explore all the glistening winter offerings!

Credit: Above event copy and image via ballaratwinterfestival.com.au

Winter Wonderlights
30 June – 22 July 2018
Sovereign Hill
For all the details go online at winterwonderlights.com.au

During the day, Christmas trees and colourful decorations will line the Main Street. ‘Hands-on’ activities for children, a full theatre program, faux snow falls and delicious treats bringing Christmas cheer to all.

By night, as the sun sets and the snowflakes fall, Main Street will be transformed by sparkling grand-scale images and bright Winter Wonderlights dancing along its familiar façades.

Credit: Above event copy and image via winterwonderlights.com.au

July 2018

Winter Native Flower and Plant Show
Robert Clark Horticultural Centre, Ballarat Botanical Gardens 10am–4.30pm
Entry – $5 for adults

Ballarat National Theatre
presents Mr Bailey’s Minder
The Courthouse Theatre, Lydiard Street South

Salumi and Charcuterie Festival
21st July
The Mining Exchange, Lydiard Street North

AFL Game
29th Juy
Western Bulldogs V Port Adelaide Mars Stadium

Royal South Street Eisteddfod
July – October

Credit: Above image via royalsouthstreet.com.au

And so much more…

Bridge Mall Farmers Market
1st Saturday of every month
More information at bridgemallmarket.com.au

Ballarat Farmers Market
Lake Wendouree
2nd and 4th Saturday each month
Facebook @ballaratfarmers

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