Come and explore Ballarat during the annual Hertiage Weekend on 9 and 10 May. A range of free activities, exhibitions, entertainment and tours will be on offer to celebrate this year's theme "A Century of Service".
Guided and self-guided heritage tours will run throughout the weekend, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience the history of Ballarat.
Image from Ballarat Heritage Weekend Facebook Page
Some of the highlights include Custodian and Curator of the famous Darnell Collection Vintage Couture and author of books "Dreaming of Dior" and "Dreaming of Chanel", Charlotte Smith returns to Heritage Weekend with wartime themed fashion parades featuring garments from WWI, WWII and Vietnam.
Charlotte Smith, Image from Ballarat Heritage Weekend Facebook Page
The Lucas Girls will present "Fashion through Time" exhibition where they will be honouring an inspirational group who raised sums of money to support the war effort and were the driving force behind the Arch of Victory.
Don't forget to visit St Patrick's Hall to view the Ballarat Apron Festival. During the weekend you can view the vintage apron display, have afternoon tea or showcase your skills in a competition.
Enjoy listening to wartime classics from The Pacific Belles, The Big Brass Band and John Schumann. Over the weekend there will be performances from Federation University third year students in Íh What a Lovely War, radio plays by Ballarat National Theatre, newsrell screening and Miss Saigon presented by BLOC Music Theatre.
The annual Heritage Dinner held at the Old Colonists' Club will include a guest appearance by George Adams, Producer and Creator of "The Doctor Blake Mysteries". A cost is involved with this event.
ABC presenter and archaeologist Adam Ford will present talks on both days at 11.00am, 12.15pm and 3.15pm at the Discovery Hub in the Ballarat Library.
Opened exclusively on Saturday from 10.00am to 5.00pm Bishops Place in Sturt Street is where you can enjoy talks or admire the grounds and architecture of this magnificent establishment with coffee and decadent homemade treats being served on the veranda all day.
Bishop's Place, Image from Ballarat Heritage Weekend Facebook page
Author of 'A Palace for a Bishop', Jenny O'Donnell will be hosting talks on the history of this building at 11.00am and 2.00pm. The White Ribbon Choir will be performing at 3.00pm.
With a wide range of activities on offer to suit all ages, the Ballarat Heritage Weekend will be an unforgettable experience.