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A fun day in the country for the whole family
Situated in the beautiful Avon Valley, just six kilometres west of Beverley, Avondale Discovery Farm is a historic working farm which is now managed by the National Trust of Western Australia. After the arrival of British colonists in the 1830s, the land was part of a parcel which was assigned to Captain James Stirling, the first governor of the Swan River Colony and Harbour Master Mark Currie of the Royal Navy. The beautiful homestead which visitors can now admire was constructed in the 1850s, while the large stable block which houses the sturdy Clydesdale horses that work on the farm, dates from the 1890s.
Beverley Harvest Festival is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to visit Avondale and celebrate the annual wheat harvest, the fruition of months of hard labour on the farm. The festival features numerous activities and displays including harvest demonstrations using vintage equipment hauled by the Clydesdales, a rare and exciting opportunity for visitors to see these strong yet gentle creatures perform the toil that has been their duty for centuries. Visitors also have the opportunity to watch blacksmithing demonstrations, a rare skill in this day and age, and marvel at the skill of working sheepdogs.
Other popular activities include farm drive tours, listening to musical entertainment, observing log-chopping demonstrations, and perusing the market stalls which are situated each year around the homestead's grounds. History buffs, young and old, will eagerly embrace the opportunity to learn about Western Australia's agricultural heritage, to wander the grounds of the historical homestead and to observe, first hand, traditional agricultural practices. For the littlies, there will be an animal nursery, where they can get 'up close and personal' with baby animals in a safe and supervised environment.
In conclusion, the Beverley Harvest Festival is going to be a fun and educational event that the whole family will enjoy immensely. Entry for adults is just $10.00, concession-card holders are $5.00, while children under 12 years of age are free of charge: all very reasonable when you consider the wealth of activities that are available throughout the day. Just an hour and a half away from Perth, the Avon Valley is beautiful at this time of the year, so pack a picnic lunch, your gumboots and a camera, and head for Avondale Discovery Farm this weekend.
The Beverley Harvest Festival will be held this Sunday, 25th November, from 10.00am until 4.00pm. For more information, check out this pamphlet, phone Avondale on 08 9646 1004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.