The Coal Creek Heritage Craft Day is a unique opportunity to see first hand live demonstrations of traditional, pioneering skills and trades that once required hard, repetitious labour over the course of many years. Thanks to our changing lifestyles and modern day technology, many old trades are slowly disappearing and soon some won't be around at all. The Coal Creek Heritage Craft Day is an opportunity to celebrate these skills and show the younger generations what came before - and a trip to Coal Creek is always well worth the effort.
Stepping through the gate is a step back in time. The grand locomotive greets you just inside and the old buildings remind us of a life that used to be real many decades ago. There will be plenty of old-fashioned wares to purchase, and the Leongatha Medieval Society will be turning out to show guests how to do some leatherworking and chainmail making while performing arrow fletching demonstrations and selling some very interesting giftware.
The strong-handed trades on exhibition will include a blacksmith and stone worker, along with timber workers flexing some serious muscle. See spinners and weavers, lace making, felting and dyeing demonstrations. Other displays will include wet plate photography, cricket bat making, decorative plastering and damper and bush tea making. Finally, you won't want to miss the magic lantern show. It's something to behold.
For the very first time organisers of the Heritage Craft Day will be holding a competition for the best moustache, partial and full beard. Wear it loud and proud, gents. Just like they used to do in olden times.
While you're at Coal Creek be sure to take a ride on the steam locomotive. Tickets are $10 per person. Visit Devlin's general store, the mine museum and O'Gilpin's Drapery, along with all the other carefully preserved heritage buildings including the church, pharmacist and school.
The Coal Creek community park is an interactive, living museum. History is brought to life through the careful preservation of the buildings and old wares and there are plenty of places to explore.
Picnics are welcome and you'll find plenty of places to throw down a rug. There are also BBQ facilities in the car park area and the Korumburra shopping strip nearby, along with coffee and food vendors turning out especially for the Heritage Craft Day event.
The Coal Creek Heritage Craft Day is being held on Sunday 6th August 2017 from 10am to 4pm. Entry to Coal Creek is free.
Coal Creek is located at 12 Silkstone Road, Korumburra and is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm. Except for special event days, entry to Coal Creek is always free.
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