Festival of Sails & Bluewater Festival 2013

Festival of Sails & Bluewater Festival 2013


Posted 2013-02-09 by S Lynnfollow

Fri 29 Mar 2013

Easter weekend is a great opportunity to enjoy the glorious sun, shimmering blue sea and grainy sand. If you are lucky enough to live next to the sea on the Redcliffe Peninsula or at Sandgate, you won't have to travel far to enjoy the wonderful Easter celebrations organised by the Moreton Bay council. If you live in Brisbane, why not take the opportunity to drive up for a day trip and attend both festivals at once?

Redcliffe Festival of Sail 2013

On Good Friday, the 29th of March 2013 from 9am – 4pm, the annual Redcliffe Festival of Sails celebrates the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht race with a colourful and event-filled seaside festival.

Over a hundred specialty market and gourmet food stalls will be dotted along Suttons Beach, giving everyone a wonderful opportunity to expand their tastebuds and perhaps find that rare treasure in one of the stalls for their personal collection.

I know some people dislike going to a beach when it is packed full with people and there is no doubt that this will be the case here, but there is something about the energy that emanates from the crowd when people are celebrating an event. There is so much going on to immerse in and plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Sure beats watching television at home.

Bring your kids along to stare in wonder at the large sand sculptures and to learn how to create wonderful sand castles themselves with the world-renowned Sandman. You can never go wrong with a healthy day outdoors by the beach. Throw in some entertainment into the mix including live music, roving entertainers and Easter egg hunts and it is a child's delight. Sutton's Beach is a famous landing spot for parachutes so they could be in for a huge surprise when the Easter Bunny makes an unexpected landing around approximately 11am.

Festivals usually create a lot of excitement for little kids with wonderful ways to keep the little ones entertained. There will be a kite making workshop with Redcliffe Kite Club which they can put to test straight after, an African drumming workshop, a craft tent, sand sculpting workshop and a great LEGO Building Challenge.

There are plenty of mental stimulation and learning opportunities for the children as well as physical exercise in the form of beach games, a rainbow activity zone, beach tennis and volleyball. Other entertaining activities include amusement rides, camel and pony ride, puppet show, puppet making and face painting.

If you love shopping, Suttons Beach will be dotted with stalls selling an eclectic range handmade jewellery, unique clothing, homeware and specialty toys.

If food is your thing, you'll be spoiled for choice. A walk around the markets is like taking a trip around the world with wood-fired pizzas, French crepes, Spanish tapas, fresh seafood and spicy curries are up on offer. It is the perfect place to get your morning breakfast pick-me-up or a casual brunch, Free Parking is available at Redcliffe Showgrounds, Scarborough Road, Redcliffe. The free shuttle service will be running every 15 minutes from 8.30am - 5.00pm between Redcliffe Showgrounds and the Festival site at Marine Parade.

Sandgate Bluewater Festival 2013

If you hesitate at crossing the bridge to Redcliffe, Sandgate will also be hosting their own celebration of the launch of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race at the Sandgate Bluewater Festival.

Sandgate beach will be a hive of activity with an Easter pantomime, a children's show, a 'FretFest' singer/songwriter showcase, Steven Jaymes Band, roving entertainers, market musicians and more.

The Bluewater Festival is now in its 16th year and is a great opportunity for the Sandgate community to come together and celebrate Easter in their neighbourhood. So, come on down to Lower Moora Park, Shorncliffe for Bluewater Festival Friday from 9am on 29th March to see the spectacle of the sails and enjoy a day of live entertainment, great music, carnival rides, markets, food stalls and heaps of activities for all the family.

If you are more of a night person and want to escape the sun, Bluewater Bayfire Night starts at 4pm on Thursday 28th March at Lower Moora Park with live entertainment, markets, food and the fabulous Fireworks on the Bay at 7:30pm.

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