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by Peter Hancock (subscribe)
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Bridgetown gets its chill on for winter celebration
Western Australia's self-proclaimed Winter Capital, Bridgetown, is planning three months of celebrations while the weather is chilly.

Bridgetown, Fridgetown, Winter Festival, Blackwood, Greenbushes, winter capital
Having fun with Fridgetown

Fridgetown Fest features dozens of events throughout June, July and August for both locals and visitors who want to celebrate a break from the State's summer heat.

Local business switches on its blue shopfront lights casting a wintery glow over the picturesque town's main street.

And talented locals, renowned for their artistic talents have created a three-month menu of art, music and food events to enhance the holiday atmosphere.

Bridgetown, Fridgetown, Winter Festival, Blackwood, Greenbushes, winter capital
Bridgetown lights up for winter.

Organised by the Bridgetown Greenbushes Business and Tourism Association, many of this year's events are deliberately being kept intimate following last year's cancellation because of Covid.

The popular Banquet on a Bridge, which has been running for a number of years will have a slightly different format this year, with individual tables rather than the usual long table lunch.

Puzzle Town, centred around the Southern Hemisphere's only jigsaw gallery, the Brierley Jigsaw Gallery, runs from July 3 to 18.

Bridgetown, Fridgetown, Winter Festival, Blackwood, Greenbushes, winter capital
Snowman on the Blackwood River.

Events that run across the winter season include live music at The Cidery, Bridgetown and Greenbushes Art Trails, Bridgetown Sunday Markets, the 2D Instabooth, Secret Picnics, and Kids Spy Mission on the Art Trail.

June Fridgetown events include a Shamrock Hotel Winter Quiz, Mending with Boro Stitching, Wearable Tunes Parade, An Evening With Cora, The Rhapsoscalliwags: The Well Loved Boys of the Blackwood Rhapsody, Wendy's Winter Workshops – Crochet for Beginners and Soup et Tunes.

Later in the month is Fragrant Herb Botanical Basket Making with Linda Maxfield, Singalong Gospel with Mary Myfanwy and Daun Crozier, Wyrd Sisters Theatre Performance, Memoir Writing Workshop with Author Sarah Evans, Greenbushes Acoustic Music Picnic, Green Day Out in Greenbushes – Waste Free and Skilled Up, Wattleseed High Tea, Make Your Own Dreamcatcher with Michelle from Catching Dreams Australia, Transition Bridgetown – Open Space Sunday, and Soup and Breadmaking with Tash's Cottage Industries.

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Bridgetown's picturesque rolling hills.

Events at the end of the month include Making an Olla Watering Pot with Kyle, Quilted Kantha Coat Workshop, Ford House Christmas Dinner in Winter, Historical Ghost Walk, the Freemason Hotel Rock Idols Event Night with Chain Reaction, and Power Dinghy Racing Club – Sunnyside Sprint Race.

To kick off July is The Donnelly Verandah Residencies – 5 Year Retrospective Exhibition, Shamrock Hotel Winter Quiz, A Puzzling Soiree, Puzzletown 6255, Word Sleuth, A Field Guide to Faerie, Twist N' Turn Rubik's Cube Mosaics, Family Puzzle Race, FATS First Anniversary Fun, Macrame Wall Hanging with Madremacrame, Terrarium Workshop for Kids, Terrarium Workshop for Adults, Kokedama Workshop for Adults, Country Music and Tapas, Laser Tag, and The Ukeladies.

Later in the month is Diner En Blinder, Geocaching for Beginners, Next Steps Crochet, Monster Book Sale; Two Christmas Gift Bags, Diner Avec Vinyl, Blackwood Dungeons Dragons, Dungeons and Drunks, and Transition Bridgetown Open Space Sunday @ The Cidery.

Bridgetown, Fridgetown, Winter Festival, Blackwood, Greenbushes, winter capital
Christmas tree decorations in Bridgetown.

At the end of the month is Christmas in July German Baking, One Act Play Festival – Bridgetown, French Roses Quilt Weekend Workshop, Winter Craft Fare, CWA Greenbushes Belles present 'Not Just A Rock Quiz', A 'Well-Rounded' Christmas Dinner, Create Your Own Flower Essence Drops and Healing Herbal Bath Soaks, Basket Weaving with Kay and Jaye, One Act Play Festival – Manjimup, Ashbil Community Garden Produce Market Workshop – Herbal Teas, and The Coles Music Band.

August kicks off with The Nature of Places, Soup et Tunes, The Rotary Duck Derby, Speakeasy BYO – No Illegal Grog Here!, Sunggle Up in The Sung at The Cidery, and OUCH Youth Festival.

The second half of August features Neil Murray, WildWater Canoeing State Championships, WildWater Individual Sprint, YouthCare Quiz Night, WildWater Team Classic, WildWater Individual Classic, Banquet on a Bridge – Food with Fire, Yummy Stew and Dumplings with Tash's Cottage Industries, Ashbil Community Garden Produce Market Workshop – How to Espalier Fruit Trees, and Lush Band.

The Bridgetown Winter Festival has been running for some years and was re-branded as Fridgetown Fest in 2019.

A wide range of accommodation options are available around Bridgetown for those looking for a short break.

Bridgetown and the picturesque Blackwood river are less than a three-hour drive from Perth.

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Why? Chill out and celebrate winter at Fridgetown Fest in WA’s winter capital Bridgetown with three months of food, music and art events.
When: Various dates and times
Where: Bridgetown, Western Australia.
Cost: Free and ticketed events
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by Peter Hancock on 21/06/2019
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