Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Always wanted to try weaving, lacemaking or leatherplaiting?
Step back in time at the Have a Go! Festival 2016. Held in Toowoomba over the weekend of 20 and 21 February the festival encourages people to participate in traditional trades, skills and crafts, such as blacksmithing, furniture making, wheelwrighting, weaving, knitting, millinery and more.
If you've always wanted to see if you have the skills to be a blacksmith or furniture maker come along to the festival and find out. There's lacemakers, crochet, leatherplaiting, silk crafting, papercrafting and much more. Watch demonstrations in airbrushing, harnessing, rustic furniture and soap making.
Traditional trade artisans, who are experienced and qualified in the techniques of the age old professions, will be on hand to demonstrate the trades to you and assist while you have a go at doing it yourself.
Immerse yourself in the skills of weaving or millinery or any of the many other traditional trades. Many of these trades can be somewhat expensive to buy the initial start up products just to spend a short while seeing if you have the skills. Before you buy the tools and the supplies, have a go to see how much you enjoy it. You might discover a hidden talent or two. Join in on one of the many mini workshops that run for up to 90 minutes and give a tutorial for each of the trades. Book in early to a workshop so as not to miss out.
Bring the whole family along to get creative and learn new skills. The kids can have a go at making their own toys, tinsmithing, stained glass, the weaving wall or get their face painted.
The Have a Go! Festival is an initiative of the Cobb and Co Museum and is supported by Tourism and Events Qld.
Entry to the Have a Go! Festival is just $10 per person per day, to 'have a go' at the activities and demonstrations. The mini workshops (up to 90 minutes) are $20-$30 each (includes the $10 admission fee). Family one day passes are $30 (1 adult and up to 4 children or 2 adults and up to 3 children).
The festival runs on 20 and 21 February from 9.30am to 4pm at the Cobb and Co Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba. They have a coffee shop open during the day to keep you replenished and refreshed.