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# Visit the Mornington Peninsula: Enjoy the Mornington races for the Sportingbet Peninsula Cup Day on the 3rd of November. With over $40,000 in cash and prizes for the winners of fashion of field, it might be your lucky day.
Yarra Glen racecourse craft market is back up and running after a a few years break, you can see the all new revamped market along with all the wonderful stalls ( approximately 300). The market will be on Sunday the 3rd of November.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is the biggest and best around, if the crowds are down make sure to go and test try the chocolate on offer and buy some ice creams.
Explore the many beautiful gardens with the last of the spring blooms on display.My top three picks are:George Tindale memorial garden, Alfred Nicholas memorial garden, and the Rhododendron garden, are all perfect for a picnic lunch.
The Cuckoo Restaurant is holding a new Ukrainian themed night with all you can eat buffet and Ukrainian band on the 2nd of November.
Puffing Billy Murder, Mystery and Suspense is sure to be an entertaining evening with 3 course dinner, tea and coffee, after dinner chocolates and prizes for the best dressed 1920's- 1930's outfit. The train departs Belgrave station on the 1st of November at 7:30pm and costs $112 per person. Bookings are required.
Ballarat Festival of Motoring starts on Cup Day (Tuesday 5th) with a show and shine competition along with a long timetable of events for the day. The festival is a celebration of Ballarat's motoring history.
Victorian road runners are holding The Tan Time Trial on Saturday 2nd of November. Choose to complete 1 or two laps covering a distance of 4 or 8 kilometres. All are welcome and entry is by gold coin donation. The starting point will be Birdwood Avenue 7:30am (opposite Shrine forecourt).
Mansfield High Country Fun Run is on Sunday 3rd of November and you can participate in the half marathon (22km) or the 10km run, 5km run, 1km kids run or the 5km social walk. Entry cost $25 for adults for any of the events with the proceeds going to the Mansfield Hospital.
Lara fun run is on Sunday 3rd of November with the choice of 10km, 5km and 1.4km kids run with prizes totalling $5,000 to be won. Adult entry cost $29.
Hat Run for Tanzania along the Merri Creek is a fun run with a 12km or 6km option on Sunday 3rd. Entry is $18 for adults.
Or go to the shops (because everyone else will be on holidays) and get all your Christmas shopping done, then sit back and smile smugly when everyone else starts panicking about their Christmas lists in about a month's time! I managed to do it once about 8 years ago. I've never been quite so organised again!