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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
A Great Country Market With Something For Everyone
Most of us love a good market. The experience of ambling through a well-presented market-place on a lazy Sunday morning and chatting with the friendly stall-holders is infinitely more appealing than our usual rushed trips to the local shopping plaza, where everyone is hurrying and nobody smiles. One problem with markets, though, is that there's usually very little for blokes, and therefore if you're visiting with your man, he'll often get bored and restless pretty quickly. Solving this dilemma, on Sunday September 27th, the South West Rail and Heritage Centre in Boyanup is holding 'Shopping for the Shed' a special market with something for everyone.

Image courtesy of Frank Vincentz / Wikimedia Commons
Image courtesy of Frank Vincentz / Wikimedia Commons

Boyanup is a small hamlet situated approximately eighteen kilometres south-east of Bunbury on the South Western Highway, and it is here that the wonderful South West Rail and Heritage Centre is located a historical museum that's dedicated to preserving Western Australia's rich railway heritage, as well as holding exhibits that celebrate the history of the local area. Every month the centre holds an open day, each which has a special theme, with this month's being 'Shopping for the Shed'.

With the current craze for sheds, both as a traditional male refuge and the newly popular 'she shed', this open day is certain to be a big hit. Although there will be something for people of all ages and genders, the market's special focus will be on all the gizmos, gadgets, and materials that seem to be an indispensable part of any shed. The man in your life will certainly not be disappointed.

Apart from the market, there are plenty of other things to see and do for people of all ages at the South West rail and Heritage Centre. Visitors old and young will be captivated by the beautifully-restored railway rolling stock, while the collection of vintage agricultural machinery will evoke nostalgic memories for those who have grown up in the country as well as city-slickers. One of the most popular things to do at any of the South West Rail and Heritage Centre's open days is to watch the expert blacksmiths demonstrate their ancient trade at the ford, and during these displays you can see them create practical items and imaginative decorative work.

Image courtesy of the South West Rail and Heritage Centre website
Image courtesy of the South West Rail and Heritage Centre website

In conclusion, if you're planning to take a road-trip south of Perth this spring, why not make it coincide with this wonderful community event in the pretty town of Boyanup? The south-west is so beautiful at this time of the year, making it the perfect time to spend a whole weekend away, exploring the area's many attractions.

Shopping for the Shed' will be held on Sunday, September September 27th, from 10.00am until 2.00pm. Entry is by donation, making it an affordable day out.

The South West Rail and Heritage Centre is situated on Turner St Boyanup. To find out more take a look at this website. Alternatively, contact Norm on 0459 712 552 or email
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Why? This event is certain to be a fun day out with great things to see and do for people of all ages
When: Sunday, September 27th 2015, 10am - 2pm
Phone: 0459 712 552
Where: South West Rail and Heritage Centre, Turner Street, Boyanup
Cost: By donation
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