May is a month to look forward to, when it's time for South Australia's History Festival again. In South Australia we're especially lucky, because the history festival also overlaps with the National Trust's Australian Heritage Festival. This gives a staggering choice of more than 600 events around the state to help celebrate South Australia's history.
With so many fun things to do for the history festival, it can be a challenge narrowing down to the things that will suit you. The history festival program guide in The Advertiser takes some time to pore through, but luckily there are short cuts when you search the website online. In this article I'll give you a few tips, and suggest some highlights.
Learn Light Painting or Visit the Open Day at Freemasons Grand Lodge
Many history festival events can be simply categorised - open days, guided tours, and exhibitions are all popular. There are handy buttons to click on South Australia's History Festival website to limit your search to just one of these. You can also select events by region, or search for a keyword, such as "free" or "kids".
I've scanned through and picked some of the fun things to do in Adelaide for the history festival. Just remember - bookings are essential for many events. If you don't book early you will probably miss out, as many events are extremely popular.
Take Your Pick of Cemetery Tours for the History Festival
An open day at Glenthorne Farm is a rare treat. See where South Australia's first Police Commissioner, Major Thomas Shuldham O'Halloran lived. Later the Army trained thousands of horses for war, and conducted artillery practice here.
With the weather mild in May, a visit to Yorke Peninsula is a treat during South Australia's History Festival, with many fun things to do in Moonta, Wallaroo and nearby towns. Don't miss the highlight, the Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival.