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South Australia's History Festival 2018

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May is the month for South Australia's History Festival, a smorgasbord of fun things to do celebrating our history. The festival overlaps with the National Trust's Australian Heritage Festival which runs from April 18 to May 20. Both festivals offer a broad range of activities for all ages, including many free things to do.

In 2014 the history festival kicked off with Open House Adelaide, and in 2018 the Open Doors - Built Heritage Weekend will again give you the opportunity to see behind the scenes at places that are not normally open to the public. There are also other open days scheduled as part of the main festival program.

Fortunately, the online program guide for South Australia's History Festival makes it a breeze to find what you're looking for. With 666 events scheduled around the state, you can browse by date, event type, location, or keyword such as "free". It couldn't be easier to find what you want. However do remember that bookings are essential for many events, so reserve your place early to avoid disappointment.

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Special Events
You'll find plenty of special events this year, and the history festival regional launch at Yankalilla is one of the first. It's well deserved as Yankalilla has got more things to do than almost anywhere else except Adelaide.

Another special event is the book launch at Glenthorne, which is soon to become our newest National Park. After the book launch take a guided tour of Glenthorne Farm to see what may be the oldest built heritage in South Australia.

For a healthy activity that's fun for kids visit the Apple Festival, or take the National Trust's Pioneer Women's Trail Walk from Hahndorf to Beaumont House and relive what the early settlers did. Luckily there are also easier options than walking the whole way! Celebrate Mother's Day at
a variety concert, play old school games, or join with the Army Museum to remember the Anglo-Boer War.

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Workshops
There are workshops catering for all tastes this year. Learn light painting at the Freemasons Grand Lodge, try Kaurna weaving, or take part in one of the many genealogy and family history workshops. I do recommend the Genealogy SA Open Day and Exhibition with free entry and access to all records.

Bus tours
Don't miss the free bus tour in Adelaide to see historic buildings which have benefited from the Heritage Incentive Scheme. Escape the city to Old Normanville and Old Yankalilla on a guided bus tour from Adelaide, or see the dead heart of the Adelaide Plains by bus.

Motoring enthusiasts will love the bus tours of Holden heritage and Chrysler heritage sights. Canny historians will be flocking to book for the Magical History Tour by bus, which sells out quickly every year.

Perhaps the most unusual bus tour explores Pichi Richi and the Ghost Towns of Willochra. The southern Flinders Ranges delivers rich pickings for anyone who explores ghost towns and abandoned railway stations.

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Guided Tours
One of my favourite events last year was the Parklands After Dark tour showing you the amazing natural history that you never see during the day. Also after dark, the Fort Glanville by Lamplight is the ultimate way to see our military history.

Take a guided tour of Adelaide Town Hall, see the art deco features of the Capri Theatre, discover Z Ward Behind the Walls, or take the Wheal Watkins Mine above ground tour.

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The Coromandel Valley National Trust will let you design your own tour of historic Coromandel Valley. Down the road, find out about Brownhill Creek history on an easy walk.

Air raid shelter fans can duck for cover underground at Prospect or at the Glenelg air raid shelter. While you're at Glenelg check out the magnificent mansions, then visit another mansion just down the road.

Open Days
There's plenty of choice on the Open Day Built Heritage weekend, but if you're eager for more, then come early to the Police Historical Society Open Day, St John's Museum Open Day, and Willunga Open Door Weekend.

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Ghost Tours
For some people, the highlight of South Australia's History Festival 2018 are the ghost tours. I've previously reviewed the awesome Adelaide Arcade Dark History & Ghost and Adelaide: Dark Side tours, but Allen Tiller's Adelaide Ghosts and Ghouls walking tour is new to me. For something different take a trip to Kapunda and try the Kapunda Ghost Crime tour.

Want More information?
Get all the goods on South Australia's History Festival 2018 from the web page where you will find the online program guide, or on Facebook where you will find the latest updates. Enjoy!

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Why? There's 666 exciting things to do during the History Festival.
When: Late April and throughout May
Where: All around South Australia
Cost: Many are free events, but not all.
Your Comment
Great write up Dave and stunning shots!
by Kate Blake (score: 3|1107) 10 days ago
So much to see and do!!!!! Am going to have trouble deciding which ones to do!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|2870) 5 days ago
OUR HERITAGE MUST BE PROTECTED AND PRESERVED
by pilar (score: 1|28) 11 days ago
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
by pilar (score: 1|28) 11 days ago
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