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The Lost Trades Fair

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
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Traditional Skills Show
The Lost Trades Fair is held annually over the Labour Day weekend and seeks to promote and showcase arts, crafts and trades that have, for the large part, been lost in this high-tech era.

Last year more than 15,00 people saw more than 80 traditional trades people demonstrate a diverse range of intriguing and, in many cases, lost skills.

Victoria Kyneton Country Trade Trades Tradesmen Craft Crafts Craftsmen Family Friendly Fair Fairs Exhibition
Historic Kyneton plays host to the annual Lost Trades Fair, an insight into a range of intriguing traditional skills. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


People like 'cordwainer' Duncan McHarg who makes luxury shoes and boots from the very finest leather or Master Tradesmen Bruce Walker and Derek Marnelley, Decorative Painters with more than 100 years experience between them.

Lucy and Richard Barrack create beautiful handcrafted saddles and George Smithwick is a 6th generation cooper, a barrel-maker.

Victoria Kyneton Country Trade Trades Tradesmen Craft Crafts Craftsmen Family Friendly Fair Fairs Exhibition
Traditional instrument making is just one of a range of lost trades which will be on display at Kyneton Racecourse over the weekend of 12th to 13th March. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


If you venture out to the Kyneton Racecourse over the weekend of 12th- 13th March between 10 AM and 4PM daily you'll meet bee keepers and Chandlers (candle makers), leather craftsmen, a fletcher (arrow maker), a spoonsmith, woodcarvers, milliners, instrument makers, tinsmiths, farriers and blacksmiths to name just a few.

Victoria Kyneton Country Trade Trades Tradesmen Craft Crafts Craftsmen Family Friendly Fair Fairs Exhibition
One of the hottest spots at the upcoming Lost Trades Fair will be the blacksmiths forge. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


The Lost Trades Fair is a great opportunity to meet the people behind these timeless traditional skills. And what better place to do it than in historic Kyneton.

You never know you might pick-up a new, sorry, old skill from some of these incredibly talented people.

Getting There:

Kyneton is a 1 hour 20 minute drive (approximately) northwest of Melbourne via the Calder Freeway.

VLine operate regular services to Kyneton on the Bendigo line and buses will operate between Kyneton Station and the Racecourse for this event.

Tickets for the Lost Trades Fair are available via the Try Booking website and cost $15 for Adults and $5 for Children 5 to 15 years. Children under 5 are free.

1000 tickets will be held for sale each day at the gate.

Parking will be available on-site for the cost of a gold coin donation to the local CFA Brigade.

Note: Dogs are not permitted at this event

Victoria Kyneton Country Trade Trades Tradesmen Craft Crafts Craftsmen Family Friendly Fair Fairs Exhibition
All roads lead to Kyneton over the weekend of March 12th to 13th for the annual Lost Trades Fair. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank

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Why? Marvel at the skills of modern day tradesmen, artisans and crafts people as they demonstrate a range of intriguing traditional skills.
When: March 12th to 13th
Phone: 0412 363 632
Where: Kyneton Racecourse
Cost: $15 for Adults and $5 for Children 5 to 15. Children under 5 are free.
Your Comment
This sounds really interesting, I hope I can make it. Its great to see the old crafts being kept alive.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6160) 1171 days ago
Wonderful to see old trades being taught and valued.
by M D Kelley (score: 1|23) 1164 days ago
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