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Published April 1st 2018
So much to do and see in this area of WA
There are so many fabulous events occurring all around Perth this year, and this is a list of the events happening in and around the Bridgetown area.
Bridgetown is just 3½ hours drive from Perth which is ideal for a weekend or a long weekend, or if you are retired like I am, during the week is even better with less people around!
1. TRACTOR TREK THROUGH BRIDGETOWN
Here there will be tractors, farm machinery and farming equipment driving along the Peninsula tourist drive, and will make a stop outside the Bridgetown Hotel between 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm so that visitors and members of the community can have a look, see, at the various tractors!
This will be held on 7th April, 2018 , and is a free event. For further information, please contact Gerald on 0428 611617.
2. GAME OF THROWNS LONG TABLE DINNER This is another "novel" idea and the "clay has been 'thrown' on the wheel" ready for an atmospheric night of pottery and dragon art with banquet dining, and of course all this in the mood and style of the seven kingdoms!
Picture this - a long table - candelight - fur and foliage - feasting - and the all important dragons.
You will be served canapes as well as a delicious three course meal accompanied by your BYO drinks of choice.
To make it even more "real" and fun, come dressed in Game of Thrones style, and you will go in the lottery to sit on the The Iron Throne for the evening!
While you are eating, there will be a hands-on interaction with some amazing dragon and medieval inspired pottery works of art. You can even eat from them and they are available to buy and take home.
This great event will be held on 14th April, 2018, from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm at the Rabbit Hole, Lower Level, 87 Hampton Street, Bridgetown, and cost is $80 per head.
Bookings are essential, and please call Attic & Fable or call Jenny on 9761 2757.
3. 17TH BLACKWOOD RIVER CHAMBER FESTIVAL
The Blackwood River Chamber Festival 2018 will be a delightful combination of music, food, and wine, held in the heart of the South West.
It will be held in the shed at Dalmore Farm and here you can enjoy lively acoustics as the Farm will house three concerts and two delicious lunches over the 28th and 29th April.
On the Saturday night, you will relocate to The Cidery for a casual evening of food, drinks, and more music.
These festival tickets are just $335.00, and this includes two concerts on Saturday, one on Sunday, lunches and Sunday morning tea. There are only 100 places available at The Cidery on Saturday evening, so please book early if you would like to attend this event.
Tickets for single concerts may also be available closer to the festival.
Some of the performers for this event include Soprano Katja Webb, and pianist Gladys Chua who will play on Saturday morning with works by Ravel, Vaughan Williams and Schubert.
For the Saturday afternoon concert there will be the Magellan ensemble. Faith Maydwell, Sacha McCulloch and Paul Wright who will perform Paul Schoenfeld's piano trio, Cafe Music, as well as spirited music by Spanish composers, Joaquín Turina and Enrique Fernandez Arbós.
Also appearing will be string musicians called the Darlington Quartet and to conclude the festival, they will play Beethoven's monumental String Quartet Op. 132.
The pre-festival concert will take place at Dalmore Farm at 7.30 pm on Friday 27th April, and will feature a selection of music from the main festival. This is intended mainly for town and district but festival goers are also welcome to attend, paying separately at the door.
You can download the Festival brochure at this link.
In order to book for this event, please use the booking link above, or contact the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Visitor Centre on 08 9761 1740 for assistance.
4. FESTIVAL OF COUNTRY GARDENS - AUTUMN
Here in WA, autumn is often a welcome relief from the heat of summer; the nights are cooler, the days are still warm and we may even get some rain.
However, autumn has something else: it has small usually pleasant, surprises - such as a mushroom appearing on the lawn overnight, little pointy holes dug in gardens and paddocks, "a sure sign of quendas foraging". Certain types of Lilly will emerge from the ground with not a leaf to be seen! Plus many more things like brilliant coloured foliage, flowers, nuts, and apples.
At this event, you will be able to discover many of these autumn surprises and delights!
This festival will be held from 4th to 7th May, 2018 from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and gardens will be open at Bridgetown and other inland towns of the south-west. There will also be a range of mini events, and further information can be obtained by phoning Carol 0417 902 854, or going to their website.
5. BRIDGETOWN GARDEN FAIR
On Saturday 5th May there will be an Autumn Garden Fair to coincide with the above festival. It will run from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm.
The garden fair is held by the Blackwood River in the grounds of Ford House. Here you will see plant specialists, garden sculptures, unique garden related gifts, tools etc.
There will also be food and coffee and this is a lovely location with heaps of space for each stall holder to display their goods.
6. OLD BILTON MEMORIAL SERVICE
On behalf of the Boer War Memorial Society of WA Inc, you are invited to attend a memorial service commemorating the 100th year of the death of Lt. Col. HG Vialls, CB MID, at 2.00 pm at Bridgetown Cemetery, on Friday 18th May 2018.
The service will be followed by light refreshments.
Harry Vialls was a distinguished Western Australian Boer War veteran.
7. GREENBUSHES FUN RUN
On the third Sunday in May each year, the community of Greenbushes hosts a charity fun run.
In 2018, participants have a choice of a five kilometre walk/run, a 10 kilometre run, or a 5 or 10 kilometre mountain bike ride through picturesque forest around the town. There are categories for juniors, seniors and veterans, and prizes for the best dressed competitors!