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Winter Solstice Bonfires in Melbourne

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Where to enjoy Melbourne's community bonfires
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As the above photo shows bonfires are mesmerising. They tend to draw people together into a communal huddle for warmth and comfort.

There is that sense of camaraderie; the leaping flames a focal point of shared togetherness.

Local bonfires were a tradition when I was a kid and now that tradition has returned. There are a growing number of communities now celebrating the Winter Solstice, the longest day of the year with huge, glowing communal fires.


pic: Richard Higgs from Montsalvat website

This is the second Winter Solstice Bonfire at Montsalvat. Friends who went last year raved about it. There is the dramatic bohemian, almost medieval setting. You can stand by the roaring fire and drink mulled wine as in the days of yore. There is lots of great food, fire twirlers and a lantern parade. Bring a home-made lantern and join in the procession.

Winter Solstice Bonfire & Lantern Parade
7 Hillcrest Avenue
9439 7712
Gold coin donation.
From 5pm onwards

Collingwood Children's Farm

At the well loved Collingwood Children's Farm gates will open at 4.30pm with a story time. Then children can carry their home made lanterns in a procession to the bonfire which is lit to the sounds of live music and the antics of spectacular fire twirlers. Activities go until 8.30pm. No glow sticks please. Rug up to keep warm but help is at hand with hot food, mulled wine and piping hot coffee. To book click here.

Prices Family Ticket $20.00
Adults $10.00
Children $5.00
Concession Family $10.00
Concession Adult $5.00
Concession Child $2.50

Brunswick South

Brunswick South Primary School is holding its inaugural Winter Solstice celebration. Let's hope it will become a fixture on the local calendar. The community of some 200 families has been working tirelessly to ensure a great night is had by all. As well as a huge bonfire a feature of the evening will be the food which includes piping hot soup and delicious bread. There will be wine and a bar, plus lots of home-made goodies including cakes. What an enterprising community.

For details see the poster below. To book click here. Children under 12 are free and adults are only $5 with pre-booked tickets.

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Why? To enjoy the communality of a huge big bonfire
When: June 22nd
Where: Various - refer to article
Cost: Various from a gold coin upwards.
Your Comment
Thanks what a great service weekend notes is
by pacamu (score: 1|64) 2342 days ago
I've tried to find more information about the Eltham event but can't... I'll will call Montsalvat, but it's odd that it's not on their website?
We went to CCF event last year and actually found it to be a bit busy and there wasn't actually that much of a vibe aside from the big fire. So we are looking forward to checking out Eltham this year!
by jasmi40 (score: 1|10) 2345 days ago
How fantastic and informative - thanks for the heads up.
by Lucy Graham (score: 2|277) 2359 days ago
I'm really looking forward to going to one of these, what a memorable way to celebrate winter. Thanks for the article.
by Lollypop (score: 1|58) 2351 days ago
Just what I wanted.
by eliza (score: 1|23) 2350 days ago
These look amazing. Super excited to attend one of them. Thank you for letting us all know :)
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2350 days ago
Thank you for sharing!
by iram. (score: 1|38) 2349 days ago
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