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Winter events bring magic to shire

Crowd dancing outdoor under blue light

There's lots of events on in the shire throughout winter - find out some of the great things on offer.

Wednesday 6 June 2018

The arrival of winter will bring a little magic to Mount Alexander Shire with a great line up of events and festivals this month.

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival is a great way to celebrate the long weekend in June. The four day program features hundreds of musicians performing a range of jazz styles at venues including the old Castlemaine Goal, the Theatre Royal, Bridge Hotel, the Maurocco Bar, the Anglican Church and the Cumberland Hotel.

“We’re really excited to see some of our most iconic venues open up their doors to present a lively program of jazz in the heart Castlemaine. Make sure pick up your festival or day pass as there is something for everyone to enjoy,” said David Leathem, Manager Economy and Culture, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“While you are in town check out the Castlemaine Rotary Art Show at the Town Hall over the weekend, or head to Maldon on Sunday to fossick for old treasures at the Swap Meet or wander the Hand Made, Home Grown Maldon Market.”

The annual Market Art Winter Exhibition opens the following weekend at the historic Market Building in Castlemaine. The free exhibition features artworks by more than 90 local artists.

“The Market Art exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, jewellery, photography, textiles and more, and is a great opportunity to see the artistic talent within our community.

Then celebrate the winter solstice in spectacular style at the Winter Village Festival in Newstead on Saturday 23 June.

“The wonder-filled event is a delightful combination of carnival, village fair and arts festival. There will be theatre, music, dance, circus, installations and interactive activities for all ages,” said Mr Leathem.

“Spark your creativity, stay warm and enjoy a hearty meal in The Village amongst the Indian wedding tents, caravans and communal fires. The Fire Spectacular at dusk is sure to be a highlight with a pyrotechnics display and special effects that will paint the sky,” he said.

If you’re keen to get outdoors there are also many walking and cycling tracks in the region. It’s easy to lose a few hours exploring by bike or on foot. Enjoy stunning natural surrounds as you walk or cycle the 17.7km Castlemaine to Maldon Trail. Look out for the steam train as you travel alongside the historic goldfields railway, or take the train home on the return trip.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, test the trails at the new mountain bike park in Harcourt. With plenty of jumps, drops and technical features it’s easy to see why La Larr Ba Gauwa is fast attracting many new visitors to the region.

“If you have guests visiting town this winter don’t forget to recommend they pop into our local visitor information centres,” said Mr Leathem.

“Our friendly team of volunteers are on stand-by to share their knowledge on the best things to do, places to eat and where to stay.”

The Castlemaine and Maldon Visitor Information Centres are open from 9.00am – 5.00pm every day, except Christmas Day.

To find out more about what’s happening, call Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre on 5471 1795 or visit www.maldoncastlemaine.com.au.

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival and The Village Festival are supported by Mount Alexander Shire Council and the 2018 Regional Centre for Culture. The Regional Centre for Culture 2018 is an initiative of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Central Goldfields Shire, City of Greater Bendigo and Hepburn Shire.

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Image: Enjoy the Winter Village Festival at the Newstead Racecourse on Saturday 23 June.

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