Long Weekend Friday 6 Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 April
Hibernian Hotel Playground Stage SATURDAY
Entertaining line-up of dancers, musicians, puppets and circus all day.
The Golden Horseshoes Festival is Beechworthâ€™s most enduring event. It commemorates the legend of Daniel Cameron who 157 years ago this year famously led a parade through the streets of Beechworth in on a horse shod with shoes of real gold.
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Cameron, a political aspirant to the Victorian Legislative Assembly, proved a hit with the locals who duly elected him to the Stateâ€™s first parliament. Each Easter Saturday, the 1855 legend is re-enacted with a ceremonial shoeing of a horse with golden shoes, and a Grand Parade led by a rider in the guise of Daniel Cameron. This not-to-be-missed event is annually witnessed by thousands of visitors celebrating the history, music and fun of the Golden Horseshoes Festival. 1300 366 321 www.beechworthonline.com.au
Ride along the Rail Trail with an alternative route via the Flame Tree mountain bike track.
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Mountain Bike XC Eliminator SUNDAY
An Eliminator mountain bike race over a short 500 metre cross country course.
Y-Culture Youth Music Stage SUNDAY
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Arts Play for Littlies
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Disabled parking behind Memorial Hall
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Kids are invited to join in some crafty fun and games in the Historic Precinct.
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The best of the regionâ€™s emerging artists perform throughout the day from 11am.
Rotary Country Craft Market
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Queen Victoria Park Exhibition Boxing
In the shade of the old pine trees in Queen Victoria Park, featuring great stalls.
Night Market SATURDAY
Old Railway Station
Starring a great line up of artists from Melbourne and around the region all day from 10am. ORD TO MYRTLEF
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Lake Sambell Caravan Park Music Stage
Easter Egg Hunt Chinese Gardens
Join the Easter Bunny in the hunt for Easter Eggs in the Chinese Gardens.
2012 Official Program 1:30pm 1:45pm
Good Friday Friday 6 April
Walk of Witness Starts 11am
Join in the reading of the Easter story. Starts at 11am at St Andrews Unity Church at the corner of Ford and Church Streets and concludes at the Christ Anglican Church, corner of Ford & Williams Streets.
Beechworth Golf Club Golden Putter Golf Competition 11:30am for 12 noon hit off
Men’s & Ladies’ Stroke. Handicap and non-handicap competition. All proceeds to the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. Enter on the day.
Easter Saturday 7 April The Beechworth shopping precinct will be alive with colour and excitement with a focus on History, Music and Fun – ALL DAY.
Beechworth Easter Fun Run/Walk
9am, Beechworth Secondary College, Balaclava Road One of the Easter weekend’s most popular events with more than 400 entrants in 2011, the FunRun/Walk follows an undulating scenic course on mostly sealed roads and with great views of picturesque Beechworth including Lake Sambell and the Gorge. Walk or run 10km or 3km. Over $2000 in cash and prizes. Liz Wilkinson 0409 819 612 or www.beechworthfunrun.com.au
Camp Street Food Court 10am – 4pm
Satisfy your hunger at a range of food stalls and businesses in the heart of town. While you grab a bite to eat, enjoy a great program of live entertainment on the music stage throughout the day.
High Country Produce Court
10am – 4pm, Camp Street, near the Hibernian Hotel A gourmet High Country feast of fresh local produce direct from local growers and makers. Fresh and toffee apples from Sinclair’s Orchard in Stanley, fresh and roasted chestnuts, local wines and ciders from Amulet. Plus other fantastic ready to eat and take home produce.
Live Music Stage Sponsored by the Lake Sambell Caravan Park Camp Street Food Court
Starring a great line up of artists from Melbourne and around the region: 10am Local Performer 10:30am Sarah Webster 11:00am Oliver Smith - solo acoustic 11:30am Jess Gay - solo acoustic 12 noon Lily Donaldson and Tatiana Rouch - solo acoustic 12:30pm Bella Johnsson - solo acoustic 1-2pm The Stetson Family Singers Irresistible rhythms from Australian roots, bluegrass, country music band guaranteed to get the Easter crowds up and rocking.
Country Craft Market
9am – 4pm, Queen Victoria Park Sydney Road Beechworth’s biggest market, the Rotary Clubs Country Craft Market is held in the shade of the old pine trees in Queen Victoria Park and features dozens of great stalls.
North East Bottle Club & Collectables annual show, featuring rare items on display and for sale. Free admission.
Street Buskers and Entertainers Various locations around the CBD from 10am
Come and see fantastic live street performers including music, mime and dancing on the streets and on stage. Some of the region’s most talented buskers will bring music and fun to Beechworth throughout the weekend.
Hibernian Hotel Playground Stage
Camp & Loch Street intersection
3-4pm Van Walker and Liz Stringer Fresh from a national tour, this talented Melbourne duo have won critical acclaim for their masterful songs and soulful delivery. 4-5pm Raised by Eagles Ex-Beechworth lad Luke Sinclair returns with his new Melbourne-based line-up, blending country, folk, rock and pop.
9am – 4pm, Memorial Hall, Ford Street >
Bellydancers Close stage for Welcome to Country ceremony GRAND PARADE Rock N Roses Puppet Show Festive Factory
Tracy McNeil Band
Canadian artist Tracy McNeil is one of Melbourne’s finest imports. With a sound that blends alt. country with rock, anchored by pop hooks, this live Easter show will be a great finale on the Saturday Main Stage.
Museum Victoria Display
From 10am, Police Paddocks Historic & Cultural Precinct Experts from Museum Victoria will be on hand to answer questions about their amazing treasure trove of fossils, life-sized replica dinosaur bones, bugs and fascinating specimens from one of Australia’s best collections. Magnifying glasses provided!
11am – 1pm & 3 – 4pm
Entertaining line-up of dancers, musicians, puppets and circus throughout the day: 10:15am The Loose Teeth Kat’s Marimba Band 10:30am A Gospers Tale, Festive Factory 10:45am A Gospers Tale 11am Circus performers 11:30am Cathie’s Celtic Dancers 11:45am Circus performers 12:15pm Beechworth children’s dance group 12:30pm A Gosper’s Tale, Festive Factory 1pm Bellydancers 1:15pm Circus performers
Don’t miss this Easter festival favourite. Magician, balloon sculptor extraordinaire and artist, Milli will amaze, astound and delight festival goers of all ages.
Beechworth Gold Shoeing of the Horse
12pm, roundabout on Ford/Camp Streets Echoing the story of Daniel Cameron and his horse shod with shoes of real gold, this annual highlight brings the legend to life. See the REAL Golden Horseshoes on display inside Beechworth Gold all Easter weekend.
Easter Sunday 8 April
1:45pm at the Roundabout, corner of Camp & Ford Streets Ahead of the Grand Parade, this Welcome to Country by the Dhuderoa People will acknowledge our traditional owners and share the history of and insights into Aboriginal life pre-settlement.
The Beechworth Bakery Grand Parade
NEW TIME: 2pm, Ford Street The Grand Parade is the highlight of the festival weekend and features a reenactment of the legend of political aspirant, Daniel Cameron, who led a colourful parade through the streets of Beechworth in 1855 on a horse shod with shoes of gold. Our horse and rider will once again lead the parade which features dozens of colourful floats from schools, community groups and businesses from the area.
Arts Play for Littlies!
10am – 1pm, Police Stables, Historic Precinct
Easter Dawn Service
6.30am, The Rock – enter at Golden Horseshoes monument, Sydney Road Sunrise service celebrating the resurrection of Christ. BYO rug/cushion and share in an early morning coffee and chat. Easter Church Services: Check local paper for times
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt 10am, Chinese Gardens
Easter Eggs galore to be found and eaten! Young ones are invited to join the Easter Bunny in the hunt for Easter Eggs in the Chinese Gardens, featuring entertainment from the Festive Factory.
Easter Ride In – Motorcycle Muster 10am – 2pm, Historic & Cultural Precinct
One for the bike enthusiasts, featuring unique, vintage, custom, modified and other makes and models with prizes in range of categories. Hear the bike engines roar on the Jump Start unit in from 11am with the team at Phil’s Garage.
Children are invited to come to the old Police Stables and get messy making their own horseshoes out of card, paper, sparkly bits and pieces and paint. The decorated horseshoes will be added to a giant golden horseshoe to be displayed for everyone to enjoy. Suitable for ages three to 10. Parents must supervise their children. Gold coin donation for materials.
The Burke Museum is also presenting fun games for kids on Easter Saturday from 11am to 3pm including horseshoe tossing and other traditional games.
$10 registration per bike entered (includes BBQ lunch). Spectators free.
Wind in the Willows
4pm Easter Saturday & Monday in the grounds of LaTrobe at Beechworth Beechworth Theatre Company presents Kenneth Graham’s timeless tale of Mole, Ratty, Toad and friends in this delightful production all the family will enjoy. Tickets: Family $35, Adults $15, Concessions & under 12 $10. BYO BBQ or picnic.
5 – 9pm, Ford Street in front of the Historic & Cultural Precinct The iconic Gold Era buildings of Beechworth’s famous Historic & Cultural Precinct will light up on Saturday evening with a night craft market featuring food, wine tasting, local crafts, artist displays and sales. Come and enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional night market event.
Exhibition Boxing Matches Gates open at 5:30pm, first bout at 6pm, Old Beechworth Gaol
Exhibition boxing matches featuring upand-coming local boxer, Callan Orchard. Three hours of great boxing entertainment with fantastic amateur and professional boxers showing their skill on a 12 bout card. Refreshments and food available on site.
Milli the Roving Entertainer
(near the Hibernian Hotel) >
Welcome to Country Ceremony
Children under 10 free. Tickets starting at $15 available at the door. Promoted by the Beechworth Football & Netball Club and John McCubbin Boxing Gym.
All day: Back by popular demand!
Live roaming and stage performances from family favourites, the Festive Factory, with delightful new characters, the Loyal Flying Doctors, a magical fairy story, Gosper and the Tale of Her Wings and a puppet show, The Rock and Roses.
Register for your chance to ride the motorbike on the Jump Start at Phil’s trade displays.
Y - Culture Youth Music Stage
11am – 5pm Corner Ford & Williams Streets The best of the region’s emerging artists perform on the youth stage throughout Sunday in a program crossing musical genres, from acoustic folk to rock and indie pop.
Mountain Bike XC Eliminator
Seeding heats from 12 noon, racing from 1pm. Beechworth Railway Station, Rail Trail This brand new event is an eliminator mountain bike race over a short 500 metre cross country course set up around the Beechworth Railway Station area of the famous Murray to Mountains Rail Trail.
All Weekend Activities Easter Carnival - Gardner’s Amusements Family fun in the Police Paddocks, featuring a carnival and children’s activities from 10am until late. Dodgem cars, Cha Cha, gold rush trains, mini motorbike rides and jumping castles.
Beechworth Gold Golden Egg Raffle Pick up a ticket for your chance to win a Golden Egg valued $2,000 from Beechworth Gold. Raffle tickets available at Kiosk, Visitor Information Centre and businesses around town. Raffle drawn at 3pm at the Youth Music Stage on Ford Street on Easter Sunday.
Easter fun at the Burke Museum and Historic & Cultural Precinct The Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct is a collection of nationally significant Gold Era buildings.
Stand in the dock and cell where Ned Kelly stood at the Beechworth Courthouse, explore the collections of the Burke Museum, one of Victoria’s finest and oldest regional museums in Victoria and send a telegram from the Beechworth Telegraph Station. Visit the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre to pick up a Golden Ticket, or to find out more about what to see and do in Beechworth. This Easter, visit the Sub Treasury building to see a display celebrating the importance of gold to the development of Beechworth including historic artefacts, photographs and colourful tales. And from 10am to 4pm in the Telegraph Station - the busiest Morse Code station on the planet! - a fascinating Railway Exhibition will be on display across the Easter weekend and an interactive Morse Code program for children.
Echoes of History Guided Walking Tour departs 10:15am daily
Learn the stories behind historic buildings, people and events that helped shape Beechworth.
• The story of explorer Robert O’Hara Burke • Tales from Beechworth’s China town and the gold rush • Details about the first Australian born Governor General
Run by the Beechworth Mountain Bike Club, the event offers challenges for all levels, from elite international riders to recreational cyclists. For more information contact Chain Gang 0407 546 857 www.beechworthchaingang.com
Family Bike Ride
11am, Meet opposite the Chinese Gardens, Lake Sambell at the Old Railway Station on Railway Avenue For a ride along Beechworth’s famous Rail Trail to the bridge and back again with an alternative route via the Flame Tree mountain bike track and return. This fantastic family ride is suitable for all levels. Entries on the day - gold coin donation.
Note: All bikes must be in working order, Australian standard helmets and BYO snacks and water. Beechworth Mountain Bike Club riders will be assisting with the ride: www.beechworthchaingang.com
Ned Kelly Walking Tour Departs 1:15pm daily
Learn more about Ned Kelly’s links with Beechworth.
• Visit the site where Ned Kelly won a bare knuckle fight that lasted 20 rounds • Learn about Ellen Kelly’s time spent at Beechworth Gaol after being sentenced to three years hard labour for the attempted murder of a policeman. $10 Adult, $7.50 Con/Child, $25 Family. Further details and bookings at Beechworth Visitor Information Centre: 1300 366 321
While every effort has been made to ensure that details represented in the festival program are correct at the time of printing, amendments may be made due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the organiser.
Easter Long Weekend Friday 6, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 April
wh atâ€™s new in 2012... Mountain Bike XC Eliminator
Hibernian Hotel Playground Stage
Camp & Loch Street intersection near the Hibernian Hotel
Heats from 12 noon, racing from 1pm. Beechworth Railway Station, Rail Trail An eliminator mountain bike race offering challenges for all cyclists of all levels.
Entertaining line-up of dancers, musicians, puppets and circus throughout the day
Exhibition Boxing at the Old Gaol Gates open at 5:30pm, first bout at 6pm. Old Beechworth Gaol. Exhibition matches featuring amateur and professional boxers showing their skill on a 12 bout card.
5-9pm, Ford Street in front of the Historic & Cultural Precinct Beechworthâ€™s famous Historic & Cultural Precinct will light up on Saturday evening with a night market featuring food, wine tasting, local crafts and artist displays.
Easter Saturday only
St John Ambulance First Aid, Entrance Memorial Hall, Ford Street Baby Change Rooms, Maternal Health Centre, Ford Street, next to Town Hall Information Kiosk, corner Camp & Ford Street
Beechworth Visitor Information Centre 101 Ford Street 1300 366 321 www.beechworthonline.com.au