Winter Whale Trail: The Whale Photographer

Gold coin donation

Sun 7 July 10-11:30am

Charlie’s On East, East Beach

One of Victoria’s most active nature and coastline photographers, Chris Farrell’s work is used in coastal research and whale monitoring, as well as being published in National Geographic and many other online and print publications, including several books on whales and other marine and bird life. Come along to hear about how Chris has trained to identify Southern Right Whales and what cameras he uses to captures these giant creatures from land, sea and air.

This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson and is supported by I Am Warrnambool. Your entry donation goes to Port Fairy Coastal Group.

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Children’s Make and Create

Gold coin donation

Sat 6 July 10am-12:30pm

St John’s Church Hall, Barclay St

Learn, play and experiment with a number of fun art techniques. Come and spend a morning amongst artists who’ll share fun ways to create using items you may already have at home. Local artists will bring ideas and supplies to inspire children. All materials provided. Suitable for ages 6+, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is proudly sponsored by Juno Boutique.

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Workshop: Make Your Own Wax Wraps

$30

Sat 6 July 11am-1pm
Sun 21 July 11am-1pm

Community House, Railway Place

Reduce your dependence on single-use plastic by learning how to make your own beeswax wraps and create a container to store them in. Perfect for using in lunch boxes – you’ll have no need for cling wraps after this session run by experienced maker Judith McKay. All fabric, wax and equipment provided, but feel free to bring your own fabric if you prefer.

Bookings essential. Book here or phone 5568 2681.

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Donella's Yoga: For The Kids

$10 *please note this is the correct price, booklet incorrectly says $15 - sorry!

Sat 6 July 9-9:45am

Yacht Club, Battery Point

These classes are designed for little bodies and minds to enjoy a special session of asanas, yoga nidra (relaxation), pranayama (breathing) and meditation. A safe, fun and authentic way for children to explore yoga in a beautiful riverside setting. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your water bottle.

Entry at the door or pre-book by phone on 0428 654 570.

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Mad Hatter's Tea Party

$25, includes high tea and entertainment

Fri 19 July 5:30-7:30pm
Sat 20 July 5:30-7:30pm

St John’s Church Hall, Barclay St

Join the Mad Hatter, Alice and the White Rabbit for a Tea Party never to be forgotten! Be immersed in this interactive production where taste buds will tingle in an evening of riddles, jokes and poems as the Mad Hatter and his friends have tea with you. A wonderful high tea from Yani’s popup will be served as the entertainment surrounds you. Hurry up, don’t be late!

For two nights only. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets online only. Bookings encouraged (we think these events will be popular!)

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This event is proudly sponsored by Seacombe House Comfort Inn.

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It’s Grow Time: Winter Tree Planting

Free

Sat 20 July 10am-12pm

Battery Hill, meet near the car park

Winter is the PERFECT time to plant trees. Join Conservation Volunteers Australia at picturesque Battery Hill to help celebrate National Tree Day (July 28). If you want to learn about native plants and animals and do your bit for the local environment then this is the activity for you! Suitable for all ages. All trees and equipment provided. Dress warm and ready for digging in the dirt.

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Winter Whale Trail: Dr Blake Allen on Technoecology

Gold coin donation

Sun 21 July 10-11:30am

Charlie’s On East, East Beach

A self-described technoecologist, Dr Blake’s PhD explored how technology can examine animal movement in modified landscapes. As the Chief Remote Pilot for Deakin’s Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program, Dr Blake specialises in drone imagery, photogrammetry, spatial statistics, geographic information systems, species distribution modeling, and volumetrics. Intrigued? Hear how the program – along with citizen scientists - gathers valuable info about our local coastal conditions, hazards and the expected longer-term impacts of climate change. Impacts that effect life above and below the water.

This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson and is supported by I Am Warrnambool. Your entry donation goes to Port Fairy Coastal Group.

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Workshop: Splash Trash Art

Free

Sun 21 July 2-4pm

Port Fairy RSL Hall, Bank St

This (free!) marine debris art workshop is hosted by local artists Denise Regan, Britt Gow and Karen Clarke, who create works made of plastic collected from our beaches, oceans and other waterways. Consider the problem of plastic pollution, understand how to reduce your plastic footprint and create your own artwork. Artists will supply plastic collected from local beaches by BeachPatrol 3280- 3284 volunteers, but feel free to bring found objects of your own.

Spaces limited to 20. Phone 0458 016 300 to book now.

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Winter Weekends Closing Party

Free

Sun 21 July, 5-6pm

Port Fairy Wharf, Gipps St

A beautiful riverside gathering to close out the festival! With mulled wine and hot chocolate, live DJ, hot street food and fire drums – just remember to bring the marshmallows. There’ll be creepy-cool puppets from Magic Lantern to spook you out. And you can pop up to Wishart St for the last night of Light Up Port Fairy. Join us in a little party to say thanks for another awesome winter! This event is weather permitting, check at the Visitor Info Centre or the festival website on the day.

This event is proudly sponsored by Ashmont Motor Inn & Apartments.

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Port Fairy Fairy Hunt

Free

Every day from 9am

Start at the Visitor Information Centre, Bank St

Can you find the magic in town? Pick up your clues at the Information Centre (from 9am-5pm) and then head down the rabbit hole into Alice’s wonderland. Keep your eyes open and see if you can find the White Rabbit’s missing gloves, or the Queen’s guards busy painting the roses red. Just please look out for the nasty Queen of Hearts!! A treasure hunt through Port Fairy based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

This event is proudly sponsored by Langley’s Accommodation.

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Workshop: Sand and Sculpture

$35 or $55 with sealing

Mon 10 June 1-3pm
Sun 7 July 1-3pm

Community House, Railway place

In this clean and user-friendly workshop, hosted by Andrew Walsh, you’ll learn how to create captivating sand sculptures. Using select tools and equipment to design, carve, build and sculpt shapes in the sand. Being carbon neutral, the sand can be reused or if you want to take your creation home it can be sealed for you to eliminate mess. All equipment provided.

Bookings essential. Book online or phone 5568 2681.

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Pool Party!

$10 per child

Fri 21 June 6.30pm-8pm

Belfast Aquatic Community Pool, Campbell St

Kids, tell your parents. Parents, tell your kids...there’s a party in the pool at Belfast Aquatics. Get your groove on in the water with music, party lights, the Inflatables, pool toys and much more. It’s the ultimate flashy, splashy disco! For 15 years & under. Adult supervision required. No drop-offs, thank you.

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Children’s Creative Nature Play

Gold coin donation

Sat 22 June 10-11:30am

Meet at Battery Hill car park

Engage your senses and bare feet! Join us for a winter’s morning of nature play and flow. Using nature and young imaginations to create, play and enliven.

Suitable for ages 5-12, parents to stay with under 10s. Wrap up warm, bring snacks and water. This event proudly sponsored by Port Fairy Physiotherapy.

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Nature Photography Talk

$5

Sat 22 June 2-4pm

Blarney Books and Art, James St

Author and nature photographer Chris Farrell shares how his passion for the natural world has been influenced by his visits to southwest Victoria over the last 30 years. Hear how his photography helps identify the Southern Right Whales that visit this coastline and see rare bird, marine life and other images from Chris’ archives of the beauty of earth from the land, sea and air. Images and books available for signing, with 50 % of all sales and 100% of all entry fees donated to WWF Australia, Birdlife Australia and Killarney Coast Care.

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Fae and Folklore: Tales Around the Campfire

Gold coin donation

Sat 22 June 5:30-7pm

Limestone Gallery, 506 Princes Highway, Port Fairy

You'll find no Cinderellas or happy-ever-afters here! Instead, gather round the fire and let long ago tales sweep you into a world of witches and fairies, pirates and pixies. An event for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Food and drink available at Limestone Gallery.

This event is proudly sponsored by The Mill Coffee Bar and Eatery.

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Winter Soltice Dawn Swim

Gold coin donation

Sun 23 June 7am

East Beach Surf Club, 4 Hughes Ave

Darkness, ocean rumbles, towels around shivering shoulders, icy sand in toes, drumming beats, buzzing minds, racing hearts, slivers of sunlight, rays on the water, and BAM!...you’re under and above, gasping, trembling, shrieking, whooping, thrilled and more alive than you’ve been all year. It. Does. Not. Get. More rejuvenating than this. A dip to cleanse, awaken or embolden. Back it up with warming company by the fire drums, toasty BBQ breakfast and hot milo (free for participants). Call it brave. Call it duty. You never regret a swim.

Fundraiser event for Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club. This event is proudly sponsored by Mangowood Boutique.

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Winter Whale Trail: Dr Pete Gill on Blue Whales

Gold coin donation

Sun 23 June 10-11:30am

Charlie’s On East, East Beach

Honorary research fellow Dr Pete Gill is the Director of the Blue Whale Study, Australia’s longest-running blue whale research program, based near Portland. Hear Dr Pete’s fascinating insights on the largest living creatures on earth, the endangered blue whale. Learn about their ecology, migration, habitat and behaviour. This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson.

This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson and is supported by I Am Warrnambool. Your entry donation goes to Port Fairy Coastal Group.

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Pallisters Reserve

Gold coin donation

Sun 23 June 10am-2pm

Pallisters Reserve, 457 Masons Rd, Orford

Pallisters Reserve is an abundant 250-hectare wetland space that’s home to more than 125 bird species and hundreds more flora specimens including gums, tea trees, banksia, rare native grasses and more than 25 orchid varieties. The Friends of Pallisters welcome guest speaker Doug Robinson from Trust for Nature, who will talk about how climate change affects the reserve, now and in the future. Enjoy a winter walk through the rugged landscape, take part in native tree planting and seed bombing, or photograph wildlife as you explore.

Light lunch provided. All are welcome. Wear full-cover clothing and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre in Port Fairy at 9.30am to follow a convoy of cars to the reserve if required. For more details on this fantastic event please see the festival website or call Pallisters volunteer, Peter Carrucan on 03 5562 6179.

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Workshop: Toy making

Gold coin donation

Sat 8 June 10am-1pm

Community Market, Railway Place, Bank St

The Men’s Shed masters lead a toy making workshop for kids of all ages to construct wooden toys. After a session on the tools, wander through our excellent community market of local produce, plants, delicious food, homemade preserves and treats, local art, outstanding coffee, handmade craft and much more. Wind, rain, hail or shine, our committed stallholders are always there to bring us the goods.

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