Big fun for little people

Adventures for children and families, so no-one's cooped up inside this winter!

 

On Every weekend

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YOGA FOR LITTLE + BIG KIDS

$10
Sat 1:30-2:20pm for 5-8 year olds
Sat 2:30-3:20pm for 9-12 year olds
Port Fairy Yacht Club, Battery Point

These classes are designed by Donella 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.

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Port Fairy fairy hunt

FREE
Saturdays 9am-6pm
Sundays Sun 11am-4pm
Start at the Visitor Information Centre, Bank St

Can you find the magic in town? Head to the Visitor Info Centre to begin the search for fancy, friendly fairies. Collect your clues and look carefully, high and low, in unexpected places. Fairies like to stay hidden, after all!

This new event is proudly sponsored by Juno Boutique.

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great south geo caching adventure

FREE
Saturdays 10am-6pm
Sundays 2-6pm
Start at Suffoir Winery and Brewery, 144 Mt Eccles Rd, Macarthur

Where treasure hunting meets the future, meets the past! Start at Suffoir Winery and use your GPS to locate caches in modern and ancient sites dotted around our backyard. Grab a car load of adventurers, rug up and allow at least an hour. For visitors, locals and hunters of all ages. Let us know what you find on insta #pfwwfestival

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OPENING PARTY

FREE
Friday 8 June  6-7pm
Fiddler’s Green

Join the fun of the opening night with live music, mulled wine, hot chocolate and tasty treats as we launch our beautiful festival! See the giant projections in the centre of town to begin your own tour of the Bathed In Light illuminations dotted all over Port Fairy. An evening to gather and glow in our crisp winter weather.
This event is proudly sponsored by Evolve + Pash clothing and homewares.

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DACHSHUND DASH

FREE
Sunday 10 June from 9am

You don't need a Dachshund to revel in the heart-stopping fun of Port Fairy's world famous sausage dog race! All are welcome to the fun and games of the Dogs Breakfast on Fiddlers Green. Then follow to parade down Sackville Street to the cricket oval for the race that stops (part of) the nation! It's equal parts funny and cute as the pups race for glory. There's sausage sizzle, coffees, open events (BYO dog!), cheering and giggles galore. See you there!

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WINTER WHALE TRAIL: MEET THE WHALE PHOTOGRAPHER

FREE
Saturday 9 June 10-11am
Charlie’s On East, East Beach

Hear stories from local photographer Perry Cho, whose captivating pics of the Southern Ocean and its marine life are well known in these parts. Meet Perry and learn about camera techniques for capturing the world’s largest animals along our coastline. This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson. Photo of humpback whale by Perry Cho.
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FISHING CLINIC

 

GOLD COIN
Sunday 10 June  11am-1pm
Martins Point, Gipps St

Cast your rod on the mighty Moyne and learn from the Port Fairy Angling Club experts. Rods and bait supplied. A fundraiser for the Port Fairy Angling Club. Please note: this event is subject to weather - check with the Tourist Info Centre on the day.

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WORKSHOP: TOY MAKING

COLD COIN
Saturday 9 June  10am-12:30pm
Railway Place, Bank St

The Men’s Shed masters lead a toy making workshop for kids of all ages to construct wooden toys. All materials and equipment is provided in this hands-on open class, where children can paint their toy after building it. After a session on the tools, wander through our excellent community market for local and handmade produce and treats. 

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TWILIGHT MARKET

GOLD COIN
Sunday 10 June  4pm - 7:30pm
Port Fairy Consolidated School, Albert Street

Head back to school for the annual evening market presented by the primary school community. This is a warming blend of local handmade products, food, drinks and live entertainment. Fundraiser event for Port Fairy Consolidated School.

 

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SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL

Early bird $20 adult, $15 concession, $10 children 8-15yrs
Friday 22 June  7.30pm
Saturday 23 June  7.30pm
Sunday 24 June  2.00pm
Lecture Hall, Sackville St

Port Fairy Theatre Group presents seven plays. The stage will come alive with this entirely local collection of plays and performance! In its 3rd year, the Short Play Festival showcases the talent of our local writers, directors and actors. New productions!

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POOL PARTY

$10 per child
Friday 22 June 6.30pm-8pm
Belfast Aquatic Community Pool, Campbell St

Get your dancing shoes off, and your bathers on, for this flashy, splashy disco, complete with a live DJ and laser light show, games and more. 15 years and under. No drop-offs, parental supervision is required. Fundraiser event for the Belfast Aquatic Community Pool.

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LIGHT PAINTING BY PROJECTOR BIKE

Saturday 23 June

Animated light painting and local music join forces for an extravaganza of light and sound. Witness live illustrations riffing off live music of a top secret local musicians. All followed by Projector Bike’s multi projection walking tour, projecting short films onto the buildings of Port Fairy. Do not miss this super cool illuminated show!

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BEACH DETECTIVES

$16 per family
Sun 10-11am
South Beach, Port Fairy

Become a family of beach detectives! Investigate the articles that wash up and search for seaweed, shells, crabs and other interesting and sometimes unexpected specimens we happen to find. Once we bag the treasures we’ll work out what they are, where they’ve come from and what they might be doing. Wear warm clothes, bring a magnifying glass (if you have one) and small bucket. All families will receive a copy of the booklet A Year on South Beach.

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LITTLE THUNDERS DISCO

$10
FriYAY 6 July 5:30-7:30pm
Port Fairy Scout Hall, Cnr Bank and Princes St

Calling all kids under 13, it’s the school holidays – time to party hard at the Little Thunders Disco! There’ll be an aerial hoop demo and everyone’s invited to try it themselves! Plus, dance competitions with prizes, laser lighting, smoke machines, DJ, hot food and drinks. Tickets at the door. 

 

 

 

 

 

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CREATIVE NATURE PLAY

GOLD COIN
Saturday 7 July 2:30-4pm
Meet at the Battery Hill carpark

Engage your senses and bare feet! Join us for a winter’s afternoon full of creative nature play and flow. Children and parents are welcome. Wrap up in warm clothes and bring your own water bottle and snacks.

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PALLISTERS RESERVE NATURE WALK AND SEED BOMBING

Pallisters Reserve: Nature walk and talk + seed bombing workshop

GOLD COIN
Sunday 8 July 10-2pm. Meet at Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre at 9.30 if you'd like to follow cars to the reserv.
Pallisters Reserve, 457 Masons Rd, Orford

 Join the Friends of Pallisters Reserve at their 250-hectare wetland space, 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. Youngsters can make seed bombs with native species, then go for a seed-bombing mission! Photograph wildlife and assist in recording specific types of fungus. Enjoy a tasty BBQ and discussion of the reserve’s past, present and future works. There’s plenty of shelter too in their headquarters. All welcome. Wear full-cover clothing and shoes.

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GRIFFITHS ISLAND WINTER TOUR

Gold coin donation
Saturday 7 July 10-11.30am
Griffiths Island, meet at the rotunda near Martin’s Point

Walk with the Friends of Griffiths Island and hear info and insights about wildlife and environmental changes occurring on the island in the colder seasons. You’ll also be treated to a small-group tour of the lighthouse to spend time inside the tower, learning about life as a colonial settler.

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Tales of fea and folklore

GOLD COIN
Saturday 7 July 5-6.30pm
Wishart Gallery, 19 Sackville St

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 curses, warrior girls and clever boys who battle odds and win (mostly). An event for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Food and drink available in Captain Wishart’s garden.

New event! Proudly sponsored by Port Fairy Confectionary Lolly Shop.

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WORKSHOP: CHALK IT UP!

$5
Sunday 8 July 2-4pm
Port Fairy Community House, Railway Place

Work with local artist James Chapman of Boy and Dog Art to discover how street art is making a positive impact locally. Then hit the streets to create your own chalk versions on the sidewalks, walls and paths of Port Fairy. For ages 7-18, wear warm clothes and bring a water bottle. Light snacks provided.

New event! Proudly sponsored by Jan’s Fine Glass.

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CUPCAKE DECORATING

$10
Saturday 7 July 1-2pm
Driftwood Cafe, 10 Bank St

 A tasty class for kids to learn sweet new skills and express themselves in the kitchen. Run by the friendly team at Driftwood Cafe, well-known for their delicious mix of classic cakes and innovative treats. All ingredients are provided. Bring your own apron!

Places are limited. Book via their Facebook page or pop into the café.

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WORKSHOP: POETRY + SPOKEN WORD

$25
Sunday 8 July 10am-12pm
Port Fairy Community House, Railway Place

 Pick up pointers for spoken word and poetry creation. Listen and learn from experienced performers and, most importantly, practice performing with the group. All welcome. Hosted by Port Fairy Community House and Blarney Books and Art for a weekend of literary events. 

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AN AFTERNOON WITH SAM LANE

Literary event: An afternoon with Samantha Lane

Free
Sunday 8 July 4-6pm
Charlie’s On East, East Beach

Meet journalist, writer, TV presenter and Aussie Rules fanatic Samantha Lane at this special event celebrating women’s and girls’ football in the South West. The author joins passionate local women’s footy coach and ambassador Alicia Drew for a conversation on the rise of women’s football, the nuances in the game and the hugely successful formation of the national women’s league. Hear about Lane’s rousing new book Roar: stories of the strength, skill and determination of some of AFLW’s most exciting stars. An inspiring event for all.

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WINTER WHALE TRAIL: DR PETE GILL ON BLUE WHALES

FREE
Saturday 21 July 10-11am
Charlie’s On East, East Beach

Deaking University Honorary research fellow Dr Pete Gill is the CEO 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 behavior. This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson.

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BEACH DETECTIVES

$16 per family
Sunday 22 July  10-11am
South Beach, Port Fairy

Become a family of beach detectives! Investigate the articles that wash up and search for seaweed, shells, crabs and other interesting and sometimes unexpected specimens we happen to find. Once we bag the treasures we’ll work out what they are, where they’ve come from and what they might be doing. Wear warm clothes, bring a magnifying glass (if you have one) and small bucket. All families will receive a copy of the booklet A Year on South Beach.

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BUDJ BIM

$30 adult, kids under 16 FREE
Saturday 21 July  11am – 1pm
Sunday 22 July  11am – 1pm
Bus departs 10am at Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre, Bank St

Take a trip way, way back in time to learn about one of the world’s oldest human settlements. For thousands of years, Gunditjmara people engineered an extensive aquaculture system of eel and fish traps along the Tyrendarra lava flow and wetlands. Here you will see remnant houses, rebuilt stone houses, aquaculture traps and channels and the rainbow serpent’s eggs. With water flowing and peaking, winter is the best time to witness this ancient place in full life.

 Your ticket includes a guided tour and free return bus, departing at 10am from Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre. Bookings advised - these tours sold out last year! Phone 0458 999 315.

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CLOSING PARTY!

Free
Sunday 23 July 5-6pm
Port Fairy Wharf, Gipps St

A beautiful riverside gathering to close out the festival! With mulled wine and hot chocolate, music, hot food and fire drums – just remember to bring the marshmallows. Check out the last night of lights and projections on the Moyne and see how the kids will illuminate the party this year with their surprising light art! 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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WINTER WHALE TRAIL: MANDY WATSON ON SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES

FREE
Sun 10-11am
Charlie’s On East, East Beach

Mandy Watson, senior biodiversity officer with the Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning, presents a talk on the majestic Southern Right Whales, who journey each winter to our coastline to give birth. Join Mandy for an update on the nursing mothers and calves who visit our local waters every year. This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson.

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