What's on in the Bendigo region | Week of April 7, 2018

With school holidays having just started, there are plenty of events happening for the whole family to enjoy. Take a look at the great events our region is hosting.

BROCKLEBANK: One of Kyneton's showcased gardens. Picture: SUPPLIED.

BROCKLEBANK: One of Kyneton's showcased gardens. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Open Gardens

Feel like a breath of some fresh air? Take a relaxing walk through three of Kyneton's beautiful gardens this weekend.

The gardens, The Wedgewoods, Scotsman's Hill and Brocklebank, are all within walking distance of one another, so there's no reason not to enjoy a day of all things flora.

The autumn colours are sure to be inspiring and mesmerising with their very different features such as, garden "rooms", chestnut grove, views across Kyneton township to Mt Macedon and American-inspired prairie plantings of ornamental grasses. 

Entry is $8 per garden or $20 for the three gardens. Visit: www.opengardensvictoria.org.au for more.

Where:  Scotsman's Hill, Brocklebank and The Wedgewoods, Kyneton.

When: 10am-4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Kay's Autumn Fashions

Along with a season change, people also change their wardrobes to suit the weather conditions and this Thursday, you could find a perfect new outfit to suit any season. 

The day also includes a lucky door prize and a delicious afternoon tea. 

Bring a friend and enjoy a cuppa. Members, please bring a plate. 

Cost $5 entry and includes three raffle tickets. 

Monies raised from the day will be put towards purchasing equipment necessary to assist heart patients in our region. 

For more information, please phone Marie 5443 6797 or Edna 5447 8838.

Where: Eaglehawk Citizens Band Hall, Pegleg Road, Eaglehawk.

When: 2pm, Thursday, April 12. 

TUG OF PEACE: Families play a friendly game at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens for the Community Picnic in 2016. Picture: SUPPLIED/Babs McMillan

TUG OF PEACE: Families play a friendly game at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens for the Community Picnic in 2016. Picture: SUPPLIED/Babs McMillan

Welcoming Asylum Seekers

If you're looking to make new friends or see some old ones, take a trip to Castlemaine for the fourth annual community picnic. 

This event brings together refugee families from the Melbourne and Bendigo regions, giving people the chance to relax in the beautiful Botanical Gardens. 

Parents can enjoy the quiet atmosphere away from the city hustle and bustle whilst children can play freely and create lifetime friendships. 

The day features a traditional Welcome to Country by local Dja Dja Wurrung elders, singing and dancing. There is also face painting, a petting zoo and more. Adults are also invitied to participate in games with children, such as a highlight event, the Tug of Peace. 

Head along, take a plate to share and enjoy hot and cold drinks.

All enquiries to: solway@mmnet.com.au

Where: Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, Castlemaine

When: 11.30am-4pm, Saturday, April 7. 

Keep on dancing

The Spring Gully Hall Committee is hosting another wonderful dance. 

The evening will feature fun music by Family Rhythm Dance Band, a great program and a delicious home cooked supper. 

There's also a raffle with prizes for anyone and everyone to enjoy. 

Tickets are $9 and all are welcome. 

For more information, Keith 5444 2953.

Where: Spring Gully Hall, Spring Gully Road, Bendigo.

When: From 8pm, Saturday, April 7.

MARKET FUN: Dani Powell and Mike Cawthorn at the 2014 Maldon Market. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY.

MARKET FUN: Dani Powell and Mike Cawthorn at the 2014 Maldon Market. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY.

Autumn Abundance

The Maldon Market is a big one this month, with many favourite stall holders tempting your taste buds and providing quality homegrown and handmade products. 

The range of old and new stalls will be a perfect setting for those wanting to experiece some market fun during these school holidays. 

The market features fresh produce, handmade goods, musical entertainment, pony rides, face painting and a jumping castle. There'll also be a broad range of food and coffee. 

For more information, please contact Market Co-ordinator Chris Hain at: market@maldonnc.org.au, phone 0477 201 654 or visit: www.maldonnc.org.au

Where: Fountain Street and Shire Gardens, Maldon.

When: 9am-1.30pm, Sunday, April 8.

Jewellery making workshop

These school holidays, children could be looking for something new to try and this jewellery making workshop might help your child to create the next big jewellery brand. 

Students will be taught the basics of making pieces by learning the study of colour and design as well as using simple tools.  

The great workshop is taught by Alice Adams and will feature creating earrings, necklaces, the wonders of wire, glass beads and fashions. 

All equipment and materials are provided. Cost is $40 (sibling discount of $5). 

For more information and to book, visit: Arnold Street Gallery or phone 0439 571 054.

Where: Arnold Street Gallery, 189 Arnold Street, North Bendigo.

When: 10.30am-12.30pm, Wednesday, April 11. 

Do you have an event you'd like featured in our What's On section? We'd love to know. Email us at: astrid.michael@fairfaxmedia.com.au or phone us on 5434 4470.