What better way to show someone you love, you’re thinking of them, than a piece of jewellery that will last them their lifetime – Corinne
Premieres 12th March 2020 under a brand new white-and-grey Big Top at Flemington Racecourse!!
Tickets On Sale NOW for Melbourne Extension Performances
Cirque du Soleil has returned to Australia with its most acclaimed touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™. Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm, set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed.
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ had its world premiere in Montréal April 2014 and since its debut, the critics have been raving across North America:
“It is not to be missed on any account,” Chris Jones in The Chicago Tribune.
“KURIOS is the most enthralling, consistently over-the-top magical show Cirque du Soleil has sent our way in a long time,” Robert Hurwitt in The San Francisco Chronicle
Due to overwhelming demand, Cirque du Soleil recently announced the extension of performances in Melbourne. New performances from 31st March through 13th April are on sale now!!
Tickets are available via cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or by phone at 1800 036 685.
Critics across North America, Japan and Singapore have been raving about KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™. In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a scientist (“The Seeker”) is convinced that there exists a hidden world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. Out of his curio cabinet steps an international cast of 47 artists from 17 countries, a collection of otherworldly characters made up of world-class gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, hand-puppeteers, yo-yo wizards, clowns, actors and musicians. Together they turn the Seeker’s steampunk world upside-down as they are guided by an energetic gypsy jazz, electro swing soundtrack.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL EXTENDS MELBOURNE SEASON OF KURIOS – CABINET OF CURIOSITIES™ THROUGH 13th APRIL
TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities by Cirque du Soleil™
Season: 12th March – 13th April 2020
Venue: Under the grey and white Big Top at Flemington Racecourse™
Tuesday – Friday: 8:00pm
Saturday: 4:30pm and 8:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm and 5.00pm
Phone: 1800 036 685
EXPERIENCE KURIOS LIKE A VIP
The ultimate Cirque du Soleil experience with the best seats and access to the intimate VIP suite one hour before the show and at intermission, including wines, hors d’oeuvres, take-home souvenirs and free parking.
VIP EXPERIENCE TICKET PRICE: From $325
Sign up at cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueclub for complimentary membership to the Cirque Club. Members receive advance access to the best seats under the Big Top, deals and discounts for tickets, promotions with our partners and a chance to experience never-before seen exclusive Cirque du Soleil content.
About KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™
KURIOS is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. The newest big top production to tour Australia arrives with a cast of 47 artists from 17 countries including world-class gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, hand-puppeteers, yo-yo wizards, clowns, actors and musicians. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group
Originally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in live entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organisation has brought wonder and delight to over 190 million spectators with productions presented in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group currently has over 4,000 employees, including 1,400 artists, from nearly 50 countries.
He’s The Willy Wonka of Weird, The Prince of Putrid, The King of Kids Comedy – and I got to ask him some seriously hard hitting questions, before he hits the stage for his upcoming shows in Melbourne! Yes, you guessed it, it’s the disgustingly distasteful Mr Snot Bottom!
Returning by popular demand, Mr Snot Bottom has promised a beautiful, elegant and polite piece of performance about homework, princesses and lullabies… So expect a horrendous hour of the most appalling acting, stupidest scripts and just-dumb dialogue in a putrid performance of horrid humour, that will make you absolutely, utterly… adore every minute!
Star of the ‘Busy Bodies’ podcast on Kinderling and a Best Children’s Event Award Weekly Winner at Perth FRINGE WORLD 2020, Mr Snot Bottom promises a snot-load of grosstastic gags, horrible harmonies and just wrong routines perfect for weird kids five and up and their even weirder parents.
First things first… How did your Mr Snot Bottom journey begin? Have you always loved all things gross?
Back in 2011 a friend asked if I could perform something at their child’s birthday party as they knew I had a background in stand up comedy and children’s theatre. I said sure and then they said their child was adamant I make lots of fart jokes. So I made up the entire character just for that party and it snowballed from there! So that one kid is entirely to blame!
Who was your favourite funny person when you were growing up?
The first stand up comedian I remember really enjoying and connecting with on TV was Jimeoin. When I grew up I actually got to introduce him on stage at a stand up show I was MC’ing which was amazing. It felt like a dream come true moment. For him as well I’m sure..
If you weren’t ‘Mr Snot Bottom’, what do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be Lady Gaga. Definitely.
We absolutely love your podcast!! Can you tell our readers a little about it?
Great thanks! It’s a ten episode exploration of the human body and all the weird, amazing, incredible and of course disgusting facts about it. The most downloaded episode is ‘Digestion’ – go figure. It’s produced by Kinderling and can be found on iTunes and Google Play.
Tell us your favourite disgusting joke!
Q. What do you get when you go to the toilet in your cereal?
I made that one up. Well I didn’t really make it up – it’s part joke/part autobiography.
Monty (7) wants to know if you have ever actually ‘snarted’… (sneeze -farted)
A thought-provoking question, I’m glad you asked Monty. I’ve never heard that term ‘snarted’ before- you should copyright it.
I’m not sure if this is classed as a ‘snart’ but I can actually sneeze out of my bottom. That’s why I’m called Mr ‘SNOT’ Bottom. I fart boogies. Instead of blowing my nose I blow my… you get the picture.
Your latest show is running from the 3rd-5th April at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival! What we can expect to see *or smell this year…. Eeek!
Well this year I’m trying something completely different. This year I’m promising a beautiful, elegant and polite piece of performance about homework, princesses and lullabies. It’s half politically injected social commentary – half Queen Elsa tea-party ballet concert. What can possibly go wrong…..?
Thanks so much for chatting to us Mr S B! We cannot wait to see the show, when it hits the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!!
‘Multi-generational comedy for all. ★★★★★’ Glam Adelaide
‘All the best elements you’d hope for in kids entertainment. ★★★★‘ Kiddo Mag
‘Will leave you smiling from ear to ear. ★★★★½’ HiFi Way
You can win a family pass to one of Mr Snot Bottom’s Melbourne shows by entering our competitions on Facebook & Instagram!
Guess what! Disney on Ice is coming back and tickets are on sale NOW!! For the first time ever, this years show will be featuring Miguel from Disney and Pixar’s Coco alongside all those beloved Disney Princesses!!
A Magical Journey into Disney’s Smash Hits to tour Australia Winter 2020
Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream is coming to Australia for a Winter escape this year! This ALL NEW show is a dream come true for all Australian families, presenting a vision of magic, fun, excitement, adventure and friendship that is sure to delight the entire family!
Opening in Pert on the 12th June, the show will tour Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney and close in Hobart on the 26th July.
In this action-packed extravaganza, the beloved Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will take families on a journey across raging seas and snow-covered mountains featuring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Moana, Frozen, Tangled, Cinderella and Disney and Pixar’s Coco. Plus, for the very first time all the way from Hundred Acre Wood, special guests Winnie the Pooh and Tigger will get the families out of their seats and onto their feet to learn a special dance. YAY!!! I know I’m excited!!
Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., Dare to Dream takes families on a high-seas adventure as Moana sets sail on a life-changing quest to save her island with help from the demigod Maui. With the ice floor transformed into the vast oceanic scape, Disney On Ice allows Moana’s strength and determination to take centre stage. This engaging atmosphere lets audiences deepen their existing connection to their favourite way-finder and discover one’s true identity is never out of reach.
“With Dare to Dream, I want to inspire the youngest members of our families with the heroic stories of their favourite Disney characters and allow them to discover the hero within themselves.” said Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment and Producer of Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream, Nicole Feld.
Beautiful production numbers invite audiences into the world of Beauty and the Beast, Anna and Elsa, Rapunzel and Flynn, and Cinderella! Audience members will also get to explore the Land of the Dead as Miguel from Disney and Pixar’s Coco brings the festivities of Día de los Muertos to the ice and lives his dream of becoming a professional musician.
Show goers will witness each characters’ unique qualities and talents inspiring children around the world to discover their inner hero.
“At our shows, mums and dads are able to experience the magic through the eyes of their children, allowing them to reconnect with their favourite characters and once again experience the childlike wonder and hope that inspires us all.” said Director Patty Vincent.
All the info
For Tour Information visit: www.DisneyOnIce.com.au
2020 National Tour Dates
Perth RAC Arena 12 – 14 June
Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre 19 – 21 June
Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre 26 – 29 June
Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 2 – 6 July
Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre 10 – 12 July
Sydney Qudos Bank Arena 15 – 19 July
Hobart Derwent Entertainment Centre 23 – 26 July
Tickets from $35*
Tickets for Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney through
Tickets for Hobart through Ticketmaster: www.Ticketmaster.com.au/DisneyOnIc
*Market Pricing applies on all tickets and are subject to change without notice. Ticket price includes GST and Booking/Inside Fee. Additional Transactions Fees may apply.
Feld Entertainment encourage patrons to source tickets through the authorised ticketing agents appointed by our Disney On Ice venues. There are significant risks in buying from other sources. For guidance, see Live Performance Australia’s Ticketing Code of Practice.
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #DaretoDream
I don’t know about you, but every time I see this little blue guy, it takes me back to the good old days!
I guess that’s why I can’t wait to take the kids to see SONIC THE HEDGEHOG when it’s released on the 13th February!
Based on the global blockbuster video game franchise from ©SEGA, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth.
In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.
To celebrate the release of this exciting new movie, we are giving you the chance to WIN 1 of 10 double in-season passes over on our Facebook & Instagram pages!
Head over there now to be in with a chance!
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG IS IN CINEMAS FEBRUARY 13
Instagram: @ParamountAU #SonicMovie
Directed by Jeff Fowler Written by Pat Casey & Josh Miller Based on the Sega Video Game Produced by Neal H. Moritz, p.g.a, Toby Ascher, Toru Nakahara, Takeshi Ito Executive Producers Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi, Masanao Maeda, Nan Morales, Tim Miller Starring: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter and Jim Carrey
©2020 Paramount Pictures & SEGA. All Rights Reserved.
Friendship 5 years into expat life
It’s the final week of the school holidays, and I’m pondering while the kids are busy with their friends. Whilst they have fun and enjoy the diverse friendship groups they have built, I am sitting here wondering how on earth they have easily constructed a group of so many friends, each and every one so different in many ways! Children seem to have a talent for making friends regardless. I love that about them. I love the attitude they have toward making friends, and hearing the shouts of “sure, come and join in.” I can’t help but wish adults were more like that!
I often chat to the children about how different our lives are to what we left behind in the UK, and it always comes back to ‘friendships’, mine and theirs. We all still pine for our ‘mates from home’ and talk fondly of the friends we miss.
Recently I’ve been aware of the importance of true friendship to them. I can see the kind things they do for their buddies, and I hear the way they talk about them too. I can see how, over time, they have carefully filtered their friendship group and worked really hard to nurture particular friendships, which I’m certain they’ve done without really thinking. How amazing is that!
I love that they have embraced every minute since we arrived down under, and although I never imagined that we’d still be here 5 years on, and I hadn’t considered we’d be building a future in Melbourne, watching us all with our newest friends, makes it seem so worthwhile.
Being 11,000 miles away from family and friends can make or break you!
The past 5 years have made us rely on each other for things that maybe in the UK we would have leant on someone else for. It has made us raise resilient kids who shine through new beginnings and it has taught us we’re pretty good at making new friends after all. For me, it has reinforced how much more important my friends, new and old, have become to me.
It’s no secret I’ve always been precious about my friends back in the UK. It has been the constant pull for me to up sticks, go back and slot into that old life we had before. The friendship thing has been hard for me, and still is today.
This summer however, I feel like I have turned a corner. I have realised for the first time since arriving in Australia, I can stop searching. I don’t need to keep looking, because I am completely content with the awesome men and women I call my friends here, and I am determined to make an even bigger effort to let them know just how much I appreciate them.
For a long time, friendship here was about making sure I have someone to help me, and if they come with a sense of humour that’s a bonus! I was looking for the friends I could text: “can you grab him from school, I’m running late” or “are your kids free to play today” because let’s face it, I took my two away from their friends and I’m feeling the guilts.
As an ‘expat’ the hunt for real friends can feel overwhelming.
Friend hunting is like online dating only with a much more critical audience, and ‘mums’ are far less willing to give you a go!!!
“Should I be funny Liv?”
“Should I be serious Liv?
“She’s English, she’ll be a laugh” ***Not always the case BTW
“I have to like her because her kids are in my kids class..”
“She has lots of friends so I should try and join her crew”
“Oh god I don’t even like Taylor Swift but now I am broke, and at her concert because I needed to fit in.”
**Yes, I’ve tried most things when it comes to sussing out potential friends.
I remember laughing with my girlfriends in the UK about getting a T-shirt printed with “I love gin, be my friend” and just wearing it to the park to see if I could ‘pull’ a mama.
5 years down the road, I’ve got friends who I can really call friends.
Now I have friendships that have grown, and mean so much more than the random play date because our kids like each other, or the “can you grab her for me please” text messages.
I have made sure that I’m not swapping numbers with someone just because I feel pressured into it. I’m not hanging with people just because our kids get on.. although that helps massively. I am happy to have created a group of ‘gal pals’ who are amazing, not just because they offer me support, but because they are interesting, talented, kind, generous, creative, funny, smart, brave…. and will drink wine with me at the drop of a hat!
The thing is, I was basing everything on first impressions and of course, “what do my kids get out of this?” However, friendships aren’t about first impressions, and my friendships shouldn’t be about what the kids can gain from it, it should be about me too!!
New friendships shouldn’t be one bit like online dating, they are about far more than that. They are built over time, between people who don’t feel any pressure at all to be anything other than themselves.
So, if you are new to a country, the new mum at a school gate, or you’re looking to switch it up a bit, my advice is, give it time.
No great thing is created suddenly, and all great achievements take time. You’ll know when you’ve found your crew!
Have you found your crew? Tell me how you found the whole “friendship” thing!
If you thought the tennis was intense, you should see everything on offer for Kids & Families this year!! An unforgettable experience awaits!
The Australian Open is one of the worlds greatest sporting events, and this year, it’s even better… especially for the kids!
The incredible AO Ballpark presented by Emirates has officially opened at Birrarung Marr and has grown a whopping 4 x in size this year! That’s right, 4 times in size, taking up both the upper and lower terraces of Birrarung Marr. I told you it was whopping!
The AO Ballpark is the place to be for all of Melbourne’s cool kids, catering for a range of ages from the very small to the…well…very grown up! The fun isn’t all tennis focussed, far from it. Aside from the hot shots tennis courts where the kids can go all McEnroe on you, there are go karts, a zip line, LEGO fun, a super soaker battle zone, a nail biting sky flyer ride, a Ninja Warrior style obstacle course, a wonderful Disney themed section, and an awesome splash zone too! That’s where we’ll be cooling down!
There’s something for all ages from tiny tots to 10 year olds, and the NEW AO Hilltop especially for 10+ year olds.
It’s unbelievable I know, but all of this fun is on offer for just $5. The Australian Open kids ground pass ticket grants access to the new location in Birrarung Marr, encompassing both the Upper and Lower Terrace. For all you foodies, rest assured there are plenty of options, my personal favourite being the Pinchy’s Lobster bar! Yes maaaam’!
Offering kids of all ages even more summer fun than ever!
Let’s face it, we only go to the tennis to catch a glimpse of Rafa’s biceps, so for all the parents out there who’d like some time out to “watch the tennis” without having to keep one eye on the kiddos, get them booked into the awesome Kids Club and kick back!
A kids ground pass is just $5 for kids 3- 14 years and free for kids 2 year and under.
Onsite childcare is available every day at the AO, making the event even better! Your kids will have nonstop fun at the tennis and entertainment program.
Liv’s top tips:
- Take drink bottles. There are lots of refill stations!
- Pack your hats!!!
- Pack plenty of sunscreen. Although there are lots of shady areas, it is very exposed, and you’re outdoors for many hours.
- Pack your swimmers and a towel. The changing facilities for families are great so don’t worry about where you can change!
- Take a packed lunch, and snacks because food is pricey.. delicious, but pricey!
- Save your pocket money for ‘merch’ as there is some awesome AO 2020 merchandise on offer!
- Wear comfy shoes, and make sure the kids have closed toes as they won’t be allowed on the rides or to climb without them.
- Get a good night’s sleep beforehand as it is a big day at the Open!
Camping and I have a strange relationship! I love being outdoors, I don’t love the dust and dirt. I love the wildlife, I don’t love the creepy crawlies. I love the freedom that the children have, I love the camp cooking, I love the kids excitement at bed time when we’re all snuggling down. I do not love (or even like) tents! Nope! If all I have is a tent, you can go without me.
Part of me envies the hoards of families who camp, and have all the stuff! Their camps look like they could sustain life for years and years, in a perfectly happy state, with not one meal missed or one iota of sleep even slightly disturbed. We do not camp like that! We don’t have nearly enough equipment, we barely have any camping knowledge, and to be honest I have always felt that ‘holiday sleeping’ requires, at the very least, a decent bed and a fluffy duvet! (Aka a hotel!)
Hold on though….. You may find this hard to believe, but even I have been persuaded to fall in love with camping after testing out the gorgeous Go Pod Teardrop Caravans last weekend!
We picked up our beautiful GoPod at about 11am, on the hottest Victoria day since records began. Honestly, the thought of arriving at a campsite and having to erect a camp in this heat would have been hell. Not with our GoPod. With lots of great tips and advice from Kayleen, we hooked the teardrop caravan up to the car, and drove off toward the ocean, knowing there would be very little do do, in order to get comfy on arrival!
We have never towed anything before, not even a trailer, and as Mr W was a little ‘tired‘ after his work Christmas party the night before, I was in charge! The glory of the GoPod is that it is very lightweight and super easy to tow. Thank goodness!! We made it safely to Anglesea with me at the helm, even negotiating Bunnings and Hungry Jacks on the way! *You may applaud now!
Set up was done and dusted in about 20 minutes. We unhooked the GoPod, rolled it into the best position, plugged it in and put up the tent! Once the table and chairs were up, and the kids were bouncing on the jumping pillow, we kicked back to enjoy our weekend. That is perfect camping in my mind! No stress, no arguments about who put the groundsheet in the wrong place, just an easy set up and a perfectly snug place to sleep…. with the fly screens tightly shut!!!
The GoPod 90 has double doors ( a godsend for extra air and midnight toilet trips!) and a deliriously comfy queen bed. (Bedding can be hired on booking). There was so much storage I felt like we could have travelled for weeks and weeks even with Monty’s desire to change his clothes every thirty six minutes. Everything has been meticulously thought about from the mattress to the tool box. Even the MukMat, chairs and table were included. Like I said, nothing had been left out!!
We make sure you have the confidence to set off and are always a phone call away for our hirers. With the support of YouTube, a manual and our advice you have everything you need for a great trip’- GoPod
The GoPod kitchen was lovingly filled with everything your little camping heart could desire! Gas burners and fridge, crockery and lights, enough storage to be able to make a Christmas feast if you so wish! The GoPod has plugs for chargers, USB sockets, heaps of storage for clothes, toys, UNO (of course), and all the other camping paraphernalia you need. There really is no easier way to hit the road!!
Everything you need for a simple getaway is right here. – GoPod
As we were four and the GoPod 90 sleeps 2 (or two adults and a small child), we added on a tent for the boys! Everyone was happy! Even the tent had a fab mattress, duvet and fan which doubled as a light. It barely felt like camping, as we were all so comfy!
I know camping is a little like Vegemite, you either love it or you hate it, however, if you are anything like the Wilsons, and are divided down the middle, you need to look at the GoPods. These cute caravans are wonderful alone, and a marvellous addition to any camp setup. They are especially splendid for those of you who like to have home comforts whilst on the road! (Think cuddly duvet and wine glasses).
There are a few different types of GoPod, some sleeping up to four people, so they are perfect for everyone, plus, they are offering great deals on long term hire too for you adventurers! Another great use for the GoPod is for guests when you don’t have the spare room at home! Imagine giving your guests their own GoPod for the weekend, within reach of your dinner table and witty conversation! Best sleepover ever!!!
If you love the idea of hooking up and escaping, without the hassle, if you love the idea of being in the great outdoors whilst sleeping and cooking in luxury, this is the caravan for you! Tow small and travel big is the GoPod motto, and trust us, these are 100% made for big adventures! Who’s coming with us on our next trip??
Prices start at $80 per night (insurance included)
One who lives, sees much. One who travels, sees more!
The incredible new immersive $1.5 million jellyfish exhibit at SEALIFE Melbourne will open to the public on the 12th December, just in time for school holidays!! Yes, SEALIFE Melbourne have done it again! They have created another jaw dropping exhibition full of learning opportunities with plenty of “oohs” and “aaahs”.
I went and had a peek inside the most incredible deep blue exhibition, and descended into the fascinating world of jellyfish! They are truly magnificent, and completely mesmerising to watch! Everything has been thought about in this exhibition from the lighting, to each of the three interactive zones, almost bursting with multiple species of jellyfish! This really is a Jellyfish lovers dream!!
Ocean Invaders at SEALIFE Melbourne immerses you in the beauty and wonder of a jellyfish invasion as you are surrounded by thousands of mesmerising creatures and spectacular lighting projections across multiple displays! I loved the amazing spherical globe filled with swarming jellyfish. It is a sight to behold!
Further in to the exhibition you will find ‘The Jelly Lab’ where you can discover strange facts about the jellyfish lifecycle and take a peek behind the scenes as SEALIFE Melbourne staff tend to the blooms of these graceful (and sometimes dangerous) sea creatures.
In the third zone, children and adults alike can escape the invasion by crawling through an amazing cylindrical tank filled with oscillating jellyfish. (Got to be seen to be believed!)
My kids absolutely love the interactive SEA LIFE Melbourne’s Art Aquarium, and this time they will get the chance to design their own colourful jellyfish, which will be brought to life on a giant projection wall. Take your camera!!
Ocean Invaders works hard to educate all visitors about the causes behind the increasing population – or invasion – of certain species of jellyfish in our oceans and the actions people can take to limit these exponential and sometimes problematic population increases, so make sure you don’t miss a thing!
There really is so much to see and even more to learn about these incredible creatures, so make sure you have plenty of time to make the most of this truly special exhibition!
Ocean Invaders opens at SEALIFE Melbourne on the 12th December
We are so lucky to live in such a wonderful part of the world where there seem to be endless ways to entertain the children!! It’s no mean feat trying to keep everyone happy, all summer, but I’m pretty sure, this may be the answer to your prayers!!
This summer, Sovereign Hill is set to be busier than it’s been since the goldrush of the 1850’s. With brand new activities every day and the chance to win a $400 gold nugget every week, it feels like the gold rush is happening all over again! We cannot wait to get over to Sovereign Hill to experience some of the fun!
Each day of the week, for six weeks, a different adventure awaits. From ‘Make it Mondays’, to ‘Find it Fridays’, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
All of your favourite Sovereign Hill activities will also be on, including bowling, the gold pour, costume photos, as well as Sovereign Hill’s new sound and light show, AURA.
If you think you and the family would love to experience everything that’s on offer, you absolutely can!!!! Purchase a *Sovereign Hill Annual Pass, which provides you with unlimited entry to Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum, 364 days a year, as well as discounted mine tours, coach rides, and other special offers.
For full program details visit www.sovereignhill.com.au
PROGRAM OF EVENTS:
MAKE IT MONDAYS – Try your hand at butter churning and cheese making, make your own block candle or help us sew the Eureka Flag.
TROTTING TUESDAYS – Meet the Sovereign Hill horses, get your photo taken with a Clydesdale and watch our horse team change over the horses that pull the Sovereign Hill vehicles.
WHATS’ THAT WHISTLE WEDNESDAYS – Learn about steam engines, take a tour of some ruins and hear stories of child miners on the goldfields.
TRADE THURSDAYS – Watch rare trades in action, have a go at the traditional process of Cyanotype, go behind the scenes of the Sovereign Hill coach builders.
FIND IT FRIDAYS – Rush to the diggings for the chance to discover a $400 gold nugget, take a photo with the Australia nugget (worth over $85,000) and see a coin press machine in action.
SWEET SATURDAYS – Take a walk around lollipop lane, take a photo with a giant jar of Raspberry Drops and join an exclusive hands-on experience in Brown’s Confectionery.
SOLDIERING SUNDAYS – Dress as a redcoat and join their parade, learn a Trooper drill and watch on as a mass license hunt takes place in the Red Hill Gully Diggings.
All the info
What: Sovereign Hill’s Summer Gold Rush
When: 26th December, 2019 until 27th January, 2020
Time: 10am – 5pm
Where: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, 3350
*Sovereign Hill Annual Pass
|PRICES||Annual Pass||Single Entry|
|Child (5–15 years) – only available when purchased with an Adult, Family or Single Family Ticket/Pass||$31.50||$26.20|
|Concession* (To be purchased as Adult Pass)||N/A||$46.80|
|Family (2 Adults and up to 4 Children)||$255.00||$148.00|
|Single Adult Family (1 Adult and up to 3 Children)||$165.00||$106.00|
Conditions: Annual Pass is valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Current Annual Pass card and photo ID must be presented on each visit. This Annual Pass is not transferable. A surcharge may apply for entry to special events. Only the Annual Pass holder whose name is listed on this card is entitled to free entry to Sovereign Hill. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Discounts are not accumulative – only a single discount can be applied to purchases.
Extra charges apply for some activities and major events.
Peppa Pig will swap muddy puddles for The Langham, Melbourne during the summer school holidays. On weekdays from Friday 27 December 2019 until Friday 24 January 2020, The Langham, Melbourne will host a Peppa Pig-themed high tea for little piggies and grown-ups.
Just like our loveable friend Peppa, we all enjoy dressing up and adore a fab day out, which makes thePeppa Pig High Tea at The Langham, Melbourne an ideal outing for families with Peppa Pig fans who love a bit of luxury.
Little Piggies are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Peppa Pig character and have an oink-tastic time tasting Peppa’s shortbread cookie, muddy puddle dip cups with strawberry and marshmallow fruit skewers and more. Yes mums, there’s a lot of sweetness, so be prepared!!
Whilst the children ate their way through lashings of fairy bread (I’ll never get used to this Aussie delicacy), cheese and Vegemite brioche, chive and Parmesan quiche and honey and soy chicken skewers (Monty’s favourite), I got to devour the Langham’s signature Wedgwood high tea and sip on sparkling wine! Sounds prefect doesn’t it? It was!!!!
The Peppa Pig High Tea is incredible, however it is not for the faint hearted! Go with an open mind, deck yourself in your favourite pink outfit (not compulsory) hold your sugar rationing at the door, make sure you’re hungry (really hungry) and take your camera as it’s just too cute not to snap! All little Piggies will be given a plush toy, colouring activity and Peppa Pig ears which they will love to take home and cherish!!
This would be the perfect Christmas gift for a little Peppa Pig fan!
‘There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea’ – Henry James
All the info
Dates:27th December 2019 and concluding 24th January, 2020 Weekdays only
Time: The Peppa Pig High Tea is available at 10am until 11.30am and at 12.30pm until 2pm
Cost: Child: $69* per child including one plush toy, colouring activity and Peppa Pig ears. Peppa Pig high tea stand and toy items are charged per head. Extra toys can be purchased on the day subject to availability.
Adult: $69* per adult for Christmas with Wedgwood menu including a glass of sparkling, coffee or tea * +$5 on public holidays. Toys can be purchased on the day subject to availability.