Things to do over the March long weekend

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With the upcoming long weekend just a few weeks away, it’s always a great opportunity to explore new places, attend an event or simply spend time with your family and friends. There is plenty happening across the region, and we’ve rounded up some activities you may enjoy:

1. Bendigo International Madison

Saturday 9 March – Sunday 10 March
Tom Flood Sports Centre
Various times 
Cost: Two-day pass, $30 or $10 with Concession. Single-day passes also available.
 
It’s always a vibrant atmosphere up at the Tom Floods Sports Centre when the Madison arrives! Held every year over the March long weekend, the Bendigo International Madison has become popular for its exciting changes, sometimes spectacular crashes, and attracting world-class athletes. For more details, view the Bendigo International Madison website.

2. Ballarat Begonia Festival 

Saturday 9 March – Monday 11 March
Lake Wendouree Ballarat (Gillies Street North) 
10am – 5pm 
Cost: Free 
 
A highlight in many calendars, there is something for everyone at the 2019 Begonia Festival with children’s activities, gardening tips and displays, live comedy, craft and garden markets, food and beverage outlets, floral demonstrations and displays, and much more. 
 
There is also accessible toliets at every toliet location, plus a Marveloo (adult change and toilet facility) at the North Gardens toliet block. For more details, view the Ballarat Begonia Festival website. 

3. The ChillOut Festival Daylesford

Thursday March 7 – Monday March 11
Various locations throughout Daylesford
Cost: Free with some ticketed events
 
If you feel like letting your hair down, The ChillOut Festival will not disappoint with plenty of live performances, a parade, art, carnival day, and more. This festival is the biggest and longest-running Country Queer Pride in the southern hemisphere!
 
For more details or to download the full festival guide, view The ChillOut Festival website.

3. Harcourt Applefest 

Saturday, March 9 
Stanley Park, High Street, Harcourt
10am – 4pm
Cost: Free
 
Whether or not apples are your go-to fruit, the Harcourt Applefest is a great day out for everyone!
 
Explore the market, kids carnival, baking competition, art show, ferret races, apple pie, regional wines, craft beer and cider plus lots of live entertainment. 
 
For more details, view the Harcourt Applefest website.

4. Lost Trades Fair Kyneton

 
Friday 9 March – Saturday 10 March
Kyneton Racecourse (Campaspe Place)
10am – 4pm
Cost: $20 per adult, $5 per child 
 
Find inspiration, skill, craftsmanship, rare and forgotten trades, lost arts and traditions at the Lost Trades Fair. You will see over 100 makers practising their crafts and trades including wheelwrights, coopers, silversmiths, gunsmiths, makers of tools, rocking horses, penny farthings, woodworkers, musical instrument makers, clockmakers and many more. 
 
For more details or to book online, view the Lost Trades Fair website.

5. Minelab Wedderburn Detector Jamboree 

Saturday 9 March – Sunday 10 March
Hard Hill Tourist Reserve (Hard Hill Court), Wedderburn
9am Saturday – 3pm Sunday
Cost: Free for non-event participants
$50 for the Senior Detector Token Hunt
 
The Minelab Wedderburn Detector Jamboree is an annual two-day event introducing gold panning and detector demonstrations. Bring along the family for a fun-filled prospecting weekend and participate in all the activities to do with detecting and gold panning. There will also be major gold detector draws and many lucky draw prizes up for grabs.
 
For more details, view the Loddon Shire website.