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Discover artisanal arts, culture, trades and food at Sovereign Hill this autumn. Explore your creativity with hands-on workshops, discover new ideas and enjoy our region's cuisine.

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Experience the ultimate Sovereign Hill adventure, as well as these special school holiday sessions. Explore your inner artisan with hands-on workshops and craft activities. Then, immerse yourself in goldfields life with our interactive experiences.

See our team of artisans and craftspeople showcase the skills and craftsmanship passed down from the gold rush era. Delve into your creative side with our hands-on workshops, activities and tours.

Nourish the body and expand the mind this autumn with our series of exclusive events. Sample rustic food and high tea in unique heritage settings. Delve into new ideas and stories with our talks and tours.

Go on a gold rush adventure with these classic Sovereign Hill experiences available all year-round. We’ve even thrown in a few school holiday surprises for more autumn fun.

Mother’s Day Treat
Included in day pass
Date: 8 May 2022
Time: 10am-5pm
Where: New York Bakery
Journey to the Southern Cross – Roleplay adventure!
Not included in day pass
Date: Monday 23 May
Time: 7pm - 9.30pm
Where: Eureka Centre Ballarat
Welcome Strangers Live
Included in day pass
Date: 9-25 April
Time: 2.45pm
Where: Victoria Theatre
Mother’s Day High Tea
Not included in day pass
Date: Sunday 8 May
Time: 12pm
Where: Narmbool, 440 Horsehill North Rd, Elaine
Autumn Picnic Hampers
Not included in day pass
Date: 9 - 25 April
Time:
Where: United States Hotel, map no. 26
Whisky in the Wheelwrights
Not included in day pass
Date: Friday 27 May
Time: 8pm - 9.30pm
Where: Proctor’s Wheelwrights & Coachbuilder, Sovereign Hill
Bush Fun Day at Narmbool
Not included in day pass
Date: Wednesday, 20 April
Time: 10am-4pm
Where: Narmbool, 440 Horsehill North Rd, Elaine
Foodie experience
Not included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 10am-5pm
Where: Sovereign Hill
Pour your own candle
Not included in day pass
Date: 9 - 25 April 2022
Time: 10.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Where: Hewitt's Candle Factory, map no 37
Pull-a-part wheel
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 10am-5pm
Where: Proctor’s Wheelwrights & Coachbuilder, map no. 44
Hot tyring and timber bending demonstration
Included in day pass
Date: 9 - 25 April 2022
Time: 2.50pm
Where: Proctor’s Wheelwrights & Coachbuilder, map no 44
Special Effects in the Victorian Era
Included in day pass
Date: 9 - 25 April 2022
Time: 1pm
Where: Victoria Theatre, map no 26
Spoke shaving
Included in day pass
Date: 9 - 25 April 2022
Time: 2pm-4pm
Where: Proctor’s Wheelwrights & Coachbuilder, map no 44
Gold-panning
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 10am-5pm
Where: The Diggings, map no. 8
Coach rides
Not included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 11am-4pm
Where: Departs from the Horse Bazaar, map no. 32
Bowling
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 2pm-5pm
Where: Empire Bowling Saloon, map no. 40
Gold Pour demonstration
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: Demonstrations occur throughout the day
Where: Gold Smelting Works, map no. 28
Photography experience
Not included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 10am-5pm
Where: Red Hill Photographic Rooms, map no. 12
Confectionery demonstrations
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: Demonstrations are on throughout the day
Where: Brown's Confectionery Factory, map no. 27
Gold Mine tours
Not included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 10am-4pm
Where: Sovereign Quartz Mine, map no.35
Candle-making demonstration and dipping
Not included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: Demonstrations occur throughout the day
Where: Hewitt's Yarrowee Soap & Candle Works, map no. 37
Redcoat soldiers
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 1:30pm
Where: Victoria Theatre balcony, map no. 26
Blackbeard the Pirate
Included in day pass
Date: 9-25 April
Time: Check blackboard in Victoria Theatre.
Where: Victoria Theatre, map no. 26
Cottage crafts
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 2pm-3pm
Where: Speedwell Street, map no. 55
Sabre drill
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 2.15pm
Where: Parade Showground, map no 34
Trooper musket-firing
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 11am (Government Camp) 1pm (Post Office)
Where: Government Camp (map no. 3) and Post Office (map no.16)
Blacksmithing demonstration
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 11.45am, 1pm and 2pm
Where: Dilge’s Blacksmiths, map no. 9
Printing demonstration
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm
Where: Ballarat Times Office, map no. 13
Horse harnessing
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 4pm
Where: R Gibbings, Livery & Bait Stables, map no 48
Stoked
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Where: Mine Blacksmith, map no 35
Red Hill Mine tour
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 10am-4.30pm
Where: Red Hill Mine, map no. 6
Become an apprentice tour
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 12.30pm
Where: Meet outside the Post Office, map no 16
First Aid in the Mine
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 3.45pm
Where: Sovereign Quartz Mine, map no.35
Surface Company Tour
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 3.15pm
Where: Sovereign Quartz Mine, map no.35
Back to School
Included in day pass
Date: 2pm-3pm during weekends and school holidays only
Time: 2pm-3pm
Where: St Peters School, Map no 45
Meet the Butcher
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 10am-12pm
Where: Butcher’s Shambles (near the Diggings), map no. 8
Pol the Sly Grog Seller
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 10am-12pm
Where: Pol’s tent (near the Diggings), map no. 8
Wheel-making demonstration
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 1.50pm and 2.30pm
Where: Proctor’s Wheelwrights & Coachbuilder, map no. 44
Diggings tour
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 10.30am, 11.30am
Where: Government Camp, map no. 3
Speedwell Street cottages
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Where: Speedwell Street, map no. 55
The Nightman
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 2pm
Where: Speedwell Street, map no 55
Camera obscura
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 12.15pm
Where: Alex Kelly Stables, map no 65
AURA
Not included in day pass
Date: 9 - 23 April
Time: 7pm
Where: Sovereign Hill
Voltaic Battery Blasting Demonstration
Included in day pass
Date: Everyday
Time: 3:30pm
Where: Parade Showground, map no. 34