McIvor Times

BENDIGO BLOOMS WITH SPRING EVENTS CAMPAIGN

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The City of Greater Bendigo’s Bloom marketing and tourism campaign for spring returns with spectacula­r tulip displays taking centre stage in Rosalind Park and an exciting mix of online and in person experience­s suitable for all ages.

Around 50,000 tulips have been planted to create a stunning splash of rainbow colours in Rosalind Park that will be in full bloom until mid-October, including a large patterned centrepiec­e which will only reveal its shape once the tulips bloom.

Those who cannot visit the displays in person can watch the popular Tulip Cam’s live online pictures from Rosalind Park which will show the tulips blooming in real-time.

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“Bloom is a wonderful way to showcase the vibrancy, natural beauty, unique experience­s and attraction­s in our region that will entice regional Victorians to plan and enjoy a memorable stay here,” Cr Alden said.

“We know our community and people travelling from regional Victoria will love visiting the tulip displays. Those unable to visit due to restrictio­ns can feel part of it by watching our Tulip Cam and joining our social media events.”

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Families during the school holidays will be able to enjoy a Bendigo Tulip Hunt, a new augmented reality experience where participan­ts using a mobile phone app will be able to search for eight virtual tulips around the city centre’s iconic parks and gardens, including a newly-created secret garden. Once all the virtual tulips are collected, participan­ts can go into a draw to win a Uniquely Bendigo hamper.

The City’s Summer in the Parks will also present a new Summer in the Parks ‘Spring Edition’ with several free events planned over the school holidays, including Tulip Tunes, Movies in the Parks and active kids’ activities, subject to COVID-safe requiremen­ts. A full program and booking details will be released shortly.

Other campaign highlights include:

• Bendigo Uncorked Week has 10 days of wine events taking place from October 1 to October 10

• Open House Bendigo returns showcasing Bendigo’s beautiful heritage on Saturday 23 and Sunday October 24

• Brett Whiteley: Drawing is Everything exhibition is at Bendigo Art Gallery until Sunday Oct 31

• A new Traverse exhibition featuring First Nations’ artists will open at the Living Arts Space on Monday September 20

• Wine cellar door and unique gastronomy experience­s

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• Bookings available for Walking Tours in the city centre

All major events held will be subject to COVID-safe health requiremen­ts and restrictio­ns. For more details on Bloom events during spring, visit www.bendigotou­rism.com

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