Na­ture’s spring show case

North East Tourist News - - BRIGHT & DISTRICT -

CEL­E­BRAT­ING its 26th year, the Bright Spring Fes­ti­val (Oc­to­ber 15-Novem­ber 1) show­cases the Alpine Val­ley com­ing alive, with blooms and birds putting on na­ture’s show­case.

Bright and sur­round­ing towns are a dis­play of new life: cheeky bulbs in all col­ors, del­i­cate roses, dog­wood flow­ers ev­ery­where and trees burst­ing into lush green foliage.

The Bright Spring Fes­ti­val show­cases what the Great Alpine Val­leys is all about; great cafes and restau­rants, ac­cess to three wine re­gions, ac­com­mo­da­tion to suit all bud­gets, gar­dens, ad­ven­ture sports, walk­ing tracks and bike trails, street and river mar­kets, art ex­hi­bi­tions, theatre, ex­pos and work­shops and a nat­u­ral beauty not found else­where in Vic­to­ria.

New gar­dens will be added to the open gar­den itin­er­ary this year and vis­i­tors can ex­pe­ri­ence the hos­pi­tal­ity of en­thu­si­asts from across the re­gion.

Visit Mt Buf­falo Na­tional Park for the amaz­ing views and take in the spec­tac­u­lar wild­flow­ers along the Bo­gong High Plains Road or re­lax at the Bright Body and Soul Expo, en­joy health, well­be­ing and nat­u­ral ther­a­pies in the most sen­sa­tional and calm­ing en­vi­ron­ment to soothe and re­store the mind, body and soul (Oc­to­ber 30).

Visit the Dec­o­ra­tive Arts Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale at the Bright Art Gallery and Cul­tural Cen­tre or if theatre is your thing, FLAK is on at the Bright Court­house.

Why not join the Bright Creative Writ­ing Work­shop, a week­end with na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally awarded song­writ­ers, chil­dren’s book il­lus­tra­tor, po­ets and pub­lished au­thors, in­clud­ing Carter and Carter, Sylvia Fraser and Ester de Boer (Oc­to­ber 21-23), in­clud­ing a show­case con­cert star­ring Carter and Carter, and some work­shop par­tic­i­pants (Oc­to­ber 22).

For all things hand­made, home grown or home cooked en­joy the Bright Make it Bake it Grow It Mar­ket (Oc­to­ber 15) and don’t for­get Ro­tary’s Mon­ster Street Mar­ket (Oc­to­ber 31).

If recycling is your thing then look for trea­sures and pre-loved house­hold items at the All Town Garage Sale Bo­nanza (Oc­to­ber 29).

A fab­u­lous fea­ture of the Spring Fes­ti­val is of course the Grand Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar, this an­nual event is full of fun and en­ter­tain­ment for the whole fam­ily in­clud­ing a pet­ting zoo, mar­ket and of course fire­works and is on Mel­bourne Cup week­end (Oc­to­ber 29).

The Alpine Equine Ex­trav­a­ganza is a fully catered, no has­sle, fun filled week­end (Oc­to­ber 7-9).

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www.bright­springfes­ti­ or email bright­springfes­ti­[email protected]

CEL­E­BRA­TION TIME: Fire­works are a highlight dur­ing the Bright Spring Fes­ti­val.

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