Celebrate Braidwood’s creative diversity Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017
The Braidwood Festival has something for everyone – from quilts, craft and cars to cuisine. The Festival started as the Braidwood Quilt Event 23 years ago, but now encompasses so much more of what the booming Braidwood community has to offer.
On Saturday the Braidwood Quilters Inc. presents the 23rd Annual Airing of the Quilts. This Outdoor Exhibition sees the beautiful handmade quilts gracing Braidwood’s iconic Georgian main street verandahs and Wallace Street shopfronts.
In the National Theatrethere will be a variety of quilt and textile arts exhibitions and competitions including the $1000 First Prize for Indoor Competition, and the Braidwood Quilt Shop Challenge.
Many other venues around town will be holding exhibitions and fabric sales, including St Andrews Anglican Church, Braidwood Community Arts Centre, Fyre Gallery, the Silken Tent Print Studio, Braidwood Central School Gym and the Lodge of Truth will exhibit quilts and Masonic regalia.
Textile artists Lisa Walton will be running a series of workshops at the Braidwood Servicemen’s Club over the weekend.
Markets in Ryrie Parkwill offer a range of stalls from fabrics to food.
The Garlic Fiesta -celebrating the harvest - taste local fresh Garlic and Award Winning Black Garlic. Keep an eye out for ‘Garlic Man’. Braidwood’s eateries will also be serving dishes made with local produce. The Garlic Fiesta stalls will be on the corner of Wallace and Duncan Streets beside Concept Café.
Open Gardens– Braidwood Community Preschool Open Gardens weekend will also be part of the Festival. See six amazing gardens including Monawith a café, nursery and talks by landscape architect Michael Bligh, explore part of Nithsdale homestead and the old gaol, guided tours of Bedervale Homestead.25 & 26 November – 10am to 4pm, $5/garden or $25 garden pass.
(A fundraiser for the not-for-profit Braidwood Preschool.)
Carriage rides- by RoscommonCarriages (Sunday only)
Maps and shuttle buses will be available
Beautiful, historic Braidwood is one of the little gems of NSW’s Southern Tablelands. The town is situated on the Kings Highway halfway between the national capital, Canberra, and the state’s South Coast.
The entire town is classified by the National Trust and Braidwood is the first complete town to be listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. Braidwood also boasts about the fact that we still retain most of the Georgian town plan, one of the last left in Australia. The rural life and charm of the town is carried on against many fine examples of 19th century architecture.
Beautiful churches, pubs, cafes, galleries, craft and antique shops all operate in sensitively restored old buildings which have served the town since the frantic gold rush days of the 1850s.
Braidwood is surrounded by some of the most pristine bush and National Parks in NSW. These parks attract bushwalkers, four-wheel drivers and nature lovers from all over; they are as magnificent as they are diverse.
The history of the region is truly remarkable; the villages of Araluen, Majors Creek and Mongarlowe are full of stories and relics from times past, myth and legend abound. You’ll always bump into someone with a story about Braidwood and its surrounding villages.
The makeup of Braidwood has changed over the years, the 1970s saw an influx of artists to the town, most of whom are still here today, showing their work through Braidwood’s galleries and further afield.
Farming and rural activities are still one of the main industries in town, this is reflected in the big annual events of Braidwood, the Show, Race Day and the best Rodeo by a country mile.
For a true country experience and a peek back to yesteryear, come for a week or a weekend and be surprised at what Braidood has to offer.
Come and enjoy some living history
For more information on Braidwood contact the
Visitor Information Centre on 02 4842 1144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org