Dozens of traditional heritage trades and crafts people demonstrate their skills over a weekend in May each year in heritage locations around Bathurst NSW.
Bathurst will celebrate over 200 years of its rich history, paying homage to the trades and traditions that have helped shape the region, at the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2019.
Autumn is traditionally the time when the Bathurst region focuses upon its rich and fascinating past. Rare and lost trades and crafts will be showcased over one weekend at Australia’s oldest inland European settlement. Blacksmithing, saddlery, dry stone walling, whip cracking and making, glass artistry, lace making, tapestry, embroidery, carpentry and joinery, cigar box guitar making and violin making are among many unique talents to be demonstrated by local and guest artisans.
The Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail offers visitors from near and far a cultural and educational experience and showcases the destination’s heritage along with the old trades and crafts which literally built Bathurst and which the event helps keep alive today. Four of Bathurst’s most historic venues will be activated and used to host more than 100 artisans practicing their rare trades.
The Trades Trail attracts thousands of visitors, doubling its attendance in the second year, demonstrating just how strong interest is in the region’s cultural heritage and in the importance of showcasing these traditional skills and crafts. This is a real celebration of the town’s heritage and is an incredible once-a-year opportunity to discover and learn about historic trades and crafts and their contribution to our modern world.
The two-day event will allow the community to visit sites that are not always open to the public, including:
• Agricultural Research Station – formerly the ‘Bathurst Experiment Farm’ of the late 1800s, this hidden gem holds 11 National Trust listed buildings and will showcase a diverse line up of activity. Learn about agricultural and farm trades, be entertained by musicians, heavy horses and kelpie dogs. See demonstrations of blacksmithing, stone walling, whip cracking and more.
• Uniting Church Hall – built in 1837, one of the oldest buildings in Bathurst will showcase soft trades and feature demonstrations of gem polishing, basket making workshops, embroidery, bead and wire craft and lace making.
• Country Women’s Association (CWA) Hall – Originally the site of the first technical school in Bathurst, the CWA Hall will feature artisans and demonstrations such as knitting, crocheting, felting workshops and candle wicking.
• Walshaw Hall – adjacent to historic All Saints Cathedral at the very centre of the Town Square this beautiful historic hall will continue the showcase of soft trades and demonstrations.