Living Heritage Festival

Living Heritage Festival
This all-day festival is a celebration of the forgotten crafts of the past and the heritage skills of the tomorrow.

About this Event

Across Discovery Point Park and Mt Olympus, enjoy history pop-ups and tours, where you can hear from local historians about the stories of the people, house and life around Tempe House from the 1830s to today’s restoration.

There will also be opportunities to chat with experts about native beekeeping, heritage sustainability and how life was lived on the banks of the Cooks River.

In the Chapel, Villa and Courtyard, traditional trade skills will be on display including heritage stonework, plasterwork and exhibits of paint, stencilling and wood graining techniques.

Also on display is an exciting exhibition of rare colonial fashion gowns with demonstrations by a range of craft artisans. As part of the festivities, you can view historic lace making, uncover the art of quilling and join a sewing circle.

For the fashion lovers, don’t miss Hysterical Ruffs of the 1830s. Make your own ruff (for you, your dog or both) and Ruffs on Parade at 2pm with judging by historical fashion expert Hilary Davidson. Prizes will be awarded for most authentic, most frivolous and best crafted. $5 entry – payable on the day.

Adding to the vibrant community atmosphere is a selection artisan craft and local food stalls offering vintage fashion, upcycled goods and ‘Willie the Boatman’ craft beer for sale.

Visit the Living Heritage Festival website.