Mornington Peninsula & Bellarine Peninsula
Victoria, Australia 
Woodman Estate Signature High Tea
Date Fri 6th Apr 2018 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
Enjoy the classic tradition of our Signature High Tea at Woodman Estate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Arrive to white linen table cloths and napkins. Savour the selection of estate made finger sandwiches, savoury, sweet pastries and cakes on a traditional three tiered stand. This is followed by hot fresh scones with Woodman Estate Fine Foods award winning jam and cream.

Your service includes espresso coffee, T2 teas and decadent beverages. Of course, there is no need to save room for dinner.

Bookings are essential.
Captains Lunch aboard Searoad Ferries
Date Sat 7th Apr 2018 to Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Sail the Bay for a relaxed two-hour Captains Lunch. Enjoy a share style lunch of antipasto platters on arrival, a grazing table of regional produce and slow cooked meats and a selection of petit fours as dessert.

Each month Searoad Ferries will feature a private tasting of wines from local partners from either the Bellarine or Mornington Peninsula.

Dining in the beautiful Portsea or Lonsdale Lounge aboard Searoad Ferries, the views are spectacular as you sail between Queenscliff and Sorrento.
Propaganda: A selection of posters from the Australian War Memorial
Date Fri 20th Apr 2018 to Sun 8th Jul 2018
A Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) and Australian War Memorial exhibition.

Propaganda presents posters from major 20th century conflicts and gives a remarkable insight into the power of information graphics and the use of advertising and communication strategies in eliciting fear, loathing and calls to action.

This unique exhibition is drawn from the Australian War Memorial’s amazing collection of historical propaganda posters, which is one of the largest in the world.

Three contemporary Australian poster artists, Alison Alder, Mini Graff and Jake Holmes, have been commissioned to make new work in response to the propaganda posters in the Memorial’s collection. These commissions creatively explore and celebrate the Memorial’s poster collection and present fresh perspectives on the unique aesthetic and history of propaganda posters.

Propaganda is co-curated by Danny Lacy, Senior Curator, MPRG and Alex Torrens, Curator of Art, Australian War Memorial. Exclusively presented at MPRG, this project is timed to commemorate the centenary of the first world war 1914-1918.
Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk
Date Sat 5th May 2018
Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk takes participants alongside local vignerons and friends to celebrate the end of harvest and experience current vintage wines.

Taste a variety of wines along the way complemented by a fine selection of food from Red Hill, to Merricks. A beautiful meandering historical rail track provides the perfect way.

The group will proceed to amble along a purpose built walking track to Red Hill South. After stopping at Red Hill, you will walk along a beautiful historic rail trail to a private vineyard to meet winemakers showcasing a range of wines and then down to Stonier and Merricks General Wine Store in Merricks.

Join local vignerons to celebrate the end of the 2018 harvest from Red Hill to Merricks; around ten kilometres.
Open Garden at Akenfield, Main Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula
Date Sat 5th May 2018 to Sun 6th May 2018
An opportunity to visit an impressive, established trees garden and enjoy the stunning autumn colours.

Tall trees frame this beautifully planned 1.2 hectare Mornington Peninsula garden that descends to Main Creek in a series of lawn terraces defined and linked by walks, hedges and magnificent stone steps.

Oaks, maples, birches and beeches provide stunning autumn colour and key vantage points reveal sweeping garden vistas.

Other features include a beautiful crab apple walk and a knot garden.

Date Sat 5th May 2018 to Sun 8th Jul 2018
Coinciding with the National Gallery of Victoria re-staging the iconic 1968 exhibition The Field in May 2018, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) delves into its own collection and uncovers a selection of abstract works from the three years following The Field exhibition 1969-1971.

The MPRG collection began in 1970 and there are many large-scale non-objective paintings and prints from this pivotal time in Australian art.

Presented in three parts, this exhibition will rediscover hidden gems within the collection. Part One – 1969 Col Jordan, George Johnson, John Dallwitz, 4 May – 27 May. Part Two – 1970 Iris Birt, Robert Grieve, David Rankin, 29 May – 17 June. Part Three – 1971 Fred Cress, Alun Leach-Jones, David Rose, 18 June – 8 July.

1969-1970-1971 is curated by MPRG Senior Curator Danny Lacy and Nathan Schroeder.
Andrew Hazewinkel: What the sea never told
Date Sat 5th May 2018 to Sun 8th Jul 2018
On 21 May 1892 a disaster unfolded on the waters of Port Phillip Bay that shaped the early social history of Mornington. The event, which occurred in an unspecified location somewhere between Mordialloc and Mornington, is still considered one of the worst sailing disasters in Victoria’s history and it remains the greatest tragedy in Australia’s footballing history.

In the founding years of the township, 15 young men from the Mornington Football Club drowned whilst returning by sea from a game against the Mordialloc Bloods. The boat in which they were travelling - a fishing yawl named Process - never made it back to the Mornington Pier, only four bodies were ever recovered.

Artist Andrew Hazewinkel grew up in Mornington and has known the story since boyhood. For a number of years he has been researching little known aspects of the tragedy and what happened immediately following it. His exhibition What The Sea Never Told presents a series of new artworks including an epic moving image work that takes the 1892 disaster as its starting point.
Propaganda and Hazewinkel Floor Talk
Date Sat 5th May 2018
Join curator Danny Lacy for a tour of Propaganda and Andrew Hazewinkel’s What The Sea Never Told.

Discover how Danny worked with the Australian War Memorial’s curator Alex Torrens to select posters for Propaganda based on their design, typography, colour and form and the meanings and messages embedded within these images.

Danny also worked closely with artist Andrew Hazewinkel in the development of his exhibition What the Sea Never Told, and will discuss the ideas and techniques behind Andrew’s new work that ruminates on the tragedy of 1892.
Propaganda: Curators Floor Talk
Date Sat 5th May 2018
Join Danny Lacy, Senior Curator at MPRG and Alex Torrens, Curator Australian War Memorial on an exclusive pre-opening viewing of the Australian War Memorial’s outstanding collection of posters and the new commissions for Propaganda.

In a casual exhibition walkthrough, hear how the selected graphics, symbols, loaded language and calls to action influence audiences and promote emotional reactions rather than rational responses.

Drinks and nibbles will be served in the MPRG lounge after the event and prior to the official opening.

Free with exhibition entry, however bookings are preferred.
Mothers Day High Tea on the High Seas
Date Sun 13th May 2018
Sail the bay this Mothers Day and experience High Tea on the High Seas. A relaxing and special way to spend a couple of hours with your mum, or the special mums in your life.

Sailing aboard Searoad Ferries, the ferries criss cross Port Phillip Bay between Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula and Queenscliff on the Bellarine. Enjoy a selection of exquisite sweet and savoury treats as the magical scenery slides by. Indulge in a bespoke menu designed by the head chef and made with regional produce from both Peninsulas, including a glass of sparkling wine, tea or coffee.

Served on a tiered platter, the relaxed High Tea on the High Seas is served in the Lounge aboard Searoad Ferries, with stunning views along the coast. Cruise the Bay on a return two hour sailing.

High Tea on the High Seas package includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience.
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery - School Holiday Workshops
Date Tue 15th May 2018 to Wed 4th Jul 2018
Design your own poster to encourage more good things in the world at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery school holidays workshop by Jill Anderson. Be creative with image, colour and text to get your message across.

Workshops will run on Tuesday 3 July between 10:00am-12:00pm for ages 5-8 (adult co-creator required) and Wednesday 4 July between 10:00am-12:00pm for ages 9-12 (adult co-creator welcome but not required).

Children may also participate in the Young at Art workshop which introduces 0â€׃ year olds to the wonderful world of art. Guided by Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery educator, participants respond to the works on display, enjoy a story and do a handson creative activity inspired by our current exhibition.

Young at Art will run on Tuesday 15 May and Tuesday 12 June between 10:00amâ€㥷:00am or 11:30amâ€㥸:30pm.

Bookings essential for all workshops.
International Cool Climate Wine Show - Public Tasting
Date Tue 22nd May 2018 to Fri 25th May 2018
The International Cool Climate Wine Show is proud to offer to everyone, a rare opportunity to assess the styles, characteristics and latest trends of cool climate wines entered in the show.

The International Cool Climate Wine Show public tasting is held at the Mornington Racing Club. It’s designed for wine enthusiasts, keen to find new wines for their cellars, for winemakers, educators, retailers and sommeliers wanting to identify trends and discover some real cool climate gems and for those who just love a glass of wine.

Tickets are on sale online via the website.
International Cool Climate Wine Show - Awards Dinner
Date Fri 25th May 2018
The International Cool Climate Wine Show awards dinner is your chance to network at Australia’s premier social event for cool climate winemakers, retailers, sommeliers, educators and wine enthusiasts.

Awards are presented, new industry contacts can be made and wines from the show are featured on the wine list. There is an additional opportunity to taste the gold medal and trophy award winners at a special tasting table during the dinner.

Tickets are on sale online via the website.
Sorrento Makers Market
Date Sat 2nd Jun 2018 to Sat 4th Aug 2018
Take a leisurely stroll through Sorrento village, on the Mornington Peninsula, stopping along the way to sample fine foods, meet the makers behind the handcrafted products and take in the market atmosphere.

Set in the heart of Sorrento, on Ocean Beach Road this European boutique market experience will see the main street sprinkled with handpicked original artisans, gourmet producers and wine makers.

Sorrento Makers Market is open 10:00am to 3:00pm
Winter Wine Weekend
Date Sat 9th Jun 2018 to Mon 11th Jun 2018
Winter Wine Weekend is held during the Queens Birthday long weekend in June every year.

The opening event is the Winter Wine Festival - an exhibition and tasting which traditionally marks the beginning of the extensive Winter Wine Weekend program.

One place, on one day. All undercover, where you can taste more than 200 premium wines from around 50 wineries.

Tickets include all tastings, Riedel wine glass, tasting book which includes all wines on exhibition and two entree size dishes.
Tiffin Lunch Buffet at Nazaaray Estate Winery
Date Mon 11th Jun 2018
The Nazaaray Estate team loves to prove that Indian food does match with wine. Their Tiffin Lunch Buffet is not to be missed.

Watch Tandoor man, Pankaj, create sensational culinary delights. Try matching these single vineyard, handcrafted wines with the spices of various delicious courses. Stroll through 1930's vintage train carriages at cellar door. Meet the winemaker and try his latest releases.

Paramdeep Ghumman, co-owner and winemaker at Nazaaray Estate, had his first sip of wine on an international flight at the age of 30, when he emigrated from India to Australia with his doctor wife Nirmal in 1981. He has made up for lost time, creating superb single vineyard wines totally by hand in one of the Mornington Peninsula’s smallest commercial vineyards.

Nazaaray Estate Winery is Mornington Peninsula's southernmost winery and the only one in Flinders. Here, single vineyard, handcrafted wines are made on site in small batches. Nazaaray's wines feature on the wine list of several top restaurants, including Vue de Monde. Bookings essential.
Beyond the Barricade - Frankston
Date Tue 12th Jun 2018
Enjoy the best-loved songs from the world’s greatest West End and Broadway musicals in a glittering concert.

Starring past principal performers from Les Misérables in the West End and on tour, the blockbusting two-hour show features hit songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Wicked, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, Chicago, Crazy For You, Mamma Mia, and many others, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Misérables.

The critically-acclaimed Beyond the Barricade has been delighting audiences throughout the UK and Europe for 16 years, from the Royal Albert Hall to the Cunard liners, and now heads to Australia for the first time.

The former cast members of London’s longest-running musical, Les Misérables include Andy Reiss, who has played numerous male roles including Jean Valjean; David Fawcett, who played Valjean; Katie Leeming who played the role of Eponine; and Poppy Tierney who played Cosette.

They are joined by an ensemble of talented musicians to create an authentic live experience, capturing all the passions and orchestrations of the original shows.

Winter Indulgence - Enjoy Sparkling, Gourmet Breakfast by the Lake and Massage
Date Fri 15th Jun 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Enjoy Woodman Estate's award winning gourmet country breakfast overlooking the lake before strolling across to the Wellness Retreat for your relaxing 60 minute massage. Afterwards lie back on the back on the day beds and relax with a herbal tea and a light snack - what a way to start the day.

9:00am til 12:00pm - $200 per guest. Please call or visit the website for more information.
Guy Sebastian Then & Now 2018 Regional Tour - Frankston
Date Fri 15th Jun 2018
This winter, for the first time in two and a half years, Guy Sebastian will be taking his band on the road with a hit-laden Then & Now regional tour.

One of Australia's most popular and successful male artists, Guy will bring a blockbuster set to some of his favourite regional cities throughout June and July.

Supporting Guy on his Then & Now tour is Aussie-born, Chicago-based singer Fatai.

Since releasing her debut single Purple in late 2015, and her debut EP Undone shortly after, Fatai has gone on to sell out multiple headline tours in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and she is currently working on her sophomore EP.

The regional run of shows will see Sebastian and his band travel around northern and southern NSW, across the Victorian border to Frankston, Geelong, Shepparton and Dandenong, over to the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, and up to northern Queensland.

Christmas in July themed High Tea on the High Seas
Date Sun 29th Jul 2018
Enjoy a selection of classic high tea treats with a Christmas theme and a bonbon. And yes, the hat wearing is optional.

Enjoy a selection of Christmas themed sweet and savoury treats as the magical scenery slides by as you sail between Queenscliff and Sorrento. Indulge in a bespoke menu designed by the head chef and made with regional produce from both the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas, including a glass of sparkling wine, tea or coffee.

Served on a tiered platter, the relaxed High tea on the High Seas is served in the lounge aboard Searoad Ferries, with stunning views along the coast. Cruise the Bay on a return two hour sailing.
Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
Date Sat 4th Aug 2018
Ever wanted to graft your own fruit trees? To preserve old varieties, start a whole orchard on a budget, or have multiple fruit types growing on the one tree?

Well, now is your chance. This winter Heritage Farm is running our first ever grafting workshop, under the guidance of Master Grafter - Neil Barraclough.

The workshop runs for three hours, with a break in the middle for morning tea. Please inform of any dietary requirements in advance.

The workshop includes the theory of grafting, with a print-out to take home (in case you need a reminder when you try it out next winter). The workshop will be mostly hands-on. There will be plenty of prunings available to practise your technique on, and guidance from both Neil and Rachael.

The price of the workshop includes taking one grafted tree of your choice home with you, with extra scion, rootstock or freshly grafted trees available for purchase on the day. Knives will be provided for you to practise with during the workshop. If you plan to try your hand at home as well, add a grafting knife to your booking and there will be one ready for you to take home.
Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show 2018
Date Sun 26th Aug 2018
Come down to the open amateur wine making competition organised by Frankston amateur Winemakers Guild, showcasing home-made wines from fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs and red white grape wines. Competition categories to be judged include still, sparkling, fortified wines and liqueurs.

Tasting the many wines available, you may meet the winemakers and learn the techniques required to make your own wine. Wine making information is available and applications for new members are most welcome.

Sample wines made from citrus fruits, stone fruits, berries, guavas, carrots, parsnips, herbs and many other exotic ingredients. Red and white wines such as Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Muscat are usually well represented.

Blokes High Tea
Date Sun 2nd Sep 2018
Sail with an ale, meats and sweets this Fathers Day. Enjoy a specially created menu of savoury and sweet dishes created by Head chef Brent Love with blokes in mind. Think sliders and pies and a paddle of beer from local breweries both the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas.

Served in the Lounge aboard Searoad Ferries, sail with an ale on a return two hour sailing between Queenscliff and Sorrento.

Two sessions available: 11:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
Mornington Running Festival
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
The Mornington Running Festival incorporates the Mornington Health and Lifestyle Expo, allowing runners and the public to experience an array of events including exhibitors, stalls, seminars, workshops and more at the expo, and take part in the running festival the next day.

Entries are now open for the 2018 Mornington Running Festival.

Saturday 22 September 2018 - Mornington Health and Lifestyle Expo - The day will include free activities, demonstrations, workshops and fun for the whole family, showcasing local businesses and health professionals, gyms, clubs, food vendors, health products and services.

Sunday 23 September 2018 - Mornington Running Festival includes the one kilometre kids dash, Nicholas Lynch five kilometre and 10 kilometre fun run/walk and the popular PARC Half Marathon 21.1 kilometre distance. There will be free activities including jumping castle, face, painting and food stalls.

Come along and help to raise money for charity partner beyondblue.
Point Nepean Portsea Market
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018 to Sat 20th Apr 2019
Located in one of the State's most picturesque settings, this market has so much to offer.

Flowers bunched and potted spill out onto the walkway at the entrance, music can be heard in the distance. Follow the sandy road through the stalls, stopping to have a chat to the bakers, makers and growers you meet along the way.

All bases are covered here: beauty, homewares, children's accessories, fashion, photography, eco-friendly products, furniture, garden goods and more.
Main Street Mornington Festival
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
In its 23rd year, the Festival continued to showcase the cultural lifestyle that its proud peninsula residents enjoy on a daily basis – bringing the elements together: food, wine, music, art, entertainment, shopping, and fun.

The festival attracts growers of fresh seasonal produce, delicious food, and a large selection of Australia’s best wine makers, showcasing what the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.

With seven stages and performance areas, hosting a wide range of music styles, children’s entertainers, roving performers community and dance groups. Main Street Mornington Festival prides itself on keeping the majority of the artists local and offering something for everyone to enjoy.
Woodman Estate New Year's Eve Dinner
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Celebrate the New Year in style at Woodman Estate.

Enjoy a five course degustation dining at this charming Lakeside Estate. Relax on the terrace with a glass of Woodman Estate Sparkling before embarking on a taste experience.

Choose to dine in the classic Formal Dining Room, elegant Atrium or stylish Brasserie Restaurant, with white linen cloths and napery befitting your special occasion.

Herald the New Year - 2018 in style. Special dietary requirements catered for. Bookings are essential.
Two Bays Trail Run
Date Sun 13th Jan 2019
Great holiday vibe and excellent course between Dromana on the Port Phillip Bay side and Cape Schanck on the Bass Strait side.

That is a 28 kilometre single crossing (56 kilometre double crossing) of the Mornington Peninsula, and not at the skinny bit.

A little hill followed by bushland, rural and coastal views, topped off by enthusiastic helpers and the best course marking in the trail running universe.

Flinders Polo
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Flinders Polo will allow guests to experience a bespoke afternoon of fast paced 20/20 style polo in a traditional picnic setting, hosted at a beautiful 60-acre property in Flinders.

The meticulously manicured polo field is surrounded by Paul Bangay landscaped gardens in the breathtaking surrounds of the Flinders countryside.
The 91th Red Hill Show
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019
This iconic Red Hill Show will be held at the Red Hill Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat Road on Saturday of the Labour Day Weekend.

The Red Hill Show is a traditional country show, it is always one of the state’s most popular agricultural shows and 2019 will be no exception. Celebrating its 91th birthday, the festival will be revisiting the past and putting on a show not to be missed.

There will be Gypsie Cobbs, cattle, sheep, alpacas, poultry, rats and the opportunity to watch the working dogs. Pavilions will be filled with flowers, fruit, vegetables, cooking, homemade wines, craft, photography and art.

The woodchop is always sensational and the hot chainsaw races have become a crowd favourite and in 2019, the show plays host to a Victorian Title. As always there will be plenty of free attractions for the family, with the Australian Mountainboarders, Premier's Active April, wildlife encounters, rock climbing wall, pony rides, face painting, circus workshop, fairground rides and more.

Head down and see the only Grand Parade left in any Victorian Agricultural Shows. The event runs from 8:30am to 5:00pm. For more information please see the website.