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Woodman Estate Opera and High Tea
Date Sun 3rd Jul 2016 to Sun 4th Dec 2016
Great news for High Tea lovers. Just an hour from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula, Woodman Estate presents Opera and High Tea on the first Sunday of each month.

Return to the classic tradition and enjoy our wonderful operatic duo with your High Tea. The featured Arias are a perfect complement to the grand Woodman Estate lakeside setting.
Your afternoon will be a truly memorable event. From 3.30pm. Bookings essential.

Opera and Gold Class High Tea, with priority seating in the formal area overlooking the private lake, celebrate with a glass of Louis Roederer French champagne to start your relaxing afternoon. $135 per person.

Opera and VIP High Tea, seated in the formal area, enjoy a glass of Woodman Estate Sparkling or Moscato to celebrate a decadent afternoon. $115 per person.

Opera and Deluxe High Tea, seated in The Brasserie or The Atrium, complete with a glass of Sparkling. $89 per person. Children's tickets are available for children up to 12 years.

Opera and Traditional High Tea, seated in The Brasserie or The Atrium. $79 per person. Children's tickets are available for children up to 12 years.

Bookings essential, enjoy.
Mornington Farmers' Market
Date Sat 9th Jul 2016 to Sat 10th Jun 2017
Held on the second Saturday of every month, the Victorian Farmers' Market Association (VFMA) accredited Mornington Farmers' Market gives residents of Mornington and visitors to the area, the opportunity to buy fresh, seasonal food directly from the grower or maker.

The market showcases a range of produce from the Mornington Peninsula and regional Victoria including organic vegetables and fruit, sourdough breads, grass-fed meats, local cheeses, wine and berries, free-range eggs, home-made conserves, sweet treats, savoury snacks and much more!

Meet your local farmers and food producers, learn about where your food comes from, how it was grown, reared or made and come to discover that being a conscious consumer brings delicious rewards!

Enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch from the community run barbecue or other freshly made food vendors.

Come and enjoy a great morning out in a stunning setting with family and friends - close to children's playground, Mornington pier, Mothers beach and Main Street shopping precinct!
Mornington Racecourse Market
Date Sun 10th Jul 2016 to Sun 11th Jun 2017
Mornington Racecourse Market is a quality arts crafts and gourmet food market.

Meet the artists, creators, inventors and craftspeople behind the carefully curated selection of premium quality goods on display.

Discover gourmet produce, plants, home decor, children’s clothing and accessories, lifestyle products, sculpture, photography, art, beauty and fashion.

Dining options are aplenty with street food vendors from across Melbourne serving up delicious take away food. Relax on the lawn and enjoy live music while you tuck in.
Derinya Art & Craft Exhibition
Date Fri 15th Jul 2016 to Sun 17th Jul 2016
Derinya Art and Craft Exhibition - Opening night includes complimentary glass of wine (choice of red, white or sparkling) and gourmet finger food. Get a group of friends together and make it a social night out.

Enjoy the art, sculpture, craft and jewellery. Do a little shopping and perhaps buy that perfect piece of artwork for that blank wall at home.

Please see the website for further information.
The Australian Ballet Regional Tour presents Giselle
Date Fri 15th Jul 2016 to Sat 16th Jul 2016
Experience one of the world’s most loved ballets live on stage when The Australian Ballet’s Regional Tour presents Giselle.

Starring guest artists from The Australian Ballet and graduating students from The Australian Ballet School, this specially staged production will sweep audiences away.

Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle has captured the imagination and torn at the heart. The transcendent love story follows an innocent village girl transformed into a tender spirit after dying of a broken heart. With its hauntingly beautiful ensemble of white tutus, its classical technique and its heartbreaking romance, Giselle is a must see ballet that’s perfect for the whole family.

Don't miss this chance to see The Australian Ballet in Frankston.
The Game Dinner
Date Fri 15th Jul 2016
In July, Brigitte Hafner of the Gertrude St Enoteca takes charge of the Polperro Bistro Kitchen for one night only to present, The Game Dinner. Set in the dark and moody dining space of Polperro Bistro, five rustic courses will be served to showcase locally sourced game.

Brigitte moved into a small farm in Red Hill this year and grows and collects produce for her Fitzroy Wine bar. She is excited about discovering the peninsula and the local produce available. The dinner is all about the deep flavours of wild sourced venison and rabbit paired with winter produce from local gardens and Sam’s wines.

Winemaker Sam Coverdale in collaboration with Brigitte, has selected the wines to be paired with each course. The wines include Sam's own Polperro and Even Keel wines and some of his international favourites. As usual, guests will be seated at communal banquet tables giving a chance to socialise with Sam during the evening.
Truffle Melbourne Red Hill Pop Up Weekend
Date Sat 16th Jul 2016 to Sun 17th Jul 2016
Truffle Melbourne’s Red Hill Pop-Up Weekend at award winning Max's Restaurant, in the beautiful Red Hill Estate vineyard is a truly local, behind the scenes truffle, wine and food experience to remember.

Day ticket includes entry to the Truffle Marketplace with your choice of two truffle dishes from the delectable menu at Max's Truffle Treats Pop-Up Kitchen and a glass of Red Hill Estate wine in a Truffle Melbourne souvenir glass. Enjoy all day entertainment including mock truffle dog hunts, live music, demo chefs with exquisite truffle recipes and local produce available to savour or enjoy later.

Max’s Restaurant are offering exquisite five course truffle lunch and dinner degustation feasts and a Sunday truffle brunch. A half-day Truffle Trail experience is also available, featuring a Truffle Hunt and behind the scenes stories and tastes from local producers and all include entry to the Truffle Marketplace.

Ticket holders get local accommodation discounts and Melbourne-Red Hill and intra-Peninsula transport options are available.
2016 National Works on Paper
Date Sat 16th Jul 2016 to Sun 11th Sep 2016
Sixty-six artists from around Australia have been shortlisted from close to 1,000 entries for the $50,000 National Works on Paper acquisitions, awards and exhibition. The prize, the most prestigious acquisitive prize and exhibition of its type in Australia, showcases recent works by artists working in the field of drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture.

This diverse exhibition provides a survey of what’s happening in contemporary art across Australia today.  Traditional approaches to working with paper is explored along with works that use new technological mediums – displaying the ways in which these mediums are prompting new explorations of working with and on paper.

Come along to the National Works on Paper Family Day, ‘drop-in’ creative activities, Sunday 28 August, 2:00 to 4:30pm.

No bookings required.

Image:
Yanni Floros
A Cut Above 2015
charcoal on paper
Courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid, Sydney

Woodman Estate Classic Sunday High Tea
Date Sun 17th Jul 2016 to Sun 9th Jul 2017
Enjoy the classic tradition of High Tea at Woodman Estate on Sundays.

Arrive to white linen table cloths and napery. 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 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.
Woodman Estate Hot Springs and High Tea
Date Sun 24th Jul 2016 to Sun 4th Jun 2017
Woodman Estate Hot Springs and High Tea. Treat yourself and loved one to this special event.

Enjoy a day of indulgence and relaxation at two of the Mornington Peninsula's most desired locations.

Unwind and soak away your cares in the natural thermal mineral pools, then treat yourself to indulgent high tea at the charming Woodman Estate.

The Peninsula Hot Springs is host to tranquil experiences such as, the cave pool, Turkish steam bath, known as Hamam, sauna, reflexology walk, massaging thermal mineral showers and breathtaking views from the baths.

Choose to bathe at a time that suits you. Peninsula Hot Springs is open daily from 7.30am to 9.30pm. This iconic location is 35 minutes from Woodman Estate

Woodman Estate Midweek High Tea is served at 2:45pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and our signature Sunday High Tea at 3:30pm

Indulge in a glass of sparkling and a delicious selection of estate made finger sandwiches, sweet pastries and cakes, all served on a traditional three tiered stand.

Top off the perfect day with hot fresh scones served with jam and cream. Of course, unlimited espresso coffee and T2 teas are included.
Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show 2016
Date Sun 28th Aug 2016
Come down to the open amateur winemaking 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. Winemaking 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.

The guild meets once a month, in Mt. Martha at The Briars Historic Property, to exchange winemaking tips and techniques; to taste and assess member's wines and to generally promote home winemaking. Social events such as wine tasting tours and winemaking supplier's visits are organised throughout the year.



The Briars Park has many other activities. These include picnic facilities, the visitor information centre, easy wildlife bushwalks, bird hide viewing areas, and historic 1840's homestead with Napoleonic memorabilia, Josephine's Restaurant and historic farm implement display.



Located on the Mornington Peninsula, the venue is close to the peninsula's beaches, tourist attractions and country side. Commercial wineries are close at hand along with many fine foods and produce outlets.



Why not have the whole day out on the peninsula, starting with the wine tasting and wine show.

Red Hill Community Market
Date Sat 3rd Sep 2016 to Sat 6th May 2017
Red Hill is where it all started for Craft Markets Australia over 40 years ago. From a handful of stalls in 1975, this market is now one of the most popular in Victoria with over 300 stalls all selling home made, hand crafted products and fresh, home grown produce.

Soak in the exceptional atmosphere and regenerate your senses at this delightful market. On the first Saturday of the month from September through to May

A proven feast for the mind, body and soul. Explore the fascinating mix of textures, materials and colours on display. Meet the maker behind each of the individually designed products.

Well worth the trip, Red Hill Community Market is easily accessible from the Peninusla Link Freeway.
The Mayor's Family Picnic
Date Sun 11th Sep 2016
The Mayor invites you and the family for a picnic at Monterey Community Park. Bring your own picnic or treat yourself to the community barbecues on offer. Enjoy live entertainment and activities for all the family including face painting and games for the kids. It’s also a chance to find out what’s happening in the community with plenty of community group and local trader stalls providing interactive activities and information.

Local barbecue cook off
Free family lawn games and activities
Live entertainment
Market and community stalls
Don't forget to bring your picnic rug
Inside the Brick Frankston 2016
Date Thu 22nd Sep 2016 to Sun 25th Sep 2016
Join Inside the Brick for the Frankston LEGO Fan Expo at the Frankston Arts Centre for a major exhibition of models made from thousands of LEGO bricks, a huge hands on build zone.

The expo is a great day out for young and old. Get hands on play in the construction play zone where you can get creative with a huge brick pile. Build a LEGO creation car and race it down the ramp for those that want to race LEGO vehicle creations. Not forgetting the smaller builders, there will also be a Duplo construction zone that will keep the toddlers captivated.

The exhibition has staggered entry sessions to avoid over-crowding in the venue and to give everyone a chance to see the displays. Be quick as entry times often sell out.
Pets' Day Out
Date Sun 9th Oct 2016
Held at Ballam Park, treat your playful pet and the whole family to a fantastic free day out with lots of entertainment, activities and giveaways at the Pets Day Out event.

Learn about responsible pet ownership, get up to date on the newest trends in pet training and grooming and enter your pet into the popular pet parade.

Looking for a furry new best friend? Learn about which animals would be best suited to your family and meet the charities who can help you adopt a new family member.
Main Street Mornington Festival
Date Sun 16th Oct 2016
The Main Street Mornington, Food, Wine and Performing Arts Festival is a local favourite event.

Many visitors from afar are also attracted to the Festival, where the best of Mornington Peninsula's gourmet produce, boutique wineries, visual artists, musicians, dance troupes, circus, fashion boutiques, singer songwriters, cooks, and theatre groups are proudly showcased.

This free family friendly event will host lots of exciting music and entertainment throughout the day, with local artists and performers performing on various stages throughout the day.

Mornington is infamous for its exclusive boutiques, and the high fashion shopping on the main strip is an experience in itself, so there is plenty of shopping to be done at the Festival!

Food and wine stalls will be set up throughout the Festival, and the children's arcade will be back once again to entertain all the youngsters.

The festival runs from 11:00am until 5:00pm.
Balnarring Picnic Race Club Meeting
Date Sat 5th Nov 2016 to Sat 15th Apr 2017
The Balnarring Picnic Racing Club conducts six family orientated picnic racing meetings at the picturesque Emu Plains Race Course each season between November and Easter in the following year.

Focus is on providing an entertaining experience for family and corporate groups to celebrate special occasions with a relaxing day out at the races.

Entertainment and a playground provided for children. Bar facility and a range of food vendors available with bookmakers and TAB for those interested in the punt.

The Course is located approximately an hour south of Melbourne in the heart of the popular Mornington Peninsula tourism area so a day at the picnic races can easily be incorporated in to a visit to the area.

The Club has recently been awarded the Picnic Racing Club of the Year Award and is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all participants.

Further information to assist patrons in planning their visit to a meeting or enjoying the benefits of club membership are available at the website.
Melbourne Coastrek
Date Fri 18th Nov 2016
Melbourne Coastrek is an incredible 30 or 60 kilometre team trekking challenge run by Wild Women On Top, which journeys along the spectacular Mornington Peninsula from Highfield or Koonya Beach to Point Nepean on 18 November 2016.

Teams of four, with at least 50% women, have between nine to 18 hours to complete the challenge, getting fit and having fun with friends, while raising money to restore sight through the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation. Registrations open 1 June. Do not miss out.

Melbourne Coastrek has something for everyone - whether you want to run it, or meander through the most beautiful National Parks in your own time with your close friends - Melbourne Coastrek is for you.

Melbourne Coastrek has limited team spots - and will sell out quickly - so make sure you get your team registered early. Visit the website for more information.
Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights
Date Sat 26th Nov 2016
Bring the family together for a night of excitement and entertainment, creating lasting magical memories for both the young and young at heart, with the lighting of the Christmas tree and arrival of Santa at Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights.

The Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights includes a tree lighting ceremony, fireworks display, Rudolf’s market place, Gingerbread lane festival dining, Santa’s House and entertainment Stage.
Point Nepean Portsea Market
Date Sun 27th Nov 2016 to Sat 15th Apr 2017
Point Nepean Portsea Market is a premier home made craft and gourmet food market.

Set in the stunning Point Nepean National Park at the Quarantine Station, this coastal market is a a hidden treasure at the end of the Mornington Peninsula.

Grab a coffee or freshly squeezed juice and peruse the array of hand made, home made and home grown produce created with love.

A haven for art enthusiasts, foodies, the environmentally conscious and anyone who appreciates great quality products and produce on display in a beautiful location.

A morning spent at this idyllic location amongst the tea trees just meters from the beachfront is pure bliss.

A family friendly, outdoor market.
Frankston Waterfront Festival
Date Sat 14th Jan 2017 to Sun 15th Jan 2017
Frankston’s biggest summer festival on the waterfront is back.



Bring your family and friends to the bay for two exciting days full of live music, great food, beach and water sports, markets, wine, cider and craft beer.

Jeep Portsea Polo
Date Sat 14th Jan 2017
Jeep Portsea Polo combines everything Melbourne has to offer - fashion, food, wine, social scene, love of sport, and uniquely, the excitement of polo.

Held in the picturesque Portsea, it has become an event not to be missed. Think Birdcage by the sea - glamorous and stylish but at the same time laid-back and relaxed. It is summer's version of the Spring Racing Carnival.

The event includes three thrilling polo matches with some of the world's best players, live band, DJ's, celebrities, vox pops, fashion parade, divot stomping, dash and much, much more.

Entertain your clients, reward your staff or gather a group of friends.. there are hospitality and ticket options to suit everyone. Jeep Portsea Polo sells out every year so don't miss out on this summer's most glamorous party.
Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration
Date Fri 10th Feb 2017 to Sat 11th Feb 2017
The Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration, held at the RACV Cape Schank Resort consists of two days of tasting an international line up of Pinot Noir including wines from Burgundy, United States, New Zealand and Australia (including Tasmania, Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula).

Wine commentators will mix with winemakers, growers and consumers to taste, discuss, enjoy, listen and most importantly - to celebrate!

Selected winery restaurants will provide dinners with each menu created to match Pinot Noir.



Both days of tastings will be held at the RACV Cape Schanck Resort, Mornington Peninsula.

The next event will be held in February 2017.

See website for more information.

Peninsula Piers & Pinots
Date Sun 12th Mar 2017
Peninsula Piers and Pinots is held on the Sunday of the Victorian Labor Day long weekend on the Flinders foreshore.

Twenty Mornington Peninsula Vignerons will showcase maritime cool climate Pinots with tastings by the sea in an intimate gathering. Wines will be matched with local food and live music at the event which will be at the finish line of the Piers and Pinots Yacht Race.

Peninsula Piers and Pinots at Flinders will feature Peninsula Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio - follow the flags from the pier and taste more than 60 wines with fantastic local produce to match. Entry includes complimentary glass and wine tastings, then purchase wine by the glass or bottle.

Come along and enjoy local music to set the scene and treat yourself and friends or family to a day to relax, enjoy and remember.
Party in the Park
Date Tue 4th Apr 2017
Join Cruden Farm for a free fun day out for all the family at Party in the Park, with exciting activities for the kids including sports, face painting, animal farms and live interactive stage performances.

Bring your own picnic or treat yourself to the community barbecues and visit the stalls for more activities and information on local children's services.
Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk
Date Sat 6th May 2017
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 their wines and then down to Stonier and Merricks General Wine Store in Merricks.

Join local vignerons to celebrate the end of the 2016 harvest from Red Hill to Merricks; around ten kilometres.


Mother's Day at Woodman Estate
Date Sun 14th May 2017
Just an hour from Melbourne, Woodman Estate is the perfect Mother's Day destination on the Mornington Peninsula.

Delight Mum with outstanding service and lakeside dining.

Breakfast: Make Mum's morning with gourmet cooked breakfast and buffet with seasonal fruit, fresh muffins, bircher muesli and berry trifles. Unlimited coffee and tea is provided in the service.

Deluxe High Tea: Indulge in decadent desserts, tantalising savoury pastries and gourmet finger sandwiches served on a traditional three tiered stand. Enjoy a glass of Woodman Estate Sparkling in the service to mark the occasion. Coffee, T2 Tea and hot chocolates are all included. Conclude with fresh scones served with estate made jam and cream.

Lunch: Whether you choose to dine beside the lake or next to the fireplace, this special three course lunch is sure to impress Mum. The charming gardens and stunning lake make for the perfect Mother's Day destination.

Dinner: Choose to dine in the elegant Formal Dining Room or stylish Brasserie Restaurant, whatever suits you best. The restaurant offers formal degustation and a la carte dining options.
Winter Wine Weekend
Date Sat 10th Jun 2017 to Mon 12th Jun 2017
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.