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The annual Laidley Spring Festival is on again showcasing the spring delights in the Lockyer Valley from Thursday 6th - Saturday 8th September. Laidley Spring Festival will bloom bigger and better this year with a number of exciting activities lined up for the event. The theme this year is 'Songs of Yesteryear' and the Lockyer Valley is set to shine. Celebrations will kick off on Thursday 6th with the Spring Orchid Show, Lockyer Valley Artists' Exhibition, Quilt and Craft Expo, Church displays, Das Neumann Haus, Laidley Pioneer Village & Museum, markets and artisans pop up shops officially opening to the public.

Check out the entire festival program here! This year the festival has a brand new, 16 page program for you to browse and help plan your time.  The new events this year include a Colour Run, Busking Competition, Show 'n Shine, Colouring Competition and more. So download the program, pick one up when you arrive and make sure you don't miss a single part of this great three-day festival.


The festival is hoping to offer patrons a wide range of stalls at all venues - Thursday to Saturday at the Laidley Cultural Centre, Laidley Uniting Church, Laidley Lutheran Church, Das Neumann Haus; Friday in the Laidley Mall and Saturday at the Make It, Bake It, Grow It Markets beside Das Neumann Haus and at the Family Fun Day, corner Whites Road and Patrick Street, Laidley.
Site applications have now closed. We anticipate advising all applicants of an outcome by Friday 17 August 2018.

A free shuttle bus will run between the main venues during the three days. This year’s drop-off and pick-up points include the Laidley Cultural Centre, Laidley District State School, Laidley CBD (opposite the mall), Anglican Church (Ambrose Street), Das Neumann Haus, Uniting Church (Patrick Street), Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church Hall, Laidley Showgrounds and Laidley Pioneer Village & Museum. Please note the bus is not wheelchair accessible.
Thursday/Friday – Buses depart every 30 minutes from 9am at the Laidley Cultural Centre, stopping at all stops. The last bus is at 4pm from stop 1.
Saturday – Buses depart every 30 minutes from 9am at the Laidley Cultural Centre, stopping at all stops. The last bus will depart at 2pm from stop 1.

This year you can purchase a wristband for only $8 that gives you access into all festival venues. The Festival Pass can be purchased at either the Laidley Cultural Centre or the Quilt and Craft Expo for only $8 – the best part, it lasts for 3 days!! Fit your wristband, and then head off to explore what the festival has to offer. Just look for the bali flags - they are outside all the festival venues!

A highlight of the stellar program will be the Spring Festival Street Parade, in Patrick Street kicking off at 10am on Saturday 8th September. The parade will showcase stunning decorative floats, as well as heritage trucks, vintage vehicles, community groups, schools, businesses and bands. Entries for the street parade are now open! You can download the entry form here.  Remember the theme for this year is Songs of Yesteryear!

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Laidley Cultural Centre, home of The Spring Orchid Show * and the Botanical Café featuring the Laidley Garden Club
Opning times: Thursday and Friday 9am - 4pm; Saturday 9am - 2pm. Entry to Spring Orchid Show - $3. Free entry to venue, facilities and Botanical Cafe. 

The Laidley Cultural Centre will transform into a colourful paradise for the festival! Be wowed by the incredible Spring Orchid Show in the main auditorium created by the Lockyer Valley Orchid Society. From the delightful Vandas through to the magnificent Cymbidiums – they will delight and enthral even the most passionate orchid lover. The range of colours on display is like a magic carpet and yes, there will be plants for sale again this year. You will need to be quick though, they tend to sell out early in the festival. Workshops on offer are:

Thursday - 11am  Repotting Orchids, Bruce Vayro, Lockyer Valley Orchid Society
                -   1pm  Preparing your Soil to grow Succulents, Sharon, Lockyer Landscaping
Friday      - 11am  Getting the Best from your Geraniums, Wendy, Just Geraniums
                -   1pm  Orchid Culture, Bruce Vayro, Lockyer Valley Orchid Society

In the foyer, there will be a range of stalls for you to visit and perhaps purchase your festival souvenir.
Visit the Botanical Cafe featuring the Laidley Garden Club for a wide selection of homemade
 goodies, sandwiches and drinks each day. Set amongst magnificent displays of foliage and plants, there will be lots of plants for sale at the stalls and people from the Garden Club on site to chat with you about all things in the garden. Other exciting stalls will be located in the Botanical Cafe, making it easy for you to browse during your morning tea or lunch stop.

Download the venue flyer here.


Quilt and Craft Expo, Laidley Uniting Church * 
Opening times: Thursday and Friday 9am - 4pm; Saturday 9am - 3pm. Entry to Expo is $5A, $0.50C. Free entry to markets, displays, Courtyard Cafe.  
This expo showcases some of the best quilts you will see in South East Queensland. Displayed in the Laidley Uniting Church, you are welcome to amble through, soaking up the colours, patterns and themes of the quilts. Each one is made by a very creative person with a passion for their craft.  The Uniting Church also offers demonstrated crafts for sale and The Courtyard Café - a huge dining area with a menu for both morning and afternoon tea and lunch. Bookings are preferred to avoid disappointment. Entry fee is $5 to the Quilt and Craft Expo, entry to the grounds with the Courtyard Cafe, market and craft stalls is free.
Download the venue flyer here.


Laidley Lutheran Church
Opening times: Thursday and Friday 9am - 4pm; Saturday 9am - 2pm. Free entry.

The Laidley Redeemer Lutheran Church presents ‘Songs of Yesteryear’. Browse the church and floral displays, craft and plant stalls and then relax with a free cuppa! Freshly made sandwiches are also available for only $5. There is ample coach parking at the front of the venue. This church is always a pleasant surprise with a shuttle bus stop right outside. This is a stop definitely worth your time. Follow the path through to the Lockyer Valley Artists' Exhibition.
Download venue flyer here.

Das Neumann Haus Museum & Annie’s Place Coffee Shoppe
Opening times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am - 3pm. Free entry to museum.

This historic house museum opens each day of the festival and Annie’s Place Coffee Shoppe offers a special pancake menu from 9am – 3pm. There are market stalls, music and more in the gardens outside – it is a great place for the family to have a break in between venues. Entry to the museum is totally free!
Visit the website here.


Laidley Anglican Church Display
Opening times: Friday and Saturday 10am - 2pm. Free entry to the historic church. Gold donation parking on Satuday from 8am - 2pm.

Each year, guests are invited to wander through the church and enjoy the floral displays and church itself. The church is open on Friday and Saturday only. Also on Saturday 8 September, parking is available at the church grounds for a gold coin donation. The shuttle bus stops outside so why not park in a convenient location, jump on the bus and be chauferred around the festival venues.

Lockyer Valley Artists' Exhibition - Lutheran Church Hall. 
Opening times: Thursday and Friday 9am - 4pm; Saturday 9am - 2pm. Free entry.

The Lockyer Valley Art Society once again has plans for a display that will outdo that of past years. Held at the Lutheran Church Hall, the theme ‘Songs of Yesteryear’ is like a blank canvas for this talented group. Each year it is a delight to see the individual interpretations of the theme, reflected in a variety of mediums, with each telling a different story. The exhibition encourages browsing and purchasing that special piece. Opening night - Wednesday 5th September – put this in your calendar!

Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum
Opening times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8am - 3pm. Entry by donation during the festival.

Step back in time and experience how things were done in pioneering days in Australia and the Lockyer Valley. As soon as you walk through the main gate, you will enjoy the old shops and buildings, the working blacksmith, the old school house and so much more. Tour guides are available to tell you the stories as you meander through the village. Entry is by gold coin donation. Morning tea and lunch is available under the welcome shade at the venue. This year on Friday get there early for a good seat! The Spring Concert will take place around lunchtime featuring aboriginal dancers from Laidley District State School as well as some great local musicians. Bush tucker will be on the menu with kangaroo, crocodile, emu and camel to choose from. There will also be German sausages on rolls available.
Link to website here.


Laidley Hospital Auxiliary Make It, Bake It, Grow It Markets - William Street
Opening times - Saturday 8am - 1pm.

Make it, Bake it, Grow it Markets held from 8am - 12pm in William Street opposite the IGA carpark, it is a must see. There is much to choose from - plants, home baked goodies, honey and of course, Lockyer Valley produce. This is a great fundraising venture by the Laidley Hospital Auxiliary so stop in for a browse through and purchase some raffle tickets while you are there!

Laidley Markets and Laidley Village Retail Centre
Laidley Markets offers stalls of all types, there really is something for everyone held in Patrick Street and the Laidley Mall on Friday 7 September until 1pm.

The Laidley Village Retail Centre offers an eclectic range of establishments that will delight and surprise you! All ages will find something to take home and keep as a reminder of the town and festival. From shoes to books, cakes to veggies or handmade crafts to Saturday's newspaper - the choices are endless! 
Window Dressing Competition - The businesses in Laidley have decorated their windows and shop fronts in the festival theme - Songs of Yesteryear so be sure to amble through the town and check them out. If your business is interested in entering the competition, you can download the entry form here.

Neilsen’s Place - Laidley Mall
Neilsen's Place will host a variety of artisan pop up shops with everything from homemade craft to books, music and clothing. Come on in and select something unique to take home with you.

Under 5's Day - Laidley District State School
Opening times: Thursday, 9am - 12pm. Free entry.

Right on the shuttle bus route, bring your children 0-5 years along to this free event. On Thursday 6 September, from 9am - 12pm, enjoy an animal nursery, story time, games and activities, a cafe and pop up health clinic and be wowed by the Police car, fire engine and the ambulance.
Download the event flyer here.


Family Fun Day – Laidley Recreation Reserve
Opening Times: Saturday 9am - 2pm. Street parade at 10am. Free entry.

The last day of the festival is packed full of entertainment and family fun. The famous Street Parade will leave Ferrari Park at 10am this year weaving through Laidley CBD. So why not get your spot along the route to be sure of a good view. Choose from a Show ‘n Shine, markets, music, buskers and that's just in the main street!. At the Laidley Recreation Reserve, from 9am - 2pm, kids of all ages can enjoy the character shows, music, reptile shows as well as face painting, craft activities, markets and much more. You can also win a meet and greet with the headline performer, yet to be announced!
Download the festival program here.


Stage Program – Laidley Recreational Reserve
Opening times: Saturday 9am - 2pm

If you are heading to the FREE Family Fun Day on Saturday, check out the stage program - this will be released in August. If you’re unsure of what’s on offer to see and do, chat with our friendly volunteers at one of the Information Hot Spots, located in front of the Post Office, Patrick Street or near the stage at the Laidley Recreation Reserve on Saturday from 9am - 1.30pm. These hot spots operate on Saturday only.

Meet dirtgirl from dirtgirlworld! - Laildey Recreational Reserve
On stage times: Saturday 11am and 12pm
Would you like to meet dirtgirl and take away some great gifts? Just enter the Colouring Competition for a chance for you plus 3 other guests to meet dirtgirl on Saturday 8 September. There will be a winner in each age category plus one Encouragement Award. the Colouring Competition entry form can be downloaded here or pick one up at a Council office, library or the Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre.

Busking Competition – Laidley CBD and Festival Venues
Busking times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am - 2pm; Finals Saturday 4pm, the Old Britannia Hotel

New to the Laidley Spring Festival! If you can hold a note, play an insturment, have street performer talents and enjoy performing, why not enter the Busking Competition? The festival hopes to attract buskers to perform in the Laidley CBD and at some of the festival venues between 10am - 2pm each day. You will be given a roster with one hour sessions at each busking site and yes, you can put your hat out for cash! The Final will be held at The Old Britannia Hotel in Laidley on Saturday 8 September at 4pm. Whilst the busking sessions will be acoustic only, a PA will be provided for the finals. This sounds like your type of gig? The entry form can be collected from Council offices in Gatton and Laidley or downloaded here!

Colour Run – Laidley Recreational Reserve
Starting time: Saturday 12.30pm

Are you keen to challenge yourself? Like to run with your friends? Like to stand out in the crowd? Then be at the Laidley Recreational Reserve at 12.30pm for the very first Laidley Spring Festival Colour Run! Sponsored by OBT Financial, you can have the best time with your friends and get 'colourful' at the same time! Entry is only $12 per person, including a white 'I survived' t-shirt included. Entry form can be downloaded here! Online entries available here with all entries closing on 30 August so be quick to get your best size in the t-shirts.
Download the event flyer here.
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Show 'n Shine – Ferrari park
Opening times: Saturday 8am - 1pm

The Lockyer Antique Motor Association is once again bringing you the Show 'n Shine. Held at Ferrari Park from 8am - 1pm, you can feast on some magnificent cars on display, modern and vintage, hot rod and custom. If you would like to show off your machine, entry is only $5 per vehicle and there will be a prize for the best in each category judged. Entry form can be downloaded here.

Child Protection Week event - Laidley Mall
Opening times: Saturday 10am - 2pm

Come to the Laidley Mall for a this free event featuring an Aboriginal Art workshop with Stephen Hogarth, markets and information stalls. Saturday only, 10am - 2pm. 
Download the event flyer here

Sponsor - Queensland Urban Utilities
Spring usually brings warm weather to the Lockyer Valley and all the activities on offer at the free Family Fun Day will have your heart pumping and your body looking for lots of water. This year Queensland Urban Utilities has jumped on board with the Laidley Spring Festival, bringing you the Bike 'n Blend acti
vity and the water refill station. So access to free, excellent quality drinking water will be on site this year! After you've refilled your water bottle, why not head to the Bike 'n Blend marquee and challenge a Queensland Urban Utilities rep to a smoothie race. Select your ingredients, jump on a bike and cycle your way to a great smoothie.
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Laidley Spring Festival is a fabulous three-day event, for more information on activities around the region visit or contact 1300 005 872 / 5466 3425.


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Phone: +61 7 5466 3426
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Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre

34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton 4343


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Lake Apex Visitor Information
Centre (Gatton)

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre
34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton QLD 4343

Phone: 07 5466 3426

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday
8.30am - 5.00pm
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We are closed Christmas Day,
Boxing Day and Good Friday.