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On the long weekend in May, the Lockyer Valley celebrates its heritage, original settlers and the journey from then to now. Come and stay for the weekend - you will need three days to see everything on offer during the exciting new Lockyer Valley Heritage Festival.

Saturday 4 May

Mulgowie Farmers Markets - start your weekend at the small town of Mulgowie. Take home some fresh local produce and home-made treats from one of the local country market stalls. You’ll also find collectables, arts and crafts, books and lots of other goodies set amongst magnificent landscapes. Markets held at the Mulgowie Hall Grounds from 8am to 11am. 

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Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May

Laidley Heritage Weekend

Once you have enjoyed a scrumptious breakfast at Mulgowie, head to two iconic venues in Laidley - Das Neumann Haus and the Laidley Pioneer Village & Museums. Both offer museums rich in history from the region.

Laidley Pioneer Village & Museum, Pioneer Street, Laidley, 8am - 3pm
Amble through the old buildings, farm machinery, small engines display and vintage cars on display at the historical village. Established in 1972, Laidley Pioneer Village was the first such village in Queensland and as a result of the vision and hard work of the foundation members and many volunteers, the Laidley District Historical Society Incorporated was able to develop the village into the excellent complex it is today. For the festival, the blacksmith will be operating, you can go back to your school days at the old school house, check out the tractor shed and more. Saturday is Kids' Day with the Larrikin Puppet Show at 10am and 12noon, the Lockyer Valley School of Highland Dance displays at 11.30am and 12.30pm. Don't miss the sheep shearing, face painting, pony rides and the colouring competition. On Saturday, the Range Carriage Club will be across the road all day with the fancy carriages, wonderful costumes and spectacularly groomed horses - one not to miss. Food and drink will be available all day. 

Sunday don't miss the big breakfast from 8am, more music plus the horse drawn carriage rides from 9am - 1pm.

Information: P: 5465 2516  E: pioneervillage@y7mail.com   Facebook: Laidley Pioneer Village     
W: Laidley Pioneer Village & Museum

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Das Neumann Haus, Patrick Street, Laidley, 9am - 3pm
Built by German immigrant Hermann Neumann in 1893, the house has been restored to its former condition, refurnished in the style of the 1930's and open to the public as a house museum. Annie's Place Coffee Shoppe, which operates within the building, offers patrons light lunches, cakes & slices, Devonshire teas and real coffee. Relax on the alfresco deck or under the shade of the 100 year old Jacaranda tree in the park. 

On the festival weekend the grounds come alive with music all weekend by Vintage Gold, markets on Saturday, great food including a special pancake menu on offer. The horse drawn carriage rides happen from the grounds on Saturday too, 9am - 1pm so make sure you don't miss out. Plus it's Kids Day on Sunday! Enjoy pony rides, jumping castle, face painting and the larrikin Puppet Show at 10am and 12pm. 
Information: P: 5465 3241   E: dnh@lvrc.qld.gov.au  W: Das Neumann Haus

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Gatton Heavy Horse Field Days, Gatton Showgrounds, Gatton, 8am - 4pm

You need a whole day to make sure you don't miss an exciting minute of the program at this event. Bring the family to see the heavy horses that built our nations! To relive history there will be working exhibitions, displays of heavy horses in action, working team ploughing, obstacle courses, breed judging, ridden events, dressage and barrel racing. The beautiful Gypsy Cobs and light horse harness and driving classes. But wait - there's more! Don't miss the shoeing competition, wagon rides, craft demonstrations, historic vintage vehicles and music featuring LODI! The Farriers competition will really turn up the heat as they mould the shoes to fit the hooves. Entry fee applies, please visit the website for more information.
Information: P: 0427 566 029   E: info@gattonheavyhorses.com.au    
Facebook: Gatton Heavy Horse Field Days  W: Gatton Heavy Horse Field Days   

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Staying for the weekend? Looking for a day out on Monday?

Holmwood Lavender Farm, Thornton
Holmwood Produce is a lavender and native bush tree farm in Thornton, Queensland. The products are made using native Australian ingredients. Visit our boutique farm shop, located in a cottage nestled amongst lavender, which sells a range of handmade craft products. Don't miss morning tea at the shop - enjoy a generous slice of lavender cheesecake, or lavender scones, tea and coffee. Why not visit the gift shop and take home some lavender sweets? You are assured of a friendly welcome by owners Gary and Anne Young, assisted by Basil and Polly the Donkeys, Dexter, Lucy and Floyd the Cats, Hyacinth and Rose the chooks and eleven cows.

For more information, visit the website.

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Still have some free time? Visit the Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre where the friendly staff will help you get to know the Lockyer Valley region. Open Monday - Sunday. Visit the home page of this website for opening times.

 

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Visitor Centre

Lake Apex Visitor Information 
Centre (Gatton)

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre
34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton 4343

Phone: +61 7 5466 3426

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday
8.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday
8.30am - 4.30pm

We are closed Christmas Day,
Boxing Day and Good Friday.

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