Discover Woodend

Visitors to the Woodend Discovery Day can have a cuddle and play with the animals from the mobile farm.

The popular Woodend Discovery Day at the old Woodend Racecourse in Forest Street is back again.

A wide range of fabulous activities and products available in and around Woodend will be showcased at this event, which will be run by the Woodend Hanging Rock Petanque Club and Woodend Pony Club.

This is the second year of the Woodend Discovery Day. Last year was a great success until torrential rain forced an early closure. This year organisers hope the weather gods will be smiling.

The Woodend Discovery Day is the result of much planning by the Woodend Hanging Rock Petanque Club along with the pony club, co-occupants of the old racecourse reserve.

Their aim is to promote a wide range of lesser-known benefits and products available for residents and visitors to Woodend and surrounding areas of the Macedon Ranges.

While mainstream sports are well represented in Woodend with some outstanding clubs, little is heard about petanque, despite it being a great game well suited to a wide range of people.

And to many, the range of activities run by the pony club are not widely known either.

Surprisingly too, many people have not yet discovered some of the wonderful smaller vineyards, boutique distilleries and cideries operating close to Woodend.

The Discovery Day will reveal just how interesting and diverse the Woodend district is.

There will be a petanque tournament for spectators interested to discover just how skilful this fun sport of French origin is.

The petanque club will be offering everybody to ‘give it a toss’ to try out the game for themselves helped by some of the club’s skilled players.

You’ll find it’s great fun tossing the steel balls through the air and it’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

The pony club will have an exhilarating show happening, which will interest all ages, and kids will have the chance for a pony ride and a cuddle and play with the animals from the mobile farm.

Woodend Men’s Shed will have a stand demonstrating their skills and some of their wonderful items will be for sale – you’ll be amazed at what these ‘old guys’ are producing!

You’ll also be able to discover fantastic wines from some of the area’s best small vineyards, some unusual and really exciting products from a local boutique gin distiller, craft beers and ciders from local producers plus some wonderful food to enjoy at very reasonable prices.

And the organisers reckon they’ve even secured the best coffee van in the state!

While all this is happening you can listen to fabulous music from Big Horn and the 6 String Bandits, one of the area’s best bands.

So on March 13 go have fun while discovering a little more about wonderful Woodend.

It’s on from 11am-4pm, it’s not expensive at only $5 a person or $10 for families and there’s plenty of free parking – you’ll have a great day discovering some fantastic and lesser-known aspects of an area very close to home!