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Flying Trapeze - 10 December to 10 January

Learn to fly this summer in Ocean Grove at the Flying Trapeze Workshops. 
Have you ever dreamed of running away with the circus? Well this summer you can. Fly Factory are operating their outdoor flying trapeze rig at Ocean Grove. Two hour workshops daily (maximum of ten people per workshop).

Enterprize 1hr Day Sails

Summertime is for sailing! Enterprize is criss-crossing Port Phillip Bay all through January and February, so there’s a day on the bay waiting for you wherever you are! Make sure to check out all the port transits between both sides of the bay, offering everything from a relaxing cruise in the sunshine or even a night on board ship and breakfast on deck the next morning! The topsail schooner Enterprize is Melbourne's tall ship, the working replica of the 1800s sailing vessel that founded Melbourne.

Supatramp Geelong - Open every day

Jump into Geelong's exciting indoor trampoline and rock climbing centre. 
The state of the art indoor activity centre is absolutely massive, filled with an extensive range of equipment and activities to suit a variety of age groups, interests and fitness levels. 

The facility includes slam ball, dodgeball, jump area, air mat and high performance tramps with trick walls, but also the inclusion of 26 state of the art indoor climbing walls, a kids' jungle themed playground. Supatramp also offer stunt classes for the really brave.
 

** If none of the above float your boat simply visit the new Ferris Wheel at Adventure Park or test your cowboy skills with a horse ride at Bellarine Horse Riding Centre.

 

Sporty Spice = Well sport of course!

 

Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - 1-4 January 2016

Launched in 1989, the Bay Cycling Classic has become recognised as the world's fastest criterium series. 
Taking the sport of cycling to the people, the Bay Cycling Classic is conducted in prominent locations around road circuits along the bay, ensuring high-paced and explosive action. A series of 4-criteriums is conducted over 4 days, providing free entertainment for the crowds. 

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – 30-31 January 2016

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race offers a weekend of cycling and entertainment including events for athletes and novices alike. In 2016, cyclists can join Cadel Evans in the Momentum Energy People’s ride and a new MAMIL (middle aged men in lycra) event has been introduced. The event starts and finishes in Geelong and takes participants through some of the most beautiful and iconic areas of Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, including some of Cadel’s favourite riding routes.

Victorian Open Golf Championships – 4-7 February, 2016

Australia’s best golfers and an array of international talent will return to the Geelong region when the 2016 Victorian Open commences at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads. The event features two championship courses, with the men’s and women’s Championships. This event is one of only two tournaments in the world which allows both men and women to compete in the same event (with both a men’s and women’s prize pool).

Simonds Stadium Soccer Action 

Skilled Stadium stands proud and tall with the new lights and amazing facilities. AFL is not the only sport excited to use this wonderful stadium. Following on from the success of the  Asia Championships in 2014, A league soccer is growing in popularity and bringing another great sport to our region. Keep an eye out for the next games coming up.

 

Posh Spice = Fancy food, arts & other things

Portarlington Mussel Festival – 9 January 2016

The 10th annual Portarlington Mussel Festival returns to the seaside town of Portarlington this January offering great family entertainment with an assortment of gourmet stalls, cooking demonstrations, live music and roaming entertainment. Around 10 tonne of cooked and fresh mussels are expected to be sold at the festival from more than 70 stallholders. 

Festival of Sails – 22-26 January 2016

Australia’s oldest sporting event and the largest regatta in the southern hemisphere, the Festival of Sails, returns to Geelong’s stunning waterfront over the Australia Day long weekendWhether you are a sailor or a spectator looking for some fun with the family, there is something on offer with live music, market stalls, food and wine areas, a regional summer boat show, free family friendly activities and a Discover Sailing program. In 2016 the event will boast new competitor events, live music, entertainment and for the first time, the Bundaberg Rum Distillatorium. 

Pako Festa – 27 February 2016

The long established Pako Festa is Geelong’s much loved, award-winning, free, annual community arts festival. Held on the last weekend of February, the event takes over the Geelong West end of cosmopolitan Pakington Street – the multicultural heart of Geelong. The event incorporates an extravagant street parade featuring around ninety floats and hundreds of performers representing ethnic communities and other community groups and organisations. The street will be lined with stalls selling traditional foods and arts and crafts.

Great Australian Beer Festival – 6 February 2016

Lovers of a fine brew can spend an afternoon sipping, sampling and tasting over 200 craft beers and ciders on offer at Australia’s biggest alfresco craft beer and cider garden. Returning to the Geelong Racecourse, the Great Australian Beer Festival introduces attendees to the many facets of craft beer, with workshops and demonstrations on how to combine beer with food. Plenty of tastings will also be on offer. The amber ale can be enjoyed with organic local gourmet foods, live music, vibrant cabaret, indie stalls and visual arts.

Lara Food & Wine Festival - March 2016

Local food and wine from the greater Geelong region will be showcased at the annual Lara Food & Wine Festival. Taking place at the historic Pirra Homestead just outside Geelong, the family friendly event also features an art show and photo competition and plenty of children’s activities.

 

Baby Spice = Stuff for the kids & family

 

 

Day Out With Thomas- 2-3 January & 16-17 January 2016

Every child's favourite steam train, Thomas the Tank Engine makes a special appearance at the Bellarine Railway, along with Douglas, Henry, Oliver, Salty, those Troublesome Trucks and Sir Topham Hatt. 
Event tickets include a 40 minute return train ride behind one of Thomas' friends and unlimited activities including Troublesome Truck rides behind Thomas, live re-enactments with Sir Topham Hatt and Thomas, sing-a-longs and story telling, Spot the Engine activity, colouring competition judge by Sir Topham Hatt, jumping castle and children's maze as well as photo opportunities galore and more.    

Motor City Music Festival – Geetroit Rocks – 11-13 March 2016 

Geelong becomes ‘Geetroit’ this March as the city once again hosts the Motor City Music Festival. Honouring the grassroots of Geelong as Australia’s ‘Motor City’, the event features a large range of music over three days with one open-air and four undercover stages. On site will be gourmet food vans, carnival rides, market stalls and ample free parking. The first two days are for adults, with Sunday being a family-friendly day featuring ‘oldskool’ free carnival rides, kids’ entertainment and a huge fireworks display to cap off the event.

Wallington Strawberry Fair - 6 March 2016

Come and celebrate the humble strawberry at the annual Wallington Strawberry Fair held on the first Sunday in March. 

Each year the Fair welcomes thousands of visitors to Wallington to enjoy great live music, market stalls, local food and wine, fun children's activities and most importantly, delicious, succulent strawberries. Enjoy them choc-dipped, between pancakes, with cream, scones, on pavlovas, in punnets and in delicious gourmet homemade strawberry jam. 

Or go back to Scary Spice and for some other family friendly ideas.

 

Ginger Spice..

Well if you can think of something that falls under this category you win the meat tray!

Have fun, stay safe and enjoy.

 

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