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Everything you need to know about the Illuminate Bathurst Winter Festival

MEDIA RELEASE            3 July 2015

The Illuminate Bathurst Winter Festival glides into Kings Parade this Saturday with an outdoor ice skating rink, and a street festival featuring local food, wine, entertainment, and a new series of Illuminate Bathurst projections.

Illuminate Bathurst will see the Court House, Carillon, TAFE Building, Ribbon Gang Lane and Pedrottas Lane illuminated nightly from sundown through until 12 July. The present themed illumination will capture the urban energy of Bathurst by replicating patterns sourced from the surrounding architecture, keep an eye out on the TAFE building for a visual surprise and performers from Cirkus Surreal will bring Pedrottas Lane to life. On opening night the popular silent disco will take over the lawns of the Court House. It will return to Ribbon Gang Lane after opening night.

Saturday’s street festival features more than twenty food vendors, operating from three locations, and local wineries. Festival food will range from $2 through to $15 and offers something for everyone – from pasta, soup, tacos, pizza, wedges, churros and more.

A range of family entertainment will keep everyone entertained, including the screening of Frozen, a children’s disco, night bowling, a giant slide and you can pose for a photo on the ice throne. There will be some bean bag seating provided for the movie screening, but bring a blanket to keep warm.

The festival starts at 4pm.


Top tips to enjoy the night:


There will be road closures in place. Russell St between William and George Street, and Church Lane will be closed on Saturday 4 July from 7am until 11pm.

Parking will be available throughout the CBD including public carparks near the RSL, Stockland and Bathurst City Centre.

Food will be available from vendors at the street festival and surrounding restaurants and cafes.

Festival food vendors: Al Dente; Bathurst Wholefood Kitchen; El Torode; Jack Duggans; Maloufs; Aroama; Morish Morsels; Pantano’s; Porter’s Café; Pronto Catering; The Venue Café; Simone Logue Bakehouse; Taylormade by Coopes; Tommy’s Tex Max; Big Daddy’s Pizza; Epic Food Van; Moubar Vintage; Mr Whippy; Twisted Chip; BBQ; and the Holy Family Food Van. Festival food is priced from $2 - $15

Local wine and beer will be available by the glass. Bring your Bathurst200 festival glasses or buy one on the night. The event is not BYO.   Wine and beer will be provided by:

Bellbrook Friends; Fish River Brewing; Grass Parrot; Mount Panorama; Renzaglia; Three Views; Vale Creek; and Winburndale. Wine by the glass is $6.

Bring a picnic blanket or chair and rug up to enjoy the entertainment and the Illumination.


What you will see:


The Street Festival opens at 4pm.

Frozen will screen on the outdoor movie screen at 4pm and will be replayed throughout the evening.

4pm:                Frozen starts screening

4pm:                Welcome to the event & Swing Factor takes to the stage

5pm:                Smith & Jones

5.30pm:           Roving illumination robots on stilts

5.50pm:           Mayoral welcome

6pm:                Cirkus Surreal aerial acts

6.15pm:           Smith & Jones

6.50pm:           Glow Poi dancers

7.10pm:           Arabesk

7.20pm:           Roving illumination robots on stilts

7.55pm:           Cirkus Surreal aerial acts

8.20pm:           Roving illumination robot dancers

9pm:                Event close    


Illuminate Bathurst will run every evening from sundown from Saturday 4 July – Sunday 12 July. The story of each of the illuminations can be found on the Illuminate Bathurst website www.

A guide to the illuminations will also be available at a number of the illumination sites.

Illuminate Bathurst will return again in October with a different series of illuminations.


Ice Skating rink


The skating rink opens at 10am Saturday 4 July. To guarantee your session on the ice book your tickets at

  • The ice rink is 25 metres x 10 metres
  • Sessions will start on the hour and run for 45 minutes
  • Session cost will be $5 per person
  • Session cost will include skate hire
  • Skating aids will be available for hire (an extra $5) for young skaters
  • Bookings are essential and can be made online at
  • A maximum of 10 tickets can be purchased in any one transaction

Ice Rink Operating hours:


Saturday 4 July:          10am – 9pm (last session booking 8pm) – SOLD OUT

Sunday 5 July:            9am – 7pm (last session booking 6pm) – only 9am session available – all other sessions SOLD OUT

Monday 6 July:           9am – 7pm (last session booking 6pm)

Tuesday 7 July:          9am – 7pm (last session booking 6pm)

Wednesday 8 July:     9am – 7pm (last session booking 6pm)

Thursday 9 July:         9am – 7pm (last session booking 6pm)

Friday 10 July:                        9am – 9pm (last session booking 8pm)

Saturday 11 July:        9am – 9pm (last session booking 8pm)

Sunday 12 July:          9am – 3pm (last session booking 2pm)


Winter festival children’s activities:


Waiting for your skating session to start? There will be a range of activities for children to enjoy before or after skating from Monday 6 July to Friday 10 July. Times and activities are listed below. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian. The activities are being hosted by the Bathurst Library, the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Council’s environment and planning, and event staff.

Monday 6 July:          Frozen colouring in & story telling (10.30am – 1pm)

Tuesday 7 July:          Ice Age animals (11am – 2pm)

Wednesday 8 July:     Free play with kinetic sand & winter themed colouring in (10am – 3pm)

Thursday 9 July:         Make a herb head (10am - 1pm)

Friday 10 July:            Snow flake making & winter themed colouring in (10am – 3pm)


Dress up and have fun at the themed ice skating days:

Monday 6 July:           Daggy Jumper

Wednesday 8 July:     Disney on Ice

Friday 10 July:                        Splash of Yellow

Saturday 11 July:        Beanie and Scarves


More information: Therese Ryan Media & Communication Officer P: 02 6333 6202

M: 0437 958 478 F: 02 6331 7211 E: