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Rare Trades Workshop

BUILD THE PERFECT CHAIR

Spend five days learning traditional woodworking techniques and hand tools to create your very own Sovereign Chair – designed specifically for this class at Sovereign Hill by Master Chairmaker Glen Rundell.

Participants will be taken through traditional woodworking and joinery processes, while learning to use traditional tools like draw knives, spokeshaves and travishers. The end result? Your very own handcrafted masterpiece, ready to be passed on for generations. Over 16 years only.

DATE: April 1 – 5
TIME:
9.00 am
DURATION:
5 Days
COST:
$2000  |  Includes all lunches and four nights accommodation at Sovereign Hill
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED:
Call 03 5337 1199

NOTE: Over 16 years of age only

Rare Trades Workshop

LEATHER BELT MAKING

A good pair of boots, your favourite jeans, that t-shirt you’d happily never take off; there’s something special about these things that become a part of you.

They tell a story about where you’ve been and what you’ve done. Never is this truer than with a good leather belt. Instead of buying one off the shelf, turn back the clocks and begin the story the right way by making your own belt using traditional methods at Sovereign Hill’s leather harness workshop.

DATE: Thursday 11 & 18 April
TIME:
9.00 am
DURATION:
6 Hours
COST:
$150
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED:
Call 03 5337 1199

NOTE: Over 16 years of age only

Rare Trades Workshop

BECOME A BLACKSMITH

Ever wanted to try forging? Join our talented blacksmiths as they take you through the basics of their trade and teach you the history of blacksmithing on the Ballarat goldfields.

DATE: Tuesday 9 & 16 April
TIME: 9.00 am
DURATION: 3 Hours
COST: $100
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED: Call 03 5337 1199

NOTE: Over 16 years of age only

Sew-Along Workshop

VICTORIAN APRON

Spend the morning sewing alongside the amazing Sovereign Hill Costume team. Learn how they create the look and feel of Sovereign Hill through costume as you create your very own Victorian Apron to keep. Workshop fee includes all fabric and notions, a pattern to keep, light morning tea and tuition.

Love what you’ve made? Decorate your apron for Ballarat’s Apron Festival or use the pattern, your new skills and your imagination to design your own apron.

DATE: Wednesday 10 April
TIME: 10.00 am
DURATION: 3 Hours
COST: $45
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED: Call 03 5337 1199

NOTE: Participants need to bring their own sewing machine and must be over 10 years of age.

Hands-On Experience

Amuse Our Small Animals

Sovereign Hill has some adorable small animals who are lively little personalities. Meet some of our miniature donkeys, horses and pigs, and the twin baby goats. You are invited to make toys for them and join them in play.

TIME: 11.30 am
DURATION: 30 Minutes
COST: Free
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED: Call 03 5337 1199

Hands-On Experience

SWEET EXPERIENCE

Visit Brown’s Confectionery Factory for an exclusive ‘hands-on’ experience where you can smell, touch, taste and roll your very own butterscotch lollies.

Dress as a confectioner to discover the story of sugar on the goldfields of Ballarat and take your lollies home in a ‘Brown’s Confectionery’ tin.

TIME: 12.00 noon & 2.00 pm
DURATION: 30 Minutes
COST: $20.00
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED: Call 03 5337 1199

NOTE: Height restrictions apply, you must be taller than 130cm to partake in this experience.

Sovereign Hill Hotel Guest Experience

WAKE UP THE ANIMALS

Wake up early and join our baby animals for their morning feeds.

TIME: 9.00 am
DURATION: 1 Hour
COST: $50 per Family
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED:
at Sovereign Hill Hotel Reception when checking in

NOTE: This experience is only available for Sovereign Hill Hotel guests, who will be collected from the hotel by their guide.

 

Hands-On Experience

POUR YOUR OWN CANDLE

Become a candlemaker at Hewett’s Candle Works and learn how to
pour your very own candle.

Our candlemaker will entrust you with the secrets of good candlemaking and guide you through the process.

TIME: 10.30 am, 11.30 am & 1.30 pm
DURATION: 30 Minutes
COST: $25.00
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED: Call 03 5337 1199

NOTE: Height restrictions apply, you must be taller than 130cm to partake in this experience.

Interactive Exhibit & Demonstration

CAMERA OBSCURA

Come see our camera obscura and learn how our romance with the captured image began. Our photographers will give you an enlightening insight into how images were first created and the evolution through time to the cameras we use today.

TIME: Open all day, Demonstration at 11.15 am
DURATION: 15 minutes
COST: Free
No Bookings Required

Hands-On Activity

TRY YOUR HAND

Come and learn some traditional ‘hands-on’ skills such as rag rug making and cross-stitching. Take your handiwork home to show off!

TIME: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
COST: Free
No Bookings Required

Hands-On Experience

SPOKES AND WHEELS

Watch how our talented wheelwrights machine and assemble the components
of a wooden wheel using the latest in 1800s wheelmaking technology. Then try finishing your own spoke with hand tools used before these impressive machines were invented.

TIME: 1.00 pm, 2.15 pm &  3.30 pm
DURATION: 10 Minutes
COST: Free
No Bookings Required

NOTE: Must be at over 8 years of age.

Guided Tour

TOUR STEAM OPERATIONS

Feel the heat of the giant boilers as they create the steam power that was vital to life in the 19th century.

TIME: 3.15pm
DURATION: 30 Minutes
COST: Free
No Bookings Required

Hands-On Activity

MAKE YOUR OWN ROPE

Try making rope using traditional methods. Then see if you can turn your rope into quoits and challenge the local champions to a game.

TIME: 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
COST: Free
No Bookings Required

Guided Tours

MINE TOURS

Ride the Inclined Tramway deep into the gold mine on an amazing underground adventure like no other! Choose from three fully-guided underground adventures! ‘Trapped’, ‘Journey through the Labyrinth of Gold’ and ‘The Secret Chamber’, all operate at the Gold Mine.

Join us for a unique opportunity to learn about one of the last Ballarat company mines to shut its doors. Heritage listed, the New Normanby mine ruins are located in a restricted area of Sovereign Hill rarely ever opened to the public.

TIME: Various Times, see Mine Hut for details
DURATION: 30 Minutes
COST: Adult $7.50, Child $4.00, Family (2A & 2C) $20.00
(New Normanby Tours is free)
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED: Call 03 5337 1199 or see the Mine Hut early on the day of your visit

NOTE: Bookings essential for all tours. The uneven walking surface is best enjoyed with enclosed, comfortable shoes.