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Summer Holiday Program



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House of Lucas’ Exhibition

Step inside the stylish world of Lucas & Co., a clothing firm which operated in Ballarat from the 1880s to the 1970s.
‘House of Lucas’ features the fashions, people and production methods which shaped this iconic business.
Don’t forget to take a photo with our fab Lucas models in the foyer!
9.30 am - 6.00 pm
Gold Museum
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Postcard Station

Colour and send a postcard to your family and friends.
9.30 am - 6.00 pm
Gold Museum
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Creative Crafts

Join us to help create your very own peg doll toys or colour in a Redcoat Soldier and his family.
10.30 am - 3.30 pm
Horse Bazaar
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Gingerbread Decorating

Home-baked treats were a popular Victorian gift. 
Relax over coffee or a meal while the children enjoy ‘hands-on’ fun decorating a tasty gingerbread treat.
10.30 am - 4.30 pm
New York Bakery
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Suitable for ages 5-12. 
This activity incurs an extra cost of $4.50 per child.

Morning Matinee

Please see board in Victoria Theatre foyer for today’s details.
11.00 am
Victoria Theatre
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Redcoats & Rifles

The sun never set upon the British Empire of the 1800s - and they needed an army to maintain and protect it.
See how a British Redcoat soldier loaded and fired his weapon!
11.30 am & 3.00pm
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Who’d marry a Redcoat?

Marrying a soldier may have sounded glamorous for a young woman on the goldfields, but was it really?
Hear about the trials and tribulations facing a young woman in love with one of Her Majesty’s Redcoats, and help her decide if she should follow her heart.
12.00 Noon
Victoria Theatre
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An Old Soldier’s Story

The Men o’ the Hill present songs and stories from a former Redcoat soldier.
12.45 pm
Victoria Theatre
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Redcoat Soldiers

See the Redcoats march, drill and fire their rifled muskets.
1.30 pm
Main Street
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Musket Firing Demonstration

Watch as our Trooper shows you how to load and fire a musket!
2.00 pm
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A Pantomime - Jack & the Beanstalk

The proprietors of the Victoria Theatre proudly present ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’, a good old-fashioned Christmas pantomime where you can boo the villain, cheer the hero and rest assured that, in the end, good always triumphs and everyone lives happily ever after. Be warned, it’s all very, very silly!
2.15 pm
Victoria Theatre
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Sly Grog Hunt

When the gold rushes began, the government banned the sale of alcohol on the goldfields - in case it made the thousands of diggers too hard to control. But, many people defied the law and sold ‘grog’ as it was called, on the ‘sly’ - including the police themselves! See one particular Sly Grog search in action!
3.30 pm
Red Hill Gully Diggings
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The Infamous Spider Dance

Lola Montez was notorious for many reasons, but most of all for her ‘Spider Dance’.
So what was all the fuss about? Why not come and see for yourself?
4.00 pm
Victoria Theatre
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Tracking the Redcoats

Take a self-guided tour of the Gold Museum, following the story of the Redcoat soldiers. Collect the answers to a number of questions and claim your reward - a chocolate gold coin!
3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Gold Museum
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Music of the Goldfields - Soldiers’ Songs

The Welcome Strangers will sing some rollicking songs of the 1850s, including one or two popular soldier’s songs.
4.30 pm
Victoria Theatre
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Underground Mine Adventure Tours

Ride the Inclined Tramway deep into the gold mine on an amazing underground adventure like no other!
Fully-guided tours must be booked on the day (Be early. Places are limited). Children under 5 free, but need a ticket. Ask about wheelchair access at the Gold Mine Ticket Office. For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors, ‘The Secret Chamber’ is available as an OpenAccess tour using Auslan translation and captions. Enquire when booking your tour.
Regular tours throughout the day.
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Gold Mine Tours: $7.50 Adult, $4.00 Child (5-15), $20.00 Family (2A &4C)
(Self-guided Red Hill Mine tours are free. Map 6.)


Dining Experiences

Hope Bakery

Try our famous pies, pasties, cakes and other baked delights fresh from the wood-fired oven.
10.00 am - 4.30 pm
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Hot and cold meals, baguettes, sandwiches, drinks.
Fully licensed. Dine indoors or on the deck overlooking the lake.
10.00 am - 5.00 pm
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New York Bakery

Café-style menu blending contemporary and traditional favourites from breakfast to afternoon tea. Fun children’s food. Table service. Licensed.
10.30 am – 4.30 pm
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Food Carts

Frozen icy cones (availability subject to weather).
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
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Universal Transit Office

Delicious hot baked potatoes with a variety of toppings. Hot and cold beverages.
12.00 noon – 3.00 pm
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United States Hotel Dining Room

Treat the family to beautifully prepared dishes.
Daily board specials. Licensed.
12.00 noon – 3.00 pm
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United States Hotel Bar

Serving light refreshments and bar snacks for your convenience.
12.00 noon – 3.00 pm
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Coffee Tent

Ice-cream cones (availability subject to weather).
1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
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