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Re-live history and discover lost trades with a range of exclusive workshops that will transport you back to the busy goldfields of Ballarat.


Become a Blacksmith

Ever wanted to learn to build tools, forge metal and use an anvil? Join our talented blacksmiths as they take you through some of the basics of blacksmithing and give you a glimpse into life as a blacksmith on the Ballarat goldfields. Participants must be over 16 years.

Sunday 16 February

Wednesday 1 April

Wednesday 8 April

Saturday 22 August

Sunday 22 November

Includes entry to Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum

9.00 am – 12.00 pm

Booking essential


Leather Belt Making Workshop

Back in the 1800s, everything was made by hand and even the simplest piece of clothing had a story to tell. Go back in time and join us to craft your own belt using traditional methods at Sovereign Hill’s leather harness workshop. Participants must be over 16 years.

Thursday 25 July

Thursday 24 October

Thursday 19 December

Includes entry to Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum

9.00 am - 3.00 pm

Booking essential



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.

From 5 August

From 23 September

Includes entry to Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day, plus four nights accommodation at Sovereign Hill Hotel.

5 days ~ approx 40 - 45 hours

Bookings essential call 03 5337 1199