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Inspo for Mother's Day in Ballarat

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Looking for a unique way to say “thanks Mum” this Mother’s Day?

Treat your special lady to one of our region’s hands-on workshops and masterclasses, covering everything from gin blending and jewellery making to screen printing and basket weaving.

For the adventurous mammas, how about a hot air balloon flight or a ride on a vintage steam train?

Or for a little bit of luxury, book her in for one of the city’s high tea experiences.

Read on for our ultimate guide to what’s on in Ballarat this Mother’s Day weekend (13-14 May)…

Paint a pot or vase with Mum at Ballarat’s Ivy & Coco. Image: Matt Dunne

Saturday 13 May

Experiences

  • Sunrise hot air balloon flight over Ballarat with Picture This Ballooning from 5.50am
  • Steamrail Victoria’s Eureka Express steam locomotive ride from Melbourne to Ballarat and return
  • Jewellery Making with Found Objects at the Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades (Bradshaw Street, Golden Point) from 9am-4.30pm
  • Basket Making – Coiled Basketry Workshop at the Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades (Bradshaw Street, Golden Point) from 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Block printed tote bag workshop with Tegan Crosbie at The Workshoppery (25 Barkly St, Ballarat) from 10am-12.30pm. Learn how to personalise a canvas tote bag with hand-carved stamps
  • Spoon-making workshop with Sylvia Nevistic in her private studio from 10am-4pm
  • Special edition Mother’s Day workshop at Ivy&Coco (40 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat) at 1pm. Use your own intuition, favourite colour palettes or your unleashed creativity to hand-paint a vase or pot 
  • From Wax to Wearable Jewellery workshop with Claire McArdle at Windflower (131 Sturt Street, Ballarat) at 3pm. Learn about the process of lost wax casting to make personalised silver jewellery
  • The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents Mendelssohn, Mozart and More at Ballarat’s Civic Hall at 7.30pm

Food & drink

  • Special Mother’s Day croissant at 1816 Bakehouse (16-18 Armstrong Street North) filled with pistachio custard and raspberry coulis, and dipped in a raspberry and sour cream glaze. Available Saturday 13 May and Sunday 14 May only.
  • Mother’s Day Food & Wine Festival at Kryal Castle (121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek) from 10am-6pm. Enjoy some of the region’s best food, wine, cider and craft beer, along with live music, workshops, kids’ activities, wine tastings, Baroque horse show and more
  • High tea at Sovereign Hill’s historic sheep farm, Narmbool (440 Horsehill North Rd, Elaine) at 11am and 2pm
  • High tea at Craig’s Royal Hotel (10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat) at 2pm

High tea at Creswick’s RACV Goldfields Resort

Sunday 14 May

Experiences

  • The Basics of Screen Printing at the Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades (Bradshaw Street, Golden Point) from 10am-4pm
  • Gin blending masterclass at Mrs Baker’s Still House (606 Elmhurst-Glenpatrick Road, Elmhurst) at 11am. Harness the scientist within as you use beakers and test tubes to blend your own gin and bottle it in one of Mrs Baker’s elegant apothecary-style bottles
  • Mother’s Day races at the Ballarat Turf Club from 11.30am
  • Kaleidoscope Love workshop at Pinot & Picasso Ballarat (204 Sturt Street, Ballarat) at 2pm. Explore the use of shapes and colour as you paint a collaborative masterpiece across 2-4 canvases
  • Mother’s Day Soiree presented by Victorian Opera Emerging Artist Prize winners Alastair Cooper-Golec and Syrah Torii plus the Ballarat Choral Society in Loreto College’s Abbey Theatre at 5pm

Food & drink

Main image: Gin blending masterclass at Mrs Baker’s Still House

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