Attractions

We have planned lots of exciting attractions for this year’s festival including the following:

 

FIREWORKS

Saturday 10 November at dusk (approx. 9 pm)
Alistair Knox Park

Come for the evening, bring a picnic rug and bag your spot on the hill for the fireworks. Tap your toes to the music on the main stage or get up and dance. As usual there will be lots of food and drink options to suit every taste.

             

                    

Fireworks warning – notice to all pet owners
The fireworks will take place in Bridge Street Eltham opposite Alistair Knox Park. Please make sure you secure any animals that may be affected by noise. If you have any concerns please contact us at elthamfestival@gmail.com.

 

SHUTTLE BUS and MINIATURE TRAIN RIDES

Saturday 10 November 12 noon to 4.30pm
Sunday 11 November 11am to 4.30pm
Eltham to Eltham Lower Park and return

A free shuttle bus will be running both days of the festival, picking up passengers on a 30 minute cycle. Why not park at Eltham Lower Park and use the shuttle bus to get to and from Alistair Knox Park. Bus stops are:
  • Eltham Township: bus stop outside Alistair Knox Park every half hour from 12 noon to 4.30pm Saturday and 11 am to 4.30pm Sunday
  • Eltham Lower Park: near the DVR Main Station (Saturday) and Pine Creek Station (Main Road entrance to the Park) on Sunday every half hour from 12.15 pm on Saturday and 11.15 pm on Sunday
Trains will run between 12 noon and 4.30pm on Saturday at the discounted price of $2 per ticket. On Sunday they will run between 11am and 5pm at the usual price of $3 per ticket.
A model locomotive will also be on display in Alistair Knox Park!

        

 

FESTIVAL CARNIVAL

Saturday 10 November 12 noon to 9 pm
Sunday 11 November 9 am to 5 pm

Alistair Knox Park (Bridge Road end)

The colour and fun of the festival carnival is on again this year!

 

 

MINI MOKE DISPLAY

Saturday 10 November
Alistair Knox Park

The Moke Owners Association of Victoria will be holding a display of Mini Mokes in Alistair Knox Park on the Saturday of the Eltham Festival. These unique leisure vehicles were designed by the British Motor Corporation, based on the Mini, and were manufactured in Australia between 1966 and 1981.

     

 

ELTHAM and DISTRICT WOODWORKERS EXHIBITION

Saturday 10 November 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 11 November 9 am to 4 pm (raffle drawn at 4 pm)

Eltham Community Reception Centre

The Eltham Woodworkers are again holding their annual exhibition in the Eltham Community Reception Centre. Entry is free and on display is a wide range of wood crafts including  furniture , wooden boxes , turned items , carvings , marquetry, scroll saw and pyrography.  There will be a live display of woodworking and a free hands on children’s toy making. Free parking is also available on site.

                

 

SENSORY FRIENDLY CHILL OUT ZONE

Saturday 10 November 1pm to 3pm
Sunday 11 November 10am to 4pm
Alistair Knox Park

Take some time out at the Chill Out Zone. Free sensory friendly craft activities, mini mindfulness sessions and storytelling Saturday 1pm – 3pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. Join us on Saturday 10 November at the Eltham Festival at Alistair Knox Park between 1pm and 3pm when the stages, and the vibe, will get a little more chilled out.
  • Saturday 1pm – 3pm: Sensory friendly space and free craft activities with Living & Learning Nillumbik
  • Saturday 1pm – 3pm: Free Mini Mindfulness sessions led by an Occupational Therapist from healthAbility.  All ages are invited to join 10 minute mini mindfulness sessions to calm the body and mind.
  • Saturday 1 – 3pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm: Visit the Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL) Sensory Friendly Pop-Up Library tent. An inviting and comfortable space for families to relax, read, play and re-energise.
  • Sunday 10am – 4pm: Sensory friendly space and free craft activities with the Brotherhood of St Laurence NDIS team. Drop in and talk to us about the NDIS.

           

 

NILLUMBIK COUNCIL ACTIVITIES

Christmas decorations
Saturday 10 November 12 noon to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 5pm
Alistair Knox Park

Join the Connected Communities team in making some handmade Christmas decorations and find out about Council activities and planning.

Waste Management Education
Sunday 11 November 9am to 5pm
Alistair Knox Park

Join in the war on waste by making your own glass takeaway coffee cup. Learn more about other sustainable waste practices including Nillumbik’s leading waste service.

Pet Photos
Sunday 11 November 9am to 5pm
Alistair Knox Park

Bring your pet and get its photo taken at the Eltham Veterinary Practice marquee

     

 

NELLIE the CARAVAN for BREASTFEEDING MUMS

Saturday 10 November
Sunday 11 November
Alistair Knox Park

‘Nellie’ the caravan will again be available at this year’s festival, courtesy of Banyule Council. Nellie will be located in the Chillout Zone and will be available to breastfeeding mums.
‘Nellie’ is the beloved mascot of Banyule City Council’s festivals and events. She can be found at all major festivals in Banyule  usually as a cosy space for breastfeeding mums. Nellie has also been integral to a range of public art programs, artist residencies, even community consultation processes around Banyule across the years. She is a classic 1960s Australian designed, red and silver caravan. The Australian Breastfeeding Association will also have a marquee in the Chillout zone (Sunday only)