Winter festivals to fire up your cold nights

NSW winter festivals 2022

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BRING OUT YOUR DRUIDS: The Frost and Fire in Forbes celebrates the winter solstice. Highlights include cultural Wiradjuri performances.

BRING OUT YOUR DRUIDS: The Frost and Fire in Forbes celebrates the winter solstice. Highlights include cultural Wiradjuri performances.

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Frosty mornings, cosy fires and tasty food: the towns and villages of Central NSW will also be at their most vibrant this winter.

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The perfect country getaway with frosty mornings, cosy fires and tasty food, the towns and villages of Central NSW will also be at their most vibrant this winter.

Frost and Fire in Forbes (June 18) celebrates the winter solstice under starry skies at Forbes Ski Dam. Expect all the elements of a country bonfire night with hearty food, fire buckets, boutique brews, live music and Wiradjuri cultural performances. The event runs from 4-10pm and is a warmed-up, chilled-out vibe that is growing each year.

Mayfield Winter Festival (June 26-July 11) is an opportunity to experience the garden with its bones fully exposed and an additional 49 hectares of private gardens are opened up. See the hardscape and experience the beautiful stonework and sculptures. There's The English Box Hedge Maze, The Flying Fox, The 80-metre cascade and waterfall, The Walled Kitchen Garden, Mayfield Chapel, Croquet Court and Mayfield Amphitheatre.

Bathurst Winter Festival (July 2-17) is an annual stunning light show bringing illuminations, boutique food events, carnival rides and live music to the historic city. Once again the Winter Playground will be the heart of the action, with an outdoor ice-skating ring, carousel rides and a giant ferris wheel. Enjoy food tastings, mulled wine and craft beers.

Extended to a cracking 10-day event, the Orange Winter Fire Festival(August 5-14) is based around the Cracker Night bonfire tradition of yore, lit up by a series of fire-based and cultural events. The Famous Spiegeltent will come to Robertson Park, bringing comedy, circus and cabaret served with cool-climate cabernet wines. The opening-night market is an annual favourite, with fireworks and fire drums lining the beautiful, heritage-preserved streets of Millthorpe.

Click here for more information about things to see and do in New South Wales.

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