Our committee endeavours to create a celebration that is culturally rich and appeals to a wide range of age groups. Each year we try to introduce new festival features as well as revive some of the favourites from past festivals.
Bands will play at various locations across the weekend with a combination of ticketed and free activities this year. We are excited to again bring you the Old Gaol Tattoo within the walls of the Old Beechworth Gaol on the Saturday night and the Celtic Dinner at the Old Priory on the Friday Night. We are also planning a Celtic Rock Concert in the Old Gaol on the Friday night.
Location of Event
The event will be held in the central area of historic Beechworth, Victoria. We will utilise the Old Gaol, the Court House and Police Paddocks, the Memorial Hall, the Gardens, our hotels and other commercial premises, our Churches and the Old Priory.
The weekend begins on Friday night with a Celtic Dinner at The Old Priory and activities at the Hotels. We are planning a Celtic Concert or similar at the Old Gaol also on Friday night.
Saturday’s entertainment will include Pipe Bands, Highland dancers, Irish dancers and Folk Bands, Buskers and market stalls at various locations. These will be free admission or gold coin donation.
We are proposing a massed Bands March to the Old Gaol in mid-afternoon prior to their rehearsal for the highlight “Beechworth Old Gaol Tattoo” within the walls of the Old Beechworth Gaol in Williams Street on the Saturday night which is a ticketed event. We are hoping to add further events as we receive performer applications and will confirm locations and costs.
If not sold out, limited tickets available.
Parking available close to venue and may be managed by SES or CFA. Should they ask for a donation please support these community groups.
Yes, locations to be confirmed.
Yes, the Rotary Market is in the nearby Victoria Gardens.
Not for ticketed events but you should for 'free' events.
Yes but there will be ample food available until 6pm.
Yes, available all day
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
It is open to all ages and is a Child Safe Event.
No. Barry versus Kelly, the Celtic dinner and Tattoo all attract an individual entry fee and are ticketed accordingly.
No but CBA, WAW and Bendigo Bank ATM’s are available in town nearby.
Mostly, but there is a wet weather venue for the Highland Dancing Competition only. The other events will remain outdoors.
There is No Smoking at all indoor events and designated food areas.
Our organising group are all volunteers and have put in many hours of hard work to ensure the festival will be a success. We hope you will find the festival entertaining and enjoy the wide variety of bands and entertainment being offered.
The small organising group is responsible for the implementation, development, attraction of funding, marketing and promotion of the Festival. The volunteer committee work tirelessly to reflect a true country Celtic festival which incorporates all facets of community involvement.
2018 Organising Group
- Pauline Goldsworthy
- Ann Jovaras
- Leanne and David Hoskings
- George and Gillian Holmes
- Chris Earl
- George Browne
- John Costello
- Lorraine Lucas
- Geoff Brown
- Pam Bell
- Roger Humphris
- Andrea Vaughan
- Diarmuid Kelly
- Scott Daintry
- Josh Alderton
- Chris Calthorpe