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Solstice Search Party

Warrnambool City Council

We’re extending all the neon fun from Solstice Searching and bringing you a new spin-off event this winter…introducing SOLSTICE SEARCH PARTY.

Join us for an exciting night in the Botanic Gardens, featuring Carla O’Brien’s amazing new neon sculptures, as well as all new light themed art installations and activations from some of Warrnambool’s most talented creatives.

Celebrate the longest night of the year by embracing the dark, wintery conditions, rugging up, and venturing into the gardens to shed light on all sorts of hidden treasures. Take a sneak peek into the enchanted realm of the Faerie Grotto, explore the Nurture in Nature Storybook Trail by lantern light and immerse your senses in the Botanical Light and Magic experience by One Day Studios.

You'll also be treated to an amazing musical line-up, including Melbourne artist D’Arcy Spiller and local legends Tom Richardson, Gabby Steel and Willnko. There'll also be plenty of your favourite comfort foods and drinks to warm you up!  Don’t forget to bring your torch and be prepared for all the elements! Umbrellas, gumboots and torches are recommended!

This is an all ages free event. Limited tickets available.

 

4:00 – 4:15      Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony: Melina Steffensen

4:15 – 10:00    The neon lights turn on

4:15 – 5:20      Willnko takes the stage

4.15 – 9.30      Nurture in Nature Storybook Trail by lantern light commences. Departing approximately every half hour from The Nature Bus hub

4.15 – 09.30    The Faerie Grotto opens. Take your torch and step inside the whimsical world of fae and magic in the Botanic Gardens Fernery

4.15 – 09.30    Immerse your senses in the Botanical Light and Magic experience by One Day Studios at The Nature Play Space

5:30 – 6:50      next up.. Gabby Steel

7:00 – 8:20      then.. Tom Richardson

8:30 – 9:30      wrapping up with D’Arcy Spiller!

10.00               Close

 

The neon garden lights will be on for you to explore from 4PM until 10PM.

Our friends from Piccolo Coffee, Jets Dumplings and the Dutch Café will be serving up tasty treats on the night. Bring your own cup for a cheeky discount. Or, why not pack a picnic of your favourite local treats and bring along with you.

Don’t forget to bring your torch and be prepared for all the elements! Umbrellas, gumboots and a camping chair are recommended!

This event is a part of:

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Warrnambool Botanic Gardens