After setting music, art and culture fans abuzz with the first Fairgrounds first line-up, the brand new boutique festival is proud to reveal some more of its awe-inspiring activities that will excite adventure-seekers of all ages.
Set in the picturesque South Coast township of Berry, the festival will awaken the senses. A line-up of musical talent from around the world will be accompanied by local artisan food and drinks, films, markets and magical activities. It’s the perfect weekend for the young and the young at heart.
The fun kicks off the night of Friday 4th December at Fairgrounds’ Cinema Under the Stars, presented by Madman Entertainment. At this free event, relax under a blanket of celestial wonder with one of Studio Ghibli’s most dearly loved animated films, Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro. After that, you can enjoy the unforgettable Searching For Sugar Man, a fascinating documentary of the elusive 70’s musician Rodgriguez.
On Saturday 5th December, Berry will be transformed into Fairgrounds. Already boasting a stunning array of performers including Father John Misty, Ratatat, Mercury Rev and C.W. Stoneking, Fairgrounds is proud to announce a myriad of other adventures to entice and delight.
While music will bring many to Fairgrounds, a world of wonder also awaits kids at “Playgrounds”– a festival within a festival, curated entirely for youngsters! Kids can roam through a hay bale maze, then look at the stars in a custom built planetarium dome.
Little ones can also let their imaginations run wild at Story Time, in which a selection of special guests will regale the rug rats with tales from afar. There will also be a feast of delicious yummies at the organic kids’ food stalls – because not every 7-year-old enjoys Camembert.
A child care zone is also available at the festival. So whether Mum and Dad have their heart set on being front and centre at the stage for Ratatat or luxuriating with some fine wine and local delicacies, there will be plenty to keep the kids entertained.
But of course, the festival is called “Fairgrounds” for a reason. That’s why the Groundskeepers, custodians of the beautiful site, have curated a vast array of classic field games to keep spirits high and the good times flowing.
Just a few of things you’ll be able to do will include rallying up the team and hopping for your life in sack races, getting yourself into a knot at Twister, or wielding your cutlery to glory in the egg and spoon race, when you’re not shimmying to C.W. Stoneking.
Oh and did I mention there’s a pool? That’s right, if incredible music, field games, food and wine bars and other amusements still leave you hankering for something more, slip on your swimmers and dive in!
For those planning a full weekend escape, the famous Berry Markets take place on Sunday 6th December. The free monthly event has 200 stalls selling handmade / hand produced products, arts and crafts, locally grown produce and collectables.
Curated by leading touring company, Handsome Tours, the organisers hope to fuel the imaginations of all ages in a laid-back atmosphere, where earthy regional flavours, old-fashioned hospitality and the pleasures of the South Coast region make it an event that won’t feel or taste like any other.
Fairgrounds will bring a weekend of music and discovery close to home – just two hours’ drive or a leisurely coastal bus or train ride from Sydney. A shuttle bus service will be operating from Central Station on Saturday 5th December.
Saturday 5th December
Tickets available at www.moshtix.com.au. Kids under 12 enter the festival for free.