Mayfield Gardens hosts Winter festival in time for school holidays

FUN: Teams can play one another on the new curling game they have set up. Pictures: SUPPLIED.

FUN: Teams can play one another on the new curling game they have set up. Pictures: SUPPLIED.

Mayfield gardens is hosting its winter festival for the July school holidays and is inviting families to join in the fun from Friday, July 13 until Sunday July 22.

This year’s festival is running alongside the Bathurst Winter Festival, and Mayfield has lots to offer, media officer, Jo McClelland Phillips said. 

One game that they are proud to have brought to the gardens is one that blends Canadian curling with Australian lawn bowls. 

“I think this is a first for the Central West which is exciting because we pride ourselves on doing something new,” Ms McClelland Phillips said. 

With simple rules and a lot of fun for all ages, Mayfield Curling will be free for everyone to play every day of the school holidays from 9am to 4.30pm. 

Food and drinks will also be available, with the popular s’mores available on weekends. 

YUM: Kids at the Mayfield gardens roasting marshmallows on the fire pit.

YUM: Kids at the Mayfield gardens roasting marshmallows on the fire pit.

“They are marshmallows roasted over our nursery garden wood fire with homemade dipping chocolate and toppings like roasted almonds and sprinkles, those are a big hit with kids,” she said. 

Mayfield Café will also be open, serving a new winter menu, including a Mayfield hot cocktail and hot chocolates. 

“We have seasonal menus because all of our produce comes straight off our farm or is local, so our beef and lamb comes off our farm,” she  said. 

“Our chef manager will also create Mayfield cocktails and mulled wine.” 

VIEW: A picturesque view of Mayfield gardens in the winter.

VIEW: A picturesque view of Mayfield gardens in the winter.

Tickets for the garden will allow you access to sections of the Hawkins family gardens, including gardens that have never been open in winter before. 

The last garden entry is 3pm and the garden closes at 4.30pm.

“The new Hawkins amphitheatre will be open, and it’s never been open in winter before so that’s quite exciting,” she said. 

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The gardens will have interactive activities including giant chess, croquet and bocce. 

“It’s fun for the kids but it’s also good family fun,” she said. 

The gardens will also be hosting a Mayfield Winter festival photo contest, with all ages and skill levels welcome to enter. 

“So if people post their photo on social media and use the hashtag #destinationmayfield then I can find it and put on our social media where people vote for the winner.”

The winner will receive two spring passes to the gardens where the entire Hawkins garden will be open. 

“Just bundle up, stay warm and enjoy,” she said. 

Ticket prices: 

  • $25 Adult
  • $20 Concession/Senior Citizen
  • $10 Child (7-16 years)
  • $65 Family (2 adults, 2 children)
  • Kids 0-6 free