Woodford to light up soon with annual folk festival

And there’s good reason for this. Here you can engage your mind, marvel at circus acts, dance or sing yourself silly with some incredible bands and just enjoy the forum of ideas that is Woodford. It all happens here.

It’s a fabulous place to chill for a few days post Christmas and ring in the New Year in a fun but meaningful way.

Go and see for yourself. Here are some pics from previous festivals from previous visits we’ve taken (courtesy Visited Planet) to give you a bit of an insight into the fun, the folk and the frivolity of Woodford!

Where: Woodford, Sunshine coast hinterland, Queensland
When: December 27 to January 1
Cost: varies, see www.woodfordfolkfestival.com (or volunteer!!)
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5 merry Christmas ideas

Pic: Chod HoundOkay

Pic: Chod HoundOkay

Ho ho ho, happy Christmas!

The silly season is well and truly upon us. VIP Backpackers has embraced the mood with a newsletter packed with destination ideas. Here’s a preview:

BANFF, CANADA
So we know some of you definitely seek the cold climes at Christmas so you can ski and snowboard yourselves silly. Banff is the place to do all of that with big skies, big slopes and big fun. It also has one of the longest snow seasons in North America. If that doesn’t have you sweating to get your ticket, although perhaps that should be shivering given temperatures here tary on the cool side in winter, the mix of slopes and off-piste action will. Click to read more …
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Brisbane festival to hit Queensland capital

For three weeks in September Brisbane will come alive to an amazing concoction of music, dance, performing arts, laser light shows and more.

If you thought Sydney and Melbourne had funky festivals you need to come and see this one! The Brisbane Festival runs from 8-29th September and is held at venues around the city. Some are free, others require tickets. It’s the perfect time to visit the river city – it’s thrown off the shackles of winter, spring is in force and you can make the most of wonderful attractions like Southbank, Moreton Island and the river in sunshine and good weather.

Highlights include:
* the nightly Santos GLNG City of Lights laser show
* absolutely anything happening in the Spiegeltent – a premiere entertainment venue that this year will feature the likes of jazz, guitar, hip-hop and circus
* Riverfire – on the night of Sept 29 when the city, the bridges and key elements of the city all feature in one of the best city fireworks displays you’ll see anywhere in the world
* traditional Japanese drumming
* so much more
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Spring into this season’s festivities downunder

There are some great upcoming festivals happening around the traps this spring. You are spoilt for choice. Here are five you don’t want to miss from around the country.

Wine. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

1. Spring Whites and Earthly Delights wine festival, South Australia

What: Wine tasting around the Adelaide Hills region.
When: Friday October 28 to Sunday October 30 2011.
Where: Over 20 cellar doors throughout the beautiful Adelaide Hills Wine Region
Cost: Free entry at the central market and cellar doors over the weekend
More Information: www.adelaidehillswine.com.au

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