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OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE, PARRAMATTA PARK
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition
16 March through 19 June stunning 1920s style costumes designed by award winning Marion Boyce and exhibited throughout the lovely rooms of Old Government House
Special Events related to the Miss Fisher's Costume Exhibition
Monday, April 4: 1-3pm: Behind the Seams Tour with textiles expert, Eleanor Keen, The secrets from the workrooms of designer Marion Boyce.'Most tricksofthe trade' will be revealed
Sunday April 24 1:30 - 3:30 pm: Cavalcade of fashion -- The Art of Fashion 1920's Evening Gowns
Friday, April 29 6-8 pm: Open House and Speakeasy Bar - Bring your colleagues and friends and celebrate the Roarin' 20's.
16-22 May, Sydney's Writer's Festival with guests speakers: Jonathan Frazen, Julian Barnes, Gloria Steinmen and Peter Frankopan among many others. It is a week of inspiration.
Monday, May 16, 1-3 pm: Behind the Seams Tour with textiles expert, Eleanor Keen, The secrets from the workrooms of designer Marion Boyce.'Most tricks of the trade' will be revealed
Friday, May 27, 6-8 pm: Open House and Speakeasy Bar - Bring your colleagues and friends and celebrate the Roarin' 20's.
Sunday, June 5, 1-3 pm: Behind the Seams Tour with textiles expert, Eleanor Keen, The secrets from the workrooms of designer Marion Boyce.'Most tricksof the trade' will be revealed
Parramasala, Prince Alfred Square and Harris Park
Labour Day long weekend This long weekend spicey festival celebrating the many South Asian cultures of Parramatta. A Friday night parade, Saturday Morning yoga and breakfast, Saturday evening dance to favourite bands. Spend Sunday at Masala Markets and spice garden. From Africa to India, this >Festival of South Asian Arts is a mainstay of Parramatta
Loy Krathong Thai River Festival
November 14th - 16
Parramatta River foreshore South-East Asia water festival. Activities – 'Krathong' ritual at sunset when lotus-shaped boats are launched onto the water. Brings good fortune for the coming year.
Christmas At Centenary Square
November, 4:30pm - 8:30pm.
Christmas trees, Christmas lights, music, fun for kids -- all in the Square!
Parramatta is in a state of construction - an evolutionary period where progress is imprecise but definitely 'on the upward move'. Construction surges - towering and proud - into the blue sky over Macquarie and George Streets and along the riverfront on Church Street at Lennox Bridge.
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BURRAMATTA NAIDOC: Congregate and celebrate Songlines along the Parramatta River foreshore. Sunday 10 July, 1pm - 6pm. This celebration of Aboriginal culture and heritage will include live entertainment,outdoor markets, workshops and fireworks. The history and diversity of Aboriginal Australia are found in the relationships between land, river, sea and the people. Hip-hop, blues, country&western music are all on the bill. Make your way to the river on Sunday, 10 July.
OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE, PARRAMATTA PARK. The gift shop staff stocked lovely pillows and pillow covers -- products in collaboration with Aboriginal artists this morning (5 July). We browsed through the collection this morning. We think you will find the art interesting and beautiful. Great gifts for friends or family. 02 9635 8149
PARRAMATTA WINTERLIGHT: FRIDAY 30 JUNE THROUGH 17 JULY. Ice shows, snow flakes, public ice skating, carnival rides and loads of entertainment. It is really a family event during the school holidays. During lunch, Parramatta's professionals are incouraged to come out, put your balance to the test on the ice and enjoy lunch from the many food vendors on site at Prince Alfred Square.
HOLIDAY INN AT 18 Anderson Street continues its full service for visitors while most accommodation in Parramatta are under some form of construction. www.holidayinnparramatta.com.au for bookings.
'WELCOME AND DISCOVER' TOURS AROUND PARRAMATTA. New comer residents or workers are invited to explore the corners and lanes of Parramatta on 'discover tours' led by Council's professional and knowledgeable Host & Guides. Bookings required. Read more about the tours http://www.discoverparramatta.com/events/tours/city_discovery_tours
PARRAMATTA PARK BIKE HIRE -- AT YOUR CONVENIENCE. Opposite the Queens Road entrance to the park, you can hire a bike during the July School Holidays from 9am to 4:30pm. Bring a picnic or stop by Parramatta Park Cafe for delicious food and tables overlooking the lake. Great way to keep active kids happy.
TWENTY ONE FIFTY @HOLIDAY INN is offering a winter menu: duck curry or rack of lamp -- warm and filling. Take a look at the TripAdvisory reviews -- seems Parramatta has found this modern restaurant. 02 9891 1277 for bookings.
With some effort we can still glimpse the numerous historic towers or church steeples around the city and on Fleet Street, three kilometres north of the CBD, the historic (1818) Parramatta Female Factory is under consideration for the National Heritage List. 2015 has been a year of numerous events around 'next big city' and in particular, the Anywhere Festival in March was fantastic.
The 'eat street' scene in Parramatta and Harris Park multiplies at warp speed. We could not possibly explore every restaurant or cafe nor could our waistline guard against the onslaught of calories. Therefore, we list some that have been recommended by our readers. Still most references are built upon our experience - we are, so to speak, a 'word of mouth' reference.
In this update, we segmented our map by neighbourhoods and we have walked each:
- South of the Railway Station, connecting Church Street with Wentworth and Anderson Streets
- Phillip Street – upmarket shops and restaurants
- Iconic Town Hall and St John's Cathedral
- Church Street – 'eat street'
- Parramatta Park historic and recreational spaces.
- Harris Park – international eateries, beauty salons, jewellery and exotic clothing along with its historic farms and cottages