Celebrate Bathurst’s history and hear the melodic Carillon bells during Heritage Week, which coincides with seasonal changes and magical Autumn colours
Music lovers can soak up the magic of Bathurst’s inaugural Festival of Bells which will feature a series of free concerts in the historic city of Bathurst during the Festival Bells.
Located on Kings’ Parade, the Bathurst Carillon is the much-loved centrepiece of Bathurst, a stunning 1930’s classic Art Deco building from the 1930’s. It is the only Carillion in regional Australia, along with those in Sydney and Canberra.
The Festival of Bells is part of Heritage Week, which celebrates the fascinating history the NSW city of Bathurst.
Mark these dates in your calendar to visit Bathurst
Festival of Bells 7 – 9 May 2021
Bathurst Heritage Week 1 – 9 May 2021
Festival of Bells Highlights
The beautiful sound created by the set of world-class Carillon bells, which were recently upgraded, will ring out with events featuring Australian carillonists, bands, cathedral bellringers, choirs, orchestras, and individual musicians. Highlights include a moving Last Post Ceremony, world premiere of a commissioned Digeridoo piece by Gerard Brophy, Twilight Family Concert and a Mother’s Day Concert.,
Visit Bathurst to see Autumn colours
Autumn is a magical time to visit Bathurst to enjoy its food, wine, stunning Autumn leaves and outdoor events, though winter in Bathurst is fabulous too!
The Festival of Bells is a highlight in Bathurst’s Autumn Colours program, a series of events, tours and experiences that celebrates the music, art, history, produce and traditions of Australia’s oldest inland city. Other highlights for Bathurst’s Autumn Colours include:
Heritage Week: 1 to 9 May – discover the rich history and learn surprising stories of the Bathurst region with a heritage tour and visit the Bathurst District Historical Society Museum.
Rockley Walking Tour: Sat 24 April and Sat 8 May – a remarkable village where time has stood still and listed by the National Trust as a Historic Village, this educational walking tour visits the School of Arts Hall, two Edward Gell churches and ends at the Rockley Mill & Stables Museum for morning tea.
Mother’s Day Heritage High Tea at Abercrombie House: Sunday 9 May – this popular High Tea includes scrumptious savoury and sweet treats, elegant live classical Celtic harp music and a chance to explore the rooms and gardens of this incredible historic home.
Graham Lupp Town Square Tour Sat 1 May – Take a fascinating guided tour around the Bathurst Town Square with Graham Lupp OAM; artist, architect and author of the architectural history Building Bathurst.
Cemetery Wander: Sun 9 May – enjoy a two-hour wander around the Bathurst General Cemetery, exploring the history and lives of past Bathurst residents who helped shape Bathurst’s wonderful musical heritage. A delicious morning tea will be supplied by the Bathurst Family History Group.
How to get to Bathurst
Bathurst is located in Wiradjuri country, approx. 2.5 hrs drive from Sydney. Other options to get to Bathurst include by train or plane from Sydney.
Read our Destination guide to Bathurst.
There is so much to see and do around Bathurst, we suggest you plan a visit over five days to see it all! Explore over 20 museums and historic houses, stay, drink, and dine in heritage buildings, and explore gold-mining villages such as Hill End, Rockley and Sofala.