The Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival is the highlight of the regional town’s calendar. It offers many wonderful events including Kyneton On Riverside’s Family Fun Day. The festival is in its 63rd year and runs from 5 to 11 September. It incorporates a variety of activities spanning music, art, craft, dance, a Grand Parade on the final day and of course many events centred around daffodils and flowers.
The story behind the Daffodil Festival’s name is an interesting one. Alister Clarke, from Bulla, was one of the most successful daffodil breeders in the period between the two World Wars and encouraged local, Hugh Dettman, to begin a program in Kyneton. Hugh and later Eve Murray of Langley were so successful in their growing of daffodils that the region became well known for that fact. The daffodil became a symbol for the town and thus, the inspiration for the festival when it began and was named.
Kyneton On Riverside is running a free Family Fun Day on the first Sunday of the festival between 11 am and 3 pm.
There are activities for young and old alike on Campaspe Drive in Kyneton. If you are heading in for the day from Bendigo or Melbourne, consider catching the train to Kyneton. Otherwise, it is a lovely drive with gorgeous views of lush paddocks revitalised by the winter rains and punctuated with the colours of the first Spring flowers.
Bring the kids along for a fun day out alongside the famed Campaspe River, meet the builders and see the work in progress of the Kyneton On Riverside development whilst enjoying the activities available. The kids will love the jumping castle, petting zoo and face painting. There will also be food trucks and live music. Come and enjoy the excitement, community spirit and everything else this gorgeous country town has to offer.