CANNON firing, children’s activities and live music will be the centrepiece of Flagstaff Hill’s Easter celebrations this weekend.
Tomorrow’s A Day on The Hill is one of many events planned across the region to celebrate the long weekend and take advantage of an influx of tourists, including a vintage engine rally, markets, a book fair, fishing competition and speedway are also planned.
Flagstaff Hill manager Peter Abbott said A Day on The Hill would have an Oddball movie theme.
“There’ll be a trail and a few activities based around Oddball,” he said.
“We’ll be firing the cannon at noon, 2pm and 4pm, there is live music, the Steampacket Inn will be open and there will be all sorts of other activities happening around the village,” he said.
“It’s our biggest day of the year and we are looking to welcoming people to the village between 10am and 5pm on Sunday.”
Port Fairy will be bustling with tourists and those visiting the seaside town won’t be short on things to do.
An Easter Fair and farmer’s market will be held at Railway Place and a large craft market will be at King George Square at the wharf.
The Lifeline Easter Book Fair, at the Glass House Plaza, will run from 10am all weekend with a large array of books.
For those with an interest in vintage engines, the Laang Engine Rally will also be on today and tomorrow at the the Warrnambool Sporting Shooters Association range, Coulahans Road, Laang.
The Warrnambool and District Angling Club Annual Easter Fishing Competition will be back with entries opening from 11am today at the Clubhouse, Otway Road, Warrnambool.
The competition is open to the public with junior and senior sections.
On Easter Sunday, Warrnambool churches will hold a 7am dawn service on Cannon Hill and Flagstaff Hill’s Day on The Hill celebrations includes live music and kids activities in the village setting from 10am to 5pm.
The Rotary Club of Cobden is fund-raising for The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal and at the Cobden Miniature Railway Park there will be visits from the Easter Bunny with Easter eggs, miniature train rides and mini golf. The event starts at 11am.
Speedway fans won’t miss out either, with the final night of the Annual Easter Sprintcar trail at Premier Speedway on Sunday night. Gates open at 3pm with racing from 5pm.