The 2022 Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail was held over the weekend of 9-10 April and attracted a record crowd of over 2,000 with an increased number of attendees travelling from Sydney to attend the event.
Over 100 artisans participated, with excellent feedback received from all attendees and a number of highlights including a number of new exhibitors and attractions from antique engines and dry stone walling to soap making and dulcimer making. There were also wonderful activities for children and the ever-popular kelpies and even miniature donkeys! The event once again highlighted the skills of the extraordinary artisans and the importance of keeping these rare skills alive.
The weather over the weekend was perfect, and the two heritage venues of the Bathurst Showground and Bathurst Agricultural Research Station were on full display to an appreciative public. Bathurst traditionally celebrates its rich heritage in autumn, and the Heritage Trades Trail has become the centrepiece event of this celebration. The increasing number of visitors travelling for the event also demonstrates its value to regional tourism and the economy of the Bathurst region.
Manager Tourism & Visitor Services
Bathurst Regional Council
Photo credit: Vicki Hartley