The fields are in full bloom and the Dutch know how to entertain. The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is running once again and the school holidays line up perfectly with the celebration of Children's Days. The annual celebration of all things tulips is a family friendly fiesta with hundreds upon thousands of visitors flocking up to Silvan to take in the breathtaking rainbow of tulip colour and of course, snap those stunning photos. The beautifully maintained rows of delicate stems along the hillside are picture perfect and you had better pack the camera and the selfie stick to grab a photo of the kids running through the bands of colour. Now being a farm and because of the enormous amount of spring rain we have had, be prepared for the mud. Oozing, sticky, red, rich and beautiful mud. A change of clothes is most definitely a must for the car ride home!
If you are not too keen splashing about in muddy puddles in the main fields, you can still experience the beauty of the gardens in the more formal show gardens that are uphill and to the left as you enter the gate. Here you will also find the Holland Stage, the market stalls, food stands, dutch games and Fairy Hollow. You and the kids will have a ball on any day of the festival with gnome hunts, posing in the World's Largest Clog and tractor rides. If you happen to visit on the Children's Days (Monday - Thursday of BOTH weeks in the school holidays) you will be treated with on stage performances from the MikMak's, a reptile display from locals Black Snake Productions, fairies (including our friend Fairy Mary on weekends!), balloon artists and more on stage action with Ben and Holly in week one and Hoot and Hootabelle in the second!
Mamma's lil' tips: Save time lining up and book online. Be sure to wear your gumboots (for the kids AND adults). Bring extra cash for some hot food and some extra kid stalls (face painting, sand craft, plaster painting, didgeridoo lessons!). The fields will cope with prams but best to bring the all-terrain version opposed to the shopping centre pram (it may never be the same again!)
the nitty gritty
10am - 5pm
September 8 - October 4 2016
Monday 19 - Thursday 22nd & Monday 26 - Thursday 29th
Adult - $26
Concession - $22
Children under 16 FREE (when accompanied by an adult)
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Monbulk Rd, Silvan