tesselaar tulip festival, silvan

The fields are set to be in full bloom and the Dutch know how to entertain. The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is running once again and the school holidays lines 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 alongside the bands of colour. You will find the flower beds are roped off this year to preserve the flowers for the duration of the festival and they are already looking AMAZING!

Once you have visited 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 white rabbit hunts, posing with the Clog and jumping on for a tractor rides. The theme this year is Tulips in Wonderland and the touches of all things Alice in Wonderland are adorable. Keep an eye out for the Bread-and-butter-flies! The festival runs for just shy of four weeks with different themes throughout and super special fun weekends. School holidays is when the action REALLY heats up as the Children's Days (Monday - Thursday of BOTH weeks in the school holidays) you will be treated with on stage performances, workshops and fun kid activities. 

Mamma's lil' tips: Save time lining up and book online. Be sure to wear your gumboots if it has been wet (for the kids AND adults). Bring extra cash for some hot food and some extra kid stalls (face painting, sand craft, plaster painting, etc). Most stands are cash only or minimum $10 spends for EFTPOS. The fields will cope with prams but best to bring the all-terrain version opposed to the shopping centre pram for the hills and potential mud. 

What is on when?

  • Turkish weekend (Sept 15 – 16)

  • Tulips in Wonderland week (Sept 17-20). Performances of the Wonderland Stage Show twice daily.

  • Dutch weekend (Sept 21-23)

  • Children’s Superhero Week (Sept 25 – 27): PJ Masks, The Amazing Superhero Show, Black Snake Production demonstrations, stories with Fairy Kristabell and Full Circle Drumming workshops daily plus roving super heroes, petting zoo, fairy hollow, treasure hunting and face painting. Join in on the fun and dress up as your favourite hero

  • Food, Wine and Jazz weekend (Sept 28 – Sept 30).

  • The Children’s Get Active week (Oct 1 – 4) Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favourite sports star or in team colours! The main stage this week will feature Peter Rabbit, the faboulous Kazoos and the circus stars of the east, RUCCIS Circus. Plus you will find more fun with the petting zoo, fairy hollow, treasure hunting and face painting

  • Irish Weekend (Oct 5 – 7).

  • Tulipmania Week (Oct 8 - 14)

the nitty gritty

10am - 5pm
September 15 - October 14 2018

Children's Days
Superhero Week: Monday 24 -Thursday 27
Get Active Week: Monday 1 - Thursday 4

Adult - $28
Concession - $24
Children under 16 FREE (when accompanied by an adult)

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Monbulk Rd, Silvan