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Racing in the beautiful Avon Valley
April to November each year
Saturday 1st October
Gannons Ladies Day @ Northam
Saturday 8th October
Toodyay Picnic Race Day @ Toodyay
Sunday 23rd October
$100,000 XXXX Gold Northam Cup @ Northam
Friday 28th October
Queens Birthday Public Holiday Race Meeting @ Northam
www.northamraceclub.com or 9622 7765 for full race schedules
and marquee package details
A day at a country race meet is a great way to be part of the local
scene in the Avon Valley. The York racecourse held its first race in
1849 and the Northam Race Club was established in 1863. The
Toodyay Racecourse, used only once a year for the Picnic Races, also
includes a dressage arena and showjumping course. Even if you are
not a gambler, having a bet on a couple of races makes the visit
interesting. A stroll round the stables where the horses are being rubbed
down is also worth a visit. During wet weather the ground
can get muddy, so care should be taken.
Northam Race Club (Photography Avon Tourism).
Some of the treats at the York Mill Chocolate
Factory (Photography Avon Tourism).
As the publican at the heritage-listed Hotel Beverley, John Maxwell is
something of an expert about where to send visitors who are looking to
experience some history... or something more up-to-date.
Ferguson’s Machinery Shed and the Dead Finish Museum | The Shed
is much more than old machinery – there are collectibles that
everyone would recognise from their childhood, from old toys to
vintage telephones. The Museum was once in the centre of town but
with the arrival of the railway it is now on the outskirts of the town
centre. Well worth a look.
Just stroll | Take in the main streets of Beverley and York – you’ll
find federation and art deco buildings reflecting the colonial history
of Avon Valley.
Thrill seekers | You can’t go past gliding on the weekends with
Beverly Soaring Society and, of course, there are the motorcycle
scrambles each Saturday just outside of Beverley.
For a true country experience | The Beverley Agricultural Show is
the first show held in the region, and this year it will be held on
Saturday 20 August at the Greater Sports Ground. In spring, Beverley
holds various shows in the outdoor theatre at the old railway station.
It’s a great way to spend an evening.
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