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Winter 2024: Frosty Delights in Amazing Forbes ❄️

As the days grow shorter and the crisp air of Winter settles over Forbes, there’s a certain magic that descends upon our rural landscape.

With its frost-kissed landscapes and bonfire gatherings, Winter invites us to slow down and savor the simple pleasures of life . We welcome you to embrace the beauty and charm of the season in our cosy town of Forbes.

This Winter, we’re celebrating community and solstice; from vibrant foliage to our exciting annual Winter Solstice events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Exploring History: A Journey through Forbes’ Heritage Week Tour

Heritage Week was a whirlwind of excitement, and once again the historical bus tour proved to be an experience like no other! Exploring our local history, a sold-out tour embarked on a journey that unveiled the rich tapestry of stories woven into and from the very fabric of our community.

First stop was the Road Kill Sculpture, nestled just around the bend in the river from Fenn’s Crossing. Here, roving actor troupe Convict Footprints painted a vivid picture of the arduous march from Lambing Flat to Lachlan Goldfields during the gold rush of 1861. The footsteps of the early pioneers were retraced while guests learnt about Fenn’s Crossing—the only river crossing in the area—and the many challenges faced by travelers.

Onto the Lachlan Vintage Village, a treasure trove of history waiting to be discovered.
Convict Footprints regaled the avid observer with tales of the great South Lead and the gold rush that once gripped the region. Guests marvelled at the Assayers Hut, where the purity of gold was tested, and imagined the bustling activity of miners seeking their fortunes.

The final destination of the tour was the Pioneer Cemetery, a solemn reminder of the lives lost and the legacies left behind. Here, Convict Footprints recounted the multicultural influx that transformed Forbes during the gold rush, with a mosaic of cultures converging in search of wealth and opportunity.
Wandering among the gravestones, visitors paid homage to the early pioneers who helped shape our town, their final resting place a testament to their enduring spirit. Yet, even in the face of adversity, faith remained a constant, offering solace to those who had little else. The tour journey concluded with a poignant reading from an 1863 newspaper, offering a glimpse into life in Forbes.

Heritage Week may have come to an end, but the stories told will continue to inspire and preserve for years to come. Reflecting on our shared history; a reminder of the sacrifices of those who came before us and to honor their legacy by preserving our heritage for future generations to cherish.

Where there’s Frost, there’s Fire!

Frost & Fire headliner


We are thrilled to announce  Vera Blue as our headliner for this year’s event. 
As a former local Forbes artist we are incredibly excited to see her Amazing talent here performing for our hugely successful Winter Solstice event.

Along with Vera Blue, we have other fantastic artists to serenade us under the stars including Raechel Whitchurch, Cler, Em & Jo, Gracey Denham-Jones and Cameron Sharp, and of course, we can’t forget about our other entertainment for the evening including fireworks, Cirque Um Navigate fire dancers and the divine Ice Queen on stilts to help us celebrate this year’s Winter Solstice.

Tickets are on sale now via 123 tix so get in quick to ensure you don’t miss out on our 6th annual Frost and Fire event.

Chill out in Forbes this Winter


Why not make a magical weekend of it and kick off the Winter Solstice celebrations with an enchanting evening tailored for families at ChillFest!
Taking place on June 21st in Forbes, ChillFest promises a delightful array of activities and entertainment for the whole family.

Glide and twirl on our synthetic ice-skating rink beneath the starlit sky, creating cherished memories with family and friends. Indulge your taste buds with delightful treats from our food stalls, offering a variety of delicious options to satisfy every craving. 

For the little ones, immerse yourselves in the wonder of our family-friendly movie night in the Youth Centre Hall, featuring beloved films that will enchant and captivate young hearts. 

But the excitement doesn’t stop there! ChillFest is also a feast for the senses, with a snow cone machine adding a sweet touch to the festivities, an inflatable snow globe providing endless photo opportunities, and a DJ who will be spinning tunes to keep the energy high throughout the night. 

Tickets are selling FAST – head over to 123 tix to grab yours now!

Upcoming Events!

Why not find yourself at one of our amazing events this Winter –  there’s something for everyone!

Find all the details on the Facebook pages and websites for Amazing Forbes and Forbes Shire Council

Saturday 1 June
Arts Out West is celebrating 50 years of arts and cultural development in the NSW Central West.
Join us for a night of dinner, entertainment, art and connecting.
Hosted by performer Tim Hansen, curated by musician Rob Shannon with guests Georgia Sideris & Bathurst country folk duo Great Aunt making up a house band performing throughout the night.
Eat your Greens catering and exhibitions on site.

Tickets $110 and include complimentary drink on arrival, seating at 6pm for 6.30pm start.
Bookings can be made here .

2 – 30 June
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of regional arts development organisation ‘Arts OutWest’, they will open a trio of exhibitions.
Two of these will be open Sunday 2 June, Saturday 8 June, Sunday 9 June and Monday 10 June, 10am-2pm.
The third exhibition will be featured separately, on display from June 2nd to 3oth at the Forbes Visitor Information Centre. The daily plinth Show: featuring works from Parkes Wiradjuri artist Rhonda Sharp, will display works of fibre art from recycled materials.
Entry is free.

Held across June 6-14th the Forbes Eisteddfod showcases local talent in Music, Dance and Speech & Drama. 
For further details including entries, ticketing and locations visit 

Thursday 13 June
This year’s forum will focus on heavy vehicle access, safety, compliance, industry case studies and more.
Come along to listen, learn and ask questions of industry experts. 
6.30am to 11.30am, Forbes Inn (43 Rankin Street, Forbes)
COST: Free
ENQUIRIES: call Council’s Road Safety Officer, Melanie Suitor on (02) 6861 2364.
Friday 21 June 
Gear up for an enchanting family evening at ChillFest, the perfect kickoff to Forbes’ Frost and Fire weekend. Glide on our synthetic ice-skating rink beneath the stars, indulge in delightful treats from food stalls, and join us for a cosy family movie night in the Youth and Community Centre.
Tickets are selling FAST – grab yours here.

Saturday 22 June 
Our 6th Annual Winter Solstice celebration, Frost & Fire has something for all ages!
Our headliner Vera Blue, plus the amazing talents of Raechel Whitchurch, Cler, Em & Jo, Gracey Denham-Jones and Cameron Sharp, will have you keeping warm and entertained!
Grab your event and transport tickets here!
Saturday 29 June 2024
Forbes Rugby Club’s annual cocktail night – this year with an 80’s theme!

7pm start – follow Forbes Rugby Club on Facebook for further details.

Saturday 3 August
The Central West Bird Club’s Annual Expo is on again!
With hundreds of birds of all different species, trade stands providing all your birding needs, food vans and even general markets it is lining up to be a great morning out!
Forbes Showground – Entry fees may apply.
Find your sense of adventure this Winter and visit AMAZING Forbes.
We look forward to seeing you! 
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