Ballarat Heritage Festival: Cycling, fashion and old-world charm

If you love cycling, fashion or just how beautiful the Ballarat streets are in autumn, the iconic Tweed Ride and Tweed Fashions on the Field are not to be missed on May 8.

Part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival, the Tweed Ride sends cyclists dressed in vintage and heritage-inspired outfits of tweeds, velvets, capes and kilts, down Ballarat’s most picturesque streets.

The saying is true, everything old is new again. Whether you have jumped on a trend of the past twelve months or have an old-charm outfit sitting in the back of your wardrobe, get dressed up for what is set to be one of the most fun mornings in May! 

Ballarat Tweed Ride host, Liana Skewes, will take riders around Lake Wendouree, down Sturt Street to the Town Hall for a group photo, and then to the finish at the Ballarat Mining Exchange. 

“The Ballarat Tweed Ride is my favourite way to see the city I am so proud to call home,” said Ms Skewes. 

“It’s a casual event of fashion, cycling and fun, and is open to those aged twelve and above. All bikes are welcome to join us on the twelve kilometre journey that explores some of Ballarat’s most historical locations.” 

Cyclists are also invited to attend the Tweed Fashions on the Field event after the ride, which will include a tweed fashion parade, and the opportunity to enjoy delicious food and beverages in one of Ballarat’s most iconic venues, the Ballarat Mining Exchange.

Fashion award categories are:

  • Most elegant rider
  • Most dapper rider
  • Most elegant spectator
  • Most dapper spectator
  • Tweediest Tot
  • Most magnificent millinery
  • Group of distinction
  • Most stylish steed

To join in the most stylish way to explore the city, make sure you book your place. Both the Tweed Ride and the Tweed Fashions on the Field are free events but registrations are essential.

The Tweed Ride and Tweed Fashions on the Field are part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival, running from May 7 to 30.

Event Details

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Ballarat Tweed Ride & Tweed Fashions on the Field

Saturday 8 May, 10am

Ride starts at the canons beside Pipers on Wendouree Parade and finishes at the Mining Exchange.

Cost: FREE (Bookings essential)

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