Oamaru’s biggest festival of the year is nearly here.
Three thousand programmes publicising the 2016 Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations arrived at the i-Site on Wednesday. Staff are distributing them to libraries, accommodation providers and public spots throughout the district and encouraging everyone to grab a copy.
The programmes feature a multitude of activities and entertainments running from November 16 to 20. With the theme “Medicine in the Victorian Era”, they are “guaranteed for the relief of boredom and everyday stresses and strains”, as the front cover says.
Many of the events are free of charge and cater for families and people of all ages.
Others go into such alarming medical detail that they are recommended for a mature audience. The Victorian Domestic Goddess’s latest adventures, for example, are “Not suitable for spinsters, gentlemen with dicky tickers, pregnant women, members of the Temperance movement, or ladies who do church flowers”.
Such wicked wit can be found throughout the programme, thanks to local groups going all out to provide unique experiences for locals and visitors alike.
Many people have stayed away from the celebrations, not wanting to wear costumes and make spectacles of themselves. say don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. You don’t have to dress up – just go along and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.
Tourism Waitaki event co-ordinator Brooke Kofoed said bookings for all activities in the programme open on October 1. She advises making the commitment early, to avoid missing out.