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Sovereign Hill's Raspberry Rebellion these school holidays

Monday, 23 September 2013


This September school holidays there is something special happening at Sovereign Hill The Main Street at Sovereign Hill is turning a bright shade of red, as The Raspberry Drop Rebellion is brought to life these September school holidays. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a full day of old-fashioned, rebellious fun, with this years holiday program bigger than ever. 

The Redcoats will take over Main Street, with girls and boys aged between 7-12 years able to join the British Army’s 40th Regiment of Foot in Ballarat. In this special school holiday program, kids will be introduced to the daily life of a Redcoat soldier encamped on the goldfields. Each child will enlist, get their uniform, and learn about camp duties, a soldier’s drill, army doctoring and how the Redcoats fire their muskets!

Sovereign Hills famous Raspberry Drops will be the taste on everyones lips - with over 3,000,000 sold every year, theyve always been a firm favourite with both young and old. Made on site by Browns Confectioners since 1974, children can watch lolly-making demonstrations each day, and delight in revealing their red tongues after indulging in a raspberry drop! The Raspberry drops would have to be the main reason I go and visit Sovereign Hill so much, and I am always sent with a shopping list to buy for friends and family. I love the raspberry drops and leaving with a tinted red smile.


There will also be a gingerbread workshop, where children can get hands-on with decorating traditional gingerbread; and Music in the Goldfields, where families can learn a traditional goldfields song or two. In addition, all of Sovereign Hills regular activities including gold panning, three different mine tours, coach rides, candle-making, bowling and the full range of daily favourites can be enjoyed. Other highlights include:

Hansel and Gretel’s Gingerbread House
Explore the Gingerbread House from the tale by the Brothers Grimm. Why not stay and add some craft sweets to the cottage or to the garden? There will be plenty of fun for children in a cosy woodlands setting. From 11am – 3pm daily at the Horse Bazaar.

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast is one of the best-loved fairy tales ever, and we’ve added our own touch of silliness, a good dose of slapstick, and even the odd pirate and witch, to ensure that it’s riotous pantomime fun for children of any age. You can boo, cheer, sigh, laugh and cry to your heart’s content! 2.15pm daily at the Victoria Theatre, Main Street.

So, rise up and join in The Raspberry Drop Rebellion these school holidays!  Sovereign Hill is an easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne, and there is ample free, unlimited parking on-site.

The cost to get into Sovereign Hill is as follows-
General admission:
Adults $47.00,

Children (5-15) $21.40

Concession and family passes available.


I think if you are looking for something to do these school holidays why not make a trip up to Ballarat and visit Sovereign Hill, I know you will not be disappointed. With Spring in full bloom now, you will sure to have a dry day or two to be able to hit the town of Ballarat, but do remember to take a coat just in case as it can get cold and quick up there. 

When:    September School Holidays, Saturday 21 September – Sunday 6 October 2013. Open daily from 10am.


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