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Festival of Bells

The inaugural Festival of Bells is centred around Bathurst's recently upgraded and now world-class War Memorial Carillon. Music, celebrations, ceremony and family events will bring this wonderful structure to life - look inside, listen to the chimes and enjoy beautiful Kings Parade.

One of just three Carillons in Australia, Bathurst’s Carillon is the only one in regional and rural Australia. (The other two are at Sydney University in Sydney, and the inspiring Carillon in Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.)

Opened in the 1930’s and built by the community, Bathurst’s Carillon is the centrepiece of the the city. Located on Kings’ Parade, this is a beautiful setting for the classic Art Deco building – come and see for yourself why it’s understandably so loved in Bathurst.

A wonderful program of free events is planned over two days, including the World Premiere of a commissioned Digeridoo piece by Gerard Brophy, specially for Carillon. Plus recitals honouring Australian Peacekeepers and thanking Essential Services, a Twilight Family Concert, a Mother’s Day Concert and much more.

The very best of local food and wine will also be available at the venue, or bring a picnic and just enjoy the music.

For full details and bookings click here.

Event dates

Event Details

Kings' Parade, Bathurst, n

Kings' Parade is bounded by William, George, Church and Russell Streets in Bathurst.


Friday 7 May - Last Post Ceremony and laying of wreaths at 5pm, followed by recitals, the Chamber of Eternal Flame will be open until 7pm
Saturday 8 May - Recitals, and Twilight Family Concert from 1.30pm until 7pm
Sunday 9 May - Recitals and Mother's Day Concert from 12noon until 4pm

Entry fees:
Prebooking requiredhttps://www.bathurstregion.com.au/festival-of-bells/
Attendance limit:
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
very limited parking, park setting so bring chair or blanket, social distancing will be enforced, excellent ice cream available close by!