Join in and 'Have a Go' at Cobb & Co
IT'S the only event of its sort in Australia, bringing together artisans of all descriptions to ply their trades and crafts and, best of all, let you try your hand at them.
The Cobb & Co Museum's annual Have a Go Festival is on over just one jam-packed day this year, running from 9am to 9pm on Saturday, February 25.
About 1500 people are expected to take part, and director operations Deborah Bailey said for many people, particularly seniors, it was a unique and fun way to catch up with friends.
You can watch demonstrations by award-winning artisans, take part in free activities, learn a new skill at the mini-workshops and enjoy all the museum itself has to offer - including the café. You'll even get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes.
At night, you can also try a drop or two of boutique wines, beers or mead.
"It really does make for a really nice full day out, with literally something for everyone," Deborah said.
Your $15 adult festival admission allows you to enjoy Step Up and Have a Go activities such as crochet, damper-making, lace-making and paper-crafting, weaving, relief printing, silk painting, making rustic furniture and whip-cracking.
You can see indigenous artist Daniel Murphy at work, an airbrush artist, learn about bee-keeping, corsetry, doll-making, wheelwrighting and, when you get a bit thirsty, lean how to craft beers, mead or take grapes from the vine to the bottle.
But if you want to get a little more serious about a craft, book a place in one - or two or three - of the many mini-workshops on offer from $30-$50 each (which includes your festival entry).
Deborah said millinery workshops were proving a real hit with seniors this year. But there is a huge range from which to choose, including the ever-popular blacksmithing, copper-foiling, felting, jewellery-making, leather-plaiting, pressed metal and woodturning.
"The traditional crafts certainly appeal to seniors and if they are retired they may have more time to take up new arts and crafts," Deborah said.
There are strict number limits on the mini-workshops to ensure individualised attention, and bookings have been open for some time, so be sure to reserve your spot.
Book at cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au or call 4659 4900.