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What's on

From live demonstrations to music, food and artisan displays - find out what was on at the Lost Trades Fair Bendigo.
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What went on in 2024

There is something at Lost Trades to inspire everyone at any age. Watch hands at work, meet the makers, ask questions, have a go, share secrets, techniques and knowledge. Be inspired by more than 180 artisan makers sharing their crafts. 


Gates open at 9.30am for pre-booked tickets. Tickets will be available each day at the gate from 10.00am.


Wander through slowly to take it all in. Music and arena demonstrations start at 10am and run through until 4.30pm. Grab a bite on the way through the local food precinct before entering the artisan village, more than 180 master artisans at work will fill your senses and show you just how talented anyone can be with dedication, practise, skill and the right training.

Daily tickets, concessions, family tickets, group bookings and full weekend passes are also available online.

All Day Demonstration program:  see Demonstration Page.

Music Line Up - Bands and musical acts detailed on the "What's On" page. 



Watch master artisans at work using age old techniques to create incredible things by hand. Take a front row seat and watch stonemasons, blacksmiths, leather workers, woodworkers, textile workers and decorative artists at work.    

Trades and crafts in in Metal, Wood, Leather, Textiles, Decorative Arts, Stone, Fibre, Clay, Glass. 


Live demonstrations

From spoon carving races to whip cracking demonstrations, fly rod casting, ropemaking and a tug-of-war the group demonstrations will entertain throughout the weekend along with more than 180 artisans sharing their skills with you.  


Little Tradies

There is so much for the Little tradies in us all to see and do at Lost Trades.

Spend a day with no screens, phones and ipads - and find your imagination and discover

the joy of getting your hands dirty and make stuff.

Dip you own birthday candles. Carve your own adventure toys.

Participate in activities just for Little Tradies: 

Hobby Horse Race ~ Egg+Spoon Race ~ Sack Race ~ Gum Boot Toss ~ Stone Mini Walling


Live music on the main stage

Head to the main stage - if you need to rest your feet or take a seat - and enjoy the great music line up that Lost Trades presents all weekend. A mix of folk, indie, instrumental and bluegrass music presented by local musicians, duos, and bands are the perfect way to relax between visiting artisans and watching demonstrations.

On the main 'big top' stage - on the hour from 11.00am Sat & Sun

Morrigan Wilding, Jaybird, Scott Cook, Mal & Ky, Rhys Crimmin, Lucy Wise, Peter Daffy,

Apolline, Son Quba, Polly Christie & Friends , Aluwishus Jones, & Kyneton Street Band 


Food & drinks

Food Lovers - Treat your tastebuds to fresh local food


If you love good food - then Lost Trades delivers with a great selection of food for everyone. Meet the food makers themselves that will serve you up bavarian sausages with a family recipe kraut, hand rolled dumplings, home grown beef burgers, vege burgers, brisket and pulled pork that has been smoked for more than 20 hours, pizza straight from the woodfired oven, calamari, vegetarian noodles, falafels, delicious homemade baked goods, devonshire tea and scones, home made lemonade, great coffee and fair favourite; freshly squeezed orange slushies from local Victorian grown oranges. 


(note Lost Trades has a policy of NO soft drinks or any canned or bottled drinks from large manufacturers - our food vendors will not have these products for sale)

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. 

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