Set on the Warrnambool Foreshore and surrounds, BeachFest is an incredible family event offering a range of (mostly free) beachside activities from the 27th December to Australia Day.

From beach sports to creative workshops – there’s something for everyone!

Warrnambool Art Gallery presents NGV Kids on Tour 2020

A National Gallery of Victoria initiative that offers children and families throughout regional and metropolitan Victoria the opportunity to engage with art and creativity through a range of free hands-on activities and workshops. The theme of the NGV Kids on Tour program 2020 is PLAYTIME and we are excited to be working with the NGV and Warrnambool Art Gallery to deliver the program.

Sand Sculpting

One of our most popular activities! Professional sand sculptors will teach you the secrets of this amazing art form in this drop in workshop.

Art with Harley

Join renowned local artist Harley Manifold, as he recreates the iconic breakwater from the late 1800’s, with your very own artistic creations!

Sunday 29 December 11am – 1pm


Come and Try Beach Sports

Fun interactive introduction sessions to various sports and activities including cricket, soccer and ultimate Frisbee. Learn new skills, have fun and make new friends. Sessions will be led by experienced facilitators.

The Nature Bus

A first of its kind in Australia, The Nature Bus provides nature based learning and play programs. The Nature Bus will be running fun ocean themed craft activities such as making clay sea animals and building sand globes.

Summer Sew and Beeswax Wraps

Summer sew is a pop-up sewing station where you can make your own beach bag, swim bag, shopping bag or a denim jean bag. The team from Sewing Station Warrnambool will be on board to help first time and experienced sewers. In our Beeswax Wrap workshop and you'll learn how to make your very own Beeswax Food Wraps, a new skill to take you a step closer to living more sustainably.

Making Music with Tom Richardson

Join Tom for two exciting musical workshops. Channel your inner John Lennon, Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran in an introduction to song writing workshops for kids. Or bring the beat in our ‘Drum Circle for All’ session. All ages & abilities welcome! Together we'll take a journey around the world & guarantee to leave you feeling goooood.

These events are VERY popular so it's first in best dressed for drums. To be safe bring your own drum. Buckets are fine.

Kite Making and Flying Workshops

There is nothing like the feel of a kite tugging on the end of a line as a gust of wind sends it looping, swooping and soaring through the sky! Join Jo and Ricky Baker, professional kite flyers, as they explore the science behind how a kite stays afloat amongst the clouds, what impact the different shapes of kites have on how they catch the wind, and how kites have been used around the world. Make and decorate your own diamond kite and finish the session by launching it into the sky so it can play with the wind.

Night Markets and Twilight Movies

Lake Pertobe comes alive on Friday evenings with a unique evening of shopping and dining. A vast array of stalls, delectable food and free live music combine to create a great night out. Once you’ve visited the markets, stroll down to Warrnambool’s twilight cinema and enjoy a movie beneath the stars.