1. Do I need to purchase a ticket?
The Bathurst Winter Festival is free to enter and enjoy.
Tickets will need to be purchased for ice-skating (pre-purchase online HERE), the giant ferris wheel, two-storey carousel and other show rides. Ride tickets are $5 per person and can only be purchased from the ticket box onsite in the Winter Playground.

2. Who do I contact if I have issues purchasing my ice skating tickets?
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3. What time is the festival open?
The Winter Playground is open 9am - 9pm daily, 2 - 17 July, with ice skating sesssions every hour (the last session starting at 8pm).

4. Where is the festival?
The Winter Playground is located in Kings Parade in the Bathurst town and along Russell Street in front of the Bathurst Regional Council Civic Centre at 158 Russell Street.

5. What rides will be at the festival?
The giant Ferris wheel and two-storey carousel will be at the festival the every day 9am - 9pm. Additional rides, will also be at the festival every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9am - 9pm. 

6. Can I bring food into the event?
Yes, patrons are welcome to bring food into the event. There will also be food and drinks available for purchase.

7. Is the event wheelchair accessible?
Yes, there are access ramps located near all accessible parking zones. Please be aware that some areas of the park may be difficult to access by wheelchair.

8. Can I bring my dog?
Animals can be brought into the festival at times except for on the festival nights, Armada Bathurst Opening Night (4pm - 9pm, 2 July) and Charles Sturt University Brew & Bite (4pm - 9pm, Friday 8 July & 12pm - 9pm Saturday 9 July). Assistance animals accepted at all times.

9. Where can I park and enter the venue?
General public parking can be found in the streets around the event precinct.
Designated accessible parking can be found in on William Street and George Street.
All day parking is available in along George and Keppel Street next to Machattie Park, as well as the Bathurst RSL carpark off Rankin Street.

10. Will alcohol be sold at the festival?
Yes, only at Armada Bathurst Opening Night & Charles Sturt University Brew & Bite. There will be a number of local vendors selling mulled wines, craft ales, gin, ciders and beers.

11. Will food be available at the festival?
Yes, there will be food and beverages available in the Winter Playground 9am - 9pm daily throughout the festival. There will also be plenty of other delicious food options at Armada Bathurst Opening Night and Charles Sturt University Brew & Bite.

12. Will there be market stalls?
Yes, the main days/nights that market stalls will feature is at Charles Sturt University Brew & Bite.

13. Will merchandise be sold at the event?
Yes, merchandise will be available for purchase and can be pre-ordered for pick up HERE.

14. Is there a parents’ room at the event?
No, the closest parents’ room can be found at the Bathurst Chase shopping Centre.

15. How do I pay for things at the event?
Ice Skating - Tickets can be purchased from the reception desk located within the McDonald's Bathurst Ice Rink marquee.
Rides – Tickets can be purchased using Eftpos or cash from the onsite ticket booth located in the Winter Playground. Contactless transactions are preferred.

Food and Beverages – Most food and beverage vendors will accept Eftpos or cash, some may be cash only. Contactless transactions are preferred.
Market Stalls – Most market stalls accept both Eftpos and cash, some may be cash only. Contactless transactions are preferred.

Is there ATM facilities available at the event?
No, there will be no ATMs on site.

16. What if it rains?
If it rains the event will go ahead unless conditions are deemed to be dangerous. If the forecast is for even the slightest possibility of rain bring good quality raincoats and suitable footwear.

17. Are there first aid and medical services at the festival?
Yes, first aid is available within the ice rink 9am - 9pm daily. St John’s Ambulance will also be on-site to assist with medical emergencies on key festival nights (Armada Bathurst Opening Night and Charles Sturt University Brew & Bite).

Please ask Security, Event Staff or First Aid officers for help if you require medical attention. Please consider others as well as your own safety. If someone is in need of medical attention please let Security, Event staff or First Aid know so they can help.

Bathurst Base Hospital Emergency Department is located next to the event precinct, at 361 Howick Street, (02) 6330 5311.

In the event of an emergency, call 000 for Police, Ambulance or Fire Brigade assistance.

18. Where can I see photos from the event?
Head to the Bathurst Regional Council Events Facebook page to check out all the photos from the event.