Woolmers Festival of Roses | Longford
One of Tasmania’s most important World Heritage Sites has held its annual Festival of Roses event for 2015.
The event, held on Sunday 15 November, had approximately 6000 attendees. Woolmers’ renowned rose garden was the main drawcard - and it was looking incredible on the day. Awash in the sweet scent of hundreds of different roses, it was a total feast for the senses.
The Woolmers Festival of Roses is a beautifully laid out festival. Spread out on 35 acres there were over seventy stallholders, including Tasmanian food vans, craft stalls and local produce. These made a meandering trail through the estate along its tree lined paths. There were plenty of lush, shaded, grassy areas for people to relax out of the sun, enjoy their lunch, or just stop for a rest and drink in the atmosphere.
Woolmers Estate is one of Tasmania’s important UNESCO Convict World Heritage listed historic sites. The estate was established by the Archer family from a land grant in 1817 and remained in the family until 1994. After this it was passed on to the Woolmers Foundation Inc. The estate is an example of the use of convict labour to build, and maintain, a large colonial pastoral estate. The array of buildings dotted across the estate acted as a village, allowing Woolmers to be basically self-sufficient. It even had its own chapel!
Most of the beautiful, convict built outbuildings and homestead still remain at Woolmers. These are open to the public to explore. Guided tours of the Estate can also be booked.
More information about Woolmers Estate can be found on their website here