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Fire and Stars with Peter Ford

Celebrate the prelude to the Winter Solstice with a night of food cooked over fire served under the stars at the historic Ballarat Observatory.

A night of mulled wine, forest walks, bouillabaisse served from a cauldron, wines from Pyrenees maker Summerfield, eel and Western Plains porchetta off the grill.

A chance to see the moon through a century old telescope, hear about the comet that people thought signalled an extra-terrestrial visitation, explore the beautiful historic buildings housing telescopes that were the cutting edge technology of the late 1800s. Finish with sweet dumplings from the fire.

Rug up, wear your best outdoors boots, this is a casual, fun, intriguing and delicious night at the Ballarat Observatory with tours by astronomical experts, stories by award winning writer Richard Cornish and food by Peter Ford.

Adults – $100 includes three course casual meal, one glass x mulled wine, tours, entertainment for three (3) hours.

Children – $50 includes the above and one x glass soft drink.

Beer and wine available for purchase.


18 Jun 2021 - 16 Jul 2021

439 Cobden Street, Mount Pleasant, VIC 3350Get directions


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.