Culture and Lifestyle
In Blayney and its villages, it is possible to live the dream on the land or in a small village community within some of most beautiful and bountiful county-side in NSW, yet still be within just half an hour of all the rich cultural benefits of two major regional cities. Restaurants, galleries, theatres, sporting clubs, schools, universities – Orange and Bathurst have everything you could possibly need at your doorstep in the Village Shire.
The historic village of Millthorpe is home to a community of around 700 people. Weekends in Millthorpe are a hive of activity with locals and visitors alike attracted to the village atmosphere and many shops, cafes and restaurants lining the old blue-stone main street. www.millthorpevillage.com.au
The Millthorpe Markets, known as one of the best markets in the region, are held twice a year on the first Sunday in April and the first Sunday in December annually. www.millthorpemarkets.com
Agricultural Shows are fundamental to every country town – a chance for community to come together and celebrate the produce, craft and pastoral industry of the region. The Carcoar Show, held every October, is a traditional country show with fun, family entertainment. www.agshowsnsw.org.au
The Centre Point Sport and Leisure Centre in Blayney features three indoor heated pools including a 25 metre lap pool and gymnasium.
The Carcoar Dam is situated in an attractive setting, providing an ideal site for many types of outdoor recreation. Water sports such as swimming, power boating, sailing, sail boarding and water skiing can all be enjoyed on the dam. Fishing is another popular activity and the dam is stocked with red-fin, golden perch and trout.
The Blayney Town Association is a vibrant community group with one of the most dynamic Facebook pages in the region – communicating all events, great and small, and issues of importance to the Blayney community.
Follow this link to the Blayney Community Directory for information on community groups, sporting clubs, churches and businesses in Blayney Shire.