Brayshaw Heritage Park Open Day
Brayshaw Heritage Park will be welcoming visitors on 6 February. As RED settings will apply Vaccine Passes, Contact Tracing, Mask Wearing for those 12 and over, as well as social distancing and limited numbers indoors will be a different experience. However, host organisations are keen to ensure that Marlborough’s rich heritage will be on show and as engaging as ever.
This year Blenheim Riverside Railway will be offering Train and Railcar rides from 12 – 4. We also have some exciting events, including a viewing of the Marlborough Mermaid from 1 – 2 at Girlings in Beavertown. We anticipate considerable interest from the scientific community, and the general public. Live music will be happening at Old Tua Marina Church 11.30 – 1.30. The annual Marlborough Museum Steampunk Awards will be judged at 11 a.m.
The Vintage Car Club will be open with displays of fabulous vehicles and serving light refreshments from 10 – 4; Marlborough Museum will have FREE entry to exhibitions including the Wairau Bar, the Wine Exhibition, Tiki Taonga, Embroidery, and Steampunk. The Rock & Mineral Club will be offering fun family gold panning again. Miniature Train Rides will also be running from 10 – 4. Our local Stamp Club will also be welcoming visitors from 10 – 4 and the Fire Station and Stables in Beavertown will also be open for viewing.
Steve Austin, Executive Director of the Marlborough Heritage Trust, says it is a ‘good opportunity for everyone to reflect on their connection to heritage and history, on a personal and civic level.
In these times of prolonged uncertainty, we need to value our sense of connection and continuity with the past, as well as take care of our broader wellbeing and community engagement. This is a great day to have intergenerational experiences and conversations with friends and family. Many of us have had time to do a bit of family history, share historic photographs, and catch up on reading about the past.
We all must find a healthy way of living each day and feeling positive about the future. Often this can come from understanding and engaging with our personal and community heritage.
We know that the people who come to the Park will really value the opportunity to connect with and celebrate our heritage.’
Come and check out our new moa selfie station, the Marlborough Mermaid, train rides, Steampunk offering, gold panning and music!