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Seymour Military Heritage Weekend
March 6, 2014 @ 12:00 am - 7:00 am
The 2014 Seymour Military Heritage Weekend is ready to go off with a bang on Saturday 3 May and Sunday 4 May.
The stories of military life will come to life in a thrilling live event at the Australian Light Horse park in Seymour.
Mitchell Shire Council along with living history groups from all over the state present a two-day demonstration of military living history. This demonstration will feature encampments and re-enactments in addition to tours of significant military sites.
Visitors will be able to experience the explosive power first hand as they are faced with realistic Australian world war re-enactments. The program features battlefield and sniper scenarios, firing demonstrations from a variety of weapons, a military vehicle display, and entertainment for the children.
This demonstration will delight military enthusiasts, history buffs and anyone interested in Australia‚Äôs war history.
Saturday 3 May – get up close to the action, equipment and heritage sites that bring history to life.
Join us for Military Re-enactments, Vehicle Displays, Live Music and Entertainment for the children at the Australian Light Horse Park, Seymour from 1pm – 8pm.
1pm: Festivities Begin
The weekend kicks off at the Australian Light Horse Memorial Park, Seymour with a variety of military vehicle displays, music from the Melbourne Australian Army Band and entertainment for the whole family
3pm: Military Heritage Re-enactments – Be a part of the action.
Join us for the main event as we re-enact different aspects of historical training and camp life at the Seymour Camp throughout its history. It will involve fully uniformed, re-created soldiers from Australia and the United States conducting simulated field firing and tactical training from The Great War, and the Second World War. Taking part in this re-enactment will be dismounted troops, artillery and vehicles.
The evening will conclude with a dazzling display of fireworks that will light up the Seymour night sky,
Location: Goulburn Valley Highway, Seymour.
This year, the Military Heritage Weekend will be held at the Australian Light Horse Memorial Park, Seymour. The park was once part of Victoria’s largest Army base, the Seymour Camp, also known as Site 17.
Comprising 150 hectares of park land, scattered throughout with relics of the camp days (including original horse troughs), the park has walking trails, memorials, and a marvellous information pavilion, located just across the creek from the picnic area and carpark. Stunning views can be seen from ANZAC Hill.
Getting there and away.
The Australian Light Horse Memorial Park is situated only 5 mins out of Seymour and just over an hour from Melbourne‚Äôs CBD via the Hume Freeway or Northern Highway.
There will be parking available at the Australian Light Horse Memorial Park.
What to bring
The 2014 Military Heritage Weekend is shaping up to be a once in a life time event. Military re-enactments, static exhibits and stalls are sure to thrill the whole family. To help make the day more enjoyable, organisers have compiled the following list of items you may wish to consider to bring:
‚Ä¢ A picnic rug
‚Ä¢ A umbrella ( just in case)
‚Ä¢ A Hat – limited shade is available
‚Ä¢ Sunscreen – the Victorian Cancer Council recommends sunscreen with a SPF 30+
‚Ä¢ Appropriate clothing – the weather can change, so remember to wear sun protective clothing and bring a warm wind/rain resistant top
‚Ä¢ BYO wheelchair or electric mobility scooter
‚Ä¢ Smoking – smoking is restricted to designated areas adjacent to each entry gate.
‚Ä¢ Camera – don’t forget to pack the camera.
‚Ä¢ Sorry, No dogs.
Sunday 4 May – tours of military significant sites in Mitchell shire.
Seymour and surrounds has been recognised for many years as an area that has had a long standing relationship with the Military.
But are you aware of all the sites that this area holds?
Take a journey and visit some of the significant military sites in Mitchell Shire including the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk, a tour of the Puckapunyal Army Base and the Australian Army Tank Museum.
Bookings are essential for the Sunday tours as numbers are limited. To book your place contact Council’s Business and Tourism Liaison on:
T: (03) 5734 6200