The Raspberry Drop Rebellion comes to Melbourne!

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Main Street at Sovereign Hill is turning a bright shade of red, as ‘The Raspberry Drop Rebellion’ is brought to life these September school holidays. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a full day of old-fashioned, rebellious fun, with this year’s holiday program bigger than ever.


Sovereign Hill has been delighting visitors since it was officially opened to the public on Sunday, 29 November 1970. In the 1960s, the Ballarat community recognised the need to preserve the unique heritage of the city through a network of museums that would collect research and interpret the significance of the goldrush era. From this vision, Sovereign Hill was born.


This year the Redcoats will take over Main Street, with girls and boys aged between 7-12 years able to join the British Army’s 40th Regiment of Foot in Ballarat. In this special school holiday program, kids will be introduced to the daily life of a Redcoat soldier encamped on the goldfields. Each child will enlist, get their uniform, and learn about camp duties, a soldier’s drill, army doctoring and how the Redcoats fire their muskets!


Sovereign Hill’s famous Raspberry Drops will be the taste on everyone’s lips - with over 3,000,000 sold every year, they’ve always been a firm favourite with both young and old. Made on site by Brown’s Confectioners since 1974, children can watch lolly-making demonstrations each day, and delight in revealing their red tongues after indulging in a raspberry drop!


There will also be a gingerbread workshop, where children can get hands-on with decorating traditional gingerbread; and ‘Music in the Goldfields’, where families can learn a traditional goldfields song or two. In addition, all of Sovereign Hill’s regular activities including gold panning, three different mine tours, coach rides, candle-making, bowling and the full range of daily favourites can be enjoyed. Other highlights include:


Hansel and Gretel’s Gingerbread House 

Explore the Gingerbread House from the tale by the Brothers Grimm. Why not stay and add some craft sweets to the cottage or to the garden? There will be plenty of fun for children in a cosy woodlands setting. From 11am – 3pm daily at the Horse Bazaar.


Beauty and the Beast 

Beauty and the Beast is one of the best-loved fairy tales ever, and we’ve added our own touch of silliness, a good dose of slapstick, and even the odd pirate and witch, to ensure that it’s riotous pantomime fun for children of any age. You can boo, cheer, sigh, laugh and cry to your heart’s content! 2.15pm daily at the Victoria Theatre, Main Street.


So, rise up and join in ‘The Raspberry Drop Rebellion’ these school holidays! Sovereign Hill is an easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne, and there is ample free, unlimited parking on-site.


When: September School Holidays, Saturday 21 September – Sunday 6 October 2013. Open daily from 10am.
Where: Sovereign Hill, 3 Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, 3350

Ph: (03) 5337 1199 or visit

General admission:
Adults $47.00,
Children (5-15) $21.40

Concession and family passes available.