The Bathurst Winter Festival has come and gone for another year and it's once again proved popular for all festival goers - whether locals or from out of town.
This year's festival ran from July 6 to 21, with the ice rink, two-storey carousel and ferris wheel in operation at the closed section of Russell Street from William and George Street.
Illuminations also decorated surrounding buildings - including the Bathurst Court Hourse - while Machattie Park and the fernery were transformed into an enchanted forest with light displays, music and props decorating the area.
Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger said this year's Bathurst Winter Festival was fantastic.
"We had some great support from the local businesses in town and after a great 2019, bring on 2020," he said.
"I think the three main attractions - the ice rink, carousel and ferris wheel - worked really well.
"Everything about the festival was great and soon the street will be back to normal and it'll look like it never happened."
Cr Hanger explained that the carousel is headed to the Ekka (the Royal Queensland Show), while the ferris wheel is off to Geelong where it'll receive required maintenance.
Bathurst councillor Jess Jennings said while he thought this year's winter festival went well, he believes it's good to improve on it every year.
"Probably nothing too radical, but I'd like to see it improved and changed up every year," he said.
"The traditional rides proved to be a winner, but I'd like to see what they're doing at Machattie Park grow. They're trying to create an immersive experience and hopefully they keep growing it.
"I'd also like to see the festival expanded down through Keppel Street and potentially to other streets in town, if logistically possible."
The Bathurst Winter Festival was originally meant to be a one-off event in 2015 to mark the bicentenary of Bathurst.
However, due to the popularity of the event, a decision was made to make the festival an annual event.
This year's edition of the Bathurst Winter Festival was the event's fifth consecutive year since its launch.
Facebook reactions to Bathurst Winter Festival:
- Hayley Davis: Awesome festival, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The only downfall was that the kids ice skates kept falling off due to broken clips.
- Pamela Dury: Loved the early start and the extra rides for the littlies and the brew and bite over in Keppel Street with seating scattered in the park was a great idea Bigger and better than last year. Could we give the kids glow bangles or something, instead of the balloons?
- Bridgit Conolan: The fern house was really magical this year.
- Gav Man: The ice skating although less people per session would have been a lot safer. The amount of people and kids I nearly ran over.
- Edwina Douglass: I was from Queensland thought it was great.
- Kaylah Meredith: They did very very well this year.
- Michael Johnston: Keppel Street food, great idea. Silent disco was a lot of fun. Lots of energy and atmosphere on Saturday but dead on Sunday. Food, rides and stalls should go all weekend starting Friday night.
- Amanda Tonkin: We ate the brisket and it was delicious. Much more selections for food this year. A bit more lighting near the food would be good.
- Caz Burton: Food vendors through the weekdays. Would have been nice to have lunch and rides and skating.
- Grant Baker: A fine job done. Keppel Street food zone great idea.
- Brian Webster: Run the activities over the Friday and Saturday nights!Which would stop the crowding on Saturday nights! Better lighting down near the cathedral.
- Kristy Oseckas: The light projection on the ground and music near the rotunda was a huge hit with my toddler and many other kids stopping to dance, but it was right in the walk way and was havoc. Maybe off to the side of a walkway would be a better option.
- Linda McCreanor: An over 18s date night on the ice rink would be nice.