Come and join the Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations where we re-create the colour and atmosphere of the Victorian age. 

The Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations occur every year in the third week of November.  We combine small-town charm with creative vision to offer enlightening, entertaining and informative events.  Locals and visitors enjoy a range of events throughout the week including historical talks, dances, traditional music, Victorian-style food, a garden party, penny farthing races and more.  There's something for everyone!

The Oamaru area boasts grand Victorian architecture, traditional rural homesteads and beautiful gardens making it the perfect location to explore the Victorian era.  Come and see what's on our doorstep!

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We collect personal information from you, including information about your:

  • name

  • contact information

  • interactions with us

  • billing or purchase information

 

We collect your personal information in order to:

  • respond to requests for information or to facilitate the booking of limited attendee activities

  • collate anonymised statistical information for planning purposes

 

Besides our staff, we share this information with:

  • other listed Celebration participants in order to facilitate a coordinated process to plan interrelated activities.

 

You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong.

 

If you’d like to ask for a copy of your information, or to have it corrected, please contact us at ovhcommittee@gmail.com.

Come and join the Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations where we re-create the colour and atmosphere of the Victorian age. 

The Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations occur every year in the third week of November.  We combine small-town charm with creative vision to offer enlightening, entertaining and informative events.  Locals and visitors enjoy a range of events throughout the week including historical talks, dances, traditional music, Victorian-style food, a garden party, penny farthing races and more.  There's something for everyone!

The Oamaru area boasts grand Victorian architecture, traditional rural homesteads and beautiful gardens making it the perfect location to explore the Victorian era.  Come and see what's on our doorstep!

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

 

The Ōamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations Committee regrets to advise that the 2021 Celebrations have been shifted to 2022. The 2022 Heritage Week (16-20 November 2022) will continue with the “Highland Fling” theme. 

 

The Committee has made this difficult decision as a result of uncertainty around Covid-19 level changes from now until a full vaccine rollout has been completed. 

 

Any Covid restrictions at the time of the Celebrations would mean we would be unable to run the major events that attract hundreds of people and that are the foundation of the Celebrations - such as the street parade, garden party, bicycle races, rowing race and ceilidh. 

 

This decision was not made lightly, and the Committee, having already put in hundreds of volunteer hours, are disappointed but unanimous.

 

Smaller events, run by groups and individuals other than the Committee, may still be able to proceed under whatever Covid restrictions are in place at the time, and the Committee will work with those groups to promote them through the OVHC website and Facebook page.

 

If Covid alert levels allow, the OVHC Committee may also be able to organise some pop-up events over what would have been the Celebrations period.  Any pop-up events would be on a much smaller scale than usually run, and would not be planned or promoted until much closer to the time, to allow assessment of level change risks.    

 

For those who have already made plans to come to Ōamaru for the Celebrations, we would still love to see you here!  There is lots to see and do in town and surrounding areas, regardless.  It's likely that (if Covid alert levels allow) there will still be plenty of folk in costumes – OVHC Committee members and supporters included - indulging in that quintessential Victorian pastime of making their own fun as restrictions allow!

We'll post updates here and on our Facebook page as soon as we know more.

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