Pioneer Fundays soon!

Pioneer fundays


It’s on again – three days of old-fashioned fun at Woodlands Estate in Gordonton these school holidays.

There will be alpacas to admire, butter to churn and old fashioned games to play, says Woodlands manager Kirstie Alley.

“The Fundays have become an absolute regular event for Woodlands, and it’s great to see families coming to the estate and having a glorious time.”

A gold coin entry fee is asked this time, but the event promises to be a cracker – “We’ll be having all the lovely vintage tractors and machinery out, a petting zoo for children and all those great old games, such as sack races and egg and spoon races.”


Woodlands fundays

Market stalls will offer a variety of treasures, including beautiful, handmade dolls, mixed spice selectionss, candles and steampunk prints – “It’s going to be bustling.”

People can try their hand at butter churning, corn shucking and a host of new skills. Lord and Lady Black, both locals, will be there again with their Victorian games, including quoits and pick-up-sticks. Calligraphy expert Marian Riddell, from Gordonton, will be on site teaching the time-honoured art of handwriting – for all ages.

A special guest present on Wednesday only is Megan Mills, from Auckland. Megan is a living history character from the 1890s. Dressed in Victorian finery, she’ll demonstrate and teach vintage handcrafts such as tatting and knitting. She’ll be bringing wool, knitting needles and crochet hooks for people to learn on if they want.

The established gardens at Woodlands are always worth a walk, and of course, the historic house is open for all to enjoy.

“The Woodlands Estate is beautiful, it’s wonderful to see it coming alive with a celebration of things from the past. People can bring a picnic or enjoy lunch at Prof’s Cafe. We hope to see you there.”

Pioneer Fundays kicks off on Tuesday 1 October to Thursday 3 October, from 10am to 2pm at Woodland’s Estate, Whitikahu Rd, Gordonton.


There will be speedy sack racers –


photo of sack races


Ponies to pat –


Woodlands Pioneer Fundays


And vintage machinery to admire, and possibly ride on –



Photo of oldsmobile


Woodlands fundays



Photo of vintage tractor

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