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We've looked at the forcasts and while not promising, we cross our fingers for the weather gods to hold off the rain! However, bundle up -- chilly weather is in play -- as you enjoy the annual Leura Village Fair.
In addition to The Mall vendors, you'll find some great shops open and doing a brisk business. Ainsley Fine Jewellery (175 The Mall) will delight you lovers of bling -- Fine Bling! Rings, diamond, gold, pearl and gorgeous amber will capture your attention. Open daily.
Nearby on 177-179 The Mall, Teddy Sinclair claims a high run on the ladder of great shops -- two shops under one umbrella. Teddy's 'man cave' is stocked with modish leather jackets and gorgeous wools or cashmeres for me. The women's side of Teddy offers exquisite apparell and luggage, but it is the jewellery that keeps loyal fans returning to this wonderful shop. Open daily.
For the kids and for grandparents: a stop at Leura Toy Store is a must! 167 The Mall, just steps up from Ainsley and Teddy Sinclair. You won't go home empty-handed. It's a petite shop, but toys line the shelves from floor to ceiling! Open daily at 10am.
For Nature's stunner and human's delight, The Rooster French Restaurant 48 Merriwa Street (Katoomba) ownes it all! The most open view of the escarpment is yours at The Rooster. Out front, tables and umbrellas arethe setting for a casual lunch for all you trekkers and backpackers. A la carte and fixxed-pricelunch menus are a favourite if you've tired feet or needing a bit of warmth from the Leura Fair. Here a 'served all day' bar menu is a hit. Formality is reserved for evenings. Open Friday - Tuesday and for school holidays, stop by daily through the week.
FINGERS CROSSED FOR A GREAT WEEKEND!
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LEURA GARDEN FESTIVAL & LEURA VILLAGE FAIR: ON OUR HORIZON
Leura Gardens Festival 2017
30 September to 8 October (Fee),
9.30am to 4.30pm For nine days, blossoming and flowering gardens take centre stage. With the Leura Gardens Festival we can go beyond the garden gate and into these beautifully kept gardens. This is Leura's horticultural finery at its best where cottages hide amid a blaze of colour on every residential street. As in past years, the mini-nursery on Watkins Road will sell a wide range of cool climate and native plants. Marking the festival's 53rd year, as in the past, all funds raised will go towards purchasing equipment for the Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital and other Blue Mountains medical foundations.
Leura Village Fair 2017
Sat 7 October 9am–4.30pm
Sun 8 October 9am–3.30pm
Springtime is nature's amphitheatre on a broad scale in Leura. The flowering cherry trees in the centre divider put on a spectacular show in October. Visitors and locals flock to Leura. The Mall is closed to vehicles for the two-day event and the street is a carnival scene with more than 100 stalls. Artisans and artists show off their wares and fresh produce and plants are yours for the choosing. Musicians ply their skills waiting for gold coins and a smile of appreciation. The event is organised by the Leura Village Association, a hard-working group of Leura business women and men. Not to be missed!
MAKE YOUR ACCOMMODATION PLANS EARLY
The list is not too long, so book ahead: The Fairmont Blue Mountains Resort, Leura Gardens Resort, Broomelea B&B, The Greens of Leura (B&B) Jamison Guesthouse and The Alexandra Guesthouse give you a variety of choices. stay & play
SO MUCH FUN AHEAD!