What's Happening Hastings County - May and June

May 17, 2017 – Bancroft Now and Then

Bancroft Now and Then poster

Join Mary and the Bancroft NH Heritage Museum as they travel through time in this visual journey of the museum's archives and private photos collections of Bancroft and area that date before the turn of the last century. There are usually about 200 photos in this interactive show, where you can ask questions and share memories or details that you may have about a specific place and time connected to the pictures. All money raised is used to support the Bancroft Museum. 

May 19, 2017 - Centre Hastings Skatepark Opening for 2017!

SkatePark Opening Image

Perfect way to kick off a day with the family at the Madoc Skatepark. The Skatepark is equipped with a canteen, a picnic pavilion, washrooms, a playground, and a 12 700 sq ft concrete Skatepark,as well as a 3500 sq ft concrete “bunny” park for you children and beginners. The Skatepark is excellent for kids of all abilities. The "bunny" park for young children and beginners allows all types of equipment, including scooters and tricycles. The canteen, open May to Thanksgiving, serves non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, and a small variety of short-order meals. A picnic pavilion located near the bunny skatepark and the small children’s area of the playground provides shade over two 8-foot picnic tables.

May 20, 2017 - Madoc Market Opens

Madoc Market

Downtown Village Square, 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This small village market offers a variety of items including but not limited to Jewelry, Handcrafts, Knitting/Crochet, Preserves, Baking, Photography, Beauty products and Woodworking. The market is surrounded by some great small town businesses and It makes a great day trip for the whole family.

May 20, 2017 - Stirling Farm Town Park opening day

Farm Town Park

Visit Farmtown Park on Opening Day and find out about all our exciting plans for 2017 and Canada's 150th. Farmtown Park, home of the Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage, celebrates rural life, and the importance of agriculture and farmers who provide us with food.

It is an unique tourism destination and cultural centre for Hastings County and the Quinte region. You will learn about cheese and butter making and the development of farm machinery as well as walk through Heritage Village, a unique country town from the 1930’s. Visit the one-room school house and explore the Discovery Centre with the amazing collection of toy trucks, tractors and cars.  Listen to stories and watch videos at  A Growing Heritage

June 2, 2017 - Marmora and Lake

The Community Hub is scheduled to open June 2, 2017 and will host a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. that day. The hub offers three furnished office spaces, each with a desk, office chair and two meeting chairs. It also offers a conference room with a table and meeting chairs, as well as a projector and screen for presentations. Each office is private and suitable for multi-use including confidential meetings with clients. The building has full access to wi-fi. (Please note the library’s wi-fi is not considered a secure connection.) There is no fee for organizations and services to utilize the space. There will be a small fee for businesses. Interested in utilizing the space for your organization, service or business? Please contact Megan Abraham at 613-472-1515

June 9-11 and 16-18, 2017 – Tweed, Prospecting Course

Prospecting Course

If you are fascinated by rocks, minerals and prospecting this course is for you!

The course will be delivered by geologists from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. Over two weekends (starting Fridays 7pm and ending Sundays ~2pm) you will learn skills in:


  • Rock and mineral identification
  • Developing a basic understanding of geology and orebody formation
  • Determining where to look for specific types of orebodies (e.g., gold, copper, nickel etc.)
  • Basic map reading skills to interpret geology and geophysics maps
  • The Ontario Government resources available to prospectors, including web accessible materials
  • Basic Mining Act knowledge
  • Basic prospecting and mapping skills
  • And much more “hands-On” activities

 The course will be classroom-based with outdoor navigation and mapping exercises (Weather permitting).

The Cost: $60  Registration is accepted via Email or telephone for further details please Contact John McCance by Email: john@mccance.ca  or by Phone.:  1.613.634.1821


June 13, 2017 – Bancroft Village Playhouse TIFF Tuesday

 “Maudie” @ 4:15 & 7pm. Tickets are $10

Village Playhouse

Pack your bags, you are going to Halifax! It looks like this TIFF Tuesday is going to make you want to fly to Halifax on a whim. Thanks to MAUDIE, tons of new visitors have explored to the Nova Scotia Art Gallery – which is opening a brand new Maud Lewis exhibit in June as a result!  If you can't make it out to Halifax anytime soon, do the next best thing and catch a screening of MAUDIE at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft.


June 17, 2017 – Wollaston, Season Opening for the Heritage Museum - 12 to 4 pm

Wollaston Poster

BBQ, Pizza and music are on the menu for this FREE action-packed day event for the whole family. Bouncy castle, obstacle course, bubble station and face painting will keep the little ones entertained while you have the chance to visit with the local business owners and organizations to see what they have to offer.

June 17-18, 2017 - Tweed - Doomsday Dash

Doomsday Dash is a 5-7km obstacle race with alternate routes and skill-testing challenges to get you to work together and make it to the New World!

All Races are on Saturday, earliest start time is 10:30am and the latest is 3:00pm.

This course features more than 20 obstacles. You’ll climb over walls, slide down water slides, jump over fire, crawl through tunnels of mud and face a host of other challenges all while running through a combination of forests and rolling fields. In short, Doomsday Dash strikes the perfect balance between fun and physicality with our action packed course and daylong party! Plus, don't forget Trudeau's Park has camping, so why not make the most out of the weekend!


Jun 24, 2017 - Centre Hastings Arts Centre

Birch Bark Canoe Building - Photo credit Ray Mears

Birch Bark Canoe building demonstrations - 10 am. For information contact Tom Simpson 613-473-1275