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Throughout the
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Bookseller Stalls

Saturday & Sunday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Anzac Hall 

Booksellers of second-hand, self-published and antiquarian books from around New Zealand fill up the Anzac Hall over the Festival to offer you exquisite moments of fossicking for your future reading pleasure.

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 Mini Fell Engine
is on Track 

Saturday & Sunday
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM,
Clifford Square
(weather permitting) 

Interest in miniature trains is huge and world-wide. Discover the joy of riding the rail on a mini-reproduction of an historic Fell engine – great fun for adults and children alike. Then pop over the road to the Fell Engine Museum and see the last remaining Fell engine in the world. Expand your understanding of this fascinating piece of our history by talking to like-minded enthusiasts. The museum is located on the corner of State Highway 2 and Lyon Street in the centre of Featherston.

 

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Country Tea & Cakes

Saturday & Sunday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Supper Room, Anzac Hall Complex 

Our tea room in the Anzac Hall is a vital element of the magic that is the Featherston Booktown Festival. All the food is lovingly handmade and served by a group of local volunteers who've supported the Festival in this wonderful way since the very beginning. Their club sandwiches, cheese scones, cupcakes and slices are legendary.

 

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 Sign the Hand-Made Featherston Booktown Visitors Book 

Saturday & Sunday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Supper Room, Anzac Hall Complex 

The 2023 Featherston Booktown Festival Visitors’ Book – made from locally sourced harakeke fibres by Rob Kennedy and 2022’s paper-making workshop participants – will be on display in the Supper Room of the Anzac Hall building for you to view and sign.

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Featherston
Saturday Market

Saturday 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
33 Fitzherbert St 

Featherston Market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from 7:30am to nearly 2pm, providing fresh produce, fine food producers, innovative creators and much more. Take in the great atmosphere, amazing food and community spirit. You’ll find the market at 33 Fitzherbert Street, through the gates at the back of the Lang's carpark, beside The Baker.

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 Booktown
Buskers

Saturday & Sunday
Various locations 
 

We’ll have buskers to entertain you. They're playing for the love of it, so if you like what you hear why not give them some koha – preferably cash. There’ll be music for everyone from folk, bluegrass, jazz, classics, bagpipes and our very own Wairarapa Youth Orchestra.

Booktown Buskers Timetable

Chemist shop veranda
WYO young musician: Lily
Saturday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Dickensian Bookshop
Don McKay
Saturday 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
The Squircle
South Wairarapa Pipe Band
Saturday 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Supermarket
Featherston Winds
Saturday 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Everest
Beans Maries
Saturday 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Railway Station
South Wairarapa Pipe Band
Saturday 10:55 AM - 11:05 AM
Everest
Don McKay
Saturday 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Loco
Featherston Winds
Saturday 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Chicken and Frog
Colette Rivers Duo
Saturday 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
The Squircle
Beans Maries
Saturday 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Royal Hotel courtyard by Joy Cowley Room
The Gleaners
Saturday 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Dickensian Bookshop
Beans Maries
Saturday 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Loco
Colette Rivers
Saturday 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
ANZAC Hall between Kiwi Hall and Gloria
The Gleaners
Saturday 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
The Squircle
WYO young musician: Alex
Saturday 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Royal Hotel courtyard by Joy Cowley Room
Kuranui College Jazz Band
Saturday 4:05 PM - 5:00 PM
Chicken and Frog
Don McKay
Saturday 4:10 PM - 4:40 PM
ANZAC Hall between Kiwi Hall and Gloria
Don McKay
Sunday 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Everest
Colette Rivers Duo
Sunday 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
The Squircle
Kingston High All Stars
Sunday 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Chicken and Frog
WYO young musician: Nissa
Sunday 10:25 AM - 10:55 AM
ANZAC Hall stage
Wairarapa Youth Orchestra
Sunday 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Dickensian Bookshop
Kingston High All Stars
Sunday 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Royal Hotel courtyard by Joy Cowley Room
Featherston Winds
Sunday 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
The Squircle
Don McKay
Sunday 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Chicken and Frog
Colette Rivers
Sunday 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Loco
Don McKay
Sunday 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Dickensian Bookshop
Featherston Winds
Sunday 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
ANZAC Hall between Kiwi Hall and Gloria
Kingston High All Stars
Sunday 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
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