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Jumpers & Jazz in July 2017

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Jumpers & Jazz July 2017
See the trees rugged up for the winter at Jumpers & Jazz in July 2017.

Where can you find trees rugged up in their woollies for the winter? At Warwick's Jumpers & Jazz festival 2017.

From Friday 21 to Sunday 30 July 2017, join the Jumpers & Jazz fun taking selfies with knitted tree art, chilling out to jazz, shopping at the Suitcase Rummage Market and heaps of other family activities.

Start your first weekend having a yarn over The Winter Dinner in the historic Town Hall on Friday evening. Regionally-sourced produce on the menu entices with selections such as canapes of mouthwatering Ballandean Venison & Olive; and Inglewood Chicken Crockets and Brass Monkey Blue Remoulade. For mains this year there's lamb shank with sweet potato mash and veggie panache; and Warwick Pork Belly with spiced plum sauce and jasmine rice. Tantalising fruity desserts with strawberry and rhubarb tart, cream Anglaise or cherry ripe panacotta, chocolate ganache, cherry compote and coconut chips. The menu is yet to be finalised, but you can be sure of a complimentary glass of wine on arrival. Local wines and beers. Additional beverages from the bar. Group tables of up to ten. Advise of any dietary concerns at the time of booking.

Get warmed up by the main events on the first Saturday, Jazz at the Gallery, Artisan Markets and the Killarney Fire Drums and Bonfire. Vintage car enthusiasts are entertained on the Sunday at the RACQ Grand Historic Auto Display.

Relax or shop at the key events for the second Saturday including The Warwick Chamber of Commerce Jazz Lounge and The Suitcase Rummage Market. The following Sunday hosts Picnic in the Park with live jazz and the Warwick Potters craft markets.

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Yarn-bombed tree. Image by

The main event, of course, is the Tree Jumper Exhibition. They call the skill involved in this mad affair 'yarn bombing', evolved by tree jumper artists. As well as that, there's a huge list of events and delightful locations. Abbey of the Roses, Leslie Park, Rupert's Bar and Grill, Pringle Cottage Museum Complex, St Mark's parish hall, Warwick Gardens Galore and Warwick Potter's Gallery to name a few.

The Pop Up Craft Shop, shop window displays, 'On the Sheep's Back' at the Museum of the History of the Wool Industry, 'Morning Glory' exhibition at the Art Gallery, crochet, felting, doll making, weaving and heaps more to see and do.

The Jumpers and Jazz festival was created in 2004 by the Warwick Art Gallery when the CBD received a major makeover. Community response was immediate and enthusiastic. Since then, the annual festival has been a roaring success. Giving the trees jumpers to wear and inserting jazz into the mix was a winning combo. Textile art has been given a prominent place, as well as giving a boost to the local community's ego. Visitor numbers have risen steadily each year, attendees coming from within a 400km radius. The total number of 34,000 visitors to date, exceeds the population of Warwick (approx 13,500).

Hot jazz on a cold night at Warwick's iconic event. Musicians are still being considered for the music program. At present booked artists are Girl Friday and Dezzie D and the Stingrayz.

Ten days of exhibitions, free live jazz, ticketed jazz, dining experiences, markets, craft shops and unique country activities. Supported by tons of organisations and businesses including Belle Vue Café, Buckaroo Motor Inn, Comfort Inn, Gateway to Training, Rose City Premium Meats and the Warwick Arts Council. Jumpers and Jazz is an event you should see at least once in your life.

To save yourself the stress of driving and parking, book a coach tour.

If you want to hang around Warwick post-festival, it's a great stepping stone into nearby national parks. Girraween National Park's Granite Arch looks like it was built by ancient giants and the Underground Creek exhibits burnished gold water-sculpted rocks, plus there's Bald Rock Creek. Lake Leslie is another nearby attraction.

Full program of the Jumpers and Jazz in July festival.

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Why? Family fun, unique textile art displays, live jazz, markets
When: See program.
Phone: (07) 4661 0434
Where: Warwick
Cost: Some free, some ticketed.
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