Events & Tourism

Spring Jam draws a bumper crowd to Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens

Published: 03 Oct 2019 10:45am

Up to 5000 visitors descended on the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens to kick off the school holidays in style with Spring Jam.

Now in its second year, the outdoor festival offered something for everyone, with a variety of zones catering to diverse interests and ages.

The challenging, eight-metre-high rock-climbing wall proved a huge hit, along with the In-Motion-Fitness obstacle course, Creative Zone and hilarious performances by The Dancing Accountant.

“We were so lucky to have such perfect weather,” Council’s Events Officer Sally Manning said.

“The Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens are such are wonderful space. It was fantastic to see so many families sharing picnics together and enjoying all of the activities on offer.”

Mrs Manning was thrilled to see plenty of young visitors dancing up a storm in front of the main stage, captivated by popular festival acts like The Cope Street Parade and Bunny Racket.

“Children’s rock and roll performers, Bunny Racket, were also a huge hit,” Mrs Manning said.

“Their performances were full of energy, and the kids and adults just loved them.”

In a first for the festival, Eastern Riverina Arts supplied an all-inclusive, fully accessible space for families to visit throughout the day.

“It was great to see so many families popping into Platform to have a little bit of downtime,” Mrs Manning said.

“Platform is such a good space for anyone needing to just chill-out for a while.

“It’s a very sensory rich environment, where kids can relax under weighted blankets, use tactile objects or listen to calming music.”

In exciting news, Spring Jam will return to the Botanic Gardens on Saturday 26 September 2020.

“I’m really excited to see how we can grow the festival going forward, and what new and exciting additions we’ll be able to unveil next year,” Mrs Manning said.

Spring Jam 2019 was supported by the NSW Government through the Incubator Event Fund 2019.