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THE ANGLICAN CHURCH opened its doors nearly 160 years ago, and today’s congregation welcomes us into its iconic architecture to hear an entirely different sort of music than in 1858. Located just up from the Criterion Hotel, this new festival venue has pedestrian entry via Mostyn or Kennedy Streets and on-site parking via Kennedy Street.
THE CRITERION HOTEL Recently renovated, this 1860s hotel offers a mouth-watering menu, as well as snacks. The indoor and outdoor dining and fabulous new bar are evidence of a determination to please visitors. The late licence, roaring open fire, and variety of ales and wines are all very tempting! The Criterion Hotel is on the corner of Barker and Mostyn Sts.
THE CUMBERLAND HOTEL offers country-style hospitality with a diverse menu to satisfy the heartiest appetite, or a light/GF/vegetarian meal. Head to the Cumbi for scheduled performances, or the nightly late-night Jazz Jam during the festival. The Cumberland is in the heart of town, diagonally opposite the Post Office in Barker Street.
THE OLD GAOL CELL BLOCK You don’t have to put a foot wrong to end up in this 1861 built clink! The infamous Pentonville Prison was the model for the radial wings here, where nothing went unnoticed. This atmospheric performance space provides a fascinating look at our penal history. Food and drinks can be enjoyed in the adjoining Governor’s Café.
THE OLD GAOL MESS HALL was renovated just in time for last year’s festival. Historically, prisoners ate their meals here from 1974 till the Gaol’s closure in 1990. Today it has a far more ambient atmosphere and is a great place to relax inside for winter. And just like ‘the good old days’, meals will be available here while you enjoy festival performances.
THE MAUROCCO BAR is located in the old Midland Hotel. Once the haunt of ‘up-country’ farmers, stock agents and less creditable clientele, it’s now a timeless European Bar – all comfy couches and subtle lighting. The venue has all the quirkiness of its colourful owner Mauro, houses local artisan works, and serves great cheese platters and very decent wines.
FAULDER-WATSON HALL The banquet and dance to celebrate the opening of this building in 1895 left a faint trace that the 2017 festival will revisit for its performances again this year. Once Castlemaine’s telegraph office, this is an acoustically sound venue for performances. Just up from the Post Office in Barker Street.
THE THEATRE ROYAL, built in 1858, is the earliest known continuous operating theatre in Victoria! How many music hall, dramatic productions, silent movies, arthouse films and blockbusters have been enjoyed there? We are thrilled to secure this local treasure for this year’s festival. This terrific venue offers meals and snacks, with a late-night licence.
RUN RABBIT RUN is a cosy little café just down from the Theatre Royal. Situated in a historic strip of restored shopfronts, Run Rabbit Run is returning as a popular Castlemaine Jazz Festival venue. The ‘Rabbit’ serves delicious wholesome food, sourced locally wherever possible. Grab a meal or snack then pop upstairs for some of our festival selections.