Boxing Day festival at Port Arthur a long tradition

December 12, 2011

Every year on Boxing Day the Port Arthur Historic Site is very pleased to host the Port Arthur Woodchops. It is thought that this is one, and possibly THE longest running, sports carnival in Australia.

Research has shown that the Boxing Day festival has received over 15,000 newspaper entries over the last century or so. These reports have also reinforced that for many years the festival involved more than just wood chopping.

Activities have included footraces, jumping, athletics, stalls, bike races, shot put, cricket ball throwing, nail driving, three-legged races and even dances.

This year, in conjunction with the Wood Chop organisers and our Community Advisory Committee, the Port Arthur Historic Site has decided to reintroduce some of these ‘traditional’ events. It should be a great day for the kids, with a range of races – including the well loved egg-and-spoon – and a number of stalls. As well as the much appreciated Lions Club food van, the stalls will include a coffee outlet, handicrafts and freshly baked goodies.

December 26, also sees the commencement of our Family Fun Activities program, including making peg dolls and convict bricks, so it will be a great family day.

The Boxing Day Carnival is an annual tradition at Port Arthur

The Boxing Day Carnival is an annual tradition at Port Arthur