Bothwell Bicentenary Festival 2022

The wee bus is home / it’s no wonder the sun is out bright and shiny with hardly a cloud or drop of rain in sight. The beautiful township of Bothwell is putting on our Sunday best ready-to-welcome guests all weekend. ☀️ 🔆 🔅

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of this picturesque agricultural township in the Central Highlands Tasmania. The Bicentenary commemoration of the township of Bothwell is being held on the weekend of 14 – 16 October 2022.

The Bothwell Bicentennial Festival organising team have been hard at work to bring you a wonderful festival to nudge your sense of time.

The committee have aimed to have a mix of guided and self-guided tours as well as workshops; some free and some requiring guests to purchase, covering all aspects of the history of Bothwell.

Attendees are encouraged to embrace the “romanticism of the 1820’s period” and dress the part.

The event will run over two days, to reduce double ups in the program and allow you to attend more of the program.


A speaker’s program and a human library have both been included, with the speaker’s program hosted by Jane Longhurst.

We are working on delivering a COVID safe, family friendly and inclusive event, with something for everyone.

Whether you are visiting or local it’s everyone’s shared responsibility to follow COVID guidelines. For the most up-to-date information on guidelines click here.

The Program at a Glance is below – in view of the recent weather some event details may have changed please check back regularly or check in with the festival information tent.

To DOWNLOAD our FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE  program please click HERE


These days, Bothwell draws tourists to its beautifully preserved historical buildings, pleasant pastoral landscapes, trout fishing and the oldest golf course in the Southern Hemisphere, ‘Ratho’. It is a quiet, peaceful area powered by agriculture.

Bothwell can be found on the A5, 20 kms from the Midland Highway, 50 mins from Hobart and 1 hr 45 minutes from Deloraine and Launceston.

  • The Bothwell Historical Society state the town was established in 1822.