Once upon a time in a Ballarat forest ...

CREATIVE: Artist Margie Balazic, with Kobie, Eloise and William Balazic, in the Little Adventures interactive forest to promote this weekend's Rug Up Ballarat Winter Festival. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

CREATIVE: Artist Margie Balazic, with Kobie, Eloise and William Balazic, in the Little Adventures interactive forest to promote this weekend's Rug Up Ballarat Winter Festival. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

What would happen if some of our best-loved fairytales were set in Ballarat? You can find out at the 2016 Rug Up Ballarat Winter Festival courtesy of Margie Balazic’s Little Adventures interactive forest.

The forest is created out of recycled materials and follows the theme of “Once Upon A Time” with a range of fairytales having a Ballarat related ending. “We want to entice children and show them they can make things out of nothing,” Ms Balazic said.

The third Rug Up Winter Festival, presented by Leadership Ballarat & Western Region, will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm at the Ballarat Mining Exchange in Lydiard Street North. There will be a range of free arts-based activities, including Curtain Call performances of The Big Bad Wolf: The Real Story, children’s performer Earl Leonard, face painting, a giant colouring-in of Lydiard Street, the Ballarat Children’s Art Award, star making and a sculpture garden, plus nearly 20 market stalls for the adults.

Entry will be via gold coin donation with money raised going to community groups.