Forbes Heritage Celebrations

Forbes Heritage Celebrations is a beloved event on the Forbes calendar each year. Held during the National Trust’s Australian Heritage Festival (18 April – 19 May), Forbes Heritage is an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate all the wonderful aspects of heritage and history that colour our community.

Forbes Medal
Awarded during Forbes Heritage Week celebrations, the Forbes medal is awarded to Council to a person or organisation responsible for an outstanding contribution to the Shire’s environmental heritage or to the understanding of that heritage.
Previous winners have including the Forbes Post Office, Forbes Library and the Doctor’s Panel Project.

Forbes Heritage Volunteer Award
The Forbes Heritage Volunteer Award recognises and rewards an individual in the Forbes Shire who has a consistent record of excellence and who has made outstanding achievements as a volunteer in the heritage of Forbes and District. Nominations will be sought for Forbes and District community members, who display excellence in any facet of community service, development and promotion of heritage.

Please find the Nomination Form here (PDF 393.1KB).


Saturday 1 May - Heritage Festival Victoria Park 10am - 2pm. 
Forbes will step back in time to showcase the Heritage Festival in Victoria Park on Saturday 1 May 2021. 

Live entertainment with Swamp Dawkins Bush Band, Convict Footprints roving entertainers, Blacksmith and cheese making demonstrations.The Ben Hall Film will be shown, and the locally famous CWA Damper competition with the Lions Club will be showcased.There will be stalls throughout our beautiful Victoria Park showcasing the history of Forbes and surrounding communities, fun games for the kids, coffee and a variety of food options will also be available.Harold Street will be lined with historical machinery and vehicles.

Tuesday 4 May - Heritage Week Awards
Each year Forbes Shire Council shines a spotlight on the great work that is carried out in our community to promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. The Awards Night will be held on Tuesday 4 May 2021 at the Platypus Gallery. The Forbes Medal and Heritage Volunteer Award will be awarded along with the prestigious Art Prizes from the Forbes Art Society.

Wednesday 5 May – Preserving Heritage in NSW
This talk will delve into the relationship between Heritage NSW, Local Government, National Heritage Trust and the Community in preserving Heritage across the State. Examples will be provided from Forbes and other areas for an engaging discussion on the tools available to preserve our local heritage. Join Heritage Architect, Graham Hall 11.30am at Forbes Town Hall.Audience participation and general discussion will follow the talk, and we will finish up the event with lunch and networking.The talk will be engaging for anyone involved in the Planning system, solicitors who represent clients of Heritage Buildings, and community members interested in Heritage Conservation.

Saturday 8 May - Forbes Shire Council 150 Years Gala Celebration
Council will be holding a ticketed event to celebrate the 150 + 1 years of Forbes Shire Council. The event will include entertainment, roving cocktail menu and catching up with previous Councillors, staff and community who have shared time at Forbes Shire Council.

Heritage Medal 2019 Winner