Visitors to this year’s popular Carterton Daffodil Festival will be full of the joys of spring thanks to a diverse programme.

The annual festival located in the heart of the Wairarapa will be held on Sunday 11th September 2016 and feature lively street markets, the famous Daffodil picking at Middlerun Farm, horse drawn surrey rides and the Big Wai Art Sale in the Carterton Events Centre.

This year’s festival will also see the welcome return of the Daffodil Express, an historic steam train that brings visitors from Wellington. Operated by Steam Incorporated, the train will depart Wellington Railway Station at 8.40am and arrive in Carterton around 10.30am. There are pick-ups at Petone and Waterloo and it will arrive back in Wellington at 5pm. There will also be a chance for people to enjoy a short ride on the Daffodil Express between Carterton and Masterton. More information about train tickets and prices at www.steaminc.org.nz.

In previous years many people have enjoyed the market like atmosphere in town and then driven the 10 minutes out to Middlerun Farm in Gladstone. However, this year festival organisers are encouraging daffodil enthusiasts to leave their car in town and travel with ease on the Daffodil Bus. Due to the changes to the Health and Safety Act on April 1st 2016, festival organisers, with the assistance of Traffic Safe NZ have drafted a Traffic Safety Management plan which has identified the stretch of road at the gateway to Middlerun as being an area for concern. Car parking at Middlerun will therefore be extremely limited due to the narrow roadside.

“It is unlikely that the paddock at Middlerun will be available for car parking as we cannot rely on ground conditions being suitable,” event coordinator Kate Jurlina says. “ Therefore the most suitable form of transport will be catching one of the buses. Extra buses will be provided, and the festival will still be as wonderful as ever.

People attending September’s Carterton Daffodil Festival will also be able to view remarkable artwork at the Big Wai Art Sale in the Events Centre and stretch their legs down the main street passing dozens of street stalls featuring local arts and crafts, delicious food, children’s rides and live entertainment.

The fun-filled, family festival is organised by the Carterton District Council. For more information view www.cdc.govt.nz/daffodil_carnival or like Carterton Daffodil Festival Facebook Page.