City to welcome back visitors

Kelsey Jenning, Katrina Kenfield, and deputy mayor Trent Sullivan are ready to welcome visitors back to Central Geelong for Welcome Back Weekend. (Louisa Jones) 255231_01

Ash Bolt

Central Geelong will be a hive of activity as it welcomes back visitors with a range of public activities and attractions.

With restrictions easing, Love Central Geelong is trying to get visitors back into the city with its Welcome Back Weekend activation.

Welcome Back Weekend is a celebration of Geelong, with activities and attractions organised across the weekend to get people back into Central Geelong and supporting local businesses.

Popular meeting places including Johnstone Park, Customs House lawn, Steampacket Gardens and Traansvaal Square have already had picnic circles painted as part of the initiative.

The circles encourage the community to get back together for socially distanced picnics in the heart of the city.

To keep passers-by entertained, there will also be on-street entertainment.

Acoustic musicians and roving performers, including ribbon twirler Kelsey Jenning, will be performing along the city’s streets, while there will also be themed musical entertainment at each of the four picnic locations.

The weekend will be capped off with a treasure hunt across Geelong’s streets.

There have been 50 mini-hearts hidden around the city, including at businesses or at popular attractions, with anyone who finds one receiving a prize.

Love Central Geelong will be releasing clues on where to find the hearts today.