8 March 2024

Nine things to do in the regions (8 - 14 March)

| Claire Sams
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Two women at a graveyard, one pointing at a specific grave

Friends of Goulburn’s Historic Cemeteries volunteers Linda Cooper and Daphne Penalver at a historic grave in their town. Photo: John Thistleton.

With events for the young to the young at heart, there is something to keep regional residents of all ages busy this week!

Multiple days

A woman holding a bowl of oysters

This annual festival brings the best food and wine from across the Far South Coast. Photo: David Rogers Photography.

EAT Festival

When: 7 to 10 March (overall); 10 March, 10 am to 2 pm (EAT Merimbula)
Where: Various locations on NSW Far South Coast
Cost: Varies depending on event; see program.

Your stomach will thank you for attending the EAT Festival! The annual festival is dedicated to the best of the South Coast’s food and wine, with events planned across the region. The main event will be held in Merimbula on 10 March from 10 am to 2 pm, featuring the return of the ‘oyster and spoon race’ (where six chefs, producers and foodies will go head-to-head to see who is fastest). There will also be EAT Partner events from 7 to 10 March, such as a seafood showcase, a six-course degustation with Canberra region wines, a class at a oyster shucking school, a dinner tour of Eden’s best restaurants, as well as other opportunities.

A group of people stand and examine sculptures in the sunlight

Attendees will be able to enjoy sculpture of all kinds at this nine-day festival. Photo: Sculpture Bermugai/Facebook.

Sculpture Bermagui

When: 9 to 17 March
Where: Various locations in Bermagui
Cost: Free entry.

This public art festival is making its return for another year. Between 9 and 17 March, attendees will be able to wander around the outdoor sculptures that have been placed on display at the Dickinson Point headland, as well as indoor or smaller sculptures that can be seen in the Bermagui Surf Life Saving Club. The sculptors themselves will share in a pool of prize money of more than $50,000 across 13 categories, and this year the festival will also include the launch of a new sculpting residency. It all means the festival is back bigger than ever, and sculpture lovers of all kinds are sure to find something they love.

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Information sessions at two Goulburn cemeteries will connect those living with those who came before. Photo: John Thistleton.

Friends of Goulburn Historic Cemeteries open days

When: 9 to 10 March, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: St Saviour’s Old Cemetery, end of Cemetery Street (behind the jail) (Saturday); Mortis St Cemetery, Cemetery Street (Sunday)
Cost: Booklets are available for $10 each, about both cemeteries.

Information sessions are being held at two Goulburn cemeteries, giving attendees a chance to learn about an often overlooked part of the city’s history. These sessions have been organised by the Friends of Goulburn Historic Cemeteries group, a group that researches the lives of those buried in Goulburn’s cemeteries. This weekend, members will be present to talk about the results of their research and answer questions. It is recommended that attendees wear flat shoes, as the terrain is uneven.

This series of workshops bringing women together have kicked off – but there’s more to come at various locations. Photo: Michelle Hamrosi.

Intergenerational Art Project

When: 5 March to 21 May (select dates), 9:30 to 11:30 am
Where: Various locations in Eurobodalla Shire
Cost: Free entry, though tickets for each location are available via Humanitix.

Looking for something creative to do with some friends – or while making some new ones? These workshops being held across the Eurobodalla until May are the perfect opportunity. Each workshop will be co-facilitated by art therapist, behaviour specialist and artist Ness Shannon. A variety of mediums will be covered in these workshops, such as watercolour paints, charcoal, decollage, pastels, journal making, paint-pens and mixed media art. And if your creative work makes you hungry, feel free to have some of the provided refreshments.


A racecourse sign for the venue

Who will take home first place in this annual – and historic – picnic race meet? Photo: Binda Picnic Races/Facebook.

Binda Picnic Races

When: 9 March, from 12:30 pm
Where: Funny Hill, Binda, Crookwell
Cost: Tickets cost $30 (general admission, plus booking fee) or $120 (tent ticket, plus booking fee) and are only available online via 123tix.

Every year since 1848 (give or take a few interruptions), Binda has gathered for the annual picnic races. Organised by the Crookwell and District Amateur Picnic Race Club committee, they’ve become a much-loved part of the horse racing calendar – and you’re invited! The Crookwell Public School P&C organises a lunch for attendees, which doubles as a fundraiser, and any profits from the day also go back into the local community.

Four men standing against a wall

The summer heat might be starting to fade, but Caravana Sun is coming to the South Coast, along with support acts, to keep the fun going. Photo: Supplied.

Caravana Sun at Four Winds

When: 9 March, from 2 pm
Where: The Sound Shell venue, Four Winds, 17 Four Winds Road, Barragga Bay
Cost: Tickets cost between $25 (for children aged five to 15, with children under five having free entry) and $45 (adults) and are available via Humanitix.

Quartet Caravana Sun have travelled to Four Winds and will take to the stage. Benji and the Saltwater Sound System and Felicity Dowd will also be performing. There will also be food trucks and a bar.

A banner for the event

It’s showtime in Cooma! Image: Cooma Show/Facebook.

148th Cooma Show

When: 9 March, all day (gates open from 7:30 am)
Where: Cooma Showground, 10 Boundary Street, Cooma
Cost: Tickets.

Agricultural shows are a key part of many country towns – and Cooma is no exception. As in previous years, the show society has planned plenty to keep everyone busy during their visit, including various pavilion displays, live music performances, face painting, a rock climbing wall, SES and RFS demonstrations, a fancy dress competition, fireworks, a gumboot throwing competition and much more. The horse events will be held across 8 and 9 March (Friday and Saturday).

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This event is set to showcase Afghan culture – and everyone is invited to come along. Photo: The Queanbeyan Hive/Facebook.

Poetry, Arts and Literature event

When: 9 March, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: The Queanbeyan Hive, 274 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free entry.

Rebus Theatre, in collaboration with Project Alchemy, has organised this day dedicated to Afghan culture. Curated by Hangama Obaidullah, this event features a range of artists and performers. Attendees will be able to take in poetry readings in Farsi and English by Hangama Obaidullah and Sarah St Vincent Welch, a musical performance by Masoud Taghimola, a Persian dance performance by Marjan Bonyadi and enjoy an embroidery workshop with Hangama Obaidullah.


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Jane Gordon’s books about Charley the echidna are the focus of this interactive story time. Photo: Bega Valley Shire Library/Facebook.

Storytime with author Jane Gordon

When: 12 March, from 10:30 am
Where: Bega Library, Zingel Place, Bega
Cost: Free entry, though attendees can book by visiting here or by calling (02) 6499 2127.

Charley is a little echidna – but he goes through some big adventures. He’s also a character in children’s author Jane Gordon’s Charley the Cheeky Echidna series, which includes Charley Meets a New Friend. In this book, he has to navigate the ‘In-Betweens’ and learn about the “two-legged strangers”. In an interactive storytime, children will be able to participate in activities that bring the book to life and also meet the author.

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