24 November 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (10 - 16 November)

| Claire Sams
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Sideshow alley at Queanbeyan Showground

All the traditional attractions of a country show will be found at Queanbeyan Showgrounds. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

If you’re looking for fun things to do during the coming week, start here!

A community theatre group in Milton will continue its performances of Oliver!, while Moruya will see the launch of a surfing film and there will be a talk about the Calleen Art Award. Enjoy the performance by The Jive Bombers in Goulburn, or listen to Ashley Kalagian Blunt chat with Michele Danno.

If you’re after something outside, the Queanbeyan Show and the Binalong Twilight Festival are returning. There is also a kids’ workshop at Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden and the inaugural Log Jam in Cobargo.

Multiple days

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The Milton Follies, a community theatre group, is taking on Oliver!. Photo: Milton Follies/Facebook.

Oliver! production

When: 10 to 19 November, various times
Where: Milton Theatre, 69 Princes Highway, Milton
Cost: Tickets cost $35 ($30 for concession holders), and are available via TryBooking.

Oliver!, the British musical, is coming to Milton. The cast includes more than 30 adults and children who are taking to the stage for the play, which is based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. This version of the tale sees the story set to a range of well known tunes.

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The Queanbeyan Show is making its return. What is your favourite attraction? Photo: Queanbeyan Show Society Inc/Facebook.

Queanbeyan Show

When: 11 November (9 am to 10 pm) and 12 November (9 am to 2 pm), events at various times; see program
Where: Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Avenue, Queanbeyan
Cost: General tickets between $8 and $15 (depending on age) and membership tickets between $6 and $22 (depending on age); children under six are free.

The Queanbeyan Show is returning for two days of fun. Tickets are available at the gate, giving access to a strongman competition, miniature goats, a sideshow alley, live music, shearing displays, a poultry pavilion, showbags and much more.


A landscape poster for the film

The premiere of the film will come with performances of live music. Photo: James Kates/Facebook.

Mash film premiere

When: 10 November, 7 to 10 pm
Where: The Monarch Hotel, 50 Vulcan Street, Moruya
Cost: Tickets cost $20 and are available via Humanitix.

If you like catching a wave or two, you should consider catching this film by James Kates about surfer Noa Deane. Among its stars are Noa Deane, Creed MacTaggart and Shaun Manners. While it is an all-ages event, those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


A landscape banner for the awards

If the Calleen Art Awards caught your eye, this talk about the winner will catch your interest. Photo: Cowra Regional Art Gallery/Facebook.

Talk on Calleen Art Awards

When: 11 November, 2 pm
Where: Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street Cowra
Cost: Free entry.

Peter Haynes – a consultant, curator, writer and art historian – will stop by Cowra Regional Art Gallery for a presentation on the 2023 Calleen Art Award-winning work Ritual Habitual 2 by Canberra-based artist Marie Hagerty. Some light refreshments will be served.

Flowers silhouetted by a sunset

Come and enjoy Yass Valley’s Twilight Festival as it returns in 2023. Photo: Yass Valley.

Binalong Twilight Festival

When: 11 November, 4 to 10 pm
Where: Wellington Street, Binalong
Cost: General admission tickets cost $65 (under 16 have free entry), and are available via Humanitix, along with grazing boxes.

The Binalong Twilight Festival is returning, with poetry, regional musicians and food. Attendees can bring their own chairs or rugs, and settle down to watch the sunset. There will be a bar area where adults can purchase a drink, though attendees can bring something to drink.

The band members and their instruments

Have a boogie while listening to the performance from the award-winning Sydney-based band. Photo: Jive Bombers/Facebook.

The Jive Bombers at The Goulburn Club

When: 11 November, 7 to 11 pm (show starts at 8 pm)
Where: The Goulburn Club, 19 Market Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost $18 (for Goulburn Club members) or $22 (for the general public), and are available via Humanitix (more tickets to be available at the door if not sold out in advance before they close at 4 pm).

This award-winning Sydney band is coming to Goulburn for some blues and jazz fun. The doors open at 7 pm for the show, with the music to continue late into the night.

A landscape flyer for the event

Hear from the author of the thriller asking questions about the price we pay for living in a digital age. Photo: Goulburn Mulwaree Library/Humanitix.

Ashley Kalagian Blunt in conversation with Michele Danno

When: 11 November, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Where: Goulburn Mulwaree Library, 184/194 Bourke Street, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry, though bookings via Humanitix are essential.

Author Ashley Kalagian Blunt will sit down for a chat about her best-selling book Dark Mode, as well as true crime and the darker uses of plants. If you haven’t read Dark Mode, there will be copies available for purchase and signing.


An entrance sign for the Botanic Garden

Let the kids burn off some energy (and have some fun) at this event. Photo: Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden/Facebook.

Kids craft workshop for Pollinator Week

When: 12 November, noon to 2 pm
Where: Front lawn of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, Deep Creek Dam Road, Batemans Bay
Cost: Free entry, no bookings required.

Get the kids out of the house in this crafts activity. Held as part of Pollinator Week, each participating child will design a pollinator. It could be one found in nature, or something from a faraway magical land. The workshop is suitable for children aged five and older.

A vertical flyer for the event

Ever wondered where our timber comes from? Photo: Cobargo Community Access Centre/Facebook, including image by Doctor John Turner.

Log Jam 2023

When: 12 November, 9:30 am to 2 pm
Where: 10457 Princes Highway, Cobargo
Cost: Free entry.

The timber industry of the South Coast will be on display during the inaugural Log Jam 2023, coordinated by South East Agroforestry Network. There will be chances to chat to mill operators, compare mills and much more. Morning tea will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring their own lunch and ear protection.

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