11 August 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (11 - 17 August)

| Claire Sams
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A person in an apron pouring wine into a glass

Wine tasting is just one of the events planned for this week. Photo: Ballinaclash Wines & Fruit/Facebook.

For creative types, a new art exhibition with work from artists living in Canberra and the surrounding region is currently open, while Sunday will see classical music performance and a pottery class.

Friday will see the start of a multi-day fun fair at Goulburn Showgrounds, while gardening fans on the South Coast will gather for an orchid club’s wintertime show. On Saturday, the Clothes Swap Party from Braidwood Servicemen’s Club is returning, and youngsters are invited to a lantern making workshop.

There’s also plenty on for the region’s foodies this week! If you’re after a spot of bubbles, try two new wines from Ballinaclash. Meanwhile, Young Showground will be the site of Hilltops Winter Glow Festival on Saturday afternoon and into the evening.

Multiple days

The refurbished Rusten House in Queanbeyan

Rusten House will soon see its next exhibition. Photo: Supplied.

Endless Possibilities exhibition

When: 29 July to 19 August, 10 am to 4 pm (open Wednesdays to Saturdays)
Where: Rusten House Art Centre, 87 Collett Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free entry.

The latest exhibition to be hosted at Rusten House in Queanbeyan is the work of the Allsorts Artist Collective. The artists, who are from Canberra and the surrounding region, have prepared artworks that are an exploration of the region’s natural environment.

A flyer for the event

Family-friendly fun is promised at this multi-day event. Photo: NEON Family FunFair/Facebook.

NEON Weekends

When: 11 to 20 August (Fridays to Sundays only)
Where: Goulburn Showgrounds, Braidwood Road, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry (costs within event and tickets for unlimited rides available online).

The whole family will be entertained with a visit to Goulburn Showgrounds to check out the pop-up stalls, rides and food trucks. Alongside the neon lights, there will be teacup rides, bungee trampolines, a whale slide and an animal petting farm. Each ride costs $8 per person, while unlimited ride armbands cost $30 and are available online.

A photo of yellow-coloured orchids with some red on the petals

Show off your orchids or start a new hobby at this winter show! Photo: The Twyford/Facebook.

Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Winter Orchid Show

When: Friday and Saturday 11 to 13 August, from 9 am to 4 pm, and 9 am to 1 pm on Sunday
Where: Twyford Hall, 16 Market Street, Merimbula
Cost: Free entry.

Whether you’re an avid gardener or just want something colourful to spice up your living room, this is the place to be! Everything orchids will be on display as growers compete for victory in the awards section, attend potting demonstrations or swap tips and tricks.


A bottle of Ballinaclash wine next to several glasses, with blue sky behind them

It might be winter, but that doesn’t mean wine making stops. Photo: Ballinaclash Wines & Fruit/Facebook.

Sparkling Evening at Ballinaclash

When: 11 August, from 6 pm
Where: Ballinaclash Wines and Fruit, 4321-4335 Olympic Highway (South), Young
Cost: Bookings can be made online or by calling 0418 271 770.

As we move out of winter, reward yourself with something sparkling. Attendees will be among the first to try Ballinaclash’s Bright and Bubbly 2023 vintage and their 2021 Traditional French Method Blanc de Blanc. The wines are set to be released, but come along on Friday for a pre-release tasting and to eat food platters at an extra cost.


Adam Roberts stands at a barbecue, which has some flames coming from it

Barbecue fans everywhere will be keen to get around this festival, with Adam Roberts showing off American-style barbecuing. Photo: Adam Roberts.

Hilltops Winter Glow Festival

When: 12 August, 4 to 9 pm
Where: Young Showground, 4570 Murringo Road, Young
Cost: Free entry.

Hilltops Winter Glow Festival is coming to light up the winter night. Patrons will be able to undertake food tastings, visit food trucks, learn some new skills from cooking demos, enjoy live entertainment and more. Free shuttle buses will run from outside the Young Visitor Information Centre on Lovell Street.

A vertical flyer for the workshop

Pick up some new threads to wear or give your items to a new home. Photo: Braidwood Servicemen’s Club/Facebook.

Clothes Swap Party at the Braidwood Servicemen’s Club

When: 12 August, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Where: Braidwood Servicemen’s Club and Golf Course, 15 Victory Street, Braidwood
Cost: Tickets cost $10 per person and are available via eventbrite.

Looking for something new to wear as we head into spring and summer? The Braidwood Servicemen’s Club have brought back their Clothes Swap Party! All items are in as-new condition, with participants to receive a glass of champagne on arrival before the shopping starts at 3 pm. Any remaining items will be donated to Vinnies.

A vertical flyer for the workshop

This free workshop is a chance for young people to be creative while being sustainable. Photo: Repurposing for Resilience Eurobodalla Inc/Facebook.

Lanterns from Waste Youth Workshop

When: 12 August, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Moruya Showground, Albert Street, Moruya
Cost: Free entry, but registration is through eventbrite.

Repurposing for Resilience has organised a free lantern making workshop as part of the ‘Lanterns From Waste’ competition. Young people aged 16 to 25 are invited to come along and try their hand at designing and making a lantern using fabric that would otherwise be put in the tip. But if they have a particular colour or pattern in mind, participants can bring a T-shirt they already have (and don’t mind transforming). The end results will be utilised in the River of Art Festival’s Luminous event, with cash prizes organised for the overall competition winners.


The two performers with their instruments

Listen to some classical music in a performance organised by the Gunning Focus Group. Photo: Gunning Focus Group/Facebook.

From the Chocolate Box performance

When: 13 August, 2 to 3:45 pm
Where: The Courtroom: Gunning’s Home of Chamber Music, 101 Yass Street, Gunning
Cost: Tickets cost $25 to $40, with tickets available via TryBooking.

David Pereira and Andrew Rumsey will be taking to the stage armed with a cello and piano, respectively, as they bring a new program to Gunning. This is a chance for classical music lovers across the regions to listen to some quality artists, with the performance organised by the Gunning Focus Group.

A flyer for the event with two women making pots

Get your hands on some clay and learn the basics of pottery with this class. Photo: Feldmark Pottery/Facebook.

Clay and Graze class

When: 13 August, 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Feldmark Pottery, 47 Eucumbene Road, Jindabyne
Cost: Tickets cost $150 per person and can be purchased online.

A pottery wheel doesn’t have to be intimidating, as Feldmark Pottery brings back their taster classes in August. This class will see each participant have between two and six pieces, ready to be glazed and fired. Local wines and produce will also be on hand so no-one goes hungry!

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