27 October 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (27 October - 2 November)

| Claire Sams
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Goulburn Farmers Market founder Rita Warleigh with volunteers Anong Bounmixay and her father Bounsong, from Laos, have been hard at work preparing for the launch of the Goulburn Farmers Market. Photo: John Thistleton.

Heading into November there’s no reduction in the quality of events planned across the regions.

Fans of music, writing and other forms of storytelling will be happy to hear both the Headland Writers Festival and the Gunning Arts Festival are returning in 2023.

Saturday will see an electric vehicle information day in Moruya, a chance to try your hand at dragon boating or attend a community expo. A new farmers’ market in Goulburn will also launch on Saturday, so make sure you pick up something yummy while you’re there.

The following day will see the Handmade on the South Coast market in Narooma and a spring fair to celebrate the progress of the ongoing restoration works to the Old Bega Hospital. Over in Tarago, a classic car and bike show will showcase what the village has to offer.

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Executive director of South East Arts and festival producer Andrew Gray and his team are bringing the festival back for another year. Photo: Supplied.

Headland Writers Festival

When: 27 to 29 October, various times
Where: Various locations in Tathra; see program
Cost: Tickets cost between $20 and $180, and are available via Humanitix.

This festival has been organised to mark writing and storytelling in many forms, including poetry, novels, plays and dance. Also on the schedule is a songwriter session, a pop-up book shop, workshops and more. In 2023, the festival will be held across three venues: Tathra Hall, Tathra Uniting Church and the Tathra Hotel.

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All things creative will be showcased at this two-day festival in Gunning. Photo: Gunning Arts Festival/Facebook.

Gunning Arts Festival

When: 28 to 29 October, various times
Where: Various locations; see program
Cost: Some events and exhibitions are free, while others have a cost; see program.

The Gunning Arts Festival is returning to its in-person roots after COVID-19 forced the festival online for the past two years. The public will be able to take in various events, live music and workshops across the two-day festival. It will also mark the official opening of Connect@Gunning, the restoration of the Gunning Railway Station.


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The expo is based around electric vehicles – for EV veterans and those looking for more information. Photo: Supplied.

Moruya Electric Vehicle Expo 2023

When: 28 October, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Russ Martin Park, 36-38 Vulcan Street, and the Adelaide Hotel carpark
Cost: Free entry.

The expo has been organised by the Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance and the Moruya Business Chamber. The public will be able to check out the various electric vehicles on display (and maybe take one for a test drive), alongside a coffee van, a kids’ tent and live music.

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Keen to dip your toe into dragon boating? This is your chance to get involved. Nature Coast Dragon Boat Club/Facebook.

Nature Coast Dragon Boat Club come and try

When: 28 October, from 8:15 am
Where: Moruya boat ramp, Moruya River
Cost: Free entry.

If you’ve been wondering who those people in the boats on the Moruya River are, this is your chance to learn about what they do. As part of their membership drive for the 2023-24 season, the club is running a series of open days – the first of which is on Saturday. No clothing or equipment is needed, though you should wear shoes that can get wet.

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Rita Warleigh and a team of volunteers are behind the new market. Photo: John Thistleton.

Goulburn Farmers Market

When: 28 October, 8 to 11 am
Where: Goulburn Recreational Area (Peden Pavilion), 45 Braidwood Road, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Pete Walker will open the market at 8 am. The public can purchase a range of produce and other foods from stallholders, such as flowers, broccoli, daikon radish, truffle products and kale. A barbecue manned by Goulburn Men’s Shed, a coffee van, fresh sourdough and other baked delights will be available to those looking to have a late breakfast.

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This expo is hoping to bring together healthcare and community. Photo: Southern NSW Local Health District/Facebook.

Eurobodalla Health and Community Expo

When: 28 October, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Batemans Bay Soldiers Club (auditorium), 6 Beach Road, Batemans Bay
Cost: Free entry.

The expo offers the community a chance to learn some new tips and tricks about how to increase their health and wellbeing. The public can browse stalls and exhibits from community groups and learn about what is going on (health-wise) in the Eurobodalla.


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With Christmas coming up, get a nice gift (or something for yourself). Photo: Handmade on the South Coast – Artisan Craft Fair/Facebook.

Handmade on the South Coast – Art and Craft Fair

When: 29 October, 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Narooma Sports and Leisure Centre, 100 Bluewater Drive, Narooma
Cost: Free entry.

We don’t want to startle you, but Christmas is less than three months away. Now is definitely the time to get started on your shopping! This market is a great place to start; handmade creatives from across the South Coast will be gathered, selling jewellery, sweet treats, candles, paintings and much more.

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This is your chance to see how the restoration works are progressing – and have some fun at the same time. Photo: Friends of the Old Bega Hospital/Facebook.

Raise the Roof Spring Fair

When: 29 October, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Old Bega Hospital, 3 Corkhill Place, Bega
Cost: Free entry.

A 2004 fire damaged the Old Bega Hospital – but now a celebration has been organised to mark its ongoing rebuild. It is hoped Sunday will bring the crowds looking to enjoy the cake stall and other food for sale, watch the dog jumping competition or learn about the ongoing restorations.

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This car and bike show is a chance to see what Tarago offers. Photo: Tarago Sporting Association Inc/Facebook.

Tarago Classic Car and Bike Show

When: 29 October, registration from 9 am
Where: Tarago Recreation Area, 2124 Braidwood Road, Tarago
Cost: $20 entry fee (for cars and bikes), or a gold coin donation for spectators.

The Tarago Sporting Association has organised the classic car and bike show. But if cars and bikes aren’t your thing, take in the raffle, barbecue and coffee van – or finish your day with a wander around all that Tarago has to offer. The money raised will be passed on to the Tarago Sporting Association.

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