28 July 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (28 July - 3 August)

| Claire Sams
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350Eurobodalla has organised a rally for action on climate change. Photo: Gillianne Tedder.

This is another of those weeks when plenty is happening around the regions.

The MOTEL Art Fair will return – this time in Bermagui – to celebrate and showcase the work of Bega Valley artists. This week will also see the launch of an exhibition of Ken Searle’s works.

On Friday, head to Queanbeyan for a dose of ’80s nostalgia and dance the night away. The following day, the return of the Tilba Festival, a Kate Bush tribute event and a garage sale to support Batemans Bay Heritage Museum are sure to keep everyone entertained.

Sunday will see a charity concert to raise money for the Tanja and Angledale RFS sheds, a rally calling for climate action and a fun run to raise money for Goulburn Base Hospital.

Multiple days

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After being held in Merimbula and Eden in previous years, the MOTEL Art Fair will be held over two days in Bermagui. Photo: Chris Sheedy.

MOTEL Art Fair

When: 28 July, 6 pm to 9 pm; and 29 July, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Bermagui Motor Inn, 38 Lamont Street, Bermagui
Cost: Tickets for 28 July cost $10 (with children under 16 free) and are available via Humanitix, while registration for the second day is via Humanitix at no cost.

The return of the art fair features work from 17 artists and artist groups across several mediums. Inspired by similar events in Hong Kong, Melbourne and other cities, it sees an exhibition held outside of a traditional gallery. On opening night (28 July), attendees can take in the art alongside a bar, food and DJ. The second day (29 July) will be open from 10 am to 4 pm.

man at the beach

The latest exhibition of Ken Searle’s works will open shortly. Photo: Supplied.

Broulee – A Walk Exhibition

When: 29 July to 27 August, 10 am to 4 pm (exhibition); 29 July, 11 am to 12 pm (artist talk)
Where: Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, corner Vulcan and Campbell streets, Moruya
Cost: Free entry.

This week sees the launch of the next exhibition. Ken Searle has spent 10 years visiting the coast between Guerilla Bay and South Broulee Beach, including Broulee itself. During his visits, he took the time to paint and sketch the sights around him. His latest exhibition features artworks created using oil paint, pencil, and charcoal. An artist talk on his work will also be held on Saturday for those keen to learn more.


A poster for a video night

The 1980s, when disco was new and leg warmers were all the rage, are calling. Photo: Royal Hotel Queanbeyan/Facebook.

’80s Video Night

When: 28 July, from 8 pm to late
Where: The Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, 85 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets cost $10 and are available via the Royal Hotel’s website or at the door (subject to availability).

Time-travel back to the days of leg warmers and big hair (also known as the 1980s) in this 18+ event. The Royal Hotel’s bistro will also be open from 12 pm to 9 pm, before the dance floor opens at 8 pm.


Two lines of people facing each other and doing an egg toss

The traditional egg toss will be among the events returning for this year’s Tilba Festival. Photo: Tilba Festival/Facebook.

Tilba Festival

When: 29 July, 9:30 am to 3:39 pm
Where: Bate Street, Central Tilba
Cost: Free for children under 16, $5 concession, and $15 for those aged 16 and older. Tickets are available via Humanitix.

The annual Tilba Festival is returning, promising just as much fun as in previous years. Check out the live music, stalls, street games for young and old and much more that will be on offer. But the impact will continue beyond, with proceeds to be donated to community groups in the area.

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Kate Bush fans (in the Bega Valley) unite! Photo: The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever – Bega Valley/Facebook.

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

When: 29 July, from 2 pm
Where: Meet at Tathra Headland
Cost: Free. Gold coin donations to charity can be made on the day.

Whether you’ve been a fan of Kate Bush for yonks or since that episode of Stranger Things, this is the event for you. The group will meet at the Headland, where Zoe Pepper will be on hand to sing and people invited to dance along in true Kate Bush fashion. There will then be a move into Tathra for a flash mob. Participants can give gold coin donations, which will be passed on to a Bega Valley charity supporting those experiencing domestic and family violence. Come along to the Bega Valley for some Wuthering (just remember to wear red)!

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Pick up a gift for someone (or yourself) and support the Heritage Museum at the same time. Photo: Batemans Bay Heritage Museum/Facebook.

Batemans Bay Heritage Museum Fundraiser

When: 29 July, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: 3 Museum Place, Batemans Bay
Cost: Free entry.

The Batemans Bay Heritage Museum has organised a day of fun! There will be a garage sale, a sausage sizzle, and a bake sale to keep everyone fed. There will be Christmas decorations, glass bottles from the Nowra Cordial Company, typewriters, hats, tennis racquets, mannequins and more from the museum’s collection. EFTPOS will be available on the day. All proceedings will be passed on to the museum and be put towards operational costs and running exhibitions.


A group of men standing next to fire vehicles

Money raised through the concert will be put towards solar panels and batteries for the RFS sheds. Photo: Navigate Arts/Facebook.

ROCK ON for Tanja and Angledale

When: 30 July, 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Navigate Arts, 1140 Tathra-Bermagui Road, Tanja
Cost: Entry by donation.

This is one concert with a difference, organised by Clean Energy For Eternity. The community is invited to dance the afternoon away, with the music line-up including Kara Coen and The FireFlies as headliners. Bands SURG and Wild Awkward will also be performing. A sausage sizzle will be cooked up by the Tanja RFS (BYO drinks), with the money being raised for the installation of solar panels and batteries at the Tanja and Angledale RFS sheds.

A vertical poster for a rally

Eurobodalla Shire residents are invited to show up in numbers for climate action. Photo: 350Eurobodalla/Facebook.

Time’s Up Rally

When: 30 July, 11 am to 12 pm
Where: Batemans Bay Foreshore Park, Clyde Street
Cost: Free entry.

The Eurobodalla Shire community is invited to gather to call for stronger and more urgent climate action in this event organised by 350Eurobodalla. The rally will start with speakers addressing topics such as new fossil fuel projects and logging of Australia’s native forests, before a march to Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips’ office.

A landscape poster for a fun run

This is a fundraiser that aims to raise money for Goulburn Base Hospital. Photo: Run Goulburn Run – Fun Run/Facebook.

Run Goulburn Run – Fun Run

When: 30 July, 8 am to 11:30 am
Where: Marsden Weir Park, Fitzroy Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost from $15.87 to $51.64 (depending on age and chosen distance), and are available via Eventbrite.

Maybe you love running, or maybe you would do any other form of exercise – either way, you’re invited to get involved in this fun run to raise money for Goulburn Base Hospital. After successful events in previous years, the fun run is returning, this time at the Marsden Weir with 1.5 km, 5 km and 10 km timed distances. Additionally, there will be a 5 km paws walk and a wheelchair race of the same distance. Lace up those joggers and head down!

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