24 November 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (3 - 9 November)

| Claire Sams
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Take a wander through some of Braidwood’s best gardens, which will be open all this weekend. Photo: Braidwood Open Gardens/Facebook.

If you’re looking for something to do this week, there’s plenty to get involved with.

A touring exhibition from Canberra is heading into its final days, as is a series of thought-provoking shows in Cobargo from a local theatre group. Performers from the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra will be at The Twyford, and there is a comedy show in Moruya if you’re after something to cheer you up after the working week. You also can’t go hungry, with a buffet lunch (and maybe a viewing of the Melbourne Cup) to treat your taste buds in Thredbo.

If you want to spend some time outside, there’s something on this list for you as well! The Braidwood Open Gardens scheme is welcoming visitors on both days this weekend. Meanwhile, the chance to watch movies in Belmore Park in Goulburn, the Bungendore Rodeo and the Binalong Spring Fair all return.

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Convict love tokens, such as these from David Freeman (1818), are part of the touring exhibition. Photo: Jason McCarthy/National Museum of Australia.

Convict Tokens exhibition

When: Until 5 November, 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday and 10 am to 1 pm Saturday
Where: Tura Marrang Library and Community Centre, 15 Tura Beach Drive, Tura Beach
Cost: Free entry.

This touring exhibition from the National Museum of Australia in Canberra brings some early mementos from Australia’s convict history. Forty tokens from the National Museum’s wider collection of 315 (which is also the largest in the world of these items) has been hosted in the Bega Valley for the past few weeks, alongside an interactive screen that shows both sides of the tokens at once. With just a few days left until the exhibition closes on Sunday, this is your last chance to check it out.

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The six gardens are found around Braidwood, but they all promise beautiful flowers. Photo: Braidwood Open Gardens/Facebook.

Braidwood Open Gardens

When: 4 November to 5 November, 10 am to 5 pm (some gardens have a shorter timeframe)
Where: Various locations
Cost: Entry is $5 per garden (under 18s are admitted free), and $20 for guided tours (not available at every garden).

The owners of six gardens in the Braidwood area are opening their doors for both days this weekend as the annual fundraiser for the not-for-profit Braidwood Preschool returns. Take a walk through the gardens and explore a historic homestead, all for a good cause.

Love & Other Apps production

When: Until 4 November, various dates and times
Where: Cobargo School of Arts Hall, 20 Cobargo Bermagui Road, Cobargo
Cost: Tickets cost between $10 and $20, and are available via TryBooking.

A run of shows from a South Coast community theatre group is set to come to a close on Saturday, but there are two shows for Friday and Saturday. The production sees the group perform four short plays exploring how humans react to modern life. Will you be in the crowd?


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Performers from the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra are stopping in Merimbula as part of their tour. Photo: Supplied.

Poets and Fighters performance

When: 3 November, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: The Twyford (hall venue), 16 Market Street, Merimbula
Cost: Tickets cost between $20 and $50, and are available via TryBooking.

As part of their tour, members of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra will be taking to the stage in Merimbula. Baritone Stephen Marsh and violinist Sophie Rowell will combine their efforts for a one-hour performance.


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You won’t have to bring the popcorn when you’re settling in to watch these spooky movies. Photo: Goulburn Australia/Facebook.

Pictures and Popcorn in the Park

When: 4 November, 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: Belmore Park, 173 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry.

The return of Pictures and Popcorn in the Park comes with a Halloween theme. The fun will start at 12 pm at Belmore Park, where face painting, a jumping castle, a costume parade, food stalls, an inflatable haunted maze and more will operate until 5 pm. At 3 pm, the movies will start – all three of them. First will be Casper (PG), then Hotel Transylvania (PG) from 5 pm, and finally, Ghostbusters (M) from 7 pm.

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Get ready for some belly laughs when the comedians take to the stage in Moruya. Photo: Moruya Golf Club/Humanitix.

Act Your Age! comedy show

When: 4 November, 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Moruya Golf Club, 28A Evans Street, Moruya
Cost: Tickets cost $15 per person and are available via Humanitix.

Had a long week? Think about checking out this stand-up comedy show for something relaxing. Let Kelly Mac and Michael Hastie crack your composure with their comedy routines.


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After a three-year hiatus, the rodeo is returning. Photo: Bungendore Rodeo/Facebook.

Bungendore Rodeo

When: 5 November, 8 am
Where: Bungendore Rodeo Equestrian Sports and Recreation Reserve, 4419 Kings Highway, Bungendore
Cost: Tickets cost $11.90 (children aged 12 to 16) or $22.49 (ages 16 and above), and are available via Eventbrite (limited tickets at the gate at $15 and $25, respectively).

This might be your first rodeo, but it’s certainly not Bungendore’s. The town will host its first rodeo since 2019, with the traditional events, as well as raffle prizes, a barbecue and other food items. The Bungendore Rodeo raises money for the community and local Catholic and Anglican churches – and might make some special memories for you.

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Family fun is planned at this fair for a good cause. Photo: Binalong P&C Association/Facebook.

Binalong Spring Fair

When: 5 November, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Binalong Public School, Dickinson Street, Binalong
Cost: Entry by donation.

The fourth Binalong Spring Fair is set to bring family fun to the village! Come along and support the school community while browsing the attractions: stallholders and food vans, a visit from reptiles, balloon art, a petting zoo, face painting, raffle prices and much more.


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Gather with some friends to watch the race that stops the nation – and eat something yummy. Photo: Bec Stevens/Facebook.

Melbourne Cup Lunch

When: 7 November, 11:30 am to 2 pm
Where: Candlelight Lodge, 32 Diggings Terrace, Thredbo
Cost: Tickets cost $85 per person and can be purchased by emailing [email protected].

Mark the Melbourne Cup with a European-style buffet lunch. Take a drink on arrival before sitting down to see who wins the prizes. The competitions include a lucky door prize and an award for the best dressed. If you want to participate in the sweeps, bring cash.

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