22 September 2023

Ten things to do in the regions this week (22 - 28 September)

| Claire Sams
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Dianna Nixon at Clear Hills

Dianna Nixon is the woman behind a production of the works of regional war hero and playwright Millicent Armstrong. Photo: Supplied.

Looking for something to get your teeth sunk into? We have some to get your list going.

In Bowral, the Tulip Time Festival has all the flowers you could ask for. Bungendore and Boorowa both have upcoming markets, if you’re keen for some shopping in the sun. Meanwhile, there are also a few chances to get outside and learn about the natural environment in Googong.

A tour of works from a Gunning playwright who received a French war honour in World War I will take the stage in a production from a local artist. If the medieval world is more your style, make sure to check out the Queanbeyan Medieval Fair this weekend.

The Lilac Fairy Hunt is starting in Goulburn this week, while River of Art Festival comes to a close. Gabbie Stroud will also be stopping by Eden for a chat.

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A gazebo with trees and rows of different colours of blooming tulips

Take a wander among the blooming flowers this spring at Tulip Time. Photo: Destination Southern Highlands.

Tulip Time Festival

When: 18 September to 2 October, open 9:30 am to 4:40 pm each day
Where: Corbett Gardens, Bendooley Street, Bowral
Cost: The cost of ticket varies and tickets must be purchased online as there will be no ticket sales at the gate.

Corbett Gardens in Bowral will be opening its gates for its 63rd year. The display features 80,000 hand-planted tulips in gardens you can walk through, as well as entertainment, market stalls and scones and sandwiches sold by the Country Women’s Association. This year, the wider festival will also include the Tulip Trail, which showcases small displays in other parts of the Southern Highlands region.

Millicent Armstrong with a horse

Millicent Armstrong with horses at her Gunning property. Photo: Lucy Knight.

Drought and Other Plays tour

When: 22 September to 24 September, various times
Where: Locations in Yass, Cobargo, Merimbula and Canberra
Cost: Tickets cost $35 (for the NSW shows), or between $25 and $50 (for the Canberra show) and can be purchased for the selected venue through the Music Theatre Projects website.

Four of Millicent Armstrong’s one-act plays are being taken on a tour across south-eastern NSW and Canberra this week. Director and creative producer Dianna Nixon was inspired to bring the plays to life when she stumbled across Ms Armstrong’s works, and now it’s your turn to see the stories of life in country Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Queanbeyan Medieval Fair.

Queanbeyan Medieval Fair is set to bring the past to the present. Photo: Mark Vawser, Castleforge Photography.

Queanbeyan Medieval Fair 2023

When: 23 September and 24 September
Where: Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Avenue, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets vary in price and must be purchased via Trybooking.

Queanbeyan Showground will look like something out of a movie set this weekend when the inaugural Medieval Fair takes place. Promising a look into life in the Middle Ages, this is your chance to see jousting, blacksmiths, browse stallholders, pick up some souvenirs of your trip to the past and much more.

A young girl turned away from the camera in fairy wings, walking down a pathway

The money raised through this fundraiser will be put back into supporting people living with cystic fibrosis. Photo: Daniel Kempe/Unsplash.

Lilac Fairy Hunt Goulburn

When: 25 September to 13 October
Where: Various locations across Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased from the Goulburn Information Centre, 201 Sloane St, Goulburn.

In the weeks leading up to the start date for this fundraiser, primary and preschool students, P&C members, Gill Waminda Aged Care and a local sewing school have been hard at work on hand-making the fairies. Now, it’s over to participants to find them!

Scott Baker’s Bioluminescence is one of a series of digital animations set to feature at the finale. Photo: River of Art Festival.

Luminous: Celebrating Place

When: 23 September (conclusion to the wider River of Art Festival), 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Moruya Showground, Albert Street, Moruya
Cost: General tickets cost $25 for adults (children aged 16 and under are free), tickets for Luminous Lounge cost between $75 and $440. Tickets can be purchased through the festival’s website.

The River of Art Festival for 2023 is drawing to a close, but there’s still one event left: the finale. Luminous will see art projected onto buildings, a variety of live entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening, a kids’ zone to keep young ones entertained (and maybe some adults), market stalls and much more. If you’re feeling fancy, the Luminous Lounge is calling! It has installations, a private bar and some treats to fuel your evening.


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Local author Gabbie Stroud will be having a chat with fellow author Kate Liston-Mills. Photo: Bega Valley Shire Library/Facebook.

Gabbie Stroud in Conversation

When: 22 September, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Eden Library, corner of Mitchell Street and Imlay Street
Cost: Free entry, though bookings are required through the library’s website or by contacting the library directly.

Author Gabbie Stroud will be visiting Eden Library for a visit and a chat about her new novel called The Things that Matter Most. She will be joined by fellow author Kate Liston-Mills, and there will be snacks to enjoy too.


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Snap up something nice for someone special in your life (or even yourself) at this market. Photo: Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council/Facebook.

Bungendore Artisan Market

When: 23 September, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Ellendon Street, Bungendore
Cost: Free entry.

Christmas might be quite a few months away, but consider this your advance warning to start thinking about gifts now. This market would be a great chance to pick up something nice for someone, with stallholders including wines, handmade earrings, artists with their works, pastries and other sweet treats, clothing, candles and much more. There will also be face painting for the children and live performances from musicians to keep everyone entertained throughout the day.

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This is your chance to welcome spring in style! Photo: Rotary Boorowa.

Boorowa Spring Breakout Market: Makers and Growers

When: 23 September, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Old Court House Grounds, Marsden Street, Boorowa
Cost: Free entry.

The memory of winter is fading, and this is one market keen to see spring in! The market is returning in 2023 after a hiatus and is set to feature a range of stallholders. A barbecue from local community groups will make sure no one goes hungry on the day.

The newly renovated Steampacket Hotel at Nelligen is well worth a visit. Photo: Byron Photography.

Have a bounce or boogie at the Steampacket Hotel

When: Saturday 23 September, 3 pm – 6 pm and Sunday 24 September, 3:30 pm until 6:30 pm
Where: Steampacket Hotel, 963 Kings Highway, Nelligen
Cost: Free.

The newly renovated Steampacket Hotel is now open, just in time for the school holidays. Family-friendly atmosphere, delicious, quality pub fare and a fully fenced beer garden – it’s the perfect spot for a leisurely holiday lunch or dinner. With plenty happening to keep everyone entertained, including live music from Moondog and a jumping castle.

A series of people looking down at a table

Get outside and learn more about our natural environment. Photo: Molonglo Conservation Group/Eventbrite.

Species in the Suburb Community Event

When: 23 September, 10 am to 11:30 am
Where: Aprasia Park, Aprasia Avenue, Googong
Cost: Free entry, though spots need to be registered via Eventbrite.

Aprasia Park will be transformed into a classroom, and everyone’s invited. Visitors will be able to learn about Molongo Conservation Group’s work, learn about the animals in our waterways, and attend a sculpture unveiling and an interactive reptile display.

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