An eclectic collection of 28 framed photographs from the talented members of Newbridge Camera Club has opened at Olde Bridge Gallery in Newbridge. It's the first exhibition from the club, who battled through their first year in operation using Zoom meetings (thanks to COVID-19). You'll have a chance to check out macros, still life, nature, wildlife, landscapes, and travel images. The gallery is open from 10am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays, with exhibition on display until the end of January. 1 Caloola St, Newbridge.
Have you been somebody who has put off having medical checks while COVID-19 was at its peak? If you're due for a breast check then the BreastScreen NSW mobile van will in Blayney from January 5-18 at the council carpark behind the Blayney Community Centre . With breast cancer the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the state it's important to get yourself checked out. A mammogram every two years takes just 20 minutes and could save your live. Got questions? You can read more at breastscreen.nsw.gov.au. Blayney Community Centre, 41 Church Street.
Sculptures by the Bush
Already planning ahead for the April school holidays? They'll come around faster than you think. Pencil in this art tourist trail that will dot the countryside around Blayney in April. You'll be able to spot hay bale art, farm art and scarecrows as part of the trail (which is a good, socially distanced way to have a day out in these COVID times). There has been everything from cartoon characters, animals made from recycled pieces of metal and funky mailboxes in past years. What will pop up in 2021. There will be a digital map issued closer to the start date of April 12. The event runs from April 12 to 26. Sites, various.
Have you checked out the changes to the Blayney Rotary Markets? If not, put it in your calendar for February 20. With the affects from COVID-19 lingering, it was time to help the stallholders try new ways to bring in the crowds (keeping safe, of course). So, what you'll find is an increased variety of stalls selling a wider selection of goods. And so, drum roll please, a name change from Farmer's Market to Blayney Rotary Markets. Carrington Park, Blayney, NSW, third Sunday, from 8.30 am.
The Long Road
At home + road trip
Explore your own backyard this summer by taking a road trip. You can easily do a four day staycation. Head to Canowindra (balloon trip anybody) visiting some wineries along the way, then to Cowra for a peaceful interlude at the Japanese gardens. Spend time exploring the National Trust listed villages of Blayney, Millthorpe and Carcoar before motoring up to Bathurst and trying your hand at driving Mount Panorama. Find out more at visitnsw.com
Big events, big personalities, lives lived and experiences shared are all part of Orange Regional Museum's newest long-term exhibition. Inherit: Old and New Histories takes a look at the region using more than 100 objects with stories that have shaped the area's history. 151 Byng St, Orange. Runs until September 5, 2021.
Are you looking for your next biking challenge? Been getting the kilometres under your legs in 2020 (wasn't it a great way to spend some time)? This is one could be for you. Entries are now open for the Bathurst Cycling Classic, from March 12-14 next year. There is a cap of 500 riders and a new Bathurst Tour has been introduced for 2021. Entries are now open and close on March 6, with fees ranging from $295 to $40, depending on the event. Check out bathurstcyclingclassic.com.au for more details and how to enter if you're interested.
Tis the season for yummy berries. And what better way to enjoy the bounty of early summer than to pick your own at Huntley Berry Farm. Grab a bucket and wander around some of their 11 berry varieties, including strawberries and raspberries. 1024 Huntley Rd, Huntley, open Sunday to Thursday from 10am-3pm. Entry by gold coin donation.