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Things to do: Getting out and about in Blayney and beyond

Kumar Pereira is Blayney's Australia Day Ambassador.
Kumar Pereira is Blayney's Australia Day Ambassador.

Australia day

At home

Known for his charm and sense of humour, MasterChef Australia contestant Kumar Pereira is Blayney's Australia Day ambassador for 2021. Well known for his appearances on two series of MasterChef, Mr Pereira has always had an interest in food and has featured on ABC radio "Gifted Gourmet" and has had recipes included in publications. You can catch him at Blayney's BBQ Breakfast and Australia Day awards ceremony, which will be held at Heritage Park from 8am. If weather turns wet the event will move to the Blayney Shire Community Centre.

ALL THE FUN: Put the fair in your calendar.

ALL THE FUN: Put the fair in your calendar.

Fun fair

Nearby

The fun fair is coming to town again. The Summer Fun Fair will be held at Orange Showgrounds on February 6-7 and 13-14. There will be fireworks and unlimited rides for $30. The Fun Fair Summer Splash, featuring fireworks, water slides, rides and food trucks will be at the Bathurst Showground from January 23 to 26. You'll find showbags, carnival food and rides from Sydney.

Blayney Show

Plan Ahead

This is one to put in the diary. Blayney Show has set March 6 as the date for the 2021 show (and there's a sign up to prove it). Entry to the 143rd annual event will cost $30 for a family, $10 for adults, school children $5 and concessions $5. Pre school aged children will be free. COVID-19 restrictions will be in place and all attendees will need to scan or sign into the event.

Wild swimming

Holidays

As the weather heats, think about a day out for a picnic and dip. A few places you can go for a paddle in the wild include Flat Rock (near O'Connell, off Mutton Falls Road at the Fish River) or Clarence Dam (or Dam Cliffs) - a free swimming hole that is both deep and cool (Chifley Road, east of Lithgow). Grove Creek, a hour's drive south of Bathurst, is worth the drive after recent rain, but make sure you swim away from Grove Creek Falls. Wallaby Rocks on the Turon River west of the village of Sofala is lovely, but doesn't have facilities so you'll need to pack for that. On our doorstep is the Macquarie River . Try Hereford Street bridge and the Bridge Street bridge and further up towards Eglinton if you're looking for a place to cool off.

Orange F.O.O.D

Plan Ahead

Orange's F.O.O.D (Food of Orange District) week will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Australia's longest running regional food festival is a 10-day community event celebrating Orange's food and wine - from farmers to chefs and restaurants. Among this year's signature events are Shining the Light on Local Producers, the Sampson Street Lunch and a 30th anniversary dinner to celebrate the milestone. More events will be decided closer to the date based on COVID-19 restrictions. April 9-18. Various venues. For tickets, check out availability at orangefoodweek.com.au.