Sculptures by the Bush
What will you spot this year when Sculptures by the Bush springs to life? A cartoon character, recycled metal animals ... or funky mailboxes. It's quite the sight to see, and there will be a digital map to guide you on a tour to track down the works of art. There are three categories - hay bale art, farm art and scarecrows. Which will be your favourite? The dates have yet to be announced but if past years are anything to go by it will be around the April school holidays. Blayney and surrounds, various.
Feast + history
As part of the Orange F.O.O.D festival a four-course seasonal, local set menu and wines from the Orange region will be served up at Carcoar's Antica restaurant. It will look at the parallels between this region and Paolo Picarazzi's home area of Ciociaria in central Italy. Along the way you'll hear stories going back 3000 years about the traditional dishes being served up. April 9-10 and April 16-17, sittings at 1pm and 7pm. $150 a person, limit of 12 guests a session. Bookings essential, https://www.eventbrite.com.au.
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.
It's a classic. And on a balmy (hopefully) summer evening Muriel's Wedding will be a treat. It's part of Orange Open Air's Summer Lovin series, so bring a picnic to the Botanic Gardens. If you're feeling in the mood, dig out a wedding dress, banana bra or ABBA costume and enter the fashion on the field competition. February 6, Yellow Box Way, tickets $18, book at https://www.orangeopenair.com/
A host of famous fairytales will feature as part of a fast-paced, immersive theatre performance called the Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon at Keystone 1889. You'll get an evening of sharp comedy, riveting narration and rapid-fire transitions. Look out for Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel. 99 Keppel St, Bathurst, February 4-6, doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets cost $65 [including dinner] and can be purchased online at www.trybooking.com.
Doig + Chant
There's only a few weeks left to catch the exhibition Adrienne Doig: It's All About Me. Blue Mountain-based artist Doig taps 30 years of art ... and wit. While you're there, also step into Linda Chant's exhibition on "the conceptual and material nature of objects". Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70 -78 Keppel Street, both exhibitions until February 14.
Inland Sea of Sound
With a line-up that includes C.W Stoneking, Kate Ceberano, Mo'Ju, Hussy Hicks, Smith and Jones, Andy Nelson, The Mirandas and The Safety of LIfe At Sea this year's festival is one to put in the diary. Sub Tribe - an electronic roots/dub fusion Kiwi band - will be the first cab off the rank. February 24-28, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, 105 William St. Book at tickets.inlandseaofsound.com.au
As the weather heats, think about a day out for a picnic and dip. Lake Canobolas has plenty to entertain (including flying foxes for the kids) as well as water to muck around in. Pack a bike and try out the 3km circuit around the lake or the mountain bike trails nearby .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.
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