What's on in the Illawarra this weekend

THIS WEEKEND’S PICK

BERRY SHOW

Saturday

Come along for a great day of fun. Dairy and beef cattle, horse and trotting events, wood chopping, poultry, Angora goats, alpacas, championship dog show, animal nursery, pet show, showgirls, rodeo and fireworks. The quintessential country show. Tickets: $12/$5. Venue: Berry Showground, Alexandra Street. Details: berryshow.org.au.

EXHIBITIONS

OCHRE AND INK

Through the week

Includes Barrie Voorwinden’s photographs of ancient Aboriginal rock art (pictured). Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space, corner Wentworth and Addison streets. Tuesday until Sunday. Time: 10am-5pm. Details: 0407 062 527.

TECH TALK

All weekend

The Nowra Museum displays technology from the past as we explore the evolution of personal image and sound equipment.  Until March 31. Venue: corner Plunkett and Kinghorne streets, Nowra. Time: 1pm-4pm. Details: shoalhavenhistory.org.au.

BUNDANON

Sunday

Guided and self-guided tours of the 1860s National Estate-listed homestead and Arthur Boyd’s studio, 10.30am-4pm. On the Shoalhaven River, West Cambewarra, off Illaroo Road, $10/$7, under 16 free. Phone: 4422 2100 or bundanon.com.au.

FOODIE DELIGHTS

SEAFOOD

Saturday

Fresh local produce including: Seafood – prawns, fish freshly caught, fruit & vegetables, fresh bread – sourdough bakery,  honey, olive oil and sundried tomatoes. Venue: Heads Hotel, 51 River Road, Shoalhaven Heads. Time: 7.30am-11.30am. Every Saturday.

FOOD AND WINE

Saturday

The Berry Show Society’s 11th annual Wine and Food Showcase features the area’s speciality wines and food. Tickets: $12. Time: noon to 5pm. Venue: Berry School of Arts, Alexandra Street. Details: berryshow.org.au.

STOMPING THE GRAPES

Next weekend

Get your feet sticky at the Stomping The Grapes Festival over the last three weekends in February at Crooked River Wines, Princes Highway, Gerringong.  Stomping is $10 per person with proceeds to Westmead Children’s Hospital. Details: crookedriverwines.com.

ENTERTAINMENT

CIRCUS

Saturday

Last chance to see Webers Circus, appearing next to the Stockland shops on the Princes Highway, Nowra. Wheel of death, trapeze, miniature horses, performing dogs, clowns, Spanish web, lyra, hula hoops, Russian swing, salsa dancing. Shows: Saturday: 3pm and 7pm. Sunday: 11am. Tickets: from $22 (adult) and $14 (child).

CELTIC THUNDER

Sunday

Having sold out venues across the country earlier this year, the world’s most popular Irish band Celtic Thunder (pictured) are back. Venue: WIN Entertainment Centre. Time: 5pm. Tickets: $99-$299. Details: wwec.org.au.

MUSIC FESTIVAL

Sunday

Treat yourself to an afternoon and evening of ‘festival atmosphere’ with Sydney band Chaika.  Tickets: $10-$30. Venue: Tomerong, near Huskisson. Time: 4pm-11pm. Details: chaikaband.com.

OUT & ABOUT

GHOST WALK

Saturday

Join Charlotte, the mistress of the Star Hotel of the 1860s-1870s, on a lantern-lit walking tour as she tells you about the ghosts and eerie tales of historic Milton. Held most Saturday nights, bookings essential. Venue: Milton Cultural Centre. Tickets: $25, 8.30pm start. Details: ulladulla.info.

KITE FLYING

Sunday

A great family day on the beach, with some very experienced flyers from all over. At the southern end of Main Beach Shoalhaven Heads. First Sunday of every month. Time: 10am. Details: aks.org.au.

DAWN WALK

Next Saturday

Take the treetop walk at the Illawarra Fly to take advantage of the beautiful light the sun casts over the landscape as it rises. Sunrise Walks run for three hours from 6am–9am. Tickets: Various prices. Details: illawarrafly.com.

FOR THE DIARY

FOOD AND WINE FAIR

Sunday, February 10

Free entry to the only festival of its kind in the Illawarra, held at the Towradgi Beach Hotel. Guest speakers, goodie bags for those buying tasting vouchers, more stalls, kids’ cooking classes and a focus on local fresh produce. Time: 11am-5pm.

ILLAWARRA LIGHT RAILWAY

Sunday, February 10

Take a train ride at the museum’s monthly open day at 48a Tongarra Road, Albion Park Rail. Time: 10.30am-4pm. Covered footwear to be worn.

COLIN HAY

Saturday, February 23

The former lead vocalist from Men at Work (pictured) explores themes of redemption and renewal, now in the midst of a remarkable renaissance. Venue: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong. Tickets: $49.90. Details: merrigong.com.au.

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