What's on in the Illawarra this weekend

THIS WEEKEND’S PICK

SPLASH ’N’ DASH

All weekend

Seven events over two days providing a weekend of fun and fitness of the whole family, supporting Ovarian Cancer Australia.

Events range from a 2.5 kilometre walk to a 2 kilometre or – for the really keen – an aquathon that combines a 650 metre swim with a 5 kilometre run.

Venue: Flagstaff Hill, Wollongong Harbour. Time: from 9.30am on Saturday to 10am on Sunday. Details: splashndash.aquathon.com.au.

KIDS

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.

ILLAWARRA LIVE STEAMERS

Sunday

Take the kids on a miniature steam train ride, Virginia Street, North Wollongong. Trains from 10.30am. Rides: $1.50. Wear enclosed footwear.

MORE GHOSTS

Friday

Brave souls can take a ghost tour of the colonial homestead, Gledswood (pictured), in the historic Macarthur region, on Friday nights. Led by a psychic medium, the tour by lantern light of the old homestead near Camden and its dark cellars starts at 7.30 and ends with refreshments. Price: $45. Details: gledswood.com.au.

PERFORMANCE

MERRY WIVES

Saturday

Last chance to see the Shakespeare comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor (pictured), in Wollongong’s Botanic Gardens. Bring a blanket, a chair and a picnic. Tickets: $25/$15 or $60 for family. Time: Saturday, 7pm. Details: egtc.com.au.

SHOUT!

All weekend

The Roo Theatre, Shellharbour, presents a show about Aussie rock’n’roll legend Johnny O’Keefe. A tearaway at school, he turns his back on a future in the family business to start his career singing at dances in Sydney suburbs. Until March 9. Details: roo-theatre.com.au.

OLIVER!

From Friday

The newly formed St George Theatre Company presents the Broadway musical favourite based on the Charles Dickens novel. Venue: Hurstville Entertainment Centre, 16 MacMahon Street. Tickets: $35/$25. Details: rockdalemusicalsociety.com.

OUT & ABOUT

STOMPING THE GRAPES

All weekend

Last chance to get your feet sticky at the Stomping The Grapes Festival at Crooked River Wines, Princes Highway, Gerringong. Stomping is $10 per person, with proceeds going to Westmead Children’s Hospital. Details online at: crookedriverwines.com.

CARAVAN AND CAMPING

All weekend

A vast display of everything camping-related at the Illawarra Caravan and Camping Show, Kembla Grange Racecourse (pictured). Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 9am to 4pm. Adults $15/$11, children free.

TWILIGHT FOOD

Friday

Bring your picnic rug from 5.30-8.30pm to indulge in the international range of food and enjoy live, local entertainment at Flagstaff Hill, Wollongong. Details: 42277111.

SPORT

CAR RACING

Saturday

South Coast title for modified production sedans,  late model sedans, compact speedcars, karts  and  dwarf cars. Venue: Nowra Speedway, Albatross Road. Gates open: 4pm, racing starts at 6pm. Tickets: $25. Children under 12 free. Details: nowraspeedway.com.au.

RUGBY

Saturday

The Kiama Sevens is a 48-team seven-a-side knock-out competition with     $20,000 in prize money. The first game will be at 8.30am and the final at 6.30pm. This year, a women’s competition is also being held. Venue: Kiama Showground. Details: 0439640896.

CHARITY FUN RUN

Next Sunday, March 3

As part of the Shellharbour City Festival of Sport, get in training for a 5-kilometre  walk or run or a 9km run through Shell Cove. Proceeds to the Cancer Council and Shellharbour Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. Details: shellharbourcityfestivalofsport.com.au.

FOR THE DIARY

JAZZ AND BLUES

Friday March 8 to Sunday March 10

A full weekend of red hot jazz and blues for everyone.

Performances and gigs – including one by guitarist Phil Manning (pictured) – will be held at  venues around Kiama, including restaurants, clubs and Hindmarsh Park. Free entry. Details: kiamajazz.com.

CLEAN UP

Sunday March 3

Now is the time to organise yourself for Clean Up Australia Day. Sites around the Illawarra. Details: cleanup.org.au.

RELAY FOR LIFE

Saturday March 9 and Sunday 10

Relay For Life is a fun, outdoor overnight fund-raising event that brings communities together to celebrate and remember the lives of those who have battled cancer. Venue: Albion Park Showground. Cost: $20. Details: relayforlife.com.au.

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