There's a long list of events on and off track for the Bathurst 500, the first sprint round to be held on the mountain since 1996. Check out Picnic in the Parade featuring live music, markets and onstage gigs from Supercar drivers on Friday, at the National Motor Racing Museum spend some time tracking the history of motorsports and the Hot Wheels Stunt Team will be doing crazy tyre smoking drift demos. On track the action kicks off early on Friday and ends with the Supercars Championship on Sunday afternoon. Tickets for event and camping sites from premier.ticketek.com.au. February 26-28, various. If you're a motorsports fan, then also put the Bathurst 6 hour in the diary for Easter (April 2-4). Grab your tickets at ticketmaster.com.au.
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.
Musicians in the Park
Kings Parade will host a string of local musicians in the next few months as part of Musicians in the Park. The lunchtime and evening gigs on Friday and Saturdays will run weekly from March until April 17. No bookings required but people are asked to sign in with a QR code as part of COVID-19 measures. Kings Parade, Bathurst.
Tenor William Amer and pianist Matthew Bignell will showcase classical and Irish music at Holy Trinity Parish and Community Centre, Kelso. The repertoire will "include songs you don't often hear in this day and age, and will double as an introduction to include other musicians interested in building an ensemble". Concerts, 2pm February 27 and March 14. Tickets $20, venue limit 40 people, to book call 0421871348.
Horses and Hounds exhibit
The Bathurst Tack Box put out a call to its members and local artists late last year to produce a series artworks united by a core theme: horses and hounds. The result? The front room of the saddlery is now a gallery space featuring the work of professional and amateur artists. Drop by and have a look. 1/94b Bentinck St, Bathurst. Until March 13.
Looking to start, or add, to your collection? You'll find everything from antique long-arms and pistols, to knives, bayonets to modern sporting and target rifles alongside militaria collectables at the Arms Fair. The history behind some of the pieces, alone, will be fascinating. Bathurst Showground, Lot 1 Kendall Avenue, March 6-7, 9am-4.30pm
Ever thought of putting pen to papers and charting the course of your life? Kerry Chater can help you. She will run five memoir writing workshops from February to June at the Bathurst Library covering getting started through to editing and finishing. A great way to learn a new skill. $10 a workshop, bookings on 6333 6281, 70-78 Keppel St.
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 on the event and how to enter.
At home + Road trip
As the weather heats, think about a day out for a picnic and dip. Try 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. Lake Canobolas, at Orange, has plenty to entertain (including flking 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.
Orange's F.O.O.D (Food of Orange District) week will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year (COVID willing). 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, a 30th anniversary dinner, Taste Local on the Lawn and a Sunday producers market and brunch. A decision on whether Forage will be held will be made on January 31, pending COVID conditions. Orange F.O.O.D, April 9-18. Various venues. Tickets available at orangefoodweek.com.au.
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