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STAY, PLAY, EAT, DRINK & EXPLORE

School’s out and summer’s here. Time to get out and get amongst it.

EASY RIDERS

Join horsey types at renowned Highlands equestrian centre Wallaby Hill for its international OTTO Sport Three-Day Event. Fun days out for those who love to ride and those who love to watch dressage, cross country and showjumping and as Olympians Shane Rose and Stuart Tinney compete against each other, and other riders vie to take home the prestigious CC14*-L Title. Entry is free for spectators. Food and liquid refreshment is available on site, or order your gourmet picnic hamper and feast on the very best Highlands produce while seated ringside. Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 6 inclusive. 122 Wallaby Hill Road, Robertson. wallabyhill.com

LEATHER ON WILLOW

Summertime is cricket time and there’s nothing like a family knock-

around at the beach or in the backyard to get that holiday feel. If your kids are a bit more serious, book them into the Steve Waugh Cricket Clinic for Kids at Bradman Oval in Bowral. The clinic, held over three days, includes 18 hours of skill development, strategy and tactics talk, and kids get to play on the famed field. The fully supervised clinic is for girls and boys aged six to 16. Perfect for those would-be Meg Lannings, Ellyse Perrys and Steve Smiths in your family.Keep an eye on website for dates. Also, the Bradman Museum and International Hall of Cricket, in St. Jude Street, Bowral is open Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm except Christmas Day and Good Friday. bradman.com.au

SUMMER HIGH

Unleash your creative beast at famed craft and design centre Sturt’s Summer School. Week-long courses include everything from painting to drawing to weaving, ceramics, printmaking, wood carving and the art of the smartphone. Esteemed teachers include Juliet Holmes a Court, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Tony Ameneiro, Catriona Pollard, Helen Earl and Rachel Milne. Due to COVID19, there will be no accommodation, meals or social events on offer but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some uplifting and invigorating new learning in the classroom. So, if you’re looking for a unique present, or you have some time free and want to give yourself some creative love, check out Sturt’s wonderful schedule of classes. Monday, January 4 to Friday, January 8. Sturt, cnr Range Road and Waverley Parade, Mittagong sturt.nsw.edu.au

DOGGIE DONATIONS

Wingecarribee Animal Shelter at Moss Vale is manned by a dedicated group of animal lovers, Friends of Wingecarribee Animal Shelter (FOWAS), who each year take in and rehome 400 surrendered, lost and mistreated cats and dogs. Christmas is an important time for FOWAS to fundraise so if you know an animal lover, grab a copy of the FOWAS Dog Calendar 2021 from local branches of BDCU Alliance Bank, Bundanoon Vets or fowas.org. au. All dogs featured were happily adopted from the animal shelter. fowas.org

HELLO PETAL

It’s always encouraging to see green shoots and Penrose horticulturalist Jen Foster, founder of Southern Highlands Flower Farm, has been busy since beginning her farm from scratch on five acres two years ago. Join Jen and other green thumbs for her first open day. There will be a sunflower maze for the kids, lots of resident animals to pat and walking tours through the farm. Or book and join Jen for a Flower Bouquet Workshop. Pick your own flowers, learn how to arrange them and take them home. Open Day is Saturday, January 16 and the Flower Bouquet Workshop is on January 30. southernhighlandsflowerfarm.com.au

RETAIL ROUTE

Love unearthing locally made and grown produce and delights especially during summer and Christmas? The regular markets and Christmas events held in our villages and towns are a special way to gain insight into the creative and growing side of the region, and to find unique and delicious goodies to put on your table or under your tree this year. Make a date with a market and happy shopping.

TWILIGHT TWIRL

Dirty Janes Bowral is hosting its traditional Christmas Twilight Evening. Entry is free and there will be food and drink to buy including beers by Eden Brewery and cocktails by Canberra Distillery. Come dressed in your best ‘touch of vintage’ and go in the running for a best-dressed prize. There will also be lucky door prizes and random acts of kindness, which sounds like a great way to phrase ‘giveaways’. Saturday, December 5, 5pm to 8.30pm. 13-15 Banyette Street, Bowral dirtyjanes.com

LOVE SHAC

The Southern Highlands Artisans Collective is extending Christmas celebrations from December 4 through to January with its Summer Fair Exhibition. It’s a great place to make a beeline for if you are after something unique, handmade and creative for your stocking this year. December 4 to January 26. Open Friday to Monday, 10am to 4pm. 74–76 Hoddle Street, Robertson. theshac.com.au 

MAKE IT TO MARKET

And our regulars: Robertson Markets, second Sunday of the month 9am to 2pm, School of Arts, Hoddle Street, Robertson. Mittagong Markets, third and fifth Saturday, 8am to 2pm, United Church, cnr Albert and Alice streets, Mittagong. Exeter Village Market, first Saturday, 9am to 1.30pm, Exeter Village Hall and Oval, Exeter. Bundanoon Makers Market, first and third Sunday, 8.30am to 2pm, Bundanoon Memorial Hall, Railway Parade, Bundanoon. Bowral Public School Market, second Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Bendooley Street, Bowral, Berrima School Yard Market, fourth Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Berrima Public School, Oxley Street, Berrima.

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